What is Nippers all about?

Life Saving Clubs from around Australia cater for junior members also known as "nippers"

The Junior program is activity-based and aims to provide an environment where children can have fun, develop new skills, meet new people, learn about water safety and develop an awareness of the beach and the aquatic environment.

Does my child need to compete?

No. Nipper at Black Rock is all about having fun and learning about water safety. It is not a requirement of membership for Juniors to attend a minimum number of carnivals.

What should I bring to training?

Club Cap

All junior members must purchase a Royal Blue Club cap and wear this at training.  Caps can only be purchased through the Black Rock LSC Uniform Shop once membership is paid. 

Bathers, Rashie &  Towel

All children should wear bathers and a club rashie.  However, any bathers and rashie are fine, but please support your club by purchasing Black Rock Bathers and Rashies via the uniform shop.

Goggles

Bucket or Wide Brim Hat

Drink Bottle

Sun Block

Sun block should always be applied before training.

Warm Clothes & Wetsuit (optional)

On cold or windy days, children should bring something warm to wear, such as a jumper.  A wetsuit is a good idea for the earlier/later colder months.

Is there a Parents Code of Conduct?

    • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment and development.
    • Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
    • Focus on the child's efforts and performance rather than winning or losing. Set realistic goals.
    • Encourage children to always play according to the rules and to settle disagreements, without resorting to hostility or violence.
    • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
    • Remember children learn best by example.
    • Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
    • Respect official's decisions and teach children to do likewise.
    • Show appreciation for Coaches, Age Managers, Officials and Administrators - without them, your child could not participate.
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others, regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
    • If you disagree with an official, coach, age manager, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question the officials judgment and honesty in public. Remember that most Officials, Coaches, and Age Managers give their time and effort for your child's involvement.

Is there a Nipper Code of Conduct?

    • Compete within the rules, and within the spirit of Surf Lifesaving.
    • Never argue with an official. If you disagree have your Age Manager, coach or team manager approach the official during a break or after the competition
    • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging of other competitors, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviors
    • Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team.
    • Be a good sport. Applaud all good performances whether they are given by Black Rock LSC or other clubs.
    • Treat all participants as you would like to be treated. Do not bully, interfere or take unfair advantage of another competitor
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
    • Co-operate with your coach, age managers, teammates, officials and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
    • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.
    • Respect the equipment you use, wash it and return it after use. Report any damage.
    • Respect the club house. Treat it as you would treat your home. Leave it tidy.

Is there a Coaches Code of Conduct

    • Do not demand too much of children, they have other interests as well.
    • Teach players that the rules are for their safety and should not be broken.
    • Avoid encouraging and rewarding the talented players all the time. All the children deserve equal encouragement.
    • Children play for fun, don't take the fun out of sport by yelling if they make a mistake.
    • Make sure your facilities are safe.
    • Do not make young children over practice. Take age and maturity into account when designing training programs.
    • Encourage respect for the opposition's ability and officials.
    • Follow advice of a doctor or physiotherapist in relation to injuries. Set a good example.
    • Keep up to date on all the latest coaching principles and methods.
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

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What is Nippers all about?

Life Saving Clubs from around Australia cater for junior members also known as "nippers"

The Junior program is activity-based and aims to provide an environment where children can have fun, develop new skills, meet new people, learn about water safety and develop an awareness of the beach and the aquatic environment.

Does my child need to compete?

No. Nipper at Black Rock is all about having fun and learning about water safety. It is not a requirement of membership for Juniors to attend a minimum number of carnivals.

What should I bring to training?

Club Cap

All junior members must purchase a Royal Blue Club cap and wear this at training.  Caps can only be purchased through the Black Rock LSC Uniform Shop once membership is paid. 

Bathers, Rashie &  Towel

All children should wear bathers and a club rashie.  However, any bathers and rashie are fine, but please support your club by purchasing Black Rock Bathers and Rashies via the uniform shop.

Goggles

Bucket or Wide Brim Hat

Drink Bottle

Sun Block

Sun block should always be applied before training.

Warm Clothes & Wetsuit (optional)

On cold or windy days, children should bring something warm to wear, such as a jumper.  A wetsuit is a good idea for the earlier/later colder months.

Is there a Parents Code of Conduct?

    • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment and development.
    • Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
    • Focus on the child's efforts and performance rather than winning or losing. Set realistic goals.
    • Encourage children to always play according to the rules and to settle disagreements, without resorting to hostility or violence.
    • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
    • Remember children learn best by example.
    • Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
    • Respect official's decisions and teach children to do likewise.
    • Show appreciation for Coaches, Age Managers, Officials and Administrators - without them, your child could not participate.
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others, regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
    • If you disagree with an official, coach, age manager, raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question the officials judgment and honesty in public. Remember that most Officials, Coaches, and Age Managers give their time and effort for your child's involvement.

Is there a Nipper Code of Conduct?

    • Compete within the rules, and within the spirit of Surf Lifesaving.
    • Never argue with an official. If you disagree have your Age Manager, coach or team manager approach the official during a break or after the competition
    • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging of other competitors, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviors
    • Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team.
    • Be a good sport. Applaud all good performances whether they are given by Black Rock LSC or other clubs.
    • Treat all participants as you would like to be treated. Do not bully, interfere or take unfair advantage of another competitor
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
    • Co-operate with your coach, age managers, teammates, officials and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
    • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.
    • Respect the equipment you use, wash it and return it after use. Report any damage.
    • Respect the club house. Treat it as you would treat your home. Leave it tidy.

Is there a Coaches Code of Conduct

    • Do not demand too much of children, they have other interests as well.
    • Teach players that the rules are for their safety and should not be broken.
    • Avoid encouraging and rewarding the talented players all the time. All the children deserve equal encouragement.
    • Children play for fun, don't take the fun out of sport by yelling if they make a mistake.
    • Make sure your facilities are safe.
    • Do not make young children over practice. Take age and maturity into account when designing training programs.
    • Encourage respect for the opposition's ability and officials.
    • Follow advice of a doctor or physiotherapist in relation to injuries. Set a good example.
    • Keep up to date on all the latest coaching principles and methods.
    • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

End FAQ