Tag League Referee Code of Conduct

  • Apply the Laws of the Game fairly and impartially.
  • On the field, be consistent, objective and respectful.
  • Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else.
  • Show appropriate caution and concern for injured players.
  • Be pro-active to avoid situations of dangerous, unfair or foul play.
  • Promptly deal with any demonstration of un-sportsman-like, foul or unfair play (enforce the “Spirit of the Game”).
  • Encourage and enforce the philosophies of “Everyone Plays”, “Positive Coaching” and “Good Sportsmanship”.
  • Acknowledge good play.
  • Be accountable for your actions and decisions. Remain calm at all times.
  • Acknowledge that you are a role model and behave accordingly by:

o   Setting a good example by the way you dress (uniform), speak and act towards players, coaches, officials and spectators.

o   Not inciting spectators to criticise the referee.

o   Not disparaging a referees’ performance to players while acting as an assistant referee or being a spectator.

o   Not discussing play, or players within the presence of players, coaches or others.

o   Not behaving in a manner contrary to community standards and expectations.

o   Avoiding any level of verbal contact with spectators, coaches during play.

o   Demonstrating the highest standard of behaviour at the ground (whether present as an official or as a spectator).

  • Treat fellow referees, players, officials and spectators with respect and courtesy.
  • Maintain an appropriate level of fitness to keep up with the play.
  • Maintain a personal commitment to have a thorough knowledge of the Laws of the Game and keep abreast of any changes.
  • Always be punctual.
  • Honour and accept assigned games and perform to your best ability at all times.