Code of Conduct

Water Polo Victoria recognises the importance of ensuring the values of water polo are upheld and have taken positive steps to ensure the Victorian water polo community are aware of our member protection policy, as well as our desire for all to enjoy the sport and play in the spirit of the game.

WPV adopts Think Act Play.

There are three slogans that underpin the Think Act Play program aimed at promoting positive behaviour and respect.  The slogans include:

  • Think before you speak: What you say and do shapes the culture of our sport. Your words can influence the way people are seen and treated by others, and the way in which people feel about themselves. It can also impact the way the community perceives our sport. Remember - what you say matters.
  • Act with respect: Showing respect and treating everyone fairly is just as important as the game. No matter who you are or where you come from, treating each other with respect and dignity ensures everyone can enjoy the game. Whether you’re playing, coaching or cheering from the sidelines - respect the referee’s decision. Remember - to earn respect you must give it.
  • Play in the spirit of the game: The way you play, coach and support says a lot about your character. Playing in the spirit of the game is more than just the rules. Players that keep their cool under pressure, even when things are not going their way, have a better chance of winning the game. Coaches that encourage sportsmanship get the best from their players. Parents that set a good example help their children enjoy the game. Remember - take responsibility for your actions and play in the spirit of the game.

The target groups for Think Act Play include players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators; essentially the entire Water Polo community. Whatever your role in the sport, remember that you are inspiring and influencing others, and what you say and do matters.

The attached PDF details the codes of conduct that are to be adhered to under all circumstances.