Codes of conduct are an integral part of any sporting organisation. They set a standard of behaviour that help build a club’s culture and make it easier to deal with conduct and behaviour issues as they arise.
These 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 set expectations for everyone involved – from the administrators, coaches and officials, to players, parents and spectators.
What club committees should do
Establish Codes of Conduct
To create a code of conduct for your sports club, first contact your state or national body. In most cases, they’ll already have codes of conduct in place, usually within their member protection policy.
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
Use the Sport rage resources to help educate on appropriate behaviour
Train members in important behaviour-based topics like child protection, harassment, discrimination.
The Clearinghouse for Sport connects people in sport to a world of ideas, experience and knowledge.
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