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Melville City FC Code of fair play

The following rules of fair play have been developed, and are followed by all Melville City FC players, parents, coaches and spectators.

Coaches

  • Remember that young players participate in sport for pleasure and winning is only PART of their fun.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a young player for making a mistake or for not winning.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players' time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of soccer and teach your players to do the same.
  • Any physical contact with a young player should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for their development.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All young players are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
  • Avoid overplaying talented players. All players deserve equal playing and training time, regardless of their ability.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age, maturity and ability of all players.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all others involved with soccer. This includes, but is not limited to, opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators.
  • Encourage your players to do the same.
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young players.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Players

  • Play by the rules.
  • Junior players should never argue with referees. If you disagree with a decision, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official on your behalf.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging of other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviour in soccer.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team's performance will benefit and so will you.
  • Be a good sport; applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
  • Treat all participants in soccer as you would like to be treated. Without them there would be no game.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please your parents and coaches.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all soccer participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Parents

  • Remember that young people participate in soccer for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours.
  • Encourage children to participate, do not force them to.
  • Focus on your child's efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Never ridicule or scold a player for making a mistake. Positive comments help motivate young players.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from all soccer activities.
  • Respect the decisions of officials and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate in football.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Spectators

  • Remember that young people participate in football for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours.
  • Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the game's outcome.
  • Respect the decisions of officials and teach young players to do the same.
  • Never ridicule or scold a player for making a mistake. Positive comments help motivate young players.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Show respect for your team's opponents. Without them there would be no game.
  • Encourage all players to follow the rules and the decisions of all officials.
  • Do not use foul language, sledge or harass any player, coach or official.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

You can read more of FFA Spectator Policy here.