Code of Conduct

Codes of Conduct for Athletes:
  • Compete for the ‘fun of it’.  Be a good sport and a keen yet friendly competitor
  • Play by the rules. The rules of competition ensure a safe and equal footing for all competitors.
  • Never argue with the volunteers running events. Be respectful and obedient to all volunteers. Without them we would not have a competition. To hear “thank you” means a lot to our helpers.
  • Be a good sport. Cheer other athletes when they perform and try to shake hands with your fellow competitors at the end of an event.
  • Never put down another person. Do not ridicule others either in their performance or personal appearance.
  • Never threaten or use violence against another person. Verbal abuse/provocation of athletes, volunteers or spectators is not acceptable.
  • Rude and / or inappropriate gestures or language will not be tolerated.
  • Listen for your events to be called. Be quick to your marshalling area. This makes it a lot easier for volunteers to get your events underway as quickly as possible.  Once called, events will not be held up waiting for the athlete, unless there is a clash of events and the Arena Manager has been informed.
  • Wear your club colours with pride. When you wear your uniform you represent the Centre. Be proud of who you are
Codes of Conduct for Parents & Spectators:
  • Remember children participate in sport for their enjoyment not yours.
  • Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Influence children to always play by the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility, violence or abuse.
  • Never ridicule or yell abuse at a child for making a mistake or losing at competition.
  • Never threaten or use violence against another person. Verbal abuse/provocation of athletes, volunteers or spectators is not acceptable.
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation to and join in as a volunteer. Without them your child would not be able to compete.
  • Respect the rights dignity and worth off everyone regardless of their gender, ability and cultural or religious background.
  • Applaud the performance and efforts of all athletes.

Guidelines for the recommended minimum penalties for breach of the codes, as well as procedures for their implementation are available in the Melville By-Laws.