Codes of Conduct and Behaviour

Boroondara Eagles FC has a club code of conduct that is expected to have been read, understood and adhered to by all its members, players, spectators, game leaders, referees, coaches and anyone else aligned with the Club.

Full Codes of Conduct can be found here.


  • Give your best at all times
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit
  • Play by the rules
  • Do not argue with the match official – if you disagree, have your captain or coach approach the match official during a break in play or after the match is concluded
  • Control your temper – verbal abuse of officials or other players or deliberately distracting or provoking another person is not acceptable or permitted in any sport
  • Be a good sport and be prepared to acknowledge good play whether it is from your team or the opposition
  • Treat all players like you would like to be treated – do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player
  • Co-operate with your coach, teammates and opponents – without them there would be no competition
  • Remove all jewellery prior to training and match play as it is a hazard to you and those around you
  • Do not accept or use any banned or unauthorised drug(s) including consumption of alcohol at any time


  • Remember that children play the sport for their enjoyment, and not yours
  • Encourage children to participate and have fun
  • Focus on the child’s effort and performance rather than winning or losing
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition
  • Remember that children learn best by example so applaud good play by both teams
  • Support all efforts to remove racial and religious vilification, verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
  • Respect the match officials decisions and teach your child to do likewise
  • Show respect and appreciation to club officials including coaches, officials and administrators – ensure any issues are raised through the correct channels
  • Do not smoke or consume alcohol near the team bench (technical area) or sideline


  • Place the safety and welfare of the participants above all else
  • Be aware of and support the sports injury management plans and return to play guidelines
  • Help each person (athlete, official, etc) to reach their potential – respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each person and encourage them with positive and constructive feedback
  • Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills
  • Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of the sport
  • Treat each participant as an individual
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up-to-date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of participants
  • Act within the rules and spirit of your sport
  • Promote fair play over winning at any cost
  • Respect the decisions of officials, coaches and administrators
  • Show respect and courtesy to all involved with the sport
  • Display responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and other drugs
  • Act with integrity and objectivity and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions
  • Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a harassment-free environment
  • Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance exists) with people under the age of 18
  • Ensure that any physical contact with another person is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the person’s skill development
  • Be honest and do not allow your qualifications or coaching experience to be misrepresented
  • Never advocate or condone the use of illicit drugs or other banned performance enhancing substances or methods
  • Never participate in or advocate practices that involve match fixing
  • Respect the rights and worth of every person regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion
  • Do not tolerate abusive, bullying or threatening behaviour


  • Place the safety and welfare of the athletes above all else
  • Be consistent and impartial when making decisions
  • Address unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all people
  • Modify your approach to suit the skill levels and needs of players
  • Praise and encourage all participants
  • Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions
  • Do not tolerate unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents
  • Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than focus on negative aspects
  • Encourage and promote rule changes to all players and members
  • Be a good sport yourself as actions speak louder than words
  • Keep up to date with the latest trends in refereeing
  • Remember that you set the example on the park, therefore your behaviour and comments should always be positive and supportive


  • Respect the decisions of the match officials
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their race, colour, religion, language, politics, national or ethnic origin
  • Not engage in the use of violence in any form, whether it is by other spectators, team officials (including coaches) or players
  • Not engage in discrimination, harassment or abuse in any form whether lawful or otherwise – including but not limited to the use of obscene or offensive language or gestures, the incitement of hatred or violence or partaking in indecent or racist chanting
  • Comply with FV’s “Conditions of Entry” at all venues, and any ticket conditions
  • Not carry, light or throw flares or missiles (including on to the field of play or at other spectators)
  • Not enter the field of play or its surrounds without lawful authority
  • Conduct themselves in a manner that enhances rather than injures the reputation and goodwill of Football Victoria (FV), Football Australia (FA) and football generally