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Tips for Parents

I will:

  • encourage my child to play within the rules and respect officials’ and coaches’ decisions
  • teach my child to respect the efforts of their opponents
  • remember that children learn best by example, so I will applaud good plays and performances by both my child’s team and their opponents
  • give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort
  • support my child’s efforts and performance
  • thank the coaches, officials and other volunteers who give their time to conduct the event for my child
  • help when asked by a coach or official
  • respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in the game, regardless of their gender, ability or cultural background.

I will not:

  • pressure my child in any way – I know that this is their game not mine.
  • arrive at the venue intoxicated or drink alcohol at junior matches
  • use bad language, nor will I harass players, coaches, officials or other spectators
  • criticise or ridicule my child’s performance after the game
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