Sport parents code of conduct

It may be difficult to resist getting over-involved whilst watching your child play sport with their team mates and peers.

At the same time it’s important to take a step back and let the game progress without too much personal input from parents watching the match as consistent inteference can impact upon your child’s performance.

In this sport education based infographic we set out the rules regarding the sport parents code of conduct.



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  1. Remember that children are involved in sport for their enjoyment not yours.
  2. Respect all decisions made by coaches, referees and officials.
  3. Be a role model by supporting your child.
  4. Do not coach your child in games or training.
  5. Respect the rights of all players.
  6. Applaud effort and hard work, as well as success.
  7. Avoid criticising any player on the pitch or at training.
  8. Encourage children to play according to the rules.
  9. Do not force your child to participate in sport.
  10. Do not shout or criticise players if they make a mistake.
  11. Do not be rude towards players, other parents, coaches and officials.
  12. Applaud the opposition as well as your own team.
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