Club Rules

Club Rules
It’s a sad fact of life that player, parent and spectator behaviour in sport is becoming more and more an issue. Nothing frustrates us more than having to spend time (that could otherwise be spent productively) dealing with behaviour issues.
As part of the Registration procedure, players and parents are now asked to agree to Club rules which include Codes of Conduct. Our Club’s Constitution requires us to take appropriate steps against those breaching these Codes. There’s nothing threatening or untoward here – the Codes are all common sense ones that everyone will surely agree with. But sometimes just seeing something in black and white will make us sit up and take notice and “pull our heads in”.
As a sporting body we are required to ensure everyone behaves in an appropriate manner, and we have a renewed focus on making sure this happens. And with your cooperation we’re sure we’ll all be able to just enjoy the game.
Please also note that parents and coaches are not allowed on the field except when tending to an injured player. Parents and coaches are also not allowed to stand behind or near the goals (even though it is very tempting to stand near the younger goalies to give them support).  All encouragement for the goalies must be provided from the sideline. This is a NSFA requirement because it is unfair for attacking players to have to cope with a goal full of adults.
Each player in the Club over the age of 17 becomes a member of the Club.
Each parent or guardian whose name is entered on a registration form becomes a member of the Club.
In order to become a Club member, you must agree that:
  1. All fees need to be paid at time of player registration - We will not register a player with NSFA without the full fees being paid. All players under 16 will need to pay their full fees before they can train or play with the Club. All players must be covered by insurance so players over 16 must at least pay $100 to allow them to train and to play in pre season trial games. No player will be allowed to play in the NSFA competition unless they have paid their full registration fees. (Players with special circumstances may approach Anita Stickland in confidence). The club reserves the right to  keep registration fees if a player withdraws without a good reason once they have been officially allocated to a team. The club incurs costs in forming teams and nominating them with NSFA and player withdrawals after team nomination can cost the club money
  2. Where necessary, you will provide an appropriate Proof of Age, before the first game of the season.
  3. You will abide by the Club's Constitution, which is available to view in the Downloads section of the Club's web site.
  4. You will abide by the Club's Codes of Conduct. The Club enforces the following Codes, which are based on those provided by the Australian Sports Commission:

For Players:

  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in any sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
  • Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
  • Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Respects the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

For parents:

  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • Encourage children always to play according to the rules and settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember that children learn best by example.
  • Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators - without them, your child could not participate.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

For Coaches:

  • Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a young player for making a mistake or not coming first.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport and teach your players to do the same.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All young people are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players; the just average need and deserve equal time.
  • Take appropriate steps to minimise scoring in runaway games (this is really important in the non-competition age groups and the lower divisions of the competition age groups).
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players.
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. Encourage players to do the same.
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young people.
  • Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill development.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

    For Officials:

    • Where permissible, modify rules and regulations to match the skill levels and needs of young people.
    • Compliment and encourage all participants.
    • Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions.
    • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.
    • Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors.
    • Encourage and promote rule changes which will make participation more enjoyable.
    • Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words.
    • Keep up to date with the latest trends in officiating and the principles of growth and development of young people.
    • Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
    • Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else.
    • Give all young people a ‘fair go’ regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.