Lesson 8: What is Poor Behaviour?

Poor behaviour takes many different forms. What do you think represents poor sideline behaviour? Sometimes, it can be a matter of personal opinion about what constitutes poor behaviour – sometimes it’s really clear, such as shouting abuse, but sometimes it is not so clear, such as gesticulating from the sidelines!

Have you seen any of the following behaviours listed below? Could they be examples of poor sideline behaviour?

Behaviour Type

  • Negative body language
  • Shadow coaching, calling instructions when you’re not the coach
  • Excessive rewards given for winning or performance
  • Misuse of social media such as negative comments following a match
  • Negative remarks – aimed at kids, yours and others
  • Winning at all costs such as bending the rules and cheating


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