This Code of Conduct provides a set of principles and actions that all participants and the community can follow when participating or attending any SportUNE Netball Competition training, games, or events. This code of conduct is to assist in creating a safe and positive environment for everyone involved.
If you are a player, parent, coach, official, spectator, or official, you have the ability to set the standards of behaviour that will assist in creating better people and communities through Netball allowing our great game to grow.
By adopting this and ensuring your actions reflect the code, you will ensure Netball will continue to be a positive experience for all participants.
All participants are required to abide by the Code of Conduct. This will ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience with and at our Netball games.
Participants of the Netball include:
Participants are encouraged and expected to:
- Be a good sportsperson, discouraging all instances of foul or illegal play, or acts of violence, both on and off the field.
- Demonstrate the utmost level of respect, protecting and supporting the rights, dignity, and worth of everyone regardless of their gender, ability/disability, sexual orientation, cultural background, or religion.
- Lead by example. By condemning the use of recreational and performance-enhancing drugs and doping practices
- Celebrate the “good news” stories, and understand that cyber-bullying, which includes negative or demeaning comments, status posts, personal messages, or emails, is a serious form of harassment.
- Accept that the integrity of the sport is of paramount importance, meaning, no coach, player, Club/team, or umpire is allowed to participate, or be directly or indirectly involved in any way, in gambling in relation to the games/competitions in which they are involved or directly linked with.
By adhering to the SportUNE Netball Code of Conduct you will;
- Be a good sport. Respect all good play whether from your team or the opposition. This can include shaking hands with and thanking, the opposition players and officials after the game – win, lose or draw.
- Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.
- Always respect the Umpire’s decision.
- Never become involved in acts of foul play.
- Honour both the spirit and letter of the competition rules and live up to the highest ideals of ethics and sportsmanship; avoid gamesmanship and respect the traditions of the game.
- Never engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort. This includes the use of profanity, sledging, obscene gestures, offensive remarks, trash-talking, taunting, or other actions that are demeaning to other players, officials, or supporters.
- Care for and respect the facilities and equipment made available to you during training and competition.
- Don’t use any illegal or unhealthy substances.
- Recognise and respect that many Officials, Coaches, and Umpires are Volunteers who give up their time to provide their services and support the game.
- Do not bet or otherwise financially speculate, directly or indirectly, on the outcome or any other aspect of a Netball game or competition in which you are involved.
CODE OF CONDUCT | COACH
- Always consider the health, safety, and welfare of the players.
- Actively discourage foul play and/or unsportsmanlike behaviour by players.
- Seek to maximise the participation and enjoyment of all players regardless of ability; avoid the tendency to over-use a talented player; treat all players as equals, regardless of their talent.
- Show concern and caution towards all sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician and/or sports trainer to the letter when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or playing.
- Teach players that an honest effort and competing to the best of their ability is as important as victory.
- Maintain appropriate, professional relationships with players always.
- Maintain a thorough knowledge of the Laws of the Game and keep abreast of current coaching methods; maintain or improve your current accreditation level.
- Teach young players to realise that there is a big gap between their play and the professional game; do not coach them as if they are professionals.
- Ensure that your coaching reflects the level of the competition being played; do not be a “win-at-all-cost” coach.
- As a coach, conduct yourself at all times in a manner, and in all situations, that shows leadership, respect for the game of Netball, and respect for all those that are involved in the game – the players, officials, the fans, the parents, the referees, and the media.
- Remember that junior players participate for pleasure and mateship. Your coaching should create a positive environment that is fun, safe, and inclusive
CODE OF CONDUCT | UMPIRES
- Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else; be alerted to minimise dangerous physical play, fair or fouls.
- Accept responsibility for all actions taken.
- Avoid any form of verbal contact with coaches, team officials, parents, and spectators during play.
- Be impartial, consistent, objective, and courteous.
- Avoid any situation which may lead to a conflict of interest, both on and off the field.
- Maintain an appropriate level of fitness for the standard of the game at which you are officiating.
- Condemn all and every instance of unsportsmanlike, foul, or unfair play.
- Set a good example by the way you dress, speak and act towards players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators.
- Show concern and caution towards sick and injured players.
- Officiate to the age and/or experience of the players.
CODE OF CONDUCT | TEAM & CLUB OFFICIALS
- Always uphold the integrity of the game of Netball.
- Always act in a sportsmanlike manner, respecting opposition players, team and club officials, and spectators.
- Make decisions in the best interests of the game of Netball.
- Place the safety and welfare of players as the top priority.
- Accept responsibility for all decisions made.
CODE OF CONDUCT | PARENT/SPECTATOR
- Condemn all violent or illegal acts, whether they are by players, coaches, officials, parents, or spectators.
- Respect the Umpire’s decisions – don’t complain or argue about decisions during or after a game.
- Always behave. Unsportsmanlike language, harassment, or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
- Encourage players to play by the rules and to respect opposition players and officials.
- Never ridicule or scorn a player for making a mistake – respect their efforts.
- Understand that sport is part of a total life experience, and the benefits of involvement go far beyond the final score of a game.
- Participate in positive cheering that encourages the players in the team you are supporting; do not engage in any cheering that taunts or intimidates opponents, their fans, or officials.
- Remember that all participants are involved in the game of Netball for their own enjoyment.
- Always follow the directions of the Umpire and/or other duty officials
- Never arrive at a game under the influence of alcohol, never bring alcohol to a game, and only drink alcohol, if it is available, in a responsible manner in the designated licensed area.
CODE OF CONDUCT | SUMMARY OF OFFENCES
Please note – Clubs/teams are responsible for the conduct of their players, parents/carers of players, coaches, officials, and spectators.
No person(s) attending a game, function, or Club/team related event or activity shall:
- Use offensive or obscene language to any participant.
- Enter the court during a game without the prior approval of the Umpires.
- Excessively dispute the decision of an Umpire or Official either during or after a game.
- Assault, or act with aggression, to any person/s.
- Behave in a way contrary to the Code of Conduct and/or the spirit of the game.
- Behave in a way that disturbs the enjoyment of a game, function, activity, or event by any person/s, or brings discredit to any Club/team, League, or the game.
- Act in such a way as to exhibit racial intolerance, by language or other conduct, to any person/s.
- Refuse to accept the reasonable direction of the Umpire, official of the team/ Club which that person is supporting.
- No person/s may make comments or take actions that bring discredit to any person, Club, or league through any social media outlet.
Clubs are responsible for the conduct of their players, parents/carers of players, coaches, officials, and Club supporters.
Breaches of the SportUNE Netball Code of Conduct may result in penalties, including but not limited to:
- Suspension of a game and/or
- Termination of a game (including potential forfeiture of competition points) and/or
- Monetary fines and/or
- Suspension of a participant on a temporary or permanent basis and/or
- Suspension of a team or club on a temporary or permanent basis.