QLAC Policy

Queanbeyan Little Athletics acknowledges that smoking is detrimental to the development and maintenance of good health both for individuals and for the community. As an organisation which seeks to enhance health, Queanbeyan Little Athletics will model Smoke Free behaviours to its members.We will:

  • ensure that all enclosed public places are Smoke Free in accordance with Government legislation;
  • ensure that all eating areas are Smoke Free;
  • ensure that our competition grounds are Smoke Free;
  • ensure that all social functions (including athletics events, competitions, dinners, fundraising events and meetings) are Smoke Free;
  • ensure that coaches, trainers, volunteers and officials refrain from smoking while acting in an official capacity;
  • ensure that Smoke Free behaviour is incorporated into the code of behaviour for coaches, administrators and athletes.
ACTLAA has a zero tolerance on the consumption of alcohol by participants, either in the morning prior to or during any competition or other activity sanctioned by ACTLAA. For the purposes of this policy, activity includes but is not limited to Centre organised competition, Centre or ACTLAA managed carnivals or championship events, regular coaching sessions, coaching clinics, education clinics, and public relations activities in public places, school visit programs and school development activities. The consumption of alcohol during the specified period shall be deemed to be a breach of the ACTLAA Code of Behaviour and subject to disciplinary action by the ACTLAA Board of Management where the activity is organised by ACTLAA and by the member’s centre for other activities.
ACTLAA has a zero tolerance on the use of drugs by participants whether they be for recreational or habitual purposes. Drugs in any shape or form are not to be brought to any ACTLAA forum. The use of drugs at ACTLAA sanctioned activity, as defined under Alcohol, shall be deemed to be a serious breach of the ACTLAA Code of Behaviour. Any person found to be using drugs or under the influence of drugs during the conducting of ACTLAA sanctioned activities may face expulsion, particularly where the incident places at risk members safety or the reputation of this Association. Note this policy does not apply to medically prescribed drugs.

QLAC Code of Behaviour

  • Compete for the fun of it. Be a good sport and a keen yet friendly competitor.
  • Play by the rules. The rules of competition ensure a safe and equal footing for all competitors.
  • Never argue with the volunteers running events. Be respectful and obedient to all volunteers. Without them we would not have a competition. To hear ‘thank you’ means a lot to our helpers.
  • Be a good sport. Cheer other athletes when they perform and try to shake hands with your fellow competitors at the end of an event.
  • Never put down another person. Do not ridicule others either in their performance or personal appearance.
  • Never threaten or use violence against another person. Verbal abuse/provocation of athletes, volunteers or spectators is not acceptable.
  • Listen for your events to be called. Be quick to your marshalling area. This makes it a lot easier for volunteers to get your events underway as quickly as possible.
  • Wear your Club colours with pride. When you wear your uniform you represent Queanbeyan and the Association. Be proud of who you are.
  • REMEMBER children participate in sport for their enjoyment and not yours.
  • ENCOURAGE children to participate, do not force them.
  • FOCUS on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • INFLUENCE children to always play by the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility, violence or abuse.
  • NEVER ridicule or yell abuse at a child for making a mistake or not winning at competition.
  • NEVER threaten or use violence against another person. Verbal abuse/provocation of athletes, volunteers or spectators is not acceptable.
  • RESPECT officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  • SHOW appreciation and join in as a volunteer. Without them your child would not be able to compete.
  • RESPECT the rights, dignity and worth of everyone regardless of their gender, ability and cultural or religious background.
  • APPLAUD the performance and efforts of all athletes.
Spectators attending ACTLAA sanctioned activities, which may include weekly competition at Centres, Carnivals or coaching and education clinics or like activities, are to adhere to the following codes of behaviour:

  • Remember that children participate in Little Athletics activities for fun and are not participating for the entertainment of spectators only, nor are they miniature professionals;
  • Applaud good performances and efforts from each child. Congratulate all participants upon their performance regardless of the event outcome;
  • Respect the official’s decisions – if there is a disagreement, follow the appropriate procedure in order to question the decision and teach the children to do likewise;
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during competition – positive comments are motivation.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it from spectators, parents, relatives, coaches, officials or athletes;
  • Show respect for each participant – without them there would be no activities to share;
  • Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour by not harassing children, coaches or officials, and by not smoking on the Programme (as defined by the relevant Competition Manager) or being intoxicated;
  • Avoid using bad language.


Relevant information can also be found on the Play by the Rules website.