Athletes are expected to show a reasonable level of behaviour at all times. The Chief of Events, Chief of Officials, Competition Director and Club Team Manager can send children back from events for breaches of behaviour. The club team manager can suspend athletes for breaches in the club area. Depending on the seriousness of the breach children can be suspended for 1 event or the rest of the day.
Below is the official codes of behaviour as outlined by LAVIC.
- Compliment all participants on their effors.
- Be consistent, objective and courteous in calling all infractions.
- Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.
- Ensure that the "spirit of the games" for childrent is not lost by using common sense and not over-emphasing errors.
- Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the participants.
- Publicly encourage rule changes, which will reinforce the principles of participation for fun and enjoyment.
- Ensure that you behaviour is consistent with the priciples of good sporting behaviour. Actions speak louder than words.
- Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound officiating principles and the prnciples of growth and develpment of children.
- Play by the rules.
- Never argue with an official. If you disagree, ask your Team Manager to deal with the matter.
- Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other athletes, deliberately distracting or provoking an oppenent is not acceptable or permitted in our sport.
- Work equally hard for yourself and/or your Centre/Club. Your Centre/Club's performance will benefit.
- Be a good sport. Applaud all good results whether they are by your Centre/Club, opponent or the other Centre/Club.
- Treat all athletes, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another athlete.
- Co-operate with your coach, club mates and other participants. Without them there would be no competition.
- Participate in Little Athletics for the "fun of it" and not just to please parents and coaches.
- Avoid use of bad language.
- Encourage children to participate if they are interested. However, if a child is not willing, do not force him or her.
- Focus upon the child's efforts rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the children in setting realistic goals related to his/her own ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
- Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each event is accepted without undue disappointment.
- Encourage children to always participate according to the rules.
- Never ridicule or hell at a child for making a mistake or losing an event.
- Remember children are involved in Little Athletics for their enjoyment, not yours.
- If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official's judgement and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child's involvement.
- Support all efforts to remove all verbal and physical abuse at Little Athletics activities.
- Recognise the value and importance of being a volunteer official and/or coach. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your supports.
- Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour, by not harassing athletes, coaches or officials, smoking on the arena or being intoxicated.
- Avoid use of bad language.