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Codes of conduct

Codes of conduct are important for all sporting organisations.  They set out a standard and expectation of behaviour for everyone involved – administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators.

Issues covered in Codes of conduct can be many and varied - from on-field incidents, sideline abuse and mismanagement, to inappropriate social media posts, unfair treatment, poor sportsmanship and more.

Codes of conduct are only useful if you communicate on them often – don’t let them gather dust on the shelf.

What club committees can do

There are 8 key steps club committees should follow to create safe and fair clubs. 

Specifically, when it comes to codes of conduct:

  • Be familiar with the existing codes and policies your sport likely has and promote them often to members. These are generally set by your national or state peak body.
  • Spread the word - once created, there are several ways you can make members aware and bring your code of conduct to life:
  • Have members sign a copy when they register
  • Put them up around your venue, where possible
  • Make them a part of inductions, meetings and training
  • Put them in newsletters, on your website and in club correspondence – and explain what they mean

Information and resources to help

Check with your national or state sporting organisation.

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