Key messages will be promoted as part of Sport Otago's Sideline Behaviour Project aimed at stamping out bad sideline behaviour, sport development adviser Nicola Wood (left) and sport development coaching adviser Scarlett Hagen say. Photo by Samantha McPherson.
''Let success be your child's dream, not yours'' is one of
the key messages that will be promoted as part of Sport
Otago's Sideline Behaviour Project.
The initiative aims to stamp out bad behaviour on sports
sidelines by encouraging people to think about their actions
and the lasting effects they could have.
Sport Otago sport development coaching adviser Scarlett Hagen
said the sideline behaviour of parents, spectators and fans
could have a ''huge impact'' on those playing sport.
''It's about getting those key messages out there. Whenever
you get passionate parents along to kids' sport you always
hear stories and comments about negative behaviour on the
"A lot of the time it's parents shouting at the referee,
coaches or their own children ... they don't realise how much
damage those comments are doing to their confidence.''
Each of the 148 primary, intermediate and secondary schools
and 67 sport organisations in Dunedin, Central Otago,
Balclutha and Oamaru will receive posters with key messages,
brochures and flyers with tips on how to have a positive
A code of conduct for spectators, players, coaches and
officials and a players' agreement can be printed from the
Sport Otago website for sport teams and clubs.
Ms Hagan said it was not only shouting from the sideline that
was an issue - the car ride home could be something children
''dread the most''.
''Kids often dread the car ride home if they get told off for
passing bad or not doing something right.
"Sideline behaviour can be hidden as well. It's not always
just the shouting,'' she said.
The project is supported by the Bendigo Valley Sports and
Charity Foundation and the Otago Community Trust.
Sport Otago chief executive John Brimble said the campaign
was about ''accentuating the positive and encouraging our
children, not living our own dreams through them''.
''This is an initiative to stamp out negative sideline
behaviour and comment and promote a positive and supportive
environment so our youth enjoy their sport and will carry on
"This is about getting people to think first about their
actions and what they may say and, through this, reduce and
remove abuse and negativity from the sidelines.''
Sport Otago is hosting a seminar on how to be a good sporting
parent on September 9.
The parents of Ben Smith, Ali Shanks and Suzie Bates will
explain how they supported their children to become
• Visit www.sportotago.co.nz for more
10 TIPS FOR A POSITIVE SPORTING
1) Respect the officials' decisions; be a good sport.
2) Show your love of sport by applauding all
competitors and opponents.
3) Provide positive, supportive and motivating
comments; sport is fun.
4) Be thankful to the coaches, umpires and officials
who give up their time to help sport.
5) Appreciate all levels of sport engagement,
regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability.
6) Remember that the game can be very different to
take part in, compared with viewing it.
7) Do not curse, use derogatory language, show anger
or aggression, or be excessively negative.
8) Be well-mannered at post-event functions and when
speaking with stakeholders.
9) Do not criticise, ridicule or put pressure on
players, the team, officials or spectators.
10) Do not drink alcohol in any sport environment.
Keep sport venues smoke-free.