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Summaries of our Codes of Conduct.

Please use the links below each section to download the full documents.

Coaches should:

- Be publicly open when working with children and avoid situations where coach and individual children are completely unobserved.
- Not conduct meetings with children while they are changing
- Not be alone in a changing room with children
- Avoid taking children alone on car journeys or home, unless with parent consent
- Never engage in rough activities
- Not carry out sexually provocative games
- Not allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged
- Not make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun
- Not never do things of a personal nature for children which they are able to do for themselves
- Not Invite or allow children to stay at their house unsupervised
- Make sure bad behaviour by children is challenged and not allow bullying

Code of Conduct for Coaches

Players should:

- Treat others with respect
- Play by the rules
- Be independent and take responsibility for your own decisions on the pitch
- Co-operate with coaches, umpires, team-mates
- Acknowledge, respect and thank officials and opposing players
- Show patience with others
- Accept decisions of umpires or coaches without question
- Never use foul language
- Control their temper and act with dignity at all times
- Wear suitable kit
- Speak out about concerning matters
- Not smoke, consume alcohol, or take drugs when representing the club
- Remember that the aim of the game is to have fun

Code of Conduct for Junior Players

Parents and Spectators should:

- Find out what their child wants from the sport
- Encourage 'playing by the rules'
- Teach their children about honesty and teamwork
- Recognise the value and importance of coaches
- Set an example of being friendly
- Support a child's involvement
- Remember that good sporting habits fostered now will last a lifetime
- Not force an unwilling child to participate
- Never punish or belittle a child for making a mistake or losing
- Not undermine the authority of coaches or team managers
- Not question publicly the officials' judgement and honesty
- Never harass, or argue with players, coaches, umpires, or other spectators

Code of Conduct for Parents and Spectators