Codes of Conduct

Conduct Guidelines for Players

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour when we play sport.  As a player you have a big part to play.  We ask every player to follow these values adopted from the Field Hockey BC's RESPECT Code of Conduct.

When playing Spring League, I will:

  • Always play to the best of my ability
  • Play because I love the game, not because I have been pressured to play
  • Play fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time
  • Respect my team-mates, the other team, the umpire and my coach/manager - I will not say rude, unkind, critical, intimidating, bullying or discouraging comments
  • Play by the rules
  • Remember we all make mistakes
  • Win and lose with dignity. Shake hands with the other team and umpire at the end of the game
  • Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me
  • Talk to someone I trust if I’m unhappy about anything
For the complete code of conduct click here.

Conduct Guidelines for Parents


We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

We support the Field Hockey BC RESPECT program to ensure field hockey can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment. 

Remember children’s field hockey is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything.  Please play your part and observe the RESPECT Codes of Conduct at all times.

I will:

  • Remember that children play for FUN - I will never pressure my child to play
  • Applaud effort and good play as well as success
  • Always respect the match officials’ decisions
  • Remain outside the field of play
  • Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
  • Encourage the players to respect the opposition, umpires and technical officials
  • Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning
  • Never engage in, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour
For a full copy of FHBC's code of conduct for parents and spectators click here.

Coaches Conduct Guidelines for Spring League


We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. WVFHC has adopted Field Hockey BC's RESPECT code of conduct for coaches, managers and officials.  As a coach or manager, WVFHC requires you to read and acknowledge the following.

On and off the field, I will:

  • Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators/fans
  • Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game
  • Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour
  • Always respect the match official’s decision
  • Never enter the field of play without the official’s permission
  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

When working with players, I will:

  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
  • Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me
  • Ensure all parents/guardians of all players under the age of 19 understand these expectations
  • Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying
  • Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
  • Ensure all activities I organize are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity
  • Co-operate fully with others in field hockey (e.g. officials, doctors, physios, athletic trainers, event hosts, staff) for each player’s best interests

For a full copy of FHBC's Code of Conduct for Coaches, Managers and Officials click here.

In addition WVFHC has adopted an all-club Code of Conduct and Ethics which coaches and managers are required to read and acknowledge. It can be found here: