PALMERSTOWN FC - Code of Ethics for Schoolboy/Schoolgirl
Code for Players
Ø Play for enjoyment, not just to please your parents, manager or coach
Ø Play by the Laws of the game of SoccerØ Never argue with the referee’s decision
Ø Play with control - do not lose your temper
Ø Play for yourself and your team – your teams performance will benefit and so will you
Ø Be a good sport. Applaud all good play and never criticise any player
Ø Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated.
Never bully, strike or take advantage of a player
Ø Never use foul or abusive languageØ Always follow your manager or coach’s instructions.
Treat him or her with the respect your expect for yourself
Ø Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills, be part of
a team and to feel good
Ø At the end of a game always shake hands with your opponents and the referee
Ø Never tackle an opponent with the intention of hurting or injuring him/her.
Remember play hard but fair
Ø Win with humility – lose with dignity
Code for Mangers/Coaches
Ø Remember as a Manager/Coach of an underage team you are expected to act in ‘loco parentis’
and to that extent your duty of care is more onerous than that of a coach to an adult team
Ø Remember that young people need a Manager/Coach they can respect. Lead by example
Ø Be generous with your praise when deserved. Never ridicule or shout at players for making
a mistake or losing a match
Ø Teach your players that the Laws of the game are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break
Ø Be reasonable in our demands on players’ time, energy, enthusiasm and commitment.
Remember they have other interests and demands on their time
Ø Ensure that all players participate in matches. Remember that ‘average’ players require and deserve
the opportunity to play on an equal footing with others
Ø Remember that young players play for fun and enjoyment and to develop their skills.
Winning is not the only objective and definitely should not be the primary one.
Develop player and team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgement of referees
Ø Insist on fair and disciplined play. Do not tolerate foul play, fighting or foul language.
Be prepared to take off and offending player
Ø Always encourage young players to develop basic skills and sportsmanship. Avoid over specialisation
in positional play during their formative years
Ø Set realistic goals for the team and individual players. Where necessary consult with parents and be
prepared to listen to their comments
Ø Create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to train and play
Ø Never smoke in front of players. Never take drugs or alcohol in front of the players or prior to matches
or training sessions. Never encourage or facilitate young people to use these substances