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Officials can help create a positive sporting environment and promote positive environments by being good role models. To do this:

Encourage fair play

  • Always be fair, impartial and consistent.
  • Encourage and praise good sporting behaviour.

 Communicate well

  • Communicate honestly, generously and fairly.
  • Express decisions clearly.
  • Keep your emotions in check and maintain composure.

Uphold your club/association’s code of conduct

  • Understand, uphold and support your club/association’s code of conduct for officials.

Keep up to date and organised

  • Know the rules and understand the spirit of the game.
  • Be conscientious and punctual.

For officials of junior sport, it’s also important to:

  • Emphasise trying hard and having fun, not only winning.
  • Place the safety and welfare of kids above all else.