Sport Code of Conduct

Coaches will be required to do the following:

  • Adhere to all the rules and regulations, referee relations document, court/field side etiquette document and the different codes of conduct as prescribed by the school.
  • Inspect and ensure that the equipment and facilities is safe before the start of a training session/match. Notify the office staff immediately if there is a problem.
  • Coaching of the endurance (fitness) events of the teams.
  • Coaching of technical skills.
  • Coaching of team play.
  • Rule discussions with the players.
  • Take roll call at training sessions and complete the merit and demerit documentation.
  • Discuss player’s code of conduct with players.
  • Ensure that players follow the Sports & Physical education uniform regulations.
  • Hand in team lists to senior coach/organizer of specific sport.
  • Hand in result sheet after matches.
  • Take responsibility for the equipment that is used during training sessions. Ensure that you collect the same amount of equipment that was taken out and place it back neatly where they belong.
  • Attend coaching and umpires courses to equip him/her better for coaching and umpiring.
  • Ensure that players leave the courts and surrounding area clean.
  • Attend and referee at matches.
  • Complete progress reports on pupils.


Coaches and referees are each assigned quite separate and distinct roles in the conduct of a game.

While the coach’s job is to teach the athletes how to play well and made decisions relevant to the game being played, the official’s job is to arbitrate and interpret the legality of playing situations as they arise.

While the role of each is quite distinct it follows that neither coach nor referee should ENCROACH ON THE DUTIES OF EACH OTHER!

It is not the job of the coach to interpret and make public any comments about decisions arrived at by referee, nor is it the prerogative of the referee to make public their observation of coaches and their ability to coach.

Nevertheless the two can help each other, and the game, immeasurably.  For a start, both are striving towards a successful game.  While the coach teaches the athletes to play well, the official encourages them to, play well through good, error-free officiating.


The coach who controls a team helps the official to control the game.

It is said that the team is as good as its coach and the game is as good as its officials!

Both are actually working towards the success of the game and should therefore work as a team.  Often coaches have pre-conceived opinions of officials that in many cases have nothing to do with the actual match referee.  This is a dangerous attitude to maintain and really quite unrealistic.


Coaches should be realistic in their personal appraisal of referees and not let a few “perceived” poor calls cloud their whole perception of officials.  In the long run it is not the officials or coaches who win or lose games, but the players themselves.  The coach who creates better working conditions for officials, attracts better officials.  For coaches, courtside etiquette can play a big part in insuring a smooth and professional game.



  • Have a competent working knowledge of the rules
  • Make sure the score sheet/result is accurately completed
  • Ask referees to clarify any points of confusion you may have with the rule
  • Introduce yourself to the officials and whish them a good game


  • Keep your comments directed at players only!
  • Never show outwards frustration at a particular refereeing decision – stay calm!
  • Always address the referee courteously
  • If you feel a decision needs to be queried, request a “time-out”.  Politely ask the referee for clarification on the ruling made. You are courteous, even mannered and logical in your query.


  • Shake hands with the opposition
  • Thank the referees for the game and offer your praise if you feel they worked well.
  • Leave the stadium on good terms with officials and opposition

Hopefully you will become known as an even-handed, realistic coach who is working hard for the game.  And remember – you are bound to have those same referees before the end of the tournament or season finishes – so work with them, not against them!


  • If children are interested, encourage them to play sport. However, if a child is not willing to play, do not force her or him.
  • Focus upon the child’s efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event.  This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to her/his ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always play according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • Remember children are involved in organised sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Remember that children learn best from example.  Applaud good plays by both teams.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question the official’s judgement and honesty in public.  Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches.  They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for the children and deserve your support.


  • Be a positive leader both on and off court/field.
  • Be at all training sessions and set a good example.
  • Assist the coach in looking after the equipment by collecting and storing it before and after games and practices.
  • Responsible for general discipline of the team on and of the court/field.  Call out teams or individuals for their events.
  • Assist coaches and other staff by checking on the sports uniform of other players.
  • Thank the coach, umpire, captain and rest of the team after the game for the umpiring and game.
  • Bring team problems to the attention of the coach.
  • Ensure that visitors are met at the entrance and welcomed to the school when they arrive.
  • Ensure that visitors know where the dressing rooms/ toilets are.
  • Invite visitors to have drinks after the games. Make sure that visitors are served before your own team members are
  • Ensure that the area where the team put their bags during a game is kept neat and clean.
  • Delegate some of the duties to other team members. Do not try and do everything on your own
  • The Captain to collect all the results of the matches and hand it in at the Sports Office. Prepare the results for assembly and notify the head of the school that you have results to read out.
  • Fetch team lists two days before matches/galas and put it on the different notice boards.
  • The captain and vice-captain are responsible for collecting interesting articles or posters on their specific sport to put up and decorate the sports notice boards.
  • The captain and vice-captain must write a report on their specific sports activities and deliver it at the sports dinner
  • You assist house captains in putting together the teams for inter-house competitions
  • You assist the Sports Office in drawing up the fixtures for the inter-house competitions and assist in organizing the day.
  • You assist in organizing non players to assist with the refreshments before or during matches
  • You assist in organizing any other officials that might be needed for a specific event.
  • Collect packed lunches
  • You must stay in constant contact with the Sports Office to find out what is happening and if you can be off assistance with anything.


  • Play for the fun of it and not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain or coach approach the official during a break or after the game.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately fouling or provoking an opponent and throwing equipment is not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Cheer all good plays whether they are by your team or the other team.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated.
  • Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  • Co-operates with you coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no game.
  • All other St Mary’s DSG rules and regulations should be adhered to at all times.


  • Be reasonable in your demands on young player’s time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Teach your players that rules of the game are mutual agreements that no one should evade or break.
  • Whenever possible, group players according to age, height, skills and physical maturity.
  • Avoid over-playing the talented players. The ‘just average’ players need and deserve equal time.
  • Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment and winning is part of their motivation. Never ridicule or yell at the children for their mistakes or losing a competition.
  • Ensure that equipments and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
  • The scheduling and length of practice times and competition should take into consideration the maturity level of the children.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents as well as for the judgement of the officials and opposing coaches.
  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence play.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.
  • Be aware of the fact that hugging and touching by coaches, that is very much part and parcel of sport, may be interpreted in a very different way to what you intended it to be.
  • Be award of the role of a coach as an educator. Impart not only knowledge and skills, but promote desirable personal and social behaviour.


  • Encourage children to develop basic skills in a variety of sports and discourage over specialisation in one sport or one playing position
  • Create opportunities to teach appropriate sports behaviour as well as basic skills.
  • Ensure that skill learning and free play activities have priority over highly structured competitions for very young children in early primary school
  • Prepare children for interhouse and interschool competitions by first providing instructions in the basic sport skills.
  • Make children aware of the physical fitness values of sport and their long life recreational values.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound coaching principles and the principles of physical growth and development of children.
  • Help children to understand the responsibilities and implications of their freedom to choose between fair and unfair play.


  • Children play organized sport for fun. They are not playing for the entertainment of the spectators only, nor are they miniature professionals.
  • Applaud good performance and good efforts by your team and opponents. Congratulate both teams upon their performance regardless of the games outcomes.
  • Respect the officials’ decisions. If there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to question the decision and teach the children to do likewise
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during a competition. Positive comments are motivational.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Show respect for your teams’ opponents. Without them there would be no game.
  • Encourage players to play according to the rules and the officials’ decision
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language, harassing players, coaches or officials.


  • Involve children in planning, leadership, evaluation and decision making related to the activity.
  • Ensure that equal opportunities for participation in sport are made available to all children, regardless of ability, size, shape, sex, age, disability, or ethnic origin.
  • Ensure that equipments and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
  • Rules, equipment, lengths, of the games and training schedules should take into consideration the age, ability and maturity level of participating children.
  • Ensure that qualified and competent coaches and officials capable of developing appropriate sport behaviour and technique provide adequate supervision.
  • Remember that children play for enjoyment, so downplay the importance of rewards.
  • Avoid allowing sports programs to become primarily spectator entertainment. Focus on the needs of the participants rather than the enjoyment of the spectators.
  • Provide clinics aimed at improving the standards of coaching and officiating, with an emphasis on appropriate sport behaviour and skill technique.
  • Ensure that parents, sponsors, coaches, administrators, officials, physicians, and participants understand their responsibilities regarding fair play in sports.
  • Distribute a code of behaviour sheet to spectators, officials, parents, coaches, players and the media.  


To ensure that our girls look neat and tidy when they participate in the different sports activities, as well as Physical Education classes, the following dress code will have to be followed:

  • Blue pleated skirt for netball, hockey, tennis & squash games.  School Crest on the skirt. The blue short with the School Crest can also be used for squash. (Available at School Shop)
  • Regulation blue sleeveless crested games shirt for practices/physical education as well as games. (Available at School Shop).
  • Regulation navy-blue crested shorts for practices of all sports, as well as physical education. (Available at School Shop)
  • Swimming: non-team – black swimming costume and red cap. No other colour cap is allowed.  No cycling/board shorts to be worn with costumes. (Available at School Shop)
  • Swimming team: team costume and sky blue cap with DSG printed on it as the team cap. (Available at the School Shop)
  • Cross-Country/athletics/biathlon:  The regulation blue crested shorts with the cross-country top. (Available at School Shop)
  • Basketball: Junior school: The regulation navy blue crested shorts with the regulation blue sleeveless crested games shirt. Senior school: The official basketball uniform available at the School Shop. Senior players to confirm playing number with coaches before buying a uniform
  • Running shoes/takkies with white soles for squash and white or non marking soles for training, games and physical education classes.  No hard-soled shoes will be allowed as they damage the courts.  No platform takkies or slipslops will be allowed.
  • The shirt must be tucked into the skirt, shorts or tracksuit at all times.
  • Full blue panties, the same colour as the skirt must be worn for all sports.  (Available at the School Shop)
  • No cycling shorts are allowed under the skirt.
  • Only the regulation school tracksuit may be worn with sports uniforms. Takkies to be worn at all times with the tracksuit and sports uniform.
  • Navy slops (Adida type), with strap over foot to be worn at galas (no platforms, strap between toes) Coaches will approve slops.
  • House T-shirts must be worn for all Inter-house events.  (Available at the School Shop)
  • A suitable bra/sports bra of a neutral colour, should be worn at all times when participating in physical activities.
  • No jewellery i.e. rings, earrings, tong rings, belly rings,  watches, necklaces, medic alert bracelets are allowed in training sessions/games as they can injure someone or break.  If it is impossible to remove it, it must be covered with see through plaster beforehand.
  • Nails must be cut short before entering the court or going on the field. No nail polish on finger or toenails will be allowed.
  • Shoelaces must be long enough to make a proper double knot in order to prevent injuries and time loss during games or training sessions.
  • Hair must be clipped or tied back properly before the game/practice starts.
  • Equipment: When girls participate in sports such as tennis, squash, swimming and hockey where individual equipment is required, it is essential that they have their own equipment.
  • Squash players will need safety glasses. This is in accordance with the National/ International rules.  (Available at School Shop)
  • Hockey players will need gum guards to protect their mouths and teeth
  • There is a specific First Team tracksuit and playing uniform. The individual players will receive letters from the Sports Office to indicate that they are allowed to buy these items from the School Shop.
  • Please note that there is a difference between the official sport uniform and that of the boarding house uniform. Pupils must ensure that they know the difference and wear the different uniforms in the correct way. Pupils are not allowed to use their boarder uniform for sports training sessions.
  • Demerits will be given should the pupils be incorrectly dressed.