CODE OF CONDUCT – WESTBROOK JUNIOR AFL CLUB

The Westbrook JAFC’s Code of Conduct outlines the high standards of behaviour expected by everyone involved in the game, both on and off the sporting field.

At the heart of the Code are the core values that go hand-in-hand with fair play; integrity, respect, responsibility, fairness and safety. The Code also sends a loud and clear message – that bad behaviour, violence, cheating and intimidation will not be tolerated.

Westbrook JAFC and all its club members, parents, visitors and officials agree to the rules, by-laws, and policies of the AFL and its bodies. Together, they help promote a positive culture within the club, built on strong values. Most importantly, they provide an environment where Junior football can be enjoyed by all.

General Principle

It’s about kids first, with emphasis on development and participation over results. It is about kids’ enjoyment and our focus must be about delivering this as our number one priority. By putting the kids first, long-term club growth and success will be enduring.

Behaviour Towards Umpires and Officials

  • Umpires and other officials are a NO-GO zone! This applies to parents, spectactors, players and coaches.
  • Do not approach or talk to an umpire before, during or after matches.
  • Do not publicly criticise or show disrespect towards umpires.
  • Communicate any concerns about umpiring decisions privately to the Team Manager who will pass them on to the Ground Manager.
  • Umpires and officials are a vital part of the AFL community and must be valued and respected at all times

Parents /Spectators

  • Positive or constructive comments only
  • No negative or abusive language
  • Lead by example
  • Be restrained; avoid the “Ugly Parent Syndrome”
  • Focus on the child’s efforts and self-esteem, rather than whether they win or lose
  • Smoking or alcohol is not acceptable at junior sport fields
  • Show appreciation towards volunteer coaches, officials and administrators
  • Remember: kids play sport for their enjoyment, not yours

Coaches/Administration/Officials

  • Play by the rules…and the spirit of the rules
  • Ensure equal participation
  • Maximise enjoyment
  • Promote fair play
  • Promote respect for opponents
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour

Players

  • Play by the rules
  • Never argue with an official or umpire; if you disagree, discuss it privately with your coach
  • Control your temper and no bad language
  • Be a good sport – shake hands with opposition, don’t be a bad loser.
  • Treat all players fairly
  • Cooperate willingly – get on with it
  • Play for fun

Offending players displaying unsportsmanlike behaviour will be removed from playing field, and spectators will be asked to leave the ground.

Child Safe Environment

  • Child safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance and Westbrook JAFC expects all Coaches, Managers and others in key roles to complete a Working with Children Check. This is one step that will help our club protect our children and values.

Smoke & Alcohol Free

  • Westbrook JAFC acknowledge there are health risks associated with smoking and passive smoking and, along with alcohol, clearly has no place in a Junior sport environment.
  • The NSW Smoke-Free Environment Act provides that smoking is prohibited in “an area set aside for or being used by spectators to watch an organised sporting event at a sports ground or other recreational area”.
  • The Westbrook JAFC ask that you respect the legislation and the health of our children and do not smoke or drink alcohol within the facilities or the fenced areas surrounding the grounds.
  • This is applicable at training, match days and club events. This policy is applicable to all members and visitors of the club.

Electronic Communication & Incorrect use of Social Media

  • There are standards expected in the use of electronic and social media. This includes emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and their many variants.
  • Inappropriate use of electronic communication within the football environment includes, but is not limited to, making or posting inappropriate comments against players, clubs, club officials, match officials or leagues which is hurtful, discriminatory or offensive in nature.
  • All members should be aware that the AFL Sydney Juniors treats such breaches as a very serious matter.

Discrimination 

  • Our club is for all members of the community and as such Westbrook JAFC will not tolerate discrimination or vilification of any kind.
  • Discrimination is bound by relevant state Acts and the AFL policies and covers any instance where a person is treated less favourably, either directly or indirectly, on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, education and any other attributes considered intolerant.

Complaints

  • Westbrook JAFC is committed to our Code of Conduct. Any breach of our code will be acted upon per the AFL By-laws. A breach may be further referred if it impacts any other legislation.
  • If any Club members or members of the community feel this code is being breached, they can forward their complaint to the Club President Mark Lean-Fore at westbrook@gmail.com or Secretary Phil Murdoch at murdochx@bigpond.net.au for investigation by the Westbrook JAFC committee or a nominated sub-committee.

 

 

References

AFL Code of Conduct

AFL Community Code of Conduct

AFL Sydney Juniors By-Laws & Policies