Code of Conduct

UNSW Netball's Codes of Conduct are a summarised version of the Netball Australia Codes of Behaviour, which we adhere to in their entirety.

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UNSW Netball - Codes of Behaviour

Players' Code of Behaviour

  1. Play by the rules.
  2. Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition.
  3. Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
  4. Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team. Your team's performance will benefit, so will you.
  5. Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they be by your team or the opposition.
  6. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  7. Co-operate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  8. Play for the fun of it, and not just to please parents and coaches.

Parents' and Spectators' Code of Behaviour

  1. Remember that children and adults play sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  2. Encourage people to participate, do not force them.
  3. Focus on the player's efforts and performance rather than winning and losing.
  4. Encourage players to always participate according to the rules.
  5. Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake or losing a game.
  6. Remember that all people, children and adults, learn best by example. Applaud good plays by all teams.
  7. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  8. Respect officials' decisions and teach players to do likewise.
  9. Show appreciation of volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child/friend/partner could not participate.

Coaches' Code of Behaviour

  1. Remember that children and adults participate for pleasure and that winning is only part of the fun.
  2. Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake or losing.
  3. Be reasonable in your demands on players' time, energy and enthusiasm.
  4. Teach your players to follow the rules.
  5. Whenever possible, group players to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance at success.
  6. Avoid overplaying the talented players. The just-average need and deserve equal time.
  7. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate for the age and ability of the players.
  8. Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches.
  9. Follow the advise of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to commence training or competition.
  10. Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices, physiological knowledge, and the principles of growth and development of children.

Officials' Code of Behaviour

  1. Compliment and encourage all participants.
  2. Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions.
  3. Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.
  4. Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than errors.
  5. Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words.
  6. Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.

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