These codes will ensure that young people develop good sporting behaviour and have an enjoyable experience of sport, which will encourage them to remain involved in any capacity throughout their lives.
Coaches’ Code of Conduct
- Remember that children participate for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation. Never ridicule or shout at children for making mistakes or losing a game.
- Be reasonable in your demands on young players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
- Teach your players that rules of the sport are mutual agreements, which no-one should evade or break.
- Whenever possible, group players to give reasonable chance of success.
- Avoid over-playing the talented players. The “just average” players need and deserve equal time.
- Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
- Take into consideration the maturity level of the children when scheduling and determining the length of practice times and games.
- Develop team respect for the ability of the opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches.
- Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to commence training or competition.
- Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.
- Avoid use of any derogatory language.
Players’ Code of Conduct
- Play for the love of the game and for the “fun of it” and not just to please parents or coaches.
- Play by the rules.
- Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach during the break or after the game.
- Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking and opponent are not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
- Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you.
- Be a good sport and applaud all good plays whether they are your team, opponent or the other team.
- Treat all players, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
- Co-operate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no game.
- Avoid use of any derogatory language.
Parents’ Code of Conduct
- Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather that the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
- Teach children that honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
- Encourage children to always participate according to the rules of the game.
- Never ridicule or shout at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
- Remember children are involved in organised sport for their enjoyment, not yours. If a child is reluctant to play, encourage but do not force them.
- Remember that children learn best from example. Applaud good plays by all teams.
- If you disagree with an official/coach, raise the issue through the appropriate chambers rather than questioning the officials/coaches judgement and honesty in public. Remember that most officials/coaches give their time and effort for your child’s enjoyment.
- Support all efforts to remove negative verbal and unfair physical contact from sporting activities.
Spectators’ Code of Conduct
- Applaud good performance and efforts from each team. Congratulate all participants upon their performance regardless of the games outcome.
- Remember that children play organised sport for fun. They are not playing for the entertainment of spectators only, nor are they miniature professionals.
- Respect the officials’ decisions. If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to question the decision and teach the children to do likewise.
- Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during a game. Positive comments are motivational.
- Show respect for your teams opponents. Without them there would be no game.
- Encourage players to play by the rules and the officials decisions.
Breach of Codes of Conduct
Breach of Code of Conducts – Penalties and Sanction
1. No person/s attending a match shall:
a. Use offensive or obscene language to any player, coach, referee, official or other supporter;
b. Enter the Field of Play during the course of a match without the prior approval of the
c. Aggressively or inappropriately dispute the decision of a referee or official either during or after a match;
d. Assault or act with aggression to any person/s;
e. Behave in a way contrary to the Club’s Codes of Conduct, the Dragons Code of Conduct and/or the spirit of the game;
f. Behave in a way which disturbs the enjoyment of the match by any other person/s, or brings discredit to the clubs, the Dragons or the game of football.
g. Act in such a way as to exhibit racial intolerance, by language or other conduct, to any other person/s;
h. Refuse to accept the reasonable direction of the Ground’s Official or any other official of the home club and/or HKJFL, or official of the team/club which that person/s is supporting.
2. Any person/s contravening point 1 above may be reported by a representative of the HK Dragons match referee or a Team Manager to the Dragons rep or team manager other official of the team that that person/s is supporting.
3. The Dragons Representative, referee and/or Team Manager must advise the offending person/s of the relevant breach of the Code. The Official reporting the breach of code of conduct should send the details of their report by email to the Chairman of the Dragons as soon as possible after the event.
4. In the event that the inappropriate conduct continues, the HK Dragons rep, referee and/or Team Manager may request the offender/s to immediately leave the ground.
5. In the event the person/s refuses to obey the direction of the HK Dragons rep, referee and/or Team manager, the Official’s may direct the referee to terminate the match. In the event that the match is so terminated, the non-offending team will be awarded a 2-0 win and the 3 points that go with that win, or in the event that the origin of the breach of conduct is not determinable, then the match will be declared a 0-0 draw but no points are awarded to either team.
6. Any person/s contravening the Dragons Code of Conduct and /or the Rules of Association Football may be reported by a representative of the HKJFL, a referee or Team Manager to the HKJFL Chairman for review at the next HKJFL committee meeting. The HKJFL Committee will consider the circumstances of the breach and may take the following disciplinary action:
a. Suspension of player and/or coach/manager/official
b. Banning of supporter
c. Player good behaviour bond
e. Appear before the HKJFL Committee for disciplinary hearing.
f. Put on notice (warning)
Hong Kong Dragons has a Zero Tolerance Policy.