RCSC Player / Parent Code of Conduct


Policy – Player/Parent Code of Conduct
Author Danielle Hine Date 27 November 2017
Revised 2017 Revision Info. July 2012
Other info.   Revision Yearly
Related Parties
All players and parents of the Club
Awareness of expectations of behaviour and conduct



To ensure all members (players or parents) are aware of the Club, FFV and any other relevant parties expectations with respect of individual conduct.  All attendees of the Club and representing the Club at other venues must behave in an appropriate manner.


Clear understanding of expectations of being a player/parent of the Club.


While present at any Ringwood City Soccer Club function, players/parents are to respect each other, other members of Ringwood City Soccer Club, Visitors and Match officials at all times.

Parents are to acknowledge the following;


  1. Do not drop your child off and drive away before ensuring that your child is at the correct venue and the Team Manager or Coach is present. It is important if you will not be present at training and or the game you communicate with the Team Manager or Coach to ensure they have appropriate contact details and you have arranged for another parent present to be responsible for your child. Team Managers and Coaches cannot be held responsible for your child, they are there to coach and organize the team. 
  2. Be prompt when collecting your child – the club, its coaches and team managers are all volunteers and not responsible outside of the game / training times.
  3. Please show common courtesy by informing your Team Manager or Coach if your child is unavailable for training sessions or games – as early as feasibly possible. Lack of attendance at training may result in reduced game time.
  4. Ensure you assist your child’s team when rostered on for a duty ie pitch setup, pack up, oranges, marshalling etc. A roster will be issued to all parents by the Team Manager. If you are unable to provide the responsibility that you have been rostered for on a particular game day, it is your responsibility to find another parent to fill in.
  5. Assist your child, your child’s team, and the Club, throughout the year by volunteering to assist with, and participate in, other activities such as social events and fund raising activities.
  6. Support your child’s team in a positive manner at all times.
  7. Under no circumstance should a parent be abusive towards any player, match official, team official, parent or supporter. Such behaviour may result in fines or suspensions or both.


  1. It will be necessary for the club to grade players according to their ability, this is for the benefit of the players and allows them to compete against teams / players of similar abilities.
  2. 2. In Mini Roos (Under 8 to Under 11 squads) players, where possible will rotate equally during games. Players who have not attended training, are late for training or games may be penalized as is deemed appropriate for the best interest of the team and in fairness to all.
  3. In Juniors (Under 12 to Under 18 squads), playing time will progressively be based on ability, fitness and game / team strategy. . Players who have not attended training, are late for training or games may be penalized as is deemed appropriate for the best interest of the team and in fairness to all.
  4. Ringwood City will endeavor to field teams with a maximum of 4 reserve players to ensure that all players receive sufficient game time.
  5. If player registrations exceed the “4 reserve maximum” in an age group, a composite team may be formed. If required, a panel including the team coach, the club’s head coach, and committee members will select each squad.
  6. Where it is not possible to fit all registered players in an age based or composite team, registrations will be declined in the following order;
  7. Registrations received after the last advertised registration date.
  8. Players with registration fees that have not been paid by the final grading day (and at the discretion of the Committee in the event of financial hardship).
  9. Based on previous attendance at training sessions, grading days and participation in the club’s activities (such as training teams, skills clinics etc).
  10. Team compositions may be adjusted during the season on occasions to accommodate abilities, injuries or withdrawals. Your child may be selected to play in a team different from his/her friend.


  1. If you have a complaint or issue, direct your comments to the Team Manager on training nights, not on match days. If further action is necessary, complaints must be sent in writing to the Club Secretary for the committee to review.
  2. If a club member / parent breaches normal acceptable standards of behaviour, such as bad language, vandalism, theft, abusive behaviour or conduct unbecoming a member of the club, that person may be called upon to appear before the committee.
  3. If the behaviour of member/ parent results in fines being imposed on the club then the individual concerned will be expected to pay those fines.
  4. The Club reserves the right to suspend or expel any member or player who fails to abide by the rules, regulations and codes of behaviour, as published by the Ringwood City Soccer Club and displayed on the Football Federation Victoria web site (www.footballfedvic.com.au).
  5. No player is to have contact with the Football Federation Victoria on club matters without the permission of the Club President or Secretary.

Other related information

FFA – RESPECT –Players, Parents, Coaches and Managers http://www.myfootballclub.com.au/fileadmin/user_upload/Respect_Program_Summary.pdf

FFV – Spectator Conduct. Player conduct,

10.3 Member Protection Policy (MPP) reference – http://www.footballfedvic.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/GDT-2017-FINAL.pdf

MPP http://www.footballfedvic.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/FFA-National-Member-Protection-Policy.pdf

Historic reference; RCSC – Parents Code of Conduct Document RC002 – Version 2 / July 2012


Player/Parents should be aware of the Club and FFV Code of Conduct, prior to registering a player.

Out of Scope

Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.

  • Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
    · Focus on efforts and performance rather than whether they win or lose.
  • Encourage children to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performance and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.