Code of Conduct
The AFLM Code of Conduct has been designed to ensure all games are played in the true spirit of Masters “Footy for Fun”.
PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT
- Play by the rules at all times.
- Never argue with an official; if you disagree, discuss the matter with your coach after the game.
- Control your temper; verbal abuse or racial or religious vilification of other players, or provoking an opponent is not acceptable.
- Be a team player, work equally hard for yourself and your team.Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you.
- Be reasonable in your demands’ consider players’ time, energy and enthusiasm levels.
- Avoid over playing the talented players; the just ‘average players’ players need and deserve equal time. Keep winning in perspective; maximize players’ participation for fun and enjoyment.
- Stress safety always; ensure equipment and facilities are safe.
- Consider maturity levels; match up practices schedules, practice activities and degree of competition with maturity levels.
- Develop team respects; for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.
- Recognise the importance of injury; seek and follow the physician’s advice concerning the return of injured players to training.
- Keep informed with sound principles of coaching and skill development.
Teach fair play, help players understand the responsibilities and implications of freedom to choose between fair and unfair play.
- Ensure equal participation for all; provide equal opportunities for all regardless of ability, size, shape, age, disability or ethnic origin.
- Ensure that the rules, equipment, length of games and training schedules take into consideration age, ability and maturity even of the participants.
- Stress enjoyment; remember that players participate for enjoyment and play down the importance of rewards.
- Promote fair play, ensure that coaches, officials, sponsored physicians and participants understand their responsibilities regarding fair play.
- Where appropriate modify rules and regulations to match the skill level of participants and their needs. A Promote respect for opponents and condemn unsporting behavior.
- Applaud good performance and efforts from each team.
- Congratulate all participants upon their performance regardless of the game’s outcome.
- Respect officials’ decisions at all times Remember all officials are there for the fun (of the game and are volunteers; as such all should be treated with respect.
- Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
- Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no game.
- Encourage players to follow the rules and the officials decisions.
- Do not use foul language or harass players, coaches or officials.
- Each club state or territory is responsible for the behaviour of their spectators and officials during and at the conclusion of their games.