Code of Conduct

By registering with the SMJFL parents, players, supporters and volunteers agree to abide by the Code of Conduct, and support St Peters Football Club in its undertakings and authorise 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.

Parents and Supporters

  • Remember that you are there for the participants to enjoy the game.
  • Encourage participation, but don’t force it.
  • 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.
  • Do not use ugly remarks based on race, religion, cultural background, gender, sexuality, appearance, disability or football ability – you’ll let down your coach, team-mates and family if you do – & many such comments are actually now illegal.


Players

  • Play by the rules – the rules of your club and the laws of the game.  
  • Never argue with an umpire or other officials – 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.  
  • 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.  
  • Do not use ugly remarks based on race, religion, cultural background, gender, sexuality, appearance, disability or football ability – you’ll let down your coach, team-mates and family if you do – & many such comments are actually now illegal.


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.


Officials

  • Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else.  
  • Ensure all players are included and can participate, regardless of their race, religion, cultural background, gender, sexuality, appearance, disability or football ability.
  • Be consistent, impartial and objective when making decisions.
  • Address unsporting behaviour and promote respect for other players and officials.


Administrators

  • Ensure quality supervision and instruction for players.
  • Support coaches and officials to improve their skills and competencies.
  • Act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the sport as a whole.
  • Ensure that any information acquired or advantage gained from the position is not used improperly.
  • Conduct club responsibilities with due care, competence and diligence. 

 

Child Safety

 

All staff, volunteers and board members of St Peters Football Club are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children, as noted below. 

All personnel of St Peters Football Club are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children by:

  • adhering to St Peters Football Club child safe policy at all times / upholding St Peters Football Club statement of commitment to child safety at all time 
  • taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse 
  • treating everyone with respect 
  • listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused and/or are worried about their safety or the safety of another 
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children (for example, by never questioning an Aboriginal child’s self-identification) 
  • promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, by having a zero tolerance of discrimination) 
  • promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability (for example, during personal care activities) 
  • ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child
  • reporting any allegations of child abuse to St Peters Football Club Child Safety Officer childsafety@stpetersfc.com.au / leadership, and ensure any allegation to reported to the police or child protection 
  • reporting any child safety concerns to St Peters Football Club Child Safety Officer childsafety@stpetersfc.com.au / leadership

 

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