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Smoking is not permitted in any competition or spectator areas during any Little Athletics competition and has been adopted as part of QLAA Policy.


Balmoral Little Athletics Centre Inc. has adopted the Codes of Conduct and Zero Tolerance Policies of Little Athletics Queensland. Copies are available for download from the links below or the LAQ website. The items below summarise some of the points contained in the policy documents.

Visiting Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Administrators are also asked to respect our Code of Behaviour and Non Smoking Policy.



A child's basic training in good sportsmanship comes from the home!
  • If children are interested, encourage them to participate. However if your child is not willing, do not force him or her.
  • Focus upon your child's efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists your child in setting realistic goals related to his/her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each competition is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage your child to always participate according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember children are involved in organised sports for their enjoyment not yours.
  • Remember that children learn best by example and; applaud good performances by all athletes.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question the official's judgement and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child's involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's sporting activities.
  • Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your child.


The best coaches are more interested in their athlete's well being than whether they win or lose!
  • Be reasonable in your demands on the young athletes' time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests.
  • Teach your athletes that rules of the sport are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
  • When coaching group athletes according to age, height skill and physical maturity whenever possible.
  • Avoid over-attention to the talented athletes. The "just-average" athletes need and deserve equal time.
  • Remember that children compete for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing in a competition.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the athletes.
  • The scheduling and length of coaching practice times at competitions should take into consideration the maturity level of the children.
  • Develop each athletes respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgment of officials and opposing athletes.
  • Follow the advice of a sports medicine physician when determining when an injured athlete is ready to compete or practice again.
  • Remember that children need a coach they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved, and set a good example.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.


In Little Athletics, these people are mostly Parents temporarily performing a different function.

  • Remember to behave, as a parent should at all times; don't adopt a different code of behaviour just because your role has temporarily changed.
  • Refer to codes for Parents.


Download this file (0810_Zero Tolerance Policy.pdf)LAQ Zero Tolerance Policy[ ]72 Kb
Download this file (Codes of Conduct_July 2006.pdf)LAQ Codes of Conduct[ ]36 Kb
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 11:33

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