Code of Conduct for Players

*Taken from the Club Constitution*

16.3 Code of Conduct for Players

16.3.1 It should be the aim of all players to attend training sessions and match days on time with all their playing equipment, and be ready (i.e. togged out) 15 minutes before training starts and 30 minutes before the game starts.

16.3.2 All players must conduct themselves in training and match days, ensuring that their level of behavior is of the highest standards at all times and show respect to their Manager/Coach, other players in their team, opponents, referees and their assistants, and the equipment/facilities they are using.

16.3.3 All players representing the Club who fall below the expected standards and levels of will be subject to disciplinary action. Examples of unacceptable action include:

• Disrupting training
• Abusive behavior or language towards managers, team mates, opponents or match officials
• Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while participating in   matches or training
• Threatening behavior
• Violent conduct
• Bad sportsmanship
• Persistently being cautioned or sent off

Any player displaying unsporting behavior will be liable to immediate substitution or suspension by the Club for a period as determined by the Team Coach/Manager in the first instance, and/or by the Club Committee.

16.3.4 All players should seek to shake hands with their opponents and also the referee at the end of the game, treating victory with humility and defeat with dignity.

16.3.5 Any player found to be in breach of the code of conduct will be subject to sanction, which will, in the first instance, be a matter for the Team Manager/Coach and could include a fine and/or suspension and/or face the Committee of the Club to explain their behaviour. This could result in their membership being suspended or in certain cases, being expelled from the Club.

16.3.6 All players should:

• Play for enjoyment, not just to please parents and coaches
• Play by the rules of the game
• Always accept the referee’s decision
• Play with control and do not lose your temper
• Play for yourself and your team – your team’s performance will benefit and so will your own
• Be a “good sport”. Applaud all good play whether your team or the opponent
• Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not “bully” or take advantage of any player
• Co-operate with Team Manager/ Coach, team mates and opponents.
• Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good
• At the final whistle applaud and thank your opponents and the referee for the match
• Always remember that you owe a duty of care to your opponents. Tackle hard but fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent.

16.3.7 Disclaimer
All players play at their own risk. There is no requirement on the Club to meet any costs arising for any player who may be injured while playing or training.