Parent’s Code of Behaviour

Parents and relatives attending ACTLAA sanctioned activities, which may include weekly competition at Centres/Clubs, Carnivals or coaching and education clinics or like activities, are to adhere to the following codes of behaviour:

  • Encourage the child to participate if they are interested
  • Focus upon the child’s efforts rather than the overall outcome (result) of the event, as this will assist the child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning
  • Teach the child that an honest effort is as important as a victory, so that the result of each event is accepted without undue disappointment
  • Encourage the child to always participate according to the rules
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing an event
  • Remember that the child is involved in Little Athletics for their enjoyment – not yours
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official’s judgement and honesty in public, remembering that most officials give their time and effort freely for the children’s involvement in Little Athletics
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse in ACT Little Athletics activities
  • Recognise the value and importance of being a volunteer official and/or coach, as they give their time, resources and knowledge to provide an enjoyable and safe environment for your children/grandchildren/nephews/nieces, and deserve your support
  • Remember that children participate in ACT Little Athletics activities for fun and are not participating for the convenience of parents only – it is not a child-minding organisation Centres need your support and involvement to conduct activities for YOUR child
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not harassing children, coaches or officials, and by not smoking on the arena (as defined by the relevant Competition Manager) or being intoxicated • Avoid using bad language

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