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Auskick code of conductNAB AFL Auskick is a program managed by the local community for the community. Adults play an essential role, whether as parents, coaches, administrators or officials, in supporting junior football in Australia.

Children learn best by example. Therefore codes of conduct provide clear behavioural guidelines and promote a quality environment in which both the game and the participants can flourish.

The following codes of conduct apply for all junior AFL programs.

Code of conduct – Parents and spectators 
  • Encourage children to participate regardless of ability
  • Encourage participants to always play by the rules
  • Never ridicule mistakes or losses
  • Remember that participants learn best by example. Applaud good play by all teams
  • Never publicly disagree with officials. If you disagree, raise the issue privately through appropriate channels
  • Actively discourage racial abuse
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches
  • Remember that participants play for fun and are not miniature professionals
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players
  • Encourage players to accept the umpire's decisions
  • Demonstrate exemplary behaviour by not using foul language, or harassing players, coaches or officials
  • Smoking and the consumption of alcohol is unacceptable at junior sport
Code of conduct – Coaches and teachers
  • Be reasonable in your demands: consider young players' time, energy and enthusiasm levels
  • Avoid over-playing the talented players. The just 'average' players' need and deserve equal time. n Keep winning in perspective: maximise participation because children participate for fun and enjoyment
  • Stress safety: ensure that equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate for age and ability levels
  • Consider maturity levels: match up practice schedules, activities and degree of competition
  • Develop team respect: for opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches
  • Recognise the importance of injury: seek and follow the physician's advice concerning injured players
  • Keep informed: with sound principles of coaching and skill development, and development of children
  • Teach sporting behaviour: create opportunities to teach appropriate sports behaviour as well as basic skills
  • Get priorities right: ensure skill learning and appropriate behaviour are the priority over competition
  • Teach fair play: help children understand the responsibilities and implications of their freedom to choose between fair and unfair play
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