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Eastern Lions Code of Conduct

Eastern Lions has a club code of conduct that is expected to have been read, understood and adhered to by all

  1. Eastern Lions Soccer Club players
  2. Spectators and supporters of Eastern Lions Soccer Club
  3. Officials of Eastern Lions Soccer Club
  4. Parents of players at Eastern Lions Soccer Club

Player’s Code of Conduct

  • Play by the Rules
  • Do not argue with the match official. If you disagree, have your captain or coach approach the match official during a break in play or after the match is concluded
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking another person is not acceptable or permitted in any sport
  • Maintain your focus and work hard for yourself and your team
  • Be a good sport and be prepared to acknowledge good play whether it is from your team or the opposition
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player
  • Support all efforts to remove racial and religious vilification, verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  • Cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them, there would be no competition
  • Play for your own enjoyment, and not just to please parents and coaches
  • Remove all jewellery prior to training and match play, as it is a hazard to you and those around you
  • Do not accept or use any banned or unauthorised drug(s), including the consumption of alcohol at any time

Parent’s Code of Behaviour

  • Remember that children play sport for their enjoyment, and not yours
  • Encourage all children to participate, do not force them
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than the result of the activity (that is, winning or losing)
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules
  • Never ridicule, yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game
  • Remember that children learn best by example, so applaud good play by both teams
  • Support all efforts to remove racial and religious vilification, verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  • Respect the match official’s decisions and teach your child to do likewise
  • Show respect and appreciation to club volunteers, including coaches, officials and administrators. Ensure any issues are raised through the correct channels
  • Do not smoke or consume alcohol near the team bench (Technical Area) or sideline

Spectators’ Code of Behaviour

  • Remember all children play football for their enjoyment, not just yours
  • Applaud good play and performances from both teams, and be forward in congratulating all participants on their performance regardless of the final outcome
  • Respect the match official’s decisions on the day and teach children to do the same
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake before, during or after the game, as this may deter that child from continuing in the sport
  • Support all efforts to remove racial and religious vilification, verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players
  • Show respect to for both teams when watching matches, because without them there would be no game
  • Encourage players to follow rules and accept the decision of the match official
  • Do not intimidate, harass or use foul language towards, players, match officials, club officials or spectators