Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct

Box Hill Little Athletics Centre has a number of policies designed to protect the integrity of our centre and ensure all families participate will full enjoyment.

Please familiarise yourself with these policies and adhere to them at all times.

Athlete Code of Conduct

  • Play by the rules
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, ask your Team or Age Manager to deal with the matter.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials, coaches, parents or other athletes, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in our sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or your Centre/Club. Your Centre/Club’s performance will benefit.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good results whether they are by your Centre/Club, opponent or the other Centre/Club.
  • Treat all athletes, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another athlete.
  • Co-operate with officials, coaches, club mates and other participants. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Participate in Little Athletics for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Avoid use of bad language.

Parent & Spectators Code of Conduct

  • Encourage children to participate if they are interested. However, if a child is not willing, do not force him or her.
  • Focus on the child’s efforts rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the children in setting realistic goals related to his/her own ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each event is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing an event
  • Remember children are involved in Little Athletics for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official’s judgement and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove all verbal and physical abuse at Little Athletics activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of being a volunteer official and/or coach. They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your support.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, parents, coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.
  • Avoid use of bad language.


Officials Code of Conduct

  • Compliment all participants on their efforts.
  • Be consistent, objective and courteous in calling all infractions.
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents
  • Ensure that the “spirit of the game” for children is not lost by using common sense and not over-emphasising errors.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to  the age and ability of the participants.
  • Publicly encourage rule changes, which will reinforce the principles of participation for fun and enjoyment.
  • Ensure that your behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sporting behaviour. Actions speak louder than words
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound officiating principles and the principles of growth and development of children.
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check as required by LAVic.
  • Avoid use of bad language