TRSFC Behaviour Management Policy

 

 

Taringa Rovers Soccer

Football Club

 

 

 

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1. RATIONALE

 

1.1      Taringa Rovers Soccer Football Club “TRSFC” is committed to the FFA Respect Campaign for all participants in football where individuals are treated with respect and dignity.

 

1.2      TRSFC is committed to providing an environment focused on the rights of young people to enjoy themselves and develop social and physical skills.

 

1.3      TRSFC is committed to a football environment which is free of verbal and physical abuse.

 

1.4      TRSFC is committed to providing a supportive environment for administrators, coaches, officials and volunteers to enable them to do their jobs.

 

 

2. OBJECTIVES

 

The objectives of the TRSFC Behaviour Management Policy are to:

 

2.1       Provide fun, safe and fair football for children, parents, administrators, coaches, officials and volunteers.   

 

2.2       Establish standards of behaviour expected of members, parents, participants, coaches and officials.

 

2.3       Establish a procedure for dealing with breaches of the Codes of Conduct.

 


3. VALUES OF SPORT

 

All members of TRSFC are expected to adhere to the following minimum standards when playing football:

 

Integrity

Play by the rules and spirit of the sport.

  • Participate in the best interest of the sport and other participants, always having regard to governing rules, regulations and standards.
  • Set an example for others in the way you conduct yourself in playing, volunteering or spectating and in winning or losing.
  • Encourage positive actions and appreciation for people’s good behaviour and involvement – always say ‘well done’ and ‘thanks’.
  • Advocate a pure sport environment, free of alcohol, performance enhancing and illegal drugs.

 

Respect

Value the rights, dignity and worth of every individual.

  • Everyone has the same value and right to be respected regardless of gender, age, ability, ethnic origin or religion.
  • Value and utilise the skills, aspirations and goals of each athlete to help them reach their full potential.

 

Fun

Football is fun. Enjoy it!

·         Celebrate players, coaches, officials and volunteers ‘having a go’. Celebrate their personal achievements.

·         Emphasise enjoyment over winning.

 

Responsibility

The buck stops with you.

  • Good sportsmanship starts with every individual acting positively. Take responsibility for your actions, decisions and behaviour.
  • Take appropriate steps to protect others from any form of harassment or abuse.

 

Excellence

Give it your best shot!

  • Go for it! Rise to the challenge.
  • Enjoy the journey.  Discover how good you can become!

4. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

 

4.1 Roles of coaches.

 

The role of coaches at TRSFC is to:

 

4.1.1    Prepare and conduct sessions based on sound coaching principles.

4.1.2    Develop the fundamental techniques of football.

4.1.3    Promote the principles and practices of FFA Respect Campaign

4.1.4    Cater for varying levels of ability and ensure juniors enjoy their experience.

4.1.5    Provide equal opportunities for girls and boys.

4.1.6    Educate young people on health and safety in sport. 

4.1.7   Be a positive role model in football.

 

4.2 Responsibilities of coaches.

 

The responsibilities of football coaches at TRSFC are to:

 

4.2.1    Abide by TRSFC’s Coaches Code of Conduct.

4.2.2    Undergo a criminal history check (blue card) by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

4.2.3    Set realistic standards and objectives for children.

4.2.4    Provide a fun, safe and fair environment for training and competition.

4.2.5    Keep up-to-date with football coaching developments.

4.2.7   Enforce this behaviour management policy.

 

4.3      Role of parents

 

The role of parents at TRSFC is to:

 

4.3.1    Support and encourage their child/ren to participate in football.

4.3.2    Allow their child to participate only if they are well and healthy.

4.3.3    Encourage their child to participate for the enjoyment of football.

4.3.4    Support their child to develop social and physical skills through football.

4.3.5    Promote and abide by TRSFC’s Parent’s Code of Conduct.

4.3.6    Be courteous when communicating with coaches, officials and administrators.

4.3.7   Be a positive role model.

 

 

4.4      Role of Officials

 

The role of officials at TRSFC is to:

 

4.4.1    Apply the rules of football in a competition situation.

4.4.2    Promote and model the principles, practices and values of FFA Respect Campaign.

4.4.3   Ensure the spirit of the game is not lost by the strict application of rules and over-calling of violations.

4.4.4   Be a good role model.

 

 

4.5      Responsibilities of Officials

 

The responsibilities of the officials at TRSFC are to:

 

4.5.1    Abide by TRSFC’s Officials Code of Conduct.

4.5.2    Undergo a criminal history check (blue card) from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

4.5.3    Keep up-to-date with rule modifications.

4.5.4    Keep informed of sound officiating principles that take account of children’s growth and development.

4.5.5    Be consistent, courteous and helpful to all participants.

4.5.7   Discourage inappropriate behaviour.

 

4.6 Roles of Administrators

 

The role of the administrator at TRSFC is to implement this policy by:

 

4.6.1    Ensuring that everyone involved in football emphasises fun, safe and fair play, and not winning at all costs.

4.6.2   Providing all members with a copy of this policy and other club information in an
easy-to-read format.

4.6.3   Ensuring that this policy and other club information is easily accessible to all members.

4.6.4   Ensuring that all coaches and officials have the relevant accreditations and have undergone a criminal history check (blue card) with the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

4.6.5   Providing education and training opportunities for parents, coaches, umpires/officials and volunteers.

4.6.6   Helping coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development, and help improve the standards of coaching and officiating.

4.6.7   Implementing the procedure for dealing with breaches of the codes of conduct.

4.6.8   Creating pathways for children to participate in sport not just as players but also as coaches, officials, administrators and other roles.

4.6.9   Ensuring that equipment, facilities and rules are safe and appropriate to the ability level of participants.

4.6.10 Keeping informed of game modifications and changing league requirements and informing members including coaches and officials in a timely manner.

4.6.11 Making it clear that abusing children in any way is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary action.

4.6.12 Respecting the rights, dignity and worth of every child regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

4.6.13 Being a positive role model.

 

 

5. CODES OF CONDUCT

 

5.1      Members will be requested to abide by the relevant Code of Conduct, which outline the club culture and standard of behaviour expected of members. 

5.2      TRSFC will maintain the club culture outlined in the Codes of Conduct. 

5.3      The relevant Codes of Conduct are contained in the following Appendices:

            -           Appendix 1 - Code of Conduct – Junior Players

            -           Appendix 2 - Code of Conduct – Parents & Carers

            -           Appendix 3 - Code of Conduct – Senior Players.          

            -           Appendix 4 - Code of Conduct – Coaches

            -           Appendix 5 - Code of Conduct – Match Officials

            -           Appendix 6 – Code of Conduct - Spectators

 

7. MANAGING AND MONITORING CODES OF CONDUCT

 

7.1      Disciplinary action will be taken by TRSFC against anyone who is found to be in breach of the Codes of Conduct contained in this policy.

 

7.2      Disciplinary action involves a three-phase education process designed to assist members better understand their role in football.  The three phases dealing with breaches are designed to provide ample opportunity for addressing undesirable behaviour in a continual education process.

 

7.3        Phase one – club to counsel member

 

Phase one applies to the first breach of a Code of Conduct. Procedure for implementing Phase One:

 

7.3.1   All complaints or alleged breaches of any Code of Conduct are to be provided to TRSFC in writing on the form contained in Appendix 7..   TRSFC will keep a record of all such incident reports.

 

7.3.2   TRSFC will inform the person in breach in writing, detailing the breach and the consequences. 

 

7.3.3   Where the person in breach could not be identified, TRSFC will used its best endeavours to try to identify the person responsible for the alleged breach of the code and implement phase one.

 

7.3.4    TRSFC will contact the person alleged to have breached the Code within five days of receiving the breach notice (Clause 7.3.2) to arrange an information session.  The aim of the session is to:

·         promote the FFA Respect Campaign values;

·         educate the person about why children enjoy sport;

·         confirm what behaviour discourages and encourages a positive sporting experience; and

·         revisit the Behaviour Management Policy and relevant Code of Conduct for TRSFC. The person will be informed of phases two and three.

 

7.3.5   If the breach/offending behaviour is deemed to be a serious nature (for example, obscene language, threatening behaviour, any form of racial vilification or physical acts, harassment of an official), TRSFC may proceed to phase two at the discretion of TRSFC.

 

7.4        Phase two – Person in Breach suspended from attending games. 

 

Phase two applies to the second breach of a Code of Conduct in a 12-month period or current TRSFC season (or a serious breach such as referred to in 7.3.5).  

 

7.4.1   TRSFC will keep record of with an incident report advising of a second breach of the code.

 

7.4.2   TRSFC or Football Brisbane/Queensland will inform the Person in Breach of the Code in writing, detailing the breach and the consequences. 

 

7.4.3    TRSFC or Football Brisbane/Queensland will contact the person who has breached the Code within five days of receiving the breach notice (Clause 7.4.2) to confirm attendance at an Ethics in Sport workshop.  The aim of the training is to assist the person in breach to identify harassment, discrimination, abuse, and child protection in sport and identify strategies to positively participate in football.  The Person in Breach will be informed of phase three.

 

7.4.4   A Person in Breach issued with a second breach notice must attend either or both the Harassment Free Sport workshop or the FFA Respect Campaign workshop (upon discretion of TRSFC).  These workshops will be conducted on a monthly basis or a needs basis pending regional demand.

 

7.4.5   Failure to attend the workshop may result in suspension of membership until the attendance requirement is met (upon discretion of TRSFC).

 

 

7.5        Phase three – membership removed. 

 

Phase three applies to the third breach of a code of conduct in a 12-month period or current football season.

 

7.5.1   TRSFC will keep record of and/or provide Football Brisbane/Queensland with an incident report advising of a third breach of the code.

 

7.5.2   TRSFC or Football Brisbane/Queenlsand will inform the Person in Breach in writing, detailing the breach and the consequences. 

 

7.5.3   Once membership has been removed the Person in Breach and the associated member (young participant) will not be permitted to participate in any football or activity affiliated with TRSFC.

 

7.5.4   When membership has been removed pursuant to this section, the former member can apply to TRSFC for membership renewal at the start of the next football season.  Renewal will be at the discretion of TRSFC.

 

7.6       Monitoring and reporting

 

7.6.1   The Complaints Officer will provide a monthly summary sheet to TRSFC Committee prior to every monthly Committee Meeting using the template provided at Appendix 8.

 

 

8. CHILD PROTECTION

 

 

8.1      TRSFC is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children.  Child protection measures are contained in the TRSFC Member Protection Policy.

 

 


 

9. CONFIDENTIALITY

 

TRSFC Management and Officers responsible for implementing this Behaviour Management Policy will keep confidential the names and details related to breaches of the Codes of Conduct unless disclosure is necessary as part of the disciplinary or corrective process.

 

 

10. BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT POLICY AND APPROVAL

 

 

10.1    TRSFC Management Committee approved this policy at the Committee Meeting held on July 30, 2014.

 

10.2      The TRSFC Complaints Officer responsible for this Behaviour Management Policy will ensure an appropriate review of the policy is conducted regularly.

 

 


APPENDIX 1: RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT – JUNIOR PLAYERS

 

 

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As a player, you have a big part to play. That’s why Football Federation Australia is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct.

 

When playing football, I will:

·         Always play to the best of my ability

·         Play fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time

·         Respect my team-mates, the other team, the referee or my coach/manager

·         Play by the rules, as directed by the referee

·         Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game

·         Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me

·         Talk to someone I trust or the club member protection officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club.

 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club or competition administrator. I may:

·         Be required to apologise to my team-mates, the other team and the referee

·         Receive a formal warning from the coach or the club committee

·         Be dropped or substituted

·         Be suspended from training

·         Be required to leave the club.

 

In addition:

·         My club or competition administrator may make my parent or carer aware of any infringements of the Code of Conduct

·         The competition administrator could impose a fine, suspension or loss of competition points against my team


APPENDIX 2: RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT – PARENTS & CARERS

 

Parents and carers have a responsibility to support your child’s football activities in a positive way on and off the field. This includes being a role model and encouraging good behaviour in not only your own child but also their team mates, coach, manager and other spectators.

 

Supporting your child and their team is natural, but it needs to be done in a positive and supportive way in a harassment-free environment.

 

As a parent I will:

·         Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.

·         Encourage children to participate, do not force them.

·         Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than whether they win or lose.

·         Encourage children to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.

·         Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.

·         Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performance and skilful plays by all participants.

·         Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.

·         Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.

·         Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.

·         Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club or competition administrator. I may:

 

·         Be required to apologise to other parents, the other team and the referee

·         Receive a formal warning from the club committee

·         Be suspended from attending matches

·         My child’s registration may be cancelled

 

 


APPENDIX 3 – RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT – SENIOR PLAYERS

 

The following Code of Conduct has been included into the MyFootballClub senior player registration process from 1 January 2012.

 

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

Players tell us they want a referee for every match, yet thousands of match officials drop out each season because of the abuse and intimidation they receive on and off the pitch.

Respect your referee today and you may just get one for every match this season.

Play your part and observe FFA’s Respect Code of Conduct for players at all times.

 

On and off the field, I will:

·         Adhere to the Laws of The Game

·         Display and promote high standards of behaviour

·         Promote Fair Play

·         Always respect the match officials’ decisions

·         Never engage in public criticism of the match officials

·         Never engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

·         Never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment

·         Speak to my team-mates, the opposition and my coach/manager with respect

·         Remember we all make mistakes

·         Win or lose with dignity. Shake hands with the opposing team and the referee at the end of every game.

 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, Association/Zone or the Member Federation:

·         Be required to apologise to team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager

·         Receive a warning from the coach

·         Receive a written warning from the club committee

·         Be dropped or substituted

·         Be suspended from training

·         Not be selected for the team

·         Be required to serve a suspension

·         Be fined

·         Be required to leave the club        


 

APPENDIX 4: CODE OF CONDUCT – COACHES

 

 

As a coach and mentor, I am a positive role model for the athletes in my team and all other sporting participants and spectators.

 

I agree to uphold the values of Taringa Rovers SFC and act with respect towards all those I come into contact with through sport.

 

This means I will:

·         respect others as persons and treat them with dignity, regardless of gender, ability, ethnicity or religion

·         be fair, considerate and honest with athletes and give each athlete equal attention and opportunity

·         operate within the rules of the sport and in the spirit of fair play, advocating against alcohol and performance enhancing and illegal drug use

·         respect the skills, decision-making and judgement of coaches, officials and other volunteers

·         promote participation in sport for enjoyment and celebrate personal growth and fun as much as winning

·         be professional and accept responsibility for my actions, decisions and behaviour

·         protect athletes from any form of harassment and abuse

·         seek continual professional development and strive for personal excellence in coaching

·         be a positive example through a healthy and active lifestyle

·         ensure time spent with athletes is a positive experience for them

 


 

APPENDIX 5 – RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT MATCH OFFICIALS

 

 

The following Code of Conduct has been included into the MyFootballClub match official registration process from 1 January 2012.

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game – both on the pitch and on the sidelines.

Play your part and observe FFA’s Respect Code of Conduct for match officials at all times.

I will:

·         Be honest and completely impartial at all times

·         Apply the Laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently

·         Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner

·         Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct

·         Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players and officials

·         Support my match official colleagues at all times

·         Set a positive personal example by promoting good behaviour and showing respect to everyone involved in the game

·         Communicate with the players and encourage fair play

·         Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains

·         Prepare physically and mentally for every match

·         Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games in which I officiate.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, Association/Zone or Member Federation.

I may be:

·         Required to meet with my own, Association/Zone or Member Federation Refereeing Committee.

·         Receive a written warning from the club committee

·         Be suspended from training

·         Not be selected for appointment to matches

·         Be required to serve a suspension

·         Be fined


 

 

 

APPENDIX 6: CODE OF CONDUCT – SPECTATORS

 

A spectator present at a Match or otherwise involved in any activity staged or sanctioned by FFA or an affiliated Member Federation, District Association or Club must:

(a)  respect the decisions of Match Officials and teach children to do the same;

 

(b)  never ridicule or unduly scold a child for making a mistake;

 

(c)  respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, race, colour, religion, language, politics, national or ethnic origin;

 

(d)  not use violence in any form, whether it is against other spectators, Team Officials (including coaches), Match Officials or Players;

 

(e)  not engage in discrimination, harassment or abuse in any form, including the use of obscene or offensive language or gestures, the incitement of hatred or violence or partaking in indecent or racist chanting;

 

(f)   comply with any terms of entry of a venue, including bag inspections, prohibited and restricted items such as flares, missiles, dangerous articles and items that have the potential to cause injury or public nuisance;

 

(g)  not, and must not attempt to, bring into a venue national or political flags or emblems (except for the recognised national flags of any of the competing teams) or offensive or inappropriate banners, whether written in English or a foreign language;

 

(h)  not throw missiles (including on to the field of play or at other spectators) and must not enter the field of play or its surrounds without lawful authority; and

 

(i)    conduct themselves in a manner that enhances, rather than injures, the reputation and goodwill of FFA and football generally.

Any person who does not comply with this Spectator Code of Behaviour or who otherwise causes a disturbance may be evicted from a venue and banned from attending future Matches.




APPENDIX 7: INCIDENT REPORT FORM

 

TARINGA ROVERS SOCCER FOOTBALL CLUB

 

PERSON IN BREACH’S DETAILS

Name:

    

Club (if relevant):

    

Team (if relevant):

    

Address:

    

 

 

 

Contact phone:

    

 

 

INCIDENT DETAILS

Date of incident:

    

Time of incident:

    

Location/venue:

    

Which code was breached:

           

 

Brief overview of the incident:

Example: Mr Joe Parent was heard yelling loudly at opposition players while watching his son play in an under-10’s match.

 

 

 

Steps taken at the time of the incident to correct the behaviour:

Example: Mr Club President, who was present at the match, quietly advised Mr Parent that his behaviour was inappropriate and in breach of the club’s behaviour management policy.

 

 

 

 

 


ACTION TAKEN

Date:

    

Time:

    

Forum:

Example: Regular club meeting; special disciplinary hearing.

 

 

Details of action taken (as per Section 7 of Behaviour Management Policy)

Example: Mr Parent was advised he had committed a phase 1 breach of the Behaviour Management Policy. He was counselled about his actions by the club president and advised that future breaches could result in him not being allowed to attend games or having his membership revoked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Status (tick one):

            £ Dealt with at organisation level

            £ Referred to governing body

 

Name of delegated officer:

    

Position:

    

Signature:

 

 

 

 


APPENDIX 8: MONTHLY BREACH SUMMARY SHEET

 

TARINGA ROVERS SOCCER FOOTBALL CLUB

Breach Summary Sheet for the Month of __________________


Breach codes:

 

1. Code of conduct – Junior Players

2. Code of conduct – Parents & Carers

3. Code of conduct – Senior Players

4. Code of conduct – Coaches

5. Code of conduct – Match Officials

6. Code of conduct - Spectators

 

Date of incident

Name of person in breach

Breach code

Action taken

Example:

10/10/03

Mr Joe Parent

 

 

2

Mr Parent was counselled about his actions by the club president and advised that future breaches could result in him not being allowed to attend games or having his membership revoked.

    

    

 

 

 

    

    

 

 

 

 

    

    

 

    

 

 

    

 

Name of delegated officer:

    

Position:

    

Signature:

 


 

 

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