Code of Conduct – Youth

Code of Conduct – Hornsby RSL Youth

 All Club Members and Spectators

  • Remember that young people participate in football for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of football and encourage others to do the same.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to others involved with football. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, parents and spectators.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Never ridicule or scold a player for making a mistake.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials, parents, players and others and sledging, distracting or provoking of players is not acceptable behaviour.
  • Avoid all violence
  • Adhere to Association and Club policies and regulations
  • Encourage all others to follow this code of conduct.
  • Never encroach onto the field of play unless instructed by an official


  • Aside from injury, each junior player should be on the field for at least half the game time. All players deserve equal playing and training time, regardless of their ability.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Any physical contact with a young player should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for their development.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All young players are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players.


  • Understand the rules and play by them. DO NOT CHEAT.
  • Do not question a referee’s decision. Ask the coach to get an explanation at half time or full time.
  • Do not abuse the referee.
  • Do not persistently appeal to the referee for decisions.
  • Do not complain about the referee’s performance.
  • Show respect to your coach and manager and officials.
  • Do not intentionally attempt to, or actually, violently foul an opposition player
  • Do not provoke, sledge or threaten an opposition player.
  • Do not retaliate if you feel you have been fouled or abused by an opposition player.
  • Do not use profane language towards, or about, the referee, or opposing players.
  • Players should never argue with referees. If you disagree with a decision, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official on your behalf.
  • Work for your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you.
  • Be a good sport; applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please your parents and coaches.


  • Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing, positive comments help motivate young players.
  • Applaud and encourage all players on the team
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate in football.