Codes of Behaviour

At John Paul College, we expect a high standard of behaviour from students, parents and coaches at all of our co-curricular activities.


John Paul College Students’ Co-Curricular Code of Behaviour

  • Play by the rules set by the coach, officials and the school;
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition;
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in this school;
  • Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so will you;
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays and always acknowledge the person who made the pass to create the basket;
  • Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor or team mate;
  • Co-operate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition;
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches;
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.


John Paul College Parents’ Co-curricular Code of Behaviour

Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.

  • Encourage children to participate, do not force them;
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing;
  • Encourage the children always to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence;
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition;
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants;
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities;
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise;
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate. A simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way with people;
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion;
  • Support ‘the team’ in a positive manner whether winning or losing;
  • Encourage ‘the team’ aspect of each contest and not just your own child.


John Paul College Coaches’ Code of Behaviour

  • You must set the example for being supportive and positive. The team is a reflection of how you coach. They will be negative if you are always critical;
  • On commencement of each season lay down your team rules immediately to all players and parents. Leave no grey areas;
  • Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun;
  • Never ridicule, swear or yell at a young player for making a mistake or not coming first;
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm;
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport and teach your players to do the same. It is imperative our children represent the school with class;
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All young people are deserving of equal attention, opportunities and fairness;
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players; the just-average need and deserve equal time, especially against easier opposition;
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players;
  • If there is conflict with a player due to poor attitude or form, deal with it professionally, never in the public eye and if necessary, include parent/s so the message is clear to all parties;
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition;
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young people;
  • Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill development;
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person;
  • Show respect for the referees. Never argue with the referee, as students will be influenced by your behaviour. Always discuss concerns calmly and at an appropriate time.