This Code gives you clear direction of how you are expected to behave and approach playing hockey as a member of the Club. It applies to all our young members, under the age of 18 and promotes safety and enjoyment for all players involved in the sport. If you don’t understand the meaning of any part of the Code, then ask your coach or team manager.
FUN, POSITIVE ATTITUDES and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP are the main purpose of young people’s hockey. We expect you to apply the following standards of behaviour.
Respect for the Game
Play within the rules of hockey. Also consider issues beyond the rules such as friendship, enjoyment and always participating with the right spirit.
- Attend training each week to develop your skills
- Do not attend if you are ill, have a heavy cold or are carrying an injury
- Always turn up on time for training and competitions
- Always give maximum effort and try to do your best
- Keep your team manager informed of your availability in good time, don’t wait for the manager to contact you
- Always respond to the team manager’s messages (emails, texts, etc) without delay
- Always thank your coaches, umpires, officials and the opposition players after every training session or game
- Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, with dignity and set a positive example to others.
Respect for others
Umpires, officials, coaches, opponents and spectators should be valued.
- Respect the instructions or decisions of umpires and officials
- Do not appeal decisions made by the umpire or decisions that you feel the umpire should make. It is not part of our sport
- Respect your team mates and they will respect you
- Protect others involved in the game from verbal or physical abuse and other forms of threatening or intimidating behaviour, such as bullying.
- Our players must take responsibility for their actions on and off the pitch
- Do not smoke, consume alcohol or take drugs of any kind (other than medication that has been prescribed for you)
- Never use inappropriate language or gestures.
Playing the game
- Take responsibility for preparing yourself to train or play. You must wear appropriate safety equipment (see our check list)
- Wear suitable clothing – e.g. an extra layer if it’s cold or a waterproof if it’s wet
- Bring any medication you need to play hockey, i.e. your inhaler
- Respect the facilities where you play and the equipment that you use. Pay your match/competition fees to your coach or team manager on match day
- Attending match social activities is an important part of being a Club member
- This means always attending after match teas to host the opposition and to socialise with your team mates. Sharing this responsibility is an important part of playing in a team and being a member of the Club
- Ask your parents to pick you up at a time that allows the above to happen.
Young volunteers, including junior sports leaders should only work with a suitably qualified and insured adult, i.e. a Club coach.
Tell someone you trust if the behaviour of others makes you feel uncomfortable in any way. If you wish to talk about it, our Club Welfare Officer will listen to you. Contact details for our Welfare Officer.