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School Sport SA codes of behaviour

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These are the codes of behaviour for all School Sport SA competitions. Select your sport from choose a sport for sport specific rules or see rules of the statewide schools competition.

For players

  • Play for the enjoyment.
  • Be a good sport, deliberate violence or bad language should never be used towards opponents, coaches, referees or umpires.
  • Work hard for your team mates as well as for yourself.
  • Treat all team mates and opponents with respect.
  • Play by the rules.
  • Cooperate with team mates, opponents and game officials.
  • Control your behaviour on and off the field.
  • Learn to value honest effort, skilled performance and improvement.
  • Behave in a manner that respects the rights of others regardless of mediums of communication used for example digital mediums such as twitter, facebook, emails and texts.
  • Respect and abide by officials decisions.

For teachers, coaches, instructors and leaders

  • Encourage students to develop basic skills in a variety of sports and avoid over specialisation in one particular sport or playing position.
  • Ensure that efforts for both skill improvement and good sporting behaviour are acknowledged.
  • Provide equal encouragement to girls and boys to participate, acquire skills and develop confidence.
  • Recognise and cater for groups with special needs.
  • Set a good example for your players.
  • All good coaches should ensure that they are fully aware of the expectations and practices of the site in which they are coaching.
  • Encourage and create opportunities to develop individual skills.
  • Teach a wide range of team skills and sound sportsmanship based on sound coaching principles.
  • Make clear the site's expectations regarding courtesies, punctuality, behaviour and dress standards.
  • Ensure that the sport, playing conditions, equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate to the age group and the skill development level of the players involved.
  • Encourage the team captain to build their leadership skills and to model responsible behaviour.
  • Teach your player to be friendly and respectful towards officials and opponents.
  • Give all interested students a chance to participate in trainings and games.
  • Remove from the field of play any player whose behaviour is not acceptable.
  • Keep your own knowledge of coaching and the developments of the game up to date.
  • Avoid any hint of criticism against the umpire or referee of a match.
  • Ensure the consequences of inappropriate behaviour are clearly understood.
  • Distribute a copy of the codes of behaviour to teachers, coaches, players, parents, spectators and officials to ensure that all involved understand their authority and responsibility for fair play.
  • Ensure proper supervision is provided at all times.

For parents

  • Encourage the participation by your child(ren).
  • Provide a model of good sporting spirit for your child to copy.
  • Be courteous and respectful in your communications with players, team officials, game officials and sports administrators.
  • Encourage honest effort, skilled performance and team loyalty.
  • Make any new parents feel welcome on all occasions.
  • Do not interfere with the conduct of any events.
  • Make your presence and support as positive as possible.
  • When visiting another school, respect the host school's premise and rules.


  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by avoiding offensive language, aggressive behaviour, harassing players, teachers, coaches and officials.
  • Remember the children play for fun and enjoyment. Don't let your behaviour detract from their enjoyment and never ridicule or yell at them for making mistakes or losing a competition.
  • Let game officials conduct events without interference.
  • Support skilled performances and team play with generous applause and congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the game's outcome.
  • Demonstrate respect for opposing players and their supporters.
  • Never ridicule a player for making a mistake.
  • Respect the officials decisions.
  • Encourage players to play in accordance with the rules and the officials decisions.

For all

No person shall act towards or speak to any other person in a manner, or engage in any other conduct which threatens, disparages, vilifies, or insults another person (the person vilified) on any basis, including but not limited to a person's race, religion, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin, special ability/disability or sexual orientation, preference or identity.

School Sport SA

Phone: 8416 5900
Email: education.schoolsportsa [at] sa.gov.au