Sports Code of Conduct

Requirements of being a Good Sport

  • Play hard but play by the rules.
  • Never question the referee and always accept decisions made on the field.
  • Recognise positive contributions made by team-mates and opposition.
  • If watching a game, or whilst being a reserve, only make positive comments from the sideline.
  • If you have any issues regarding opposition players or spectators these should be directed to your coach.
  • Never take the law into your own hands.
  • The school and/or judicial committee of the sport will view foul play seriously.
  • Francis Douglas Memorial College has a proud tradition of fair play and this reputation will continue in the future.

Co-operation with your team-mates

  • Be positive towards your team-mates and compliment positive play.
  • Commitment to a sport requires you to attend all trainings, meetings and games.
  • All players must attend all trainings and all team meetings.
  • If a player cannot attend training, he must personally see the coach to excuse himself from practice.
  • Follow the coaches' instructions and be a valuable team member.

Co-operation with your Coach and Manager  

  • Please remember all coaching is done on a voluntary basis, make coaches job as easy as possible by being appreciative and committed to your team.
  • If your team is Coached/managed by a parent or outside person show the same respect as you would to your teacher.
  • The coach and team rely on your commitment.


  • Any injury sustained at training or in a game, which requires medical attention, should be reported to the coach.
  • Any injuries that require a student to stay in hospital should be reported to the Director of Sport.

Behaviour of Parents on the sideline  

  • Be supportive of your son and the team he is involved in.
  • All comments from the sideline should be unbiased and positive.
  • DO NOT abuse any officials, opposition players or spectators, please remember they perform this role on a voluntary basis.
  • Any inappropriate behaviour reflects badly on your son, the team and is likely to tarnish the Colleges reputation as a major force in Taranaki Secondary school sport.
  • If you have any issues regarding your son's team, please contact the Master in Charge of the sport or the Director of Sport.

We value your support and look forward to seeing you on the sidelines.