Parents/Carers & Spectators
- Remember that young sailors participate in sailing for their enjoyment, not yours.
- Encourage young sailors to participate, do not force them.
- Focus on the young sailor’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
- Encourage young sailors to follow the rules and the official’s decision.
- Never ridicule or yell at a young sailor for making a mistake or losing in competition. Positive comments are motivational.
- Respect the decisions of officials and teach young sailors to do likewise.
- Condemn the use of violence, do not use foul language, sledge or harass sailors, coaches, officials or other competitors’ parents.
- Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not sail.
- Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and crews. Congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the events outcome.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all competitors regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
(Extract, 2005, Junior Sport, Codes of Behaviour, Australian Sport Commission)