FAIR PLAY PHILOSOPHY & CODES
Fair play is a philosophy – one of respect for others, and respect for the institution of sport. Fair play can be taught and it can be learned. Once it’s learned, it can apply to every aspect of a person’s life. That’s why fair play is so important and that’s why all of us are responsible.
We believe that the fair play philosophy becomes reality through an ethical sport system that is grounded in the principles of integrity, fairness and respect.
Everyone involved in sport, from parents and spectators to athletes, officials, coaches and sport organizers can and should play a part in promoting fair play.
To foster fair play and promote an ethical sport delivery system, the following will be the Fair Play Codes for all Ringette Nova Scotia members, as well as spectators at Ringette Nova Scotia events. Each player, parent, coach, official and sport organizer will be expected to demonstrate the fair play principles of integrity, fairness and respect by following their respective Fair Play Code.
- I will play ringette because I want to, not just because my parents or coaches want me to.
- I will play by the rules, and in the spirit of the game.
- I will control my temper - fighting and "mouthing off" can spoil the activity for everybody.
- I will respect my opponents.
- I will do my best to try to be a true team player.
- I will remember that winning isn't everything - that having fun, improving my skills, making friends and doing my best are also important.
- I will acknowledge all good plays - those of my team and of my opponents.
- I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me. I will accept their decisions and show them respect.
Fair Play Code for Ringette Coaches
- I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that young athletes have other interests and obligations.
- I will teach my athletes to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and opponents.
- I will ensure that all athletes get equal instruction and support, and equitable playing time.
- I will not ridicule or yell at my athletes for making mistakes or for performing poorly. I will remember that children play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
- I will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the athlete's ages and abilities.
- I will remember that children need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
- I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.
Fair Play Code for Parents and Spectators
- I will not force my child or others to participate in ringette.
- I will remember that children play organized sports for their own fun and benefit. They are not there to entertain, and they are not miniature professional athletes.
- I will explain the importance of Fair Play to my child and their coach along with others involved in ringette.
- I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
- I will teach my child that doing one’s best is as important as winning, so my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of the game.
- I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
- I will never ridicule or yell at my child or coach for making a mistake or losing a game.
- I will remember that children learn best by example and will applaud good plays by the home team and the visiting team.
- I will be on my best behaviour at all times and will not use profane language or harass players, coaches, officials, administrators, volunteers or the opposing team.
- I will never question the referee or coach’s judgment or honesty in public and will respect their decisions and involvement in my child’s development.
- I will show respect for the visiting team – without them there would be no game.
- I will make involvement in this ringette program for my child and others a positive experience.
- I will condemn the use of violence and verbal abuse in all forms.
- I will encourage players always to play according to the rules of ringette.
- I will attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences.
Fair Play Code for Ringette Officials
- I will make sure that every athlete has a reasonable opportunity to perform to the best of his or her ability, within the limits of the rules.
- I will avoid or put an end to any situation that threatens the safety of the athletes.
- I will maintain a healthy atmosphere and environment for competition.
- I will not permit the intimidation of any athlete either by word or by action. I will not tolerate unacceptable conduct toward officials, athletes, spectators or myself.
- I will be consistent and objective in calling all infractions, regardless of my personal feelings toward a team.
- I will handle all conflicts firmly but with dignity.
- I accept my role as a teacher and role model for fair play, especially with young participants.
- I will be open to discussion and contact with the athletes before and after the game.
- I will remain open to constructive criticism and show respect and consideration for different points of view.
- I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my officiating skills.
Fair Play Code for Sport Organizers
- I will do my best to see that all children are given the same chance to participate, regardless of ability, gender, or ethnic background.
- I will absolutely discourage any ringette program from becoming primarily an entertainment for the spectators.
- I will make sure that all equipment and facilities are safe and match the athletes' ages and abilities.
- I will make sure that the age and maturity levels of the athletes are considered in program development, rule enforcement and scheduling.
- I will remember that play is done for its own sake and make sure that winning is kept in proper perspective.
- I will distribute the fair play codes to spectators, coaches, athletes, officials, and parents.
- I will make sure that coaches and officials are capable of promoting fair play as well as the development of good technical skills, and I will encourage them to become certified.