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Code of Behaviour.

Players' Code of Behaviour

Give your best at all times. Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit. 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. 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. Co-operate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them, there would be no competition. 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.


Players who receive a Red Card will result in the Club receiving a fine from Football Federation Victoria, the fine is to be incurred by the Player. A Fine can result from a straight red card or a multiiple of yellow cards that equals a suspension. The Club makes no profit from these fines and the player only pays what the Club is invoiced by FFV.

Coaches' Code of Behaviour

Place the safety and welfare of the athletes above all else. Help each person (athlete, official etc) reach their potential - respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each person and compliment and encourage with positive and supportive feedback. Any physical contact with a person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the person‟s skill development. Be honest and do not allow your qualifications to be misrepresented. Be reasonable in your demands on younger players time, energy and enthusiasm Teach your players to abide by the rules and Laws of the Game Ensure that equipment and facilities meet a reasonable safety standard and is appropriate to the age and ability of the players Modify your approach to suit the skill levels and needs of players Develop and enhance respect between players, opposition coaches and the decisions of the Match Official.


Follow the advice of a physician when determining the extent of a player‟s injury and beyond that, when players are returning from injury to training and Match play Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices (refer to Coach Accreditation Criteria).


Take time out to teach players (& others) the Laws of the Game, hence raising their awareness Remind all players to play within the spirit of the game at all times Ensure players are good sports and ensure each team member shakes the hand of their opponents at the conclusion of every Match.


Do not smoke or consume alcohol from the team bench (Technical Area) or sideline Remember the actions of yourself and your team is reflective of the perception others take away with them.

Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition, this includes training and respecting all players of the Club.

Administrators' Code of Behaviour

Act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the sport as a whole. Ensure that any information acquired or advantage gained from the position is not used improperly. Conduct your responsibilities with due care, competence and diligence. Do not allow prejudice, conflict of interest or bias to affect your objectivity. Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development, and assist in raising the standards of coaching and officiating. Ensure everyone involved in football emphasises fair play, and not winning at all costs. Be tolerant and calm under pressure and approach problem solving in a supportive manner as members and players will expect you to set an example for others.

Parents' Code of Behaviour

Encourage children to participate and have fun. Focus on the child's effort and performance rather than winning or losing. Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.

Spectators' Code of Behaviour

It is important that all spectators at a Football Federation Victoria (FFV) approved fixture are able to enjoy the Match in a safe and comfortable environment. Accordingly, each person present at a FFV fixture must:


Respect the decisions of the Match Officials, and teach children to do the same; Never ridicule or unduly scold a child for making a mistake; Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their race, colour, religion, language, political views, national or ethnic origin;


Not engage in the use of violence in any form, whether it is by other Spectators, Team Officials (including coaches) or Players; Not engage in discrimination, harassment or abuse in any form whether lawful or otherwise, including but not limited to the use of obscene or offensive language or gestures, the incitement of hatred or violence or partaking in indecent or racist chanting;


Do not enter the field of play or its surrounds without lawful authority; and Conduct them self in a manner that enhances, rather than injures, the reputation and goodwill of Surf Coast, FFV, Football Federation Australia (FFA), and football generally.

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