Code of Conduct


Parents and athletes should read all the below information & documents and understand what is acceptable behavior at our club.

Committee members who are all volunteers should not have to deal with Parent and Athlete issues in regards to behavior.

It is incumbent on all parents and children to behave in an responsible manner at all times.

Yes while our nights revolve around competition it should not be taken to the furthest degree and ruin the experience for the athlete or others.

Failure to comply with the guidelines  can mean parents , families and or athletes maybe suspended or asked to leave the track.  Further issues may result in the expulsion from the club or the involvement of other authorities. Mingara Leisure Group who operate the track can and will ban athletes or parents from the facility if there issues pertaining to there staff or other patrons.

Note all issues should be first be reported to a committee member and then followed up in writing .  if action is warranted it will be taken on the night otherwise and more preferably during the week.  Note this may take some time depending on the issue and bearing in mind the committee members are volunteers and all have work and families to attend to .

PARENTS   A child’s basic training in good sportsmanship comes from home.

  1. If children are interested, encourage them participate.   However, if your child is not willing, do not force him or her.
  2. Focus upon your child’s efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists your child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  3. Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each competition is accepted without undue disappointment.
  4. Encourage your child to always participate according to the rules.
  5. Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  6. Remember children are involved in organising sports for their enjoyment not yours.
  7. Remember that children learn the best by example, applaud good performance by all athletes.
  8. If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question the official’s judgement and honesty in public.   Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child’s enjoyment.
  9. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s supporting activities.
  10. Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities of your child.

ATHLETES   It isn’t whether you win or lose, but how you play the game

  1. Compete and train for the “fun of it”, not just to please your parents or coach.
  2. Play by the rules.
  3. Never argue with the official’s decision. Let your Centre Manager or Coach ask any necessary questions.
  4. Control your temper, no “mouthing off”, breaking equipment, throwing implements or other equipment.
  5. Work equally for yourself and your team in relay and team events, your  team’s performance will benefit and so will your own.
  6. Be a good sport. Cheer all good performances, whether your club mates are your opponents.
  7. Treat all athletes as you would like to be treated. Don’t interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any athlete.
  8. Remember that the goal of training or competition is to have fun, improve your skills and feel good. Don’t be a show-off or brag about your own performances.
  9. Co-operate with your coach, club mates and opponents, for without them you don’t have competition

Guidelines for Dealing with Sports Rage

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Behavioural Guidelines

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Internal official or committee member disputes again must be detailed in writing and sent to the club executive. These depending on the issue , maybe tabled at a general meeting for consideration by all committee members. Note there is zero tolerance policy for personal physical or emotional attacks and or issues that bring the club into disrepute.  Members maybe asked to resign from there role or expelled from the club pending the nature of the issue.