Sport Code of Conduct

Dilworth School prides itself on playing to win but playing within the rules of the game. Through following the 'Sport Code of Conduct' our boys have a proud reputation of great sportmanship, excellent behaviour on the field and on the sidelines as spectators.


  • Play to win but also for the fun of it
  • Play hard but play by the rules
  • Never argue with the referee's decisions
  • Recognise positive contributions made by team-mates and opposition
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. No taunting, ever.
  • Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents, for without them, you don't have a game
  • Win with humility; lose with dignity

Parents/Care Givers

  • Remember, people are involved in sport for their enjoyment, not yours
  • Encourage your players always to play by the rules
  • Never ridicule or yell at a person for making a mistake or losing a game
  • Students learn best by example
  • Comments from the sideline need to be unbiased and positive
  • Do not question the referee's judgement
  • The referee is always right
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches; they give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities


  • Remember that people play organised sports for their own fun
  • Any inappropriate behaviour reflects badly on the player, the team and Dilworth School
  • Applaud good play by your own team and by the opposition
  • Show respect for your team's opponents; without them there would be no games
  • Never ridicule or scold a person for making a mistake during a game
  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms
  • Respect the referee's decisions
  • Encourage players to play according to the rules
  • Never enter onto a playing area


  • Players need a coach, whom they can respect
  • Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example
  • Be reasonable in your demands on young players' time, energy and enthusiasm
  • Never yell at or ridicule a player for making a mistake
  • Develop team respect for the judgement of referees
  • Follow the advice of a doctor in determining when an injured player is fit to play again
  • Insist on fair and disciplined play. Do not tolerate foul play, fighting or bad language. Be prepared to take off the offending player.