We‘ve all heard tales of the inappropriate parent screaming at their child or umpires during sporting events, be it at the local Under 5 rugby tournament or the French Open. Luckily for ANZA Netball, our parent community is very supportive and these issues don’t usually arise. However, with the ANZA netball season underway, and more ANZA netball teams playing in competitive leagues than ever before, it is a fitting time to consider the role of the sports parent.
This is a role that most parents will take on at some point in their life and it’s more than just watching from the sidelines. Along with providing unconditional love, there are ways that sports parents can actively participate to shape a positive sporting environment for their kids.
ANZA Netball is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its players. It is important for parents associated with the program to show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others at all times.
The ANZA Netball Code of Conduct for Parents identifies the actions and behaviours that will lead to the best sporting experience for your child. Check our list and decide: are you a model sports parent?
- Focus on effort and performance rather than winning or losing.
- Make it fun. Your child should be primarily participating for fun.
- Never publicly criticise your child or others in the sport, including on social media.
- Children learn best by example. Be a model sports parent and make them proud of you, behave responsibly, applaud good play and thank coaches and officials after games.
- Support and encourage fair play from all players, including the opposition.
- Don’t put your child under pressure or push them into activities they don’t want to do.
- Ensure your child understands their own Code of Conduct. This can be found on the ANZA Netball website and includes: listen to your coach, never argue, cooperate at all times, play unselfishly, win graciously, never brag, show respect to all participants, and thank your coaches.
- Ensure your child has adequate food, drink and sun protection.
If you can tick off these behaviours, well done parents! You are creating great sporting experiences for your kids. Keep up the good work!
The netball season is underway, but there are still places available in some teams. Register at anza.org.sg/sports/netball