Officials can help create a positive sporting environment and promote positive environments by being good role models. To do this:
Encourage fair play
- Always be fair, impartial and consistent.
- Encourage and praise good sporting behaviour.
- Communicate honestly, generously and fairly.
- Express decisions clearly.
- Keep your emotions in check and maintain composure.
Uphold your club/association’s code of conduct
- Understand, uphold and support your club/association’s code of conduct for officials.
Keep up to date and organised
- Know the rules and understand the spirit of the game.
- Be conscientious and punctual.
For officials of junior sport, it’s also important to:
- Emphasise trying hard and having fun, not only winning.
- Place the safety and welfare of kids above all else.