Code of Conduct


  • Be a good sport. Respect all good performances whether from your Centre or the opponents and shake hands with and thank the opposing athletes and officials after the event – win, lose or draw.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.
  • Always respect the official's decision.
  • Never become involved in acts of foul play.
  • Honour both the spirit and intention of the competition rules and live up the highest ideals of ethics and sportsmanship. Avoid gamesmanship and respect the traditions of the sport.
  • Never engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, sledging, obscene gestures, and offensive remarks, trash-talking, taunting or other actions that are demeaning to other athletes, officials or supporters.
  • Care for and respect the facilities and equipment made available to you during training and competition.
  • Safeguard your health. Don't use any illegal or unhealthy substances.
  • Recognise that officials and coaches are volunteers who give up their time to provide their services. Treat them with the utmost respect.


  • Condemn all violent or illegal acts, whether they are by athletes, coaches, officials, parents or spectators.
  • Respect the official's decisions. Don't complain or argue about actions or decisions during or after an event.
  • Unsportsmanlike language, harassment or aggressive behaviour WILL NOT be tolerated.
  • Encourage athletes to play by the rules and to respect opposing athletes and officials.
  • Never ridicule or scorn an athlete for making a mistake, respect their efforts.
  • Understand that sport is part of a total life experience, and the benefits of involvement go far beyond the final placing of an event.
  • Participate in positive cheering that encourages the athletes in the Centre you are supporting.
  • Don't engage in any cheering that taunts or intimidates opponents, their fans or officials.
  • Remember that children participate in Athletics for their own enjoyment, not yours!
  • At all times follow the directions of the Arena Manager and/or other competition day officials.
  • Never arrive at an Athletics competition under the influence of alcohol. Never bring alcohol to an Athletics competition or training.
  • Children are not to be dropped off at Athletics. We ARE NOT a babysitting service. If it is found that a child has been left unsupervised, they will be asked to sit on the hill and wait for their parents/caregiver to pick them up. They will under NO CIRCUMSTANCES be allowed to compete.

Ross River Athletics Club, as an affiliated member of Little Athletics Queensland and Athletics North Queensland adopts both governing bodies recommendations in relation to athlete and parent/spectator codes of conducts. 

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