Coaches Code of Conduct

In addition to Little Athletics WA General Code of Conduct, you must meet the following requirements with regard to your conduct during any activity held by or under the auspices of Little Athletics WA, Member Centres or Clubs in your role as a coach:

  1. Operate within the rules and spirit of little athletics, promoting “fair play”.
  2. Develop a positive little athletics environment by emphasising enjoyment and by providing appropriate development and competitive experiences.
  3. Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of little athletics.
  4. Treat each person as an individual. Respect the rights and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  5. Display control, courtesy and respect to all involved with little athletics.
  6. Respect the decisions of officials, other coaches and administrators in the conduct of little athletics programs and competitions.
  7. Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance exists with little athletes.
  8. Ensure activities, equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate to the ability level of participating little athletes. Activities, rules, equipment, length of activities and training schedules should take into consideration the age, ability and maturity level of the little athletes.
  9. Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.
  10. Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment. Place the safety and welfare of the little athletes above all else.
  11. Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to an environment free of sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination or victimisation.
  12. Any physical contact with little athletes should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the little athletes skill development.
  13. Be honest and do not allow your qualifications/accreditation to be misrepresented.
  14. Be reasonable in your demands on little athletes’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  15. Teach little athletes that the rules of the sport are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break.
  16. Group athletes according to age and physical maturity whenever possible.
  17. Avoid over-coaching the better performing athletes, all athletes deserve and need equal time.
  18. Remember children participate for fun and enjoyment and winning is only part of their motivation.
  19. Never ridicule, yell at or scold little athletes for making mistakes or losing an event.