• Set a good example which others can follow – remember, coaches are role models for their players
  • Be punctual, reliable, honest and well-mannered in all endeavours
  • Never use bad language or demonstrate abusive or threatening behaviour
  • Arrive in plenty of time to properly prepare your team for competition mentally, physically and emotionally
  • Remember children play for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun
  • Keep yourself informed about sound coaching practices and the principles of children’s growth and development
  • Be reasonable in your demands on children’s time, energy and enthusiasm they need other interests too
  • Always demonstrate respect and Fair Play to your opponents, officials and league staff
  • The successful coach invests in the well-being and interests of their players, not their win/loss record
  • Teach your team that honest effort is more important than victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment
  • Never ridicule or shout at a child for making a mistake or losing
  • Teach players to be fair and to follow the rules
  • Divide your time equally between all standards of players
  • Check you have adequate insurance cover for the coaching you are undertaking
  • Ensure you and your players demonstrate respect for their opponents, the officials and opposing coaches and supporters at all times
  • Follow advice from a professional when determining if an injured player is ready to play or train
  • Take responsibility for the young people in your care until they have safely left the activity and your duty of care



  • Arrive for training and matches in good time to prepare thoroughly
  • Turn up with appropriate kit for the activity as instructed by your coach
  • Always warm up and cool down properly
  • Bring enough water to your games to stay hydrated throughout your competition
  • Play for fun and enjoyment – not just to please your parents and/or coach
  • Learn and play by the rules
  • Do not argue with match officials and/or the coach – use your energies for playing better
  • Never use bad language or display abusive or disrespectful behaviour – neither will be tolerated in the CBL
  • Recognise and applaud all good play
  • Be a good sport – win with modesty, lose with dignity
  • Respect other people – treat them as you would wish to be treated
  • Co-operate with coach, team-mates and opponents
  • Think about improving your skills after training and competition – ask your coach for feedback and how you can continue to get better
  • Inform your coach of any injury as soon as possible
  • Inform your coach if you need to leave the site early
  • Thank officials and opponents after competition

If you need to speak to someone in confidence, please speak to your Head Coach or the League Commissioner


  • Remember that children play for their fun, not yours
  • Encourage children to play, do not force them
  • Praise your child’s efforts whether they win or lose
  • Applaud all good play
  • Refrain from aggressive, abusive or negative criticism and threatening behaviour towards match officials, opponents or league staff – such behaviour will not be tolerated in the CBL
  • Never ridicule a child for losing or making a mistake
  • Children learn best by following a good example – parents play the most influential and important role in a child’s life, set a positive example for your child to follow and be a ‘champion’ of good sportsmanship
  • Learn the rules of the game to better understand what you are looking at and commenting on
  • Show your appreciation to all officials, coaches and helpers
  • Condemn the use of violence, profane language and any form of threatening or abusive behaviour
  • Think of how you can best help the coach and/or the club your child represents

If you have any concerns regarding the activity, please speak to the Head Coach or League Commissioner