Christchurch United Football Club
Code of Conduct
Christchurch United Football Club
Christchurch United is committed to the long-term development of the junior and youth football player as a well-rounded athlete and productive and respected citizen.
Therefore, each player will be expected to follow the Christchurch United Code of Conduct and each Parent is expected to help enforce these principles:

· Love the game. Have fun, learn, and play to win.
· Learn the official Rules. Play by the rules.
· Do not argue and abuse game officials, opponents, and spectators.
· Accept victory and defeat with dignity.
· Players will shake hands with their opponents after each game.
· Respect teammates, coaches, parents, game officials and achievements of the opponent.
· Cooperate with your coach, teammates, and the opposition. Without them there is NO game.
· Always try to perform to the best of your ability. This way, your team will benefit from your effort.
· Promote the Code of Conduct to all.

Christchurch United Football Club
Parents of Christchurch United players serve as important role models to their children and to all the other children and Parents that they can meet on the football field.
Christchurch United expects each parent to agree to the following code of conduct principles:

· Agree to abide by the Code of Conduct
· Christchurch United Parents will learn the rules of the game and understand the game format for their child age group
· Remember that Children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not for yours.
· Encourage children to participate and not force them. Leave the coaching to the coach.
· Encourage children to play by the rules.
· Never yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
· Respect teams, other spectators and game officials and their decisions. Teach Children to do the same.
· Show appreciation for coaches and game officials.
· Remember children learn by example.
· Creating a safe environment for our children is paramount to our club.
· Our club does not accept any abusive behaviour, verbally or physically, towards our players, coaches and any other person, and any abuse will be reported to the police.
· Christchurch United Parents will follow a 48 – Hour Rule before contacting coaches after a game
· The code of conduct is applicable at our premises, as well as any other locations where you or your child represent Christchurch United Football Club.
· Promote the Code of Conduct to all.
Christchurch United Football Club
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every individual player as a human being and:
· Treat everyone equally regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, or religion.
· Respect the talent, developmental stage, and goals of each player to help each player reach their full potential.
· Maintain high standards of integrity.
· Operate within the rules of football and in the spirit of fair play, while encouraging players to do the same.
· Advocate a sporting environment free of drugs and other performance enhancing substances within the guidelines of the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency.
· Not disclose any confidential information relating to their players without written prior consent.

Be a positive role model for the sport and the players and act in a way that projects a positive image of coaching viz:
· Provide all players with the equal attention and opportunities they deserve.
· Ensure the time spent with their player(s) is a positive experience.
· Be fair, considerate, and honest with players.
· Encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle – refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol and engaging in poor lifestyle choices around players.

Show professional responsibility:
· Display high standards in language, manner, punctuality, preparation, and presentation.
· Display control, courtesy, respect, honesty, dignity, and professionalism to all involved within the sphere of sport - this includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators.
· Encourage their players to demonstrate the same qualities.
· Be professional and accept responsibility for their actions.
· Refrain from initiating a relationship with a player and discourage any attempt by a player to initiate a sexual relationship with them, explaining the ethical basis of the refusal.
· Accurately represent personal coaching qualifications, experience, competence, and affiliations. NZF Code of Conduct 4
· Refrain from criticism of other coaches.

Make a commitment to providing a quality service to their players:
· Seek continual improvement through ongoing coach education and other personal and professional development opportunities.
· Provide players with planned and structured training programs appropriate to their needs and goals.
· Seek advice and assistance from professionals when additional expertise is required.
· Maintain appropriate records.

Provide a safe environment for training and competition:
· Adopt appropriate risk management strategies to ensure that the training and/or competition environment is safe.
· Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety standards.
· Ensure equipment, rules, training, and the environment are appropriate for the age, physical and emotional maturity, experience, and ability of the players.
· Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players.
· Allow further participation in training and competition only when appropriate.
· Encourage players to seek medical advice when required.
· Provide a modified training program where appropriate. Maintain the same interest and support toward sick and injured players.

Protect players from any form of personal abuse:
· Refrain from any form of verbal, physical and emotional abuse towards players.
· Refrain from any form of sexual and racial harassment, racial vilification, and harassment on the grounds of disability.
· Ensure that any physical contact with players is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player's skill development.
· Be alert to any forms of abuse directed towards players from other sources while in their care.