CODE OF CONDUCT

DREAM | BELIEVE | ACHIEVE​

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This Code of Conduct aims to set out the minimum standards for anyone involved in football. It applies when playing, training or taking part in all club-sanctioned activities.  All players agree to comply with our Code of Conduct when registering at Merrimac Football Club.  ​

CODES OF CONDUCT

COACH

Sportsmanship and ethical values highlighting respect, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity and accountability are a foundation for the development of young players and for the sport as a whole.  Our ethical behaviour is demonstrated in our relationships with players, colleagues, officials and parents. We are ambassadors for our Club and are also role models and as such we have a big influence on the young players who comprise our teams.     

The Standards Below are to be Followed at all Times:​

  1. Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning

  2. Always show respect to all players, match officials, opposition teams and coaches

  3. Never to engage in or tolerate any form of bullying

  4. That all sessions are planned in advance and well-thought-out

  5. Deliver detailed feedback and analysis of each players performance and to be honest and open

  6. To be on time for every practise and game

  7. Strive for the highest possible standards of behaviour and be a positive role model for each player

  8. Encourage each player to adhere to the highest possible behaviour and performance on and off the pitch​

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any or all of the following actions may be taken:​

  1. Required to meet with the Club Committee

  2. Suspended or asked to leave the Club

PLAYER

Players are the most important people in the sport. Playing for the team, and for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game.  But not winning at any cost – fair play and respect for all others in the game is fundamentally important.

It is expected that all Merrimac Football Club players will conduct themselves in a manner that is both honourable and in keeping with the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship. They will not indulge themselves in tactics, either by word or action, that are likely to bring the game or this Club into disrepute. 

 

The Standards Below are to be Followed at all Times:​

  1. To show respect to all players, match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, parents and referees

  2. Be a good teammate, trusting your team both on and off the field

  3. Always supportive and encourage my teammates

  4. Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me and respect them at all times

  5. Always play to the best of my ability and for the benefit of my team

  6. Be enthusiastic and passionate, come to all games and training with the attitude to work hard and enjoy 

  7. Understand that a coach has to do what is best for the team and not one individual player

  8. Shake hands with opponents and team officials of the opposition at the end of each game

  9. Take responsibility for my own belongings and equipment, always be presentable in correct Merrimac FC attire

I understand if I do not follow the Code, any or all of the following actions may be taken:​

  1. I will be required to apologise to my team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager

  2. Receive a formal warning from the coach or the Club Committee

  3. Be substituted or suspended from training or game

  4. I could be asked to leave the Club

PARENTS

Parents and spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they first and foremost love the game. It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football, it is important to reinforce the message to parents and spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to a player’s enjoyment, sense of personal achievement, self-esteem and development. 

Adult behaviour must be of the highest standard to set the correct example to the players.  It is expected that all parents and spectators will conduct themselves in a manner that is both honourable and in keeping with the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.

Parents and Spectators of the Club Should Always:​

  1. Be positive and encouraging towards all of the children, not just their own

  2. Not engage with their child once the child has been put in the charge of their Coach

  3. Avoid from coaching their child or any other players during games or training sessions

  4. Respect all players, staff and parents from the opposing team

  5. Support positively and offer players encouragement not criticism

  6. Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing

  7. Respect the decisions of match officials at all times. In many cases, newly qualified referees often young in years, are appointed to youth matches in order to gain experience and these officials should be given encouragement and support

  8. Set a good example for your child to follow and understand that it is their sport you are watching not your own

  9. Parents and supporters are to watch games on the outskirts of the fields. Only Players, Coaches and Club Officials are to access the fields at all times 

  10. No parent is to approach any coach or coaching staff​ regarding any issue at training or games, an email is to be sent instead to info@merrimacfc.com and will be dealt with accordingly.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any or all of the following actions may be taken:​

  1. Obliged to leave the match

  2. Issued with a verbal warning from the Club Committee

  3. Requested by the Club not to attend future games

  4. Required to leave Merrimac FC along with any dependents