Aims and Principles of Junior Sports

Aims and Principles of Junior Sports

The NSW Branch of the Junior School Heads' Association of Australia has drawn up these Aims and Principles:

  1. Enjoyment for children and sportsmanship to be emphasised at all times.
  2. Basic skills and rules of all games should be imparted to all participants: referees and umpires will wisely enforce all official rules.
  3. Children should be encouraged to play hard and strive to win fairly.
  4. Team spirit and school loyalty must be given priority over selfish play.
  5. The role of the Host School is to be clearly defined (i.e. responsibilities re provision of umpires,sportsmanship, barracking, courtesy etc.) Host School (i.e. staff, children and parents) should welcome visitors to the school.
  6. Due recognition by all players be given to a meritorious achievement by any individual or team.
    1. Foul or rough play is inexcusable - there is no justification in thinking that one's opponent is guilty of it or likely to be guilty of it.
    2. There is a great difference between hard play and rough play - a player should never play with disregard for their opponent's safety of life or limb.
    3. It is unacceptable to show elation at an infringement of a rule by the other side. If a penalty is awarded applause should be reserved for the successful kicking of a goal.
    1. Coaching during games should not interfere with the control by the referee or umpire, nor should it be offensive to opponents.
    2. Spectators, whether staff or boys at the school, ex students or parents, should not publicly criticise referees' or umpires' decisions.
  7. Applause should be bestowed on our opponents' good play - excessive jubilation at our own team's success and mean contempt for the other side are unsporting.

  8. All grounds, our own and those of other Schools, must be kept clean - litter must be placed in the receptacles provided.
  9. Courtesy to those serving in canteens and tuckshops at other Schools as well as our own is essential
  10. The use of other Schools' facilities must not be taken for granted or without reference to a member of staff.
  11. Complaints concerning the conduct of the games should not be made during or after the game but should be referred to one's Head and any action will be left to their discretion.

    The school exercises great care in keeping the direction of games in the hands of members of staff imbued with the true spirit of amateurism.