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Lavington is commited to these fair play rules
Play to Win Winning is the object of playing any game. Never set out to lose. If you do not play to win, you are cheating your opponents, deceiving those who are watching, and also fooling yourself. Never give up against stronger opponents but never relent against weaker ones. It is an insult to any opponent to play at less than full strength. Play to win, until the final whistle.
Play Fair Winning is without value if victory has been achieved unfairly or dishonestly. Cheating is easy, but brings no pleasure. Playing fair requires courage and character. It is also more satisfying. Fair Play always has its reward, even when the game is lost. Playing fair earns you respect, while cheats are detested. Remember: It’s only a game. And games are pointless unless played fairly.
Observe the Laws of the Game All games need rules to guide them. Without rules, there would be chaos. The rules of football are simple and easy to learn. Make an effort to learn them, so you understand the game better. This makes you a better player. It is just as important to understand the spirit of the rules. They are designed to make the game fun to play and fun to watch. By sticking to the rules, you will enjoy the game more.
Respect Opponents, Teammates, Referees, Officials and Spectators Fair Play means respect. Without opponents there can be no game. They have the same rights as you have, including the right to be respected. Your teammates are your colleagues. You form a team in which all members are equal. Referees are there to maintain discipline and Fair Play. Always accept their decisions without arguing, and help them to help you enjoy the game more. Officials are also part of the game and must be respected accordingly. Spectators give the game atmosphere. They want to see the game played fairly, but must also behave fairly themselves.
Accept Defeat with Dignity Nobody wins all the time. You win some, you lose some. Learn to lose graciously. Don’t seek excuses for defeat. Genuine reasons will always be self-evident. Congratulate the winners with good grace. Don’t blame the referee or anyone else. Determine to do better next time. Good losers earn more respect than bad winners.
Promote the Interests of Football Football is the world’s greatest game. But it always needs your help to keep it as Number One. Think of football’s interests before your own. Think how your actions may affect the image of the game. Talk about the positive things in the game. Encourage other people to watch it or play it fairly. Help others to have as much fun from football as you do. Be an ambassador for the game.
Reject Corruption, Drugs, Racism, Violence and other Dangers to our Sport Football’s huge popularity sometimes makes it vulnerable to negative outside interests. Watch out for attempts to tempt you into cheating or using drugs. Drugs have no place in football or any other sport or in our society. Say No to Drugs. Help Kick Racism out of Football. Treat all players and everyone else equally, regardless of their skin colour or origin. Show that football does not want violence, even from your own fans. Football is Sport, and Sport is Peace.
Help Others to Resist Corrupting Pressures You may hear that teammates or other people you know are being tempted to cheat in some way. They need your help. Don’t hesitate to stand by them. Give them the strength to resist. Remind them of their commitment to their teammates and to the game itself. Form a block of solidarity, like a solid defence on the field of play. Denounce Those who Attempt to Discredit Football Don’t be ashamed to show up anybody who you are sure is trying to make others cheat. It’s better to expose them and have them removed before they can do any damage. It often takes more courage to denounce what is wrong, than to go along with a dishonest plan. Your honesty will be admired but your complicity will not. Don’t just say No. Denounce the culprits who are trying to spoil our sport before they can persuade somebody else to say Yes.
Honour Those who Defend Football’s Good Reputation The good name of football has survived because the vast majority of people who love the game are honest and fair. Sometimes somebody does something exceptional that deserves our special recognition. They should be honoured and their fine example made public. This encourages others to act in the same way. Help promote football’s image by publicising its good deeds.
Lavington Juniors Football Club Players’ Responsibilities
- If you are injured or unfit to play or train you must inform the Coaching Staff.
- No matter how much you want play do not hide injuries. The injury will only take longer to heal.
- Punctually attend all coaching sessions and matches for which you are selected. If you cannot, you must inform a Coach or Team Manager (persistent non-attendance at training will cause you not to be selected for your team).
- Never argue with match officials.
- Never use foul, abusive or insulting language.
- Always adopt a good standard of behaviour at the Club’s social functions. The social events are usually attended by Club members of all ages and all Members should act appropriately, particularly in relation to the consumption of alcohol and other substances.
- Always show appropriate respect for your opposition players, officials, supporters and the match officials.
- Never chew gum, consume fizzy drinks (see below) or wear jewellery during games or coaching sessions. Immovable jewellery must be covered by tape.
- Do not disrupt coaching sessions. Time is limited and others are there to learn.
- Do not form or encourage cliques within the Squad. The Squad working as one will be far more successful.
- You must wear shin pads during all games and training sessions.
- Never forget your boots. Be responsible for your kit and look after Club kit. Do not rely on other people to remember them for you.
- Always clean your boots after matches. It is a well-known football fact that footballers play better in clean boots!
- Always play to the rules of Association Football. Never cheat – you will let yourself down and your team.
- Listen only to your Coach or Team Manager on matters of Club Football. Your family’s and friends’ may not be aware of the team’s strategy for that particular match.
- Always encourage your team-mates, even if mistakes are made.
- Try your best and be positive when playing football. Do not be afraid to use your skills.
- Retire to bed early the night before a match – not in the early hours of the morning!
- Above all ENJOY playing the beautiful game.
- If you decide to leave the Club, please send a letter to the Club Secretary informing him of your decision and return any of the Club’s property (e.g. playing kit) that you may still have.
Players may wish to save money by not buying so-called isotonic drinks. These drinks are basically water, fruit flavouring and a small trace of salt. Any diluted fruit cordial is just as good. Tea should be avoided as a half time drink as it will cause greater fluid loss (tea is diuretic). It is just as important to drink fluids prior to the game as it is during half time and after the final whistle.