Positive attitudes and conduct make sport enjoyable for everyone. Some people can ruin the experience with poor behaviour. This can include things like undue pressure, abuse, taunting, poor sportsmanship, foul language, harassment, bullying, victimisation and more. It can be verbal, written, physical or emotional.
Poor behaviour can occur in many places – during play, on the sidelines, at training, in the clubhouse or outside of the sporting arena. It can be coaches, players, parents, spectators, officials or administrators that behave poorly. Any one of these people, children or adults, can be the victim of poor conduct too. Poor behaviour stems from a lack of respect. Showing respect is so important, particularly for young people. It’s important to teach respect for coaches, team mates, officials and anyone else involved in your sport.


  • Being a good sport
  • Play with respect, integrity and fairness
  • Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat
  • If you win, don’t rub it in
  • If you lose, don’t make excuses
  • Control your temper
  • Don’t use bad language or make derogatory remarks.
  • Respect your opponent
  • Treat your opponent the way you would like to be treated
  • Thank the opposition at the end of the game
  • Respect officials
  • Accept and respect the official’s decision
  • Thank the official at the end of the game
  • If you have an issue, raise it in a professional way with your coach or captain after the game.


Coaches can help create a positive sporting environment and reduce poor behaviour by being good role models. To do this they can:

  1. Encourage fair play
  2. Respect opponents, spectators and officials
  3. Thank the officials and opposition after the game – teach your players to do the same.
  4. Uphold your club’s code of conduct
  5. Understand, uphold and support your club’s code of conduct for coaches. See the Play by the Rules Code of Conduct for coaches.
  6. For coaches of junior sport, it’s also important to help kids enjoy sport

Tips for Parents

  1. Encourage fair play
  2. Cheer and acknowledge good plays by both teams
  3. Thank the official, coach and other team after the game.
  4. Respect officials, coaches and opponents
  5. Accept decisions by officials – they are human and can make mistakes. Take a look at our 7 ways how yelling at officials is hurting children infographic.
  6. Deal with issues in a controlled and professional manner after the game.
  7. Keep your emotions in check
  8. Be enthusiastic, but don’t scream instructions from the sideline
  9. Don’t get into shouting matches with anyone
  10. Never use bad language or harass others.
  11. Uphold your club’s code of conduct
  12. Understand, uphold and support your club’s code of conduct for parents.
  13. If you have put your hand up to be an official in junior sport it’s important to understand all your club’s rules and regulations, the spirit of the game and the relevant codes of conduct.



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