Background

The purpose of this code of conduct is to support the aspirations of New Lambton Football Club in the creation of a supportive culture in which the playing and watching of football (soccer) is desirable, enjoyable and rewarding for all participants and to provide an environment where all participants can have fun, develop skills and learn sportsmanship and team play.

The New Lambton Football Club will use this code of conduct as a primary, but not only, reference when making decisions about the appropriateness of player, official or spectator behaviour.

By resolution of the NLFC committee, coaches, players and parents must agree to adhere to this Code of Conduct as a prerequisite to achieving membership of the NLFC. All committee members, coaches and officials are obliged to observe and enforce this Code of Conduct.

By registering with the club, attending club games or functions or volunteering for club activities participants are accepting the conditions of this code of conduct which is to be used in conjunction with the Club’s grading policy.

Club Philosophy

Players participate in football to have fun. If players don’t have fun playing football they are not likely to stay at the club.

Football is just a game. Having fun and playing the game are more important than how many wins and losses are accumulated or how many trophies are collected. The coaches’ role is to help all players to enjoy the game and to learn and develop football and life skills.

Football development requires that children and youth play age appropriate activities so they are able to experience, comprehend, and execute the game as it relates to where they are at their own stage of physical and mental development. Coaches should aim to teach the techniques of the game through a variety of fun activities in which players have as much contact with a ball as possible and learn at their own rates.

Coaches should encourage players to try different positions so that each player learns all the skills necessary to develop in the game. Players can expect to receive equal playing time and be given equal opportunity to learn when they are abiding by the club’s code of conduct.

Should a player, coach or manager receive sanction during a match, the Club will determine through investigation as to whether it will support an appeal through the NSW judicial system.  However, this support does not extend to financial support – i.e. payment of appeal costs.

Code of Conduct

Players:

Parent and Spectator Code of Conduct

Coach and Manager Code of Conduct

Club Administrators & Officials.

Penalties for Non-compliance

Players:

In addition to any penalties assessed during the game, any violation of the above code may result in a one game suspension. A second violation may result in a three game suspension. Any additional violation may result in a possible season suspension. When a player is under suspension the player will not be allowed to participate in competition games, practice games or tournament games.

The committee reserves the right to immediately suspend or discharge a player from the club for extreme breaches of the code of conduct or any behaviour that the committee finds to be in stark contrast to the culture and aspirations of the club.

Parents and Spectators:

If a parent violates any part of the code the committee may rule that they cannot attend another game, practice, practice game or tournament game for two weeks. In the case of subsequent violations the parent may be subjected to further disciplinary action by the Conduct Review Committee, which may include a permanent ban on attending games or, in the worst case scenario, suspension of the child for the parent’s failure to adhere to the Code and/or comply with the sanctions.

All penalties will be assessed and determined by the full committee with following the recommendations of a Conduct Review Committee.

Coaches and Managers:

Coaches shall be subject to penalties as assessed and determined by the Conduct Review Committee and the full committee.

Club Administrators and Officials:

These will be decided on a case by case basis by a full meeting of the committee in the absence of the committee member alleged to have breached the code.