Positive attitudes and conduct make sport enjoyable for everyone. Some people can ruin the experience with poor behaviour.
This can include things like undue pressure, abuse, taunting, poor sportsmanship, foul language, harassment, bullying, victimisation and more. It can be verbal, written, physical or emotional.
Poor behaviour can occur in many places - during play, on the sidelines, at training, in the clubhouse or outside of the sporting arena.
It can be coaches, players, parents, spectators, officials or administrators that behave poorly. Any one of these people, children or adults, can be the victim of poor conduct too.
Poor behaviour stems from a lack of respect. Showing respect is so important, particularly for young people. It's important to teach respect for coaches, team mates, officials and anyone else involved in your sport. Below, ABC sports broadcaster Paul Kennedy and his two friends Jack and Max, talk about the importance of respect:
Poor behaviour in sport results in:
Preventing poor conduct and behaviour in sport requires a few keys steps:
It is also important to note, that while your sport may set standards for behaviour, clubs always have a legal responsibility to address behaviour that offends community standards or is against the law (for example, racial vilification, sexual harassment, common assault). If you witness behaviour that you think may be illegal, you should report it to the police. Similarly, if a bad situation escalates and becomes dangerous, play should be suspended and the police may be required to intervene.