Code of Conduct

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It is important that Australian Football coaches maintain standards for the integrity of the sport and the general good of coaches.

The AFL Coaches’ Code of Conduct is an outline of acceptable behaviours. The Code is not intended to be lengthy or detailed and does not remove the requirement for coaches to exercise judgement. However it does stand as a model for leagues, clubs and schools to expect that basic standards of behaviour are maintained.

By accepting the Code, coaches are signifying commitment to supporting minimum standards of good coaching and the concepts of responsibility, competence and propriety within coaching.

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Code of Ethics for SANFL Coaches



A positive relationship between the Club Administration, SANFL, and Public on the one hand, and the Players on the other, is essential to demonstrate this key ingredient of the Game both on and off the field.


SANFL coaches are personally responsible for the decisions they make in the course of their employment. They are expected to be aware of the reasonably foreseeable consequences of their actions and to make every effort to ensure that they work in an appropriate manner, which has utmost regard for the highest standards of Coaching as a profession.

Coaches must show appropriate skills and competencies in the areas of coaching practice and are expected to maintain and continue to develop those skills and competencies through an ongoing programme of professional development.

Coaches must be aware of the SANFL Code of Ethics and actively demonstrate their support of this code in the workplace. Coaches must refrain from any act that could bring the SANFL, or the Game, into disrepute.

Coaches are expected to be honest and sincere in their relationships with the people with whom they interact in the course of their professional and personal duties.

SANFL Coaches are expected to give of their best, and stimulate the same from others, in all aspects of their coaching role.


  1. Respect the rights, dignity, and worth of every human being.
  2. Ensure that the player’s time spent with the Coach is a positive experience.
  3. Treat each player as an individual.
  4. Act professionally and accept responsibility for their actions to provide –
    • A quality service for the players
    • An operating environment within the rules and spirit of the Game.
    • A safe environment for training and competition.
    • A positive role for Australian Football and players.
  5. Ensure physical contact is –
    • Appropriate to the situation.
    • Necessary for the players’ skill development.
  6. Refrain from any form of personal abuse and harassment towards the players, officials, and patrons.
  7. Provide a safe environment for training and competition.
  8. Show care and concern towards sick and injured players.
  9. Encourage interaction with the media and public.
  10. Promote player progress.