Terms of Engagement for Parents, Coaches and Athletes/Players

It is important that parents, coaches and players have a common understanding of the expected behaviour of each party. This Code of Conduct provides a starting point to develop a Positive Sport Parent Terms of Engagement document for your school or club. For more information on this subject and for assistance in developing an appropriate document for your school contact us.

PARENT COACH ATHLETE/PLAYER
Set example Lead by example Enjoyment and learn skills
Praise and support good play – both teams Positively reinforce efforts of players Applaud good play – own and opposition teams
No negative comments towards officials tolerated Teach value of respect for officials and opposition Respect officials, opponents and coaches
No negative comments, criticism or hostile shouting tolerated Teach sportsmanship and fair play Fair, play by rules and show good sportsmanship
Remain in designated areas alongside field Instil discipline and work ethic that rewards dedication Committed to practice by being on time & not missing practice/matches
No coaching from side-lines Atmosphere of enjoyment for learning to occur Work hard – for self & team
Coach’s selection is final. No discussions Treat all players with equal attention Commitment to team mates

Adapted from Discovery Vitality and Sports Science Institute of South Africa

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