CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
(As approved by the MCC Principals, February 2008)
- At all times co-operate with your coach, team mates and opponents.
- Work equally as hard for yourself and your team.
- Be a good sport. Encourage fellow team members.
- Control your temper. Make no criticism by word or gesture.
- Maintain a neat and tidy appearance.
- Compete by the rules and always abide by the referee’s/umpire’s or judge’s decision.
- If there is some discrepancy in a decision made by a judge/referee/umpire, a respectful request is permissible, by the captain only.
- Play may be hard and vigorous, but should never be foul or illegal or such as to endanger the person of an opponent, ill-temper or spite should not be shown.
- Negative play and deliberate time-wasting are unacceptable.
CONDUCT OF COACHES
- It is the coaches’ responsibility to check the team is properly attired.
- Should remember that players participate for pleasure and winning is only the part of the fun.
- Should never ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or not winning.
- Should operate within the rules and spirit of the game and encourage their players to do the same.
- Should not use bad language nor harass players, officials, spectators, referees or other coaches.
- Should ensure that facilities and equipment meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability level of the players.
- A coach may not at any stage of the game approach a referee. This includes half time
- Basketball coaches must remain seated on the bench at all times during play
CONDUCT OF SPECTATORS/PARENTS
- Barracking may be enthusiastic, but it should never be designed to heckle, belittle or disturb opposing team members. This includes: booing, whistling, playing or beating musical instruments and is unacceptable.
- Should not use bad language, nor harass players, coaches, officials, referees or other spectators.
- Vocal support for any team should never encourage or incite violence, or rough or illegal play.
- Encroaching on the field of play, or the shouting out of derogatory suggestions for players, referees or umpires to hear, are not appropriate.
- Special attention needs to be given to spectator behaviour when large school groups are attending Swimming, Athletics Carnival or Grand Finals.
- At all times, the supporters are expected to ensure that their assigned area is tidy and free of rubbish before leaving the venue.
- The MCC Code of Behaviour will be stressed to all referees and coaches so that bad language during sports games is strongly discouraged and if necessary penalised.
- Clearly, it is desirable that all MCC competition and activities should be characterised by a truly Christian spirit of involvement. Participation rather than winning at any price ought to hold pride of place.
- In an attempt to encourage the proper enjoyment of games and other activities by participating students, the following Code of Behaviour has been adopted by the schools of the Association. Whilst it is acknowledged and accepted that each school has specific regulations concerning conduct it is hoped that the Code will be observed on a uniform basis throughout the Association.