GPS Code of Conduct

TAS is a member of the AAGPS of NSW (Athletic Association of the Greater Public Schools)

There are nine member schools, with TAS being the only regional member. Other schools include Sydney High School, Sydney Grammar School, The Scots College, Shore, St Ignatius’ College (Riverview), St Joseph’s College, Newington College and The Kings School.

As a member school all players and supporters at all TAS Sporting events are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct (below) which has been established for all member schools.

A Code of Behaviour Concerning Games ( Revised in 1995 by the Headmasters of the GPS Schools of NSW )

The GPS Headmasters have produced the following guidelines to assist teachers, coaches, boys and parents.

Games in our schools are an important part of a fully balanced education for our students. The Heads are concerned to preserve sound educational and social practices in the many inter-school games that are played and ask for the cooperation of school communities to ensure that these aims are realised.

The trend towards professionalism in school sport is to be viewed with caution. Where such an approach involves sound coaching techniques and is aimed at producing a satisfying and improved level of performance, this approach can be beneficial. However, care should be taken to exclude from our schools practices which place the pursuit of victory above those aspects of sport concerned with enjoyment, balanced development and good sportsmanship.

In other words, the spirit of the amateur in its best sense should remain the ideal which guides these aspects of school sports.

More specifically, the following points are made:

Players

  • Play may be hard and vigorous, but deliberate violence should never be used towards opponents.
  • Verbal provocation of any sort is unacceptable.
  • Players should not react with violence to any physical or verbal provocation.
  • Use of bad language, whether directed at an umpire/referee, another player or oneself, is unacceptable.
  • Players should never argue with an umpire/referee (whether boy or adult) or contest a decision. Any negative response towards an umpire’s ruling is unacceptable. (A captain only may ask a referee to clarify a ruling in the event of uncertainty).
  • Immodest behaviour in victory or success, and manifestation of self disgust at an error or failure are poor sportsmanship. Gracious conduct, whatever the result of a game, is important.
  • Unfair or illegal tactics to gain an advantage should never be used.
  • Excessive or inappropriate talk should not be used on the field of play.
  • Players are encouraged to play in a positive and sportsmanlike manner and to extend every courtesy to the opposing team. This should include pre-match courtesies, recognition of good play on the part of the opposition and extending thanks to the umpire/referee and to the opposition after the match.

Spectators

  • Parents are asked to make their presence and support as positive as possible.
  • If your school is host, parents are asked to assume some responsibility for making visiting parents feel at home.
  • When visiting another school, the host school’s premises and rules in matters of parking, tidiness, etc. should be respected. Adults are asked to note that, with the exception of family picnics in some circumstances, alcohol should not be consumed at GPS matches. If in doubt about such matters, visiting parents should check with an official of the host school.
  • Parents should never seek, during or immediately after a match, to give advice to coaches, umpires/referees or to players.
  • Barracking may be enthusiastic, should be positive rather than negative, avoiding excessive attention to the individual even to praise him. A good example should be set by applauding skilful performance and play regardless of school.
  • Parents can assist their son’s fuller education by being sensible about the number and length of his sporting commitments. While these are regulated within the school context, parents should see that other, outside sporting involvement does not interfere unduly with academic study, religious activities, cultural and social life, as well as time spent with the family.