Coaches are required to sign the AFL Code of Conduct as part of the Level 1 Accreditation requirement. All coaches must be accredited to coach in our league. The key points in the Coaches code of conduct include:

  • Maintain a standard of behaviour and conduct in the best interests of the game and the players/staff in their care.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals within the context of your involvement in football, including refraining from any discriminatory practices on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background, or special ability/disability.
  • Abide by and teach the AFL Laws of the game and the rules of your club and league/association.
  • Be reasonable in the demands you make on the time commitments of the players in your care, having due consideration for their health and well-being.
  • Refrain from any form of personal abuse or unnecessary physical contact with the players in your care.
  • Have due consideration for varying maturity and ability levels of your players when designing practice activities and involvement in competition.
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players, aiming to maximise participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability.
  • Stress and monitor safety always.
  • Seek and follow the physician’s advice concerning the return of injured or ill
  • Keep informed with regard to sound principals of coaching and skill development, and to factors relating to the welfare of your players.
  • At all times display and teach appropriate sporting behaviour, ensuring that players understand and practise fair play.
  • Display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, other officials, parents and spectators.
  • Ensure that players are involved in a positive environment where skill learning and development as priorities are not overshadowed by a desire to win.
  • Reject the use of performance enhancing substances in sport and will abide by the guidelines set forth in the AFL DRUG POLICY.

Policy Commencement: 

This Policy was accepted and passed with ‘nil’ objections by the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club General Committee Meeting held in February 2008, and will take effect as from 1 March 2008.

The Policy will be monitored annually by the Club’s General Committee.

The Code of Conduct and any disciplinary action arising is also outlined in the Club Constitution and By-Laws.

Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club
Executive and General Committee
March 2008