Code of Conduct


The Club Code of Conduct applies to all of our Officials, Volunteers, Members and Supporters.



  1. Play by the rules – the rules of the HCFC and the laws of the game
  2. Play for the fun of it and not just to please parents and coaches
  3. Never argue with an umpire or other official – without these people you can’t play football
  4. Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately fouling or provoking an opponent and throwing equipment is not acceptable or permitted in any sport
  5. Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit so will you
  6. Be a good sport. Cheer all good plays whether they are by your team or the other team
  7. Treat all players, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player
  8. Be a team player – It’s a team game, treat it that way
  9. At all times show respect and manners to everyone concerned
  10. Co-operate with your coach, the umpires and team-mates
  11. Play for your own enjoyment and to improve your skills
  12. Don’t use ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability. You will let down your coach, team-mates and family if you do. Many such comments are now actually illegal. Refer AFL Kids First Program & WRFL Racial & Religious Tolerance Policy
  13. Do not use social networking sites such as Facebook, MSN, MySpace, Formspring, Twitter or any other sites to bully, racially vilify, defame, belittle or make derogatory comments about any persons from the HCFC or any other club. Any person/s found guilty of these offences will face the Committee disciplinary panel.



  1. Remember that you are there for the participants to enjoy the game and that children should be involved for their enjoyment, not yours
  2. Encourage participation, but don’t force it, recognize your child’s limitations
  3. Encourage your child to play by the rules of Hoppers Crossing Football Club and the laws of the game
  4. Teach that enjoyment is more important than winning
  5. Never ridicule mistakes or losses, including opposition players and supporters – supporters are there to support not downgrade
  6. Lead by example and respect all players, coaches, umpires and spectators – Physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated. Applaud good play by both your team and by members of the opposing team
  7. Recognise all volunteers who are giving up their valuable time
  8. Never publicly criticise umpires – raise personal concerns in private, with the team manager or coach, who can then discuss the matter with the Junior Administrator/Coaches Co-Ordinator.
  9. The Hoppers Crossing Football Club will not tolerate ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability – you’ll let down your family and yourself if you do – & many such comments are actually now illegal. Refer AFL Kids First Program & WRFL Racial & Religious Tolerance Policy.

10. We expect the highest level of junior behaviour both on and off the field and in any circumstance where this is not the case, appropriate action will be taken as deemed by the Club.

11. Support your club officials; offer your assistance to the team so that every opportunity is being provided for the best supervision. Involvement is a satisfying opportunity for both you and your child

12. Parents are always welcome match days and to training, but are expected to let players focus on the Coaches instructions

13. Do not contradict the Coaches instructions

14. Do not belittle or abuse umpires or approach them at any stage of the game including intervals. As your child is starting his football career so too in most instances are the umpires. Don’t expect AFL level umpiring. Be tolerant, and treat them the same way you would want your own child treated.



  1. Abide by the Laws and Rules:
    The laws of the Game and Rules of your Club/League
  2. Teach the Rules:
    Rules are mutual agreements which nobody should break
  3. Group Players Competitively
  4. Avoid overplaying talented players
  5. Maximise fun:
    Place winning in perspective
  6. Stress safety always
  7. Consider maturity levels:
    Devise training programs to suit all
  8. Develop team respect:
    For opponents, umpires and coaches
  9. Recognise the importance of proper injury treatment
  10. Keep up to date
    With coaching developments
  11. Attain coaching accreditation
  12. Avoid derogatory language
    based on gender or race

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