Policies & Codes of Behaviour

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Blue Jays Netball Club Player Registration Policy

General Code of Behaviour

1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in netball regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion. 

2. Be ethical, fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others. 

3. Make a commitment to providing quality service. 

4. Operate within the rules and spirit of netball including national and state guidelines, constitution and policies which govern Netball Australia, Member Organisations and Affiliates. 

5. Do not use your involvement with netball to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of Netball Australia, Member Organisations or Affiliates. 

6. Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example. 

7. Always place the safety and welfare of children above other considerations. 

8. Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under 18 years of age, wherever possible. 

9. Comply with all relevant Australian laws (Federal and State), particularly anti-discrimination, occupational health and safety and child protection laws 

10. Refrain from any behaviour that may bring Netball Australia, Member Organisations or Affiliates into disrepute. 

11. Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity. 

12. Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured. 

13. Be a positive role model. 

14. Be responsible and accountable for your conduct. 

15. Abide by the relevant Netball Australia role-specific codes of behaviour and understand the consequences if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of this Code of Behaviour.

Administrator Code of Behaviour

In addition to Netball Australia’s General Code of Behaviour, you must meet the following requirements with regard to your conduct during any activity held by or under the auspices of Netball Australia, Member Organisations or Affiliates in your role as an administrator: 

1. Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others. 

2. Be professional in, and accept responsibility for your actions. Your language, presentation, manners and punctuality should reflect high standards. 

3. Resolve conflicts fairly and promptly through established procedures. 

4. Maintain strict impartiality. 

5. Be aware of and comply with your legal responsibilities, including under anti-discrimination, child protection and occupational health and safety legislation. 

6. Develop a positive netball environment by emphasising enjoyment and by providing appropriate development and competitive experiences. 

7. Involve all relevant stakeholders (players, coaches, umpires, parents) in the planning, evaluation, leadership and decision-making related to netball programs and events. 

8. Ensure activities, equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate to the ability level of participating players. Activities, rules, equipment, length of games and training schedules should take into consideration the age, ability and maturity level of the participants. 

9. Ensure that everyone (administrators, coaches, players, umpires, parents, spectators, sponsors and physicians) emphasise fair play in netball activities and games. 

10. Where appropriate, distribute the National Codes of Behaviour to coaches, players, umpires, parents, spectators and the media. 

Coach Code of Behaviour

1. Operate within the rules and spirit of netball, promoting fair play. 

2. Develop a positive netball environment by emphasising enjoyment and by providing appropriate development and competitive experiences. 

3. Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of the sport. 

4. Treat each person as an individual. Respect the rights and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion. 

5. Display control, courtesy and respect to all involved with netball. 

6. Respect the decisions of umpires, officials, other coaches and administrators in the conduct of netball programs and competitions. 

7. Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance will exist) with people under the age of 18 years. 

8. Ensure activities, equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate to the ability level of participating players. Activities, rules, equipment, length of games and training schedules should take into consideration the age, ability and maturity level of the participants. 

9. Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions. 

10. Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment. Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else. 

11. Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to an environment free of sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination or victimisation. 

12. Any physical contact with player should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill development. 

13. Adopt responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and other drugs. 

14. Be honest and do not allow your qualifications/accreditation to be misrepresented. 

Player Code of Behaviour

1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of fellow players, coaches, officials and spectators. 

2. Refrain from conduct which could be regarded as sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying or victimisation. 

3. Respect the talent, potential and development of fellow players and competitors. 

4. Participate fairly and safely. 

5. Be frank and honest with your coach concerning illness and injury and your ability to train and play fully. 

6. Conduct yourself in a responsible manner relating to language, temper and punctuality. 

7. Abide by the rules and respect the decision of the umpires. Be courteous and use the correct process when seeking a rule clarification.
8. Be honest in your attitude and preparation to training. Work equally hard for yourself and your team.
9. Co-operate with coaches and staff in relation to programs that adequately prepare you for competition. 

10. Do not engage in practices that affect sporting performance (alcohol, tobacco and drug use). 

11. Applaud all good play, by your own team and opponents. 

12. Respect and acknowledge the contribution of those who create the opportunity for you to play (e.g. scorers, coaches, timekeepers, administrators and umpires). 

Umpire Code of Behaviour

1. Umpire in accordance with the Official Rules of the Game. 

2. Treat all players, coaches, bench officials and other umpires with respect. 

3. Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else, including by: 

      • Ensuring the court and its surrounds are compliant with the rules.    

      • Taking appropriate action to manage dangerous play. 

4. Maintain a high standard of personal behaviour at all times. 

5. Be a positive role model through behaviour and personal appearance projecting a favourable image of netball and umpiring at all times. 

6. Refrain from conduct which could be regarded as sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying or victimisation. 

7. Be courteous, respectful and open to discussion and interaction with other netball participants. 

8. Maintain or improve your current performance level and seek continual improvement. 

9. Be honest and do not allow your qualifications/accreditation to be misrepresented. 

Parent/Guardian Code of Behaviour

1. Encourage your child to participate but do not force them. 

2. Focus upon your child's efforts and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists your child in setting realistic goals related to his/ her ability by reducing the emphasis on winning. 

3. Teach your child that an honest effort is as important as winning, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment. 

4. Encourage your child to play always according to the rules. 

5. Be a model of good sports behaviour for children to copy. Applaud good play by all players. 

6. Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game. 

7. If you disagree with an umpire or coach raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question their judgement and honesty in public. 

8. Refrain from conduct which could be regarded as sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying or victimisation. 

9. Recognise and respect the value and importance of volunteer administrators, coaches and umpires. They give up their time and resources to provide recreational activities for players and deserve your support. 

10. Be courteous in communication with administrators, coaches, players and umpires. Teach your child to do the same. 

11. Support the use of age appropriate development activities and modified rules. 

Spectator Code of Behaviour

1. Remember that most players (in particular children) participate in netball activities for fun. They are not participating for entertainment of spectators only. 

2. Applaud good performance and efforts by all players. When watching a game congratulate both teams on their performance regardless of the game's outcome. 

3. Respect the decision of the umpires. Encourage players to play according to the rules and the official decisions, and develop your own knowledge of the rules. 

4. Never ridicule or abuse a player for making a mistake during a competition. 

5. Refrain from conduct which could be regarded as sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying or victimisation. 

6. Do not use foul language, sledge or harass administrators, coaches, players, umpires or other spectators. 

7. Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by administrators, coaches, players, umpires or other spectators. 

8. Support the use of age appropriate development activities and modified rules. 

Bench Officials Code of Behaviour

1. Officiate in accordance with the Official Rules of the Game and Event/Competition Guidelines. 

2. Treat all players, coaches, umpires and other bench officials with respect. 

3. Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions. 

4. Be consistent and impartial when making decisions. 

5. Maintain a high standard of personal behaviour at all times. 

6. Be a positive role model through behaviour and personal appearance projecting a favourable image of netball and officiating at all times. 

7. Refrain from conduct which could be regarded as sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying or victimisation.
8. Be courteous, respectful and open to discussion and interaction. 

9. Maintain or improve your current performance level and seek continual improvement. 

10. Be honest and do not allow your qualifications/accreditation to be misrepresented.