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:

  • 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.
  • 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, gender, religion, ethnic background, or special ability/disability.
  • Refrain from any form of personal abuse or unnecessary physical contact with the players in your care.
  • Ensure that players are involved in a positive environment where skill learning and development as priorities are not overshadowed by a desire to win. Remember that players participate for fun and enjoyment.
  • Have due consideration for varying maturity and ability levels of your players when designing length of, and activities within, practice times.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
  • Keep informed with regard to sound principals of coaching and skill development, and to factors relating to the welfare of your players.
  • 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 energy, enthusiasm and time commitments of the players in your care, having due consideration for their health and well-being.
  • Stress and monitor safety always.
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players, aiming to maximise participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability.
  • In recognising the significance of injury and sickness, I will seek and follow the physician’s advice concerning the return of injured or ill players to training
  • Reject the use of performance enhancing substances in sport and will abide by the guidelines set forth in the AFL DRUG POLICY.

In addition Ferntree Gully Junior Football club require coaches to:

  • Maintain a standard of behaviour and conduct in the best interests of the game and the players/staff in their care.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.
  • Create opportunities to teach appropriate sports behaviour as well basic skills.
  • Ensure that skill learning and appropriate sports behaviour have priority over highly structured competitions for young players.
  • Follow the advice of trainers in regards to management of injuries occurring during matches and training.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they be by your team, opponent or the other team.
  • Abide by the club’s policies available at


Policy Commencement: 

This Policy was accepted and passed with ‘nil’ objections by the Ferntree Gully Eagles Football Netball Club – Junior Division Executive Meeting held in February 2020, and will take effect as from 1 March 2020.

The policy was based on the previous 2008 Code of Conduct in conjunction with recommendations from the AFL and the EFNL.


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

Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club

Executive and General Committee