Rotokawa Sports Codes of Behaviour

At Rotokawa School we encourage all of our children to participate in a wide variety of sports codes.  While the children are at Primary age, they can give everything a go.  The Give-it-a-go attitude is a rich part of our school culture. Please read our school procedures that cover Coaches, Parents, Spectators and Players.  The fun of playing games is that we learn to win, lose, congratulate and commiserate as a team. And then we play another game...

Rotokawa School Sports Codes of Behaviour

Coaches Code of Behaviour

  • Be reasonable in your demands on young players' time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Teach your players that rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
  • Whenever possible, group players according to age, height, skills and physical maturity.
  • Avoid over-playing the talented players. The 'just average' players need and deserve equal time.
  • Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation.  Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing a competition.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age ability of the players.
  • The scheduling and length of practice times and competition should take into consideration the maturity level of the children. (lunchtime practices must be completed at 1:15pm for children to be able to eat their lunch)
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of the officials and opposing coaches.
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence play.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.
  • Use the sport website to keep up-to-date with event changes and cancellations.  Encourage your team to do the same.

Parents Codes of Behaviour

  • If children are interested, encourage them to play sport. However, if a child is not willing to play, do not force him / her.
  • Focus upon the child's efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his / her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is an important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always play according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or shout at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • Remember that children learn best from example.  Applaud good play by both teams.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels (coach then school) rather than question the official's judgment and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child's involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal, physical or online abuse from sporting activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches.  They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your positive support.
  • Remember TEAM means you as well.  Have your child on time and ready for practices and the game.

Spectators’ Code of Behaviour

  • Children play organized sports for fun. They are not playing for the entertainment of spectators only, nor are they miniature professionals.
  • Applaud good performances and efforts by your team AND the opponents.                                                                                              Congratulate both teams upon their performance regardless of the game's outcome.
  • Respect the officials' decision.   If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to question the decision and teach the children to do like-wise.
  • Never ridicule or criticise a child for making a mistake during a competition. Positive comments are motivational.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Show respect for your team's opponents.  Without them there would be no game.
  • Encourage players to play according to the rules and officials' decisions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language, harassing players, coaches or officials.

Players Code of Behaviour

  • Play for the 'fun of it' and not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain or coach approach the official during a break or after the game.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials   or   other players, deliberately fouling or provoking an opponent and throwing equipment is not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team.  Your team's performance will benefit, so will you.
  • Be a good sport.  Cheer all good players whether they are your team or the other team.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  • Co-operate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no game.

So above all, Fun, Fair and it's all about our kids.

last edited: Wed, November 09, 2016