Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

AFL Brisbane Juniors Code of Ethics

Introduction:

All AFL Brisbane Junior members, individually and collectively, aim to have a reputation for integrity, honesty, courtesy and fairness in its dealings with other clubs, members, parents and the public.

What is a Code of Ethics?

Ethics are a set of principles by which behaviour can be judged to be right or wrong.

The AFL Brisbane Juniors Code of Ethics sets the minimum standards of behavior expected of everyone associated with AFL Brisbane Juniors.

The Code of Ethics applies to all AFL Brisbane Juniors directors, members and parents are each responsible for ensuring that their personal conduct is consistent with standards described. In the Code the terms, “members” and “we” includes League directors, League officials, clubs and their office bearers, players and parents.

In the event standards are compromised by a member’s behavior, which is deemed to be a breach of the AFL/AFLBJ Rules, disciplinary action may result.

Membership:

AFL Brisbane Juniors places the highest priority on its members. We commit to:

a) Providing our members with the opportunity to play AFL;

b) Working together to ensure that equality of opportunity is provided to all members to play AFL;

c) Providing access to qualified training to ensure the highest standard of coaching and supervision available to all members;

d) Ensuring that members feel welcome and valued;

e) Providing fair and workable administrative rules for the development of AFL in Queensland.

AFL Brisbane Junior Clubs Relationships:

Our relationships and decisions are characterized by integrity and fairness and a desire to work together. We commit to:

a) Treating everyone with courtesy, patience and respect and not causing disadvantage, discomfort or embarrassment to fellow members;

b) Developing a consultative atmosphere between the clubs in the recruitment and advertisement for members;

c) Contributing to continuous improvement and development of all members by working with AFL Queensland;

d) Contributing to an atmosphere in which diversity of constructive opinion, perspective and culture is valued and encouraged;

e) Being adaptable and having a positive approach to change by supporting new ideas, programs and practices that benefit AFL;

f) Ensuring that there is no direct or indirect discrimination or harassment.

Parents and/or Spectators:

The need to provide a safe, healthy and fair environment is recognized. We commit to:

a) Encouraging participation in AFL;

b) Encouraging members to participate within the rules of AFL;

c) Treating everyone with courtesy, patience and respect, and not causing disadvantage, discomfort or embarrassment to any member participating and/or officiating in AFL;

d) Ensuring that there is no direct or indirect discrimination or harassment;

e) Encouraging support and recognition to all members who participate in AFL.

Players:

Honesty, fair play and high performance standards will prevail. We commit to:

a) Playing by the rules of AFL;

b) Treating everyone with courtesy, patience and respect and not causing disadvantage, discomfort or embarrassment to any member participating and/or officiating in AFL;

c) Acting and behaving in a manner that never intentionally intimidates, offends or causes personal injury to any member;

d) Co-operating with the coach, umpire, team members and opponents;

e) Consistently striving to be a “Good Sport”.

Coaches:

We are responsible for the guidance and safeguarding of the members under our control. We commit to:

a) Being equitable to all members of the team;

b) Acting reasonably with the demands on members’ time, energy and enthusiasm;

c) Ensuring that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the members;

d) Treating everyone with courtesy, patience and respect and not causing disadvantage, discomfort or embarrassment to any member participating and/or officiating in AFL;

e) Maintaining a high standard of knowledge required for coaching AFL;

f) Working with AFL Brisbane Juniors and AFL Queensland for the continuous development of members;

g) Developing an understanding by all members of what is fair and unfair play;

h) Acting and behaving in a manner that never intentionally intimidates, offends or causes personal injury to any member;

i) Encouraging all members to strive to be a “Good Sport”.

Improvement in Conduct:

An objective of the AFL Brisbane Juniors is to promptly draw to the attention of a member conduct which falls below the standards covered in the Code of Ethics, and to assist the member in changing/correcting that conduct.

There are three stages in the ‘Improvement in Conduct’ process:

Stage One:

If the complaint is determined to be a minor breach, the complaint will be registered at the AFL Brisbane Juniors and forwarded to the member’s club for finalization. The club will respond back to the AFL Brisbane Juniors on action taken. The recommended action for this stage would be to speak with the member and make them aware of their conduct and the fact that it has been determined as falling below the standards covered in the Code of Ethics. The purpose is to draw inappropriate/unacceptable conduct to the attention of the member and assist them in correcting their conduct.

Stage Two:

If the complaint is determined to be a major breach, a repeat of unacceptable conduct or involves a club, the complaint will be registered at the AFL Brisbane Juniors. The member to whom the complaint is made and the person/club making the complaint will be invited to attend a meeting with the AFL Brisbane Juniors. If the person making the complaint does not wish to attend, the meeting will take place with the member and the AFL Brisbane Juniors. The purpose of this meeting is to draw inappropriate/unacceptable conduct to the attention of the member and assist them in correcting their conduct.

Stage Three:

When it is clear that the unacceptable conduct has occurred, an investigation should take place by the Code of Conduct Committee. The Committee, upon receiving evidence, will determine the outcome in accordance with the AFL Brisbane Juniors rules.

If these steps are not followed the potential consequences of ignoring unsatisfactory conduct or deferring taking action is:

a) The perception that AFL Brisbane Juniors condones the conduct;

b) Contributes to an undesirable sporting culture;

c) Members being unaware that their conduct is a problem; and

d) The matter developing into a major issue requiring intervention by parties other than AFL Brisbane Juniors.

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