Codes of Conduct

Administrators’ Code of Behaviour

• Involve children in the planning, leadership, evaluation and decision-making related to the activity.

• Ensure that equal opportunities for participation in sports are made available to all children, regardless of ability, size, shape, sex, disability or ethnic origin.

• Ensure that equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate to the ability level of participating children.

• Ensure that rules, equipment, events and training schedules take in consideration the age, ability and maturity level of participating children.

• Ensure that adequate supervision is provided by qualified and competent coaches and officials capable of developing appropriate positive behaviour and skill technique.

• Remember that children participate for enjoyment and play down the importance of rewards.

• Avoid allowing programmes to become primarily spectator entertainment. Focus on the needs of the participants rather than the enjoyment of the spectators.

• Provide clinics aimed at improving the standards of coaching and officiating, with an emphasis on appropriate behaviour and skill technique.

• Ensure that parents, coaches, sponsors, administrators, officials, physicians and participants understand their responsibilities regarding fair play.

• Make available the Code of Conduct to spectators, officials, parents, coaches, athletes and the media.

• Hold a current Working with Children Check

• 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 overemphasising 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

• Avoid use of bad language.

 

Parents’ 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 upon 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 of 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.

 

Spectators’ Code of Conduct

• Remember that children participate in Little Athletics activities for fun. They are not participating for the entertainment of spectators, nor are they miniature professionals.

• Applaud good performances and efforts from each athlete. Congratulate all participants upon their performance regardless of the event outcome.

• Respect the officials’ decisions. If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to question the decision and teach the children to do likewise.

• Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during a competition. Positive comments are motivational.

• Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or athletes.

• Show respect for each participant. Without them there would be no events.

• Encourage athletes to follow the rules and the officials’ decisions.

• Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not harassing athletes, parents, coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.

• Avoid use of bad language.

 

Coaches’ Code of Conduct

• Be reasonable in your demands on young athlete’s time, energy and enthusiasm.

• Teach athletes the rules of the sport are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.

• Whenever possible, group athletes to give a reasonable chance of success.

• Avoid over-coaching the better performing athletes, the “just average” athletes need and deserve equal time.

• Ensure any physical contact with athletes is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the athlete’s skills development.

• Avoid situations with your athletes that could be construed as compromising.

• Remember that children participate for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their enjoyment. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing an event.

• Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the athletes.

• Take into consideration the maturity level of the children when scheduling and determining the length of training times and competition.

• Coaches should never solicit, whether overtly or covertly, or by actively recruiting athletes who are already being coached to join their squad.

• Develop respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and coaches.

• Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured athlete is ready to recommence training or competition.

• Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.

• Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, other coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.

• Not publicly criticise or disagree with the work of other coaches.

• Hold a current Working with Children Check

• Avoid use of bad language.

 

Little Athletes’ 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.

LJLAC HEALTH POLICY

COVID - 19 

LJLAC COVID - 19 Policy will be on display at the track. Key points are

  • Social distancing to be observed
  • All equipment to be sanitised between events
  • All persons to sign in upon entry to the venu
  • All athletes to come in their uniform. No getting changed at the track.

 

HEALTHY FOOD CHOICE POLICY

The Centre is aware that healthy eating is a vital part of good health. We recognize that lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, non-insulin dependent diabetes and obesity are all associated with the food we eat.

We acknowledge that healthy eating can have an impact on the lives of our members, and that the provision of healthy foods will contribute to better health for all. Enjoying a variety of foods from the different food groups is the key to healthy eating.

The Centre will ensure that a variety of healthy food choices are available for all its activities. This applies to all meetings, competitions, functions and events and to all members, officials, players, volunteers, spectators, visitors and any others taking part in Club activities.

 

SMOKE FREE POLICY

*Please Note that in NSW all Public Sporting Facilitates are Smoke Free Environments.*

The Centre is aware that smoking endangers health and believes that all Little Athletics venues and functions should be Smoke Free. In an open park the venue is defined as “the area inside an imaginary boundary 50 metres from the outside perimeter of the circular track”.

The following strategies have been adopted to promote a Smoke Free environment:

1. Cigarettes shall not be sold at any venue used by the Centre.

2. Executive members, coaches and officials shall not smoke in view of the public or athletes during the lead up to and conduct of Little Athletics events.

3. All Centre meeting and functions shall be smoke-free.

4. All areas within the Centre will be Smoke Free, including: the clubrooms, canteen, changing room, toilet blocks, spectator areas, and competing areas.

5. The Centre will place no smoking signs in prominent positions and remove ashtrays from all no smoking areas.

6. The Centre will ensure that smokers have a place outside the venue or out of public view, where they can smoke, and provide them with ashtrays/bins.

7. Reference will be made to the Smoke Free policy in Centre publications.

8. Regular announcements will be made to ensure that members and visitors are aware of the Centre’s Smoke Free policy. Signs provided by the Association will be placed in the venue.

9. All visitors will be required to observe this policy.

Non-compliance with the policy will be handled by an explanation of the Centre’s Smoke Free policy to the person, including the identification of areas in which smoking is allowed. In the case of continued non-compliance with the policy, Centre officials will use their direction as to the steps to be taken, which may include asking the person to leave the premises or function.

 

SUN PROTECTION POLICY

The Centre is aware that children are especially susceptible to the sun’s rays and that skin cancer can be prevented.

The following strategies have been adopted:

1. Wherever possible competition and training shall be scheduled outside the hours of 11:00am and 3:00pm (daylight saving time).

2. The Centre will maximise the use of natural shade provided by trees and buildings.

3. Individuals will be encouraged to bring their own shade structures to Centre and Region activities.

4. Where possible, portable shade will be provided at all field event venues and track marshalling areas.

5. Officials shall promote the wearing of sun protective clothing: shirts with long sleeves and a collar, wide brimmed or legionnaire hats and sunglasses.

6. Athletes will be advised to take umbrellas, drink bottles and sunscreen to events. Hats and sunglasses may be worn during competition.

7. SPF 15+ or higher sunscreen will be promoted and made available by the Centre/Clubs.

8. Event programs, newsletter and public announcement will be used to maintain awareness of and promote sun protection.

9. Centre officials and coaches will act as sun protection role models.

 

RESPONSIBLE ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT POLICY

The Centre is aware that alcohol, when misused can cause harm to the drinker and others. A responsible drinking policy has been adopted so as to reduce risks and avoid problems.

The following strategies have been adopted:

1. There will be no sale or consumption of alcohol during the conduct of any Little Athletics competition.

2. Where alcohol is consumed at a Centre function the following measures will be taken;

(i) Alcohol will not be served to minors, or in front of minors.

(ii) Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated.

(iii) Low alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks will be available and promoted.

(iv) Water will be available at no cost at functions where alcohol is served.

(v) Healthy food options will be available when alcohol is served.

(vi) Members who have been drinking will be encouraged to use safe transport options.

3. There will be no alcohol advertising at any venue used by the Centre.

4. The Centre will not accept any direct alcohol related sponsorship or use alcohol as a prize for fundraising activities aimed at minors.

5. The Centre will comply with Liquor Licensing Victoria (LLV) regulations.

6. The Centre will comply with any NSW Liquor Licensing regulations when holding events in NSW.