CODE OF CONDUCT
The BALLARAT FOOTBALL & NETBALL CLUB fully supports the codes of conduct as introduced by the AFL Kids First Program and AFL Victoria. The codes of conduct are applicable to all Club activities including fixtured games, team training, social events and other official club or team events.
No BALLARAT FOOTBALL & NETBALL CLUB registered player may participate in a fixtured game of football until they have completed and signed the “Player Code of Conduct” and the parents or guardian of the player have completed and signed the “Parents/Guardians/ Families & Supporters Code of Conduct”.
It is the responsibility of coaches and team managers to ensure that players, parents and supporters have completed and signed the Code of Conduct.
Completed Codes of Conduct are to be kept by the Team Manager and made available to the BALLARAT FOOTBALL & NETBALL CLUB Committee on request.
Note: Team Officials are required to adhere to the Parents and Supporters Code of Conduct.
- Abide by the rules of the game and rules set down by your coach, club and league.
- Never argue with an official or umpire. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition.
- Control your temper. Verbal or physical abuse of officials, umpires, spectators or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted.
- Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit so will you.
- Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they’re by your team, opponent or the other team. Be proud to walk off the ground after each game knowing that you have given your best effort and never involve yourself in an argument with opposing players, umpires or officials.
- Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player. Your involvement to play is for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it.
- Co-operate with your coach and team mates, and respect the ability of your opponent. Without them there would be no game.
- Play for the ‘fun of it and not just to please parents and coaches.
- Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender or race.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS/FAMILIES & SUPPORTERS
- Encourage children to participate if they are interested. However, if a child is not willing do not force them.
- Focus upon the child’s efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to their ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
- Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
- Encourage your child always to play by the rules.
- Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- Remember your child should be involved in football for their enjoyment, not yours.
- Remember your child learns best by example. Applaud good play by both your team and by members of the opposing team.
- If you disagree with an official or umpire raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official’s judgment and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for your child’s involvement.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from junior sporting activities.
- Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your child and deserve your support.
- Support your club officials in maintaining the highest standard of behaviour both on and off the field for the betterment of the league and your family.
- Offer your assistance to the team that your child is playing in so that every opportunity is being provided for the very best supervision and support. Your involvement will give both yourself and your child far more satisfaction.
- Avoid use of derogatory language based on gender or race.
SUMMARY OF ACTION TO ADVISE AND CAUTION PLAYERS, PARENTS AND/OR SUPPORTERS OF THE CODES OF CONDUCT
- Players and Parents advised of the Club’s Codes of Conduct and Policies at the time of registration or at a club training session via the distribution of the Players and Parents Handbook and a signed declaration on the registration form agreeing to abide to the Codes of Conduct and Policies.
- The Coach and/or Team Manager prior to the commencement of the fixtured season will conduct an information session to discuss the expected levels of behaviour by both Players, Parents and Supporters.
- Display AFL Kids First rules at matches and around the club.
- Players will not be permitted to play in a fixtured game for the Club unless they and their Parents/Guardians have signed the Player’s Codes of Conduct and the Parents and Supporters Code of Conduct.
- Player and parents acting in a manner contrary to the Code of Conduct will be cautioned regarding the inappropriateness of their behaviour.
- A player, parent or supporter failing to heed this caution will be asked to leave the venue or event.
- Players, parents or supporters asked to leave the venue or event will be required to provide a written assurance that they will abide by the Code of Conduct before being permitted to return to the club to train, play or be involved.
- Repeated behaviour contrary to the Codes of Conduct will be dealt with by the Club in conjunction with the League.
- Any incident regarding breaches to the Code of Conduct should be recorded by the Club using the provided ‘Report Incident’ sheets and submitted to the League who will follow up on the issue.
- By registering our child with BALLARAT FOOTBALL & NETBALL CLUB we agree to abide by these principles.
- We will ensure that our child understands the expected behaviour of a BALLARAT FOOTBALL & NETBALL CLUB player.
- We support the BALLARAT FOOTBALL & NETBALL CLUB in its undertakings and encourage the BALLARAT FOOTBALL & NETBALL CLUB to take any necessary disciplinary actions including the suspension and banning where warranted of any Players, Parents/Guardians, Family Members and/or Supporters for repeated or serious breaches to these Codes of Conduct.
- We acknowledge that it is our responsibility to ensure that family or friends attending events are made aware of, and adhere to, the Code of Conduct.