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CODE OF ETHICS

FOR PLAYERS

  • Players will practise and play in the correct sports gear as published in the Information Booklet. This includes the necessary protective gear.
  • Players will abide by the rules of the game.
  • The Medbury approach to ‘Winning and Losing’ will always be adhered to.
  • No player will argue with a referee or challenge an umpire’s decision. The captain is predominantly the only boy able to seek clarification.
  • Any communication with the referee or umpire must be polite and respectful.
  • No boy will ridicule, admonish or criticise another player.
  • No inappropriate language will be tolerated at any time.
  • Boys will always line up at the end of a game, offer three cheers and shake hands. They will also thank the referee or umpire.
  • Boys who are injured are encouraged to attend the team’s training sessions and games where practicable.
  • Boys must inform their coaches if they are unable to attend a practice or game including games played over holiday breaks.
  • Boys may never boo/jeer the opposition whether they are playing or watching a game. They will applaud the performance of both teams.
  • Be familiar with the NZFSM recommended stretching exercises- see website. This includes ensuring a warm up and warm down after every game.
  • Boys are expected to thank the coaches and their manager after each game.
  • The Motto of ‘Play the Game’ will always be upheld.
  • Boys in a first team must make themselves available to play for any semi final or final.


FOR PARENTS

Rationale:

  • To promote an effective partnership between parents and the school and to encourage the boys in their sporting pursuits.
  • To emphasise the importance of our school philosophy and motto, ‘Play the Game’.

Guidelines:

  • Parents will reinforce the Medbury ‘Code of Ethics for Players,’ with their sons.
  • Parents will applaud the performance of both teams.
  • Parents will praise efforts and celebrate results.
  • Allow the players to play their game, not yours.
  • Be positive with the referee or umpire and acknowledge their efforts.
  • Communication with the referee is expressly limited to captains and/or coaches of the two sides.
  • Extend a warm welcome to visiting teams, officials and supporters.
  • Recognise and support the contribution of coaches.
  • Parents should stress the importance for their boys to eat properly and at the right time before an event.
  • The pre-game and halftime messages are the sole responsibility of the coach and captain.
  • Parents are expected to have their children available for any Saturday matches that Medbury teams are playing.
  • If you have a concern about the coaching/ management of a particular event or your son’s team, please communicate as soon as possible with the Medbury School staff member in charge of the team, or the Sports Director.
  • The place, time and tenor of all communication should reflect the standards that Medbury seeks to model for its students.

FOR COACHES

  • Coaches will support and reinforce the Medbury ‘Code of Ethics for Players and Parents.’
  • All coaches over the age of 18 will be police vetted.
  • Students under 18 must have a letter of reference form their secondary school
  • Coaches must follow the policy for selecting a Medbury first team.
  • Coaches will be dressed appropriately for all school practices.
  • Coaches should stress the importance of warming up and warming down before and after exercise. They should be aware of the NZFSM recommended stretching exercises.
  • Coaches should stress the importance for their boys to eat properly and at the right time before an event.
  • Coaches will aim to allow all boys in their team the chance to win the ‘Player of the Day’ award during the season.
  • All players must play at least half a game in any Saturday game in the regular season. The use of reserves should be monitored so that it is fair for everyone.
  • Medbury has very high behaviour expectations of its players. Any concerns or issues must be directed to the Sports Director.
  • Coaches will create an enjoyable environment in which to play the game.
  • Coaches will positively reinforce the actions of players.
  • Coaches should encourage their captains to take as much ‘on field’ responsibility as possible, appropriate to their age.
  • Coaches will promote team respect for referees and umpires.
  • Coaches of the higher teams should be encouraging their players to set realistic goals.
  • Coaches are responsible for carrying a First Aid pack to all practices and games.
  • Coaches are responsible for maintaining details of their team’s results and will write an end-of-year report for The Medburian.
  • Coaches will ensure that their language is appropriate.
  • Coaches will lead by example.

     

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