Code of Conduct

Coaches Code of Conduct

  • 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.
  • Remember that children participate for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation. Never ridicule or yell at children for making mistakes or losing a game.
  • 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 derogatory language based on gender.


Players Code of Conduct

  • 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 os 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.
  • Do not make derogatory comments about other players, teams or clubs either verbally or in writing.
  • Co-operate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no game.
  • Play for the "fun of it" and not just to please parents or coaches.
  • Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender.


Acting Officials' Code of Conduct

  • Remember that you are an official, your behaviour must be impartial and fair to both sides.
  • Applaud good plays by both sides.
  • Refrain from verbal encouragement.
  • Encourage players to follow the rule and the official's decisions.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language, harassing players, coaches or officials.
  • Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender.


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 yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • Remember children are involved in organised sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Remember that children learn best from example. Applaud good plays by all teams.
  • If your disagree with and official, raise the issue through the appropriate chambers rather than questioning the officials judgement and honesty in public. Remember that most officials give their time and effort for your child's enjoyment.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical from sporting activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resource to provide recreational activities for all the children and deserve your support. 


Spectators Code of Conduct

  • Remember that children play organised sport for fun. They are not playing for the entertainment of spectators only, nor are they miniature professionals.
  • Applaud good performance and efforts from each team. Congratulate all participants upon their performance regardless of the games outcome.
  • 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.

About Our Club

Ipswich City Soccer Club, "The Bulls", was formed in 1975 with five teams and 70 players, drawn from all parts of Ipswich City, although most of them came from Leichhardt, Brassall & surrounding areas. The first committee meeting was held on 16th Feb 1975. The committee voted Noel McCool as President, Pam McCool as Secretary & John Hohnke as Treasurer. Mrs Jones was also voted President of the Ladies committee. Committee members voted were: Joe Korhecz, Ray Jones, Barry Roberts, Brian Hartwell & John Stains.