Behavioural Guidelines

Behavioural Guidelines

These Behavioural Guidelines aim to give everyone a guide to what is expected of them if they are part of Little Athletics, be it participating, volunteering or standing on the side-line cheering for your child, relative or friend.

The guidelines set down what is an acceptable standard of conduct and behaviour and reflect the principles upon which Little Athletics is based.

Acceptance and agreement with these guidelines will ensure that Little Athletes will develop good sporting behaviours and be an enjoyable sporting experience, encouraging them to remain involved in sport or otherwise be active throughout their lives. We ask that everyone take the time to read the guidelines and make a personal commitment to always behave in accordance

1.  Show respect to coaches and officials. Any approach to an official should be in a courteous manner. Never argue with an official.
2. Control your temper  no “mouthing off” throwing equipment etc. 

3.  Never verbally abuse or sledge other athletes, deliberately distract or provoke another athlete.
4 .Do not bully or harm another athlete. 
5. Do not use bad language or obscene gestures at any time. 
6. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all athletes and officials, regardless of their gender, ability, cultural round or religion. 
7. Do not bring the sport of  Little Athletics into disrepute.

1. Never ridicule or yell at an athlete for making a mistake during a competition.
2. Respect the officials’ decisions. If there is a disagreement, always follow the appropriate procedure/s in order to question the decision.
3. Never use violence, threats or abuse in any form.
4. Keep to designated spectator areas and do not encroach on the arena or other competition sites if you are not officiating.
5. Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, coaches, officials or spectators, smoking outside designated areas, being intoxicated or using bad language.
6. Ensure that any physical contact with a young person is appropriate to the situation and/or necessary for the athlete’s skill development.
7. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all athletes and officials, regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
8.  Do not bring the sport of Little Athletics into disrepute.

1. Show respect to coaches and officials. Any approach to an official should be in a courteous manner. Never argue with an official
2. Control your temper  no “mouthing off” throwing equipment etc. 
3. Never verbally abuse or sledge other athletes, deliberately distract or provoke another athlete.
4. Do not bully or harm another athlete. 
5. Do not use bad language or obscene gestures at any time. 
6. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all athletes and officials, regardless of their gender, ability, cultural round or religion. 
7. Do not bring the sport of  Little Athletics into disrepute
4. Keep to designated spectator areas and do not encroach on the arena or other competition sites if you are not officiating.
5. Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, coaches, officials or spectators, smoking outside designated areas, being intoxicated or using bad language.
6. Ensure that any physical contact with a young person is appropriate to the situation and/or necessary for the athlete’s skill development.
7. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all athletes and officials, regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
8.  Do not bring the sport of Little Athletics into disrepute.

1. Never ridicule or yell at an athlete for making a mistake during a competition.
2. Respect the officials’ decisions. If there is a disagreement, always follow the appropriate procedure/s in order to question the decision.
3. Never use violence, threats or abuse in any form.
4. Keep to designated spectator areas and do not encroach on the arena or other competition sites if you are not officiating.
5. Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, coaches, officials or spectators, smoking outside designated areas, being intoxicated or using bad language.
6. Ensure that any physical contact with a young person is appropriate to the situation and/or necessary for the athlete’s skill development.

1. Ensure all young people have equal opportunities for participation.
2. Ensure that rules and equipment are modified to suit the age, ability and maturity level of athletes and that equipment and facilities are safe.
3. Provide quality supervision and instruction.
4. Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings.
5. Resolve conflicts fairly and promptly through established procedures.
6. Remember that young people participate for their enjoyment and benefit. Do not over emphasise awards.
7. Support the efforts of coaches and officials and help improve the standards of coaching and officiating.
8. Involve, where appropriate, members in planning, leadership, evaluation and decision making related to the actual activity.
9. Ensure that everyone involved in Little Athletics emphasises ‘fair play’ and not winning at all costs.