Codes of Conduct

FOR PARENTS / GUARDIANS / SPECTATORS

As a parent of Guardian of a registered member of Cheltenham Youth Club, I agree to abide by the following Code of Conduct and Behaviour Policy.

  • Remember that children participate in sport primarily for their enjoyment, not mine.
  • To encourage not force my child to participate
  • To focus on the children’s and team’s effort and performance rather than winning or losing
  • To encourage the children to always play according to the rules and settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition
  • Remember that children learn best from example. Appreciate good performances and skilful performances by all participants. Show respect for your team’s opponents, without them there would be no competition.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from all sporting activities and do not harass or talk negatively about gymnasts, coaches or officials.
  • Respect officials decisions and teach children to do likewise
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them my child could not participate
  • No coaching from the audience and for parents of gymnasts do not gesture or make eye contact during a competition. Your child could risk disqualification from the event.
  • To respect the rights, dignity and worth of all spectators and participants regardless of the gender, sexual preference, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.

FOR ATHLETES/PARTICIPANTS

As an athlete of Cheltenham Youth Club, I agree to abide by the following Code of Conduct and Behaviour Policy.

  • To remember that I am here to have fun and learn something and so is everybody else.
  • That it is my responsibility to tell my coach if I am injured or tired
  • To speak with other athletes, coaches and parents respectfully at all times, even if I disagree with them.
  • To allow other athletes the space they need to try new skills at their own pace
  • To remember to always play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence
  • To remember that we all learn things in a different way and at a different rate
  • To never tease or make another athlete feel their efforts are not their best
  • To show respect for your team’s opponents, without them there would be no competition
  • Respect your coaches and other official’s decisions and understand that you may not always be aware of the reasons behind these decisions
  • To remember not to acknowledge my parents or friends whilst doing a competition, as this could lead to my disqualification
  • To respect the rights, dignity and worth of all spectators and participants regardless of the gender, sexual preference, ability, cultural background or religion.

FOR COACHES

As a Coach or Coach-In-Training of Cheltenham Youth Club, I agree to abide by the following Code of Conduct and Behaviour and Language Policy.

  • To remember that I am here to support and teach the whole child and not only focus on their physical abilities
  • To remember to adhere to the Australian Gymnastics Code of Ethics in all my interactions with athletes and parents
  • To speak to other athletes, coaches and parents respectfully at all times, even if I disagree with them
  • To ensure that my coaching techniques put athletes welfare first, and nurtures their physical, psychological, emotional and developmental growth
  • To remember that we all learn things in a different way and at a different rate and that no athlete comes to class wanting to fail in their goals
  • To never tease or make another athlete feel ashamed about their skills
  • To show respect to team’s opponents, without them their would be no competition
  • Respect officials decisions and understand that you may not always be aware of the reasons behind decisions
  • To challenge decisions through appropriate channels
  • To show respect to other coaches, athletes and parents at all times
  • To inform the committee in writing of any concerns that you have in relation to any other coaches behaviour or attitudes
  • To encourage and support all efforts
  • To respect the rights, dignity and worth of all spectators and participants regardless of the gender, sexual preference, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • To ensure a professional relationship with all athletes

FOR COACHES

  • To understand and treat carefully the impact of my professional relationship with athletes
  • To not engage in social activities with individual athletes outside of Cheltenham Youth Club if they are currently being coached by you
  • To not provide food/medicine/vitamin intake for any athlete without the written/verbal consent of their parents. (this is for all athletes irrespective of age in acknowledgment of the influence of the coaches role)
  • To not engage in the regular use of text messages to athletes, unless specifically related to a change of venue or time regarding training
  • To ensure that all issues that arise with athletes are dealt with during training times
  • At no stage should any coach be involved in coaching an individual athlete in the gym without another adult present
  • To inform parents of any athletes if you have concerns regarding their emotional, physical or psychological well being
  • To understand that athletes learn best by example and as a coach of Cheltenham Youth Club I am a role model for younger athletes
  • To appreciate that my behaviour will help set the culture within Cheltenham Youth Club and I am responsible for contributing to this
  • To always maintain appropriate sports clothing for training and competitions
  • To not engage in mobile phone calls whilst coaching, unless it directly relates to an athlete on the floor and requires immediate attention, or it is an emergency situation.
  • To arrive 10 minutes before each class and not leave until athletes have been picked up or other arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of the athletes.

FOR ADMINISTRATORS

  • Involve young people in planning, leadership, evaluation and decision making related to the activity.
  • Give all young people equal opportunities to participate.
  • Create pathways for young people to participate in sport not just as a player but as a coach, referee, administrator etc.
  • Remember that young people participate for their enjoyment and benefit. Do not overemphasise awards.
  • Give a code of behaviour sheet to spectators, officials, parents, coaches, and players, and encourage them to follow it.
  • Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
  • Make it clear that abusing young people in any way is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action.
  • To respect the rights, dignity and worth of all spectators and participants regardless of the gender, sexual preference, ability, cultural background or religion.

FOR JUDGES

  • Modify rules and regulations to match the skill levels and needs of young people.
  • Compliment and encourage all participants
  • Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents
  • Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors
  • Encourage and promote rule changes that will make participation more enjoyable
  • Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words
  • Keep up to date with the latest trends in officiating and the principles of growth and development of young people
  • Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive
  • Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else
  • Give all young people a ‘fair go’ regardless of their gender, sexual preference, ability, cultural background or religion