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Code of Conduct

COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT

MANDATORY & ENFORCEABLE CODES OF CONDUCT FOR COACHES
 
Coaches are required to sign the AFL Code of Conduct as part of the Level 1 Accreditation requirement. All coaches must be accredited to coach in our league. The key points in the Coaches code of conduct include:

  • Maintain a standard of behaviour and conduct in the best interests of the game and the players/staff in their care.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals within the context of your involvement in football, including refraining from any discriminatory practices on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background, or special ability/disability.
  • Abide by and teach the AFL Laws of the game and the rules of your club and league/association.
  • Be reasonable in the demands you make on the time commitments of the players in your care, having due consideration for their health and well-being.
  • Refrain from any form of personal abuse or unnecessary physical contact with the players in your care.
  • Have due consideration for varying maturity and ability levels of your players when designing practice activities and involvement in competition. 
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players, aiming to maximise participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability. 
  • Stress and monitor safety always. 
  • Seek and follow the physician’s advice concerning the return of injured or ill 
  • Keep informed with regard to sound principals of coaching and skill development, and to factors relating to the welfare of your players. 
  • At all times display and teach appropriate sporting behaviour, ensuring that players understand and practise fair play.  
  • Display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, other officials, parents and spectators. 
  • Ensure that players are involved in a positive environment where skill learning and development as priorities are not overshadowed by a desire to win.
  • Reject the use of performance enhancing substances in sport and will abide by the guidelines set forth in the AFL DRUG POLICY.

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PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT

MANDATORY & ENFORCEABLE CODES OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS
 
  • Play by the rules – the rules of your club and the laws of the game
  • Never argue with an umpire or other official – without these people you can’t play football.
  • Control your temper -verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players doesn’t help you enjoy or win any games
  • Never argue with an umpire or official. If you disagree, discuss the matter with your coach.
  • Be a team player – It’s a team game, treat it that way.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated -fairly.
  • Co-operate with your coach, the umpires and team-mates.
  • Play for your own enjoyment & to improve your skills.
  • Don’t use ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability – you’ll let down your coach, team-mates and family if you do – & many such comments are actually now illegal.

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RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE POLICY

FERNTREE GULLY EAGLES JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB
RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE POLICY
MARCH 2008

The Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club fully endorses, adopts, and is bound by, the AFL policy. A copy of the AFL policy is attached. Any complaint/allegation of a breach of section # 3 (“Prohibited Conduct”) in the policy may be addressed to the club’s Complaints Officer.

The Complaints Officer, on receipt of a complaint, will ensure that the complainant has a copy of the policy.

If it is an “inter-club” complaint, then the matter will be referred to the League’s Complaints Officer.

If it is an “intra-club” complaint, then the Club will deal with it as per the outline in the Club’s Constitution and with reference to the AFL policy. The Club’s Complaints Officer may contact the League’s Officer for advice.

In dealing with the complaint, the Club will ensure a fair process (that includes confidentiality) and will have the flexibility to respond according to the seriousness of the complaint – in accordance with the AFL Policy and the Club Constitution.

The Club will promote and make people aware of this policy via the website, mail, and presentations.

This Policy was accepted and passed with ‘nil’ objections by the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club General Committee Meeting held in February 2008 and will take effect from 1 March 2008.

Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club
Executive and General Committee
March 2008

 

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PARENTS, GUARDIANS, SUPPORTERS & OFFICIALS CODE OF

MANDATORY & ENFORCEABLE CODES OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS, SUPPORTERS, VOLUNTEERS, MEMBERS AND OFFICIALS
  • Remember that you are there for the participants to enjoy the game.
  • Remember that children play sport for enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage children to always participate according to the rules.
  • Encourage participation, but don’t force it.
  • Remember that children learn best by example – applaud the efforts of all players in both teams.
  • Teach that enjoyment is more important than winning.
  • Never ridicule mistakes or losses – supporters are there to support not downgrade. 
  • Lead by example and respect all players, coaches, umpires and spectators – physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Recognise all volunteers who are giving up their valuable time.
  • Never publicly criticise umpires – raise personal concerns with club officials in private.
  • Respect umpires’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  • Don’t use ugly remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability – you’ll let down your family and yourself if you do – & many such comments are actually now illegal.
  • Remember that smoking and the consumption of alcohol is unacceptable at junior sport.
 
By registering your child with the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club you agree to abide by these principles. You also support the Club in its undertakings and encourage the Club to take any necessary disciplinary actions including the suspension and banning where warranted of any players, parents and or spectators for repeated or serious breaches of these Codes of Conduct.

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SMOKEFREE POLICY

Rationale

The Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club recognises that passive smoking (inhaling second-hand smoke) is hazardous to health and that non-smokers should be protected from tobacco smoke. Passive smoking can lead to other serious illnesses such as bronchitis, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chest illnesses in children. Accordingly the following policy has been developed by Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club to help protect people’s health.

The move to go SmokeFree also complements the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club’s desire to create a healthy family friendly environment. The Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club believes that such an environment and image will be advantageous in attracting new members and positively promoting the club in the community.

Legislation and the legal duty of care also provide reasons to have a SmokeFree club. Under common law the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club has a legal duty of care to ensure that employees, volunteers, players and officials are not exposed to potentially harmful situations. The Occupational Health and Safety Act also stipulates that employees and working volunteers must have a safe environment to work in. Victorian SmokeFree dining legislation also states that enclosed dining areas must be SmokeFree.

This Policy is also re-inforced via the Club Constitution – By Law # 29:

“Smoking is not permitted in the Clubrooms or by Officials of the Club or Team on the field of play.”

Who is affected by the Policy


This policy applies to all members, administrators, officials, coaches, players and visitors of the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club.

Timing

This policy was accepted with ‘nil’ objections at the February 2008 Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club General Committee Meeting; and is effective from 1/03/2008.

Designated SmokeFree Areas

The Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club requires the following areas to be SmokeFree:

  • Club and social rooms
  • Administration and office areas
  • Changing rooms
  • Toilet blocks
  • Indoor spectator viewing areas
  • Playing areas
  • Eating areas
  • Near entries and exits of buildings, facilities, and the ground

 


Sale of Tobacco Products

The Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club will refrain from selling tobacco products.

Behavioural Expectations

The Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club recognises that role modelling can have a significant impact upon the junior members of the club. Hence, the following individuals and groups will refrain from smoking while they are acting in an official capacity for the club or while in club uniform:

  • Coaches (when coaching or representing the club)
  • Trainers (when training players)
  • Officials (when officiating for the club) Volunteers (when working for the club)
  • Coaches and trainers will also speak to junior players about the effects of
  • smoking on performance.


Promotion of the Policy


The following mediums will remind patrons about the Ferntree Gully Eagles Junior Football Club’s SmokeFree policy:

  • Signage/Non-smoking signs
  • Policy will be distributed to all players and families
  • Advertising and promotional resources via the web
  • Club correspondence (letters, faxes, e-mails etc)
  • Announcements
  • Function speeches


Ashtrays will be removed from the clubrooms to discourage smoking.
Cigarette butt bins will be provided outside to encourage smokers to smoke
outside.