• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being within the context of the activity, treat everyone equally regardless of gender, ethnic origin or religion.

• Ensure the athlete’s time spent with you is a positive experience. All athletes are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.

• Treat each athlete as an individual. Respect the talent, development stage and goals of each individual athlete. Help each athlete to reach their full potential.

• Be fair, considerate and honest with athletes.

• Be professional in and accept responsibility for your actions. Language, manner punctuality, preparation and presentation should display high standards. Display control, respect, dignity and professionalism to all involved in the sport – this includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. Encourage your athletes to demonstrate the same qualities.

• Make a commitment in providing a quality service to your athletes. Maintain or improve your current NACS accreditation. Seek continual improvement through performance appraisal and ongoing coach education. Provide a training programme, which is planned and sequential. Maintain appropriate records.

• Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport. The guidelines and international bodies governing your sport should be followed. The Australian Sports Drug Agency provides regulations to operate within.

• Any physical contact with athletes should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the athlete’s skill development.

• Refrain from any form of personal abuse towards your athletes. This includes verbal, physical and emotional abuse. Be alert to any forms of abuse directed towards your athletes from other sources whilst they are in your care.

• Refrain from any form of sexual harassment towards your athletes.

• Provide a safe environment for training and competition. Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety standards. Equipment, rules and the environment need to be appropriate for the age and ability of the athletes.

• Show concern and caution towards sick and injured athletes. Provide a modified training programme where appropriate. Allow further participation in training and competition only when appropriate. Seek medical advice when required. Maintain the same interest and support towards sick and injured athletes.

• Be a positive role model for your sport and athletes. Coaches should be treated with respect and openness, have access to self-improvement opportunities and be matched with a level of coaching appropriate to their level of competence.


• Encourage players to participate, if they are interested.

• Encourage players to always participate according to the rules.

• Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake or losing a game. Try where possible to always use positive language and praise efforts of all involved.

• Remember that players learn best from example. Applaud good play by all teams.

• If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official’s judgement and honesty in public.

• Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.

• Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches, umpires and club committeeand support those volunteers who are prepared to assist the club.

• Remember that players participate in organised sport ultimately for enjoyment. They arenot playing for the entertainment of the spectators only, nor are they professionals.

• Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it spectators, coaches, officials or players.

• Encourage players to follow the rules and the official’s decisions.

• Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language, harassing players, coaches or officials.

• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, background or religion.



Umpires have an important influence on player’s enjoyment of netball and their continued participation.

When officiating an umpire should:

• Use simple language.

• Be encouraged to care about the player’s enjoyment of netball and their continued participation.

• Be consistent, courteous and helpful to all participants.

• Be a model of good sports behaviour for others to copy.

• Be aware of the skill level that you are umpiring.

• Keep informed of all rules and the manner in which they are communicated to players.

• Use common sense to ensure that the spirit of the game is not lost by the over callof violations.

• Discourage unsporting behaviour and know what you can do in the case of continued unsporting behaviour.

• Attend and be active at as many training sessions as possible.

• Aim to achieve your full potential.



• Learn the rules of the game and always play fairly by them.

• Never argue with an official. If you disagree, use correct channels. Discuss the matter with your coach during the breaks and if necessary have your captain approach the official during an interval or after the competition.

• Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players or provoking an opponent is not acceptable.

• Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so will you.

• Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are by your team or the other team.

• Treat all players, both on and off the court, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.

• Co-operate with your coach, teammates, opponents and officials at all times. Without them there would be no competition.

• Play for the enjoyment of the sport and not just to please parents and coaches.

• Avoid using derogatory language. Use of positive language at all times can produce remarkable results.


• Compulsory attendance at pre-season training – as advised in invitation letter.

• Play in the team in which you have been selected.

• Attend all practices – unexplained absences may result in non-selection.

• Pay all fees to club by nominated date or within payment plan schedule.

• Support and adhere to committee decisions.

• Support and adhere to coaching decisions.

• Use Grievance Procedures to deal with any issues that may arise.

• Support club functions and activities.

• Provide own strapping for long term injuries or meet the associated cost incurred by the club.