Coach's Code of Behaviour

The coach's code of behaviour is a positive document for all coaches and our club.

It affirms our support for the concepts of responsibility, trust, competence, respect, safety, honesty, professionalism, equity and sportsmanship.

The code also provides a reference point for clubs, parents, athletes, schools and employers to expect that a coach will demonstrate appropriate standards of behaviour.

South West United Hockey Club are proud to endorse and adopt this Code of Behaviour from the Australian Commission of Sport.

Coach Code of Behaviour

Safety and Health of Participants

• Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else.

• Be aware of and support the sport’s injury management plans and return to play guidelines.

Coaching excellence

• Help each person (athlete, official, etc) to reach their potential.  Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each person and encourage them with positive and constructive feedback.

• Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.

• Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of the sport.

• Treat each participant as an individual.

• Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up-to-date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of participants.

Honour the sport

• Act within the rules and spirit of your sport.

• Promote fair play over winning at any cost.

• Respect the decisions of officials, coaches and administrators.

• Show respect and courtesy to all involved with the sport.

• Display responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and other drugs.


• Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.

• Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a harassment-free environment.

• Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance exists) with people under the age of 18.

• Ensure that any physical contact with another person is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the person's skill development.

• Be honest and do not allow your qualifications or coaching experience to be misrepresented.

• Never advocate or condone the use of illicit drugs or other banned performance enhancing substances or methods.

• Never participate in or advocate practices that involve match fixing.


• Respect the rights and worth of every person, regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.

• Do not tolerate abusive, bullying or threatening behaviour.


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