The B&DSA Committee has issued a reminder to spectators, parents and players of their responsibilities at all soccer matches.
Clubs have been provided with Player and Spectator code of conducts as outlined by FFV as well as the newly implemented Child Safety in Football policy.
There has been recent media coverage regarding an “ugly” incident at a Western Region Football League junior grand final in which an umpire was assaulted.
Although the incident did not occur in our Code or within our region, we need to ensure that such an incident does not mar our finals period or taint our code.
GENERAL PRINCIPLES FOR ALL PERSONS INVOLVED IN SPORT
- Operate within the Rules and spirit of Football, promoting fair play over winning at any cost.
- Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.
- Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of the sport.
- Treat each person as an individual.
- Display control and courtesy to all involved with the sport.
- Respect the rights and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
- Respect the decisions of officials, coaches and administrators in the conduct of the sport.
- Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance will exist) with people under the age of 18 years.
- Adopt appropriate and responsible behaviour in all interactions.
- Adopt responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and other drugs.
- Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.
- Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment.
- Do not tolerate harmful or abusive behaviours.
- Do not bring the game of Football into Disrepute, by engaging in discriminatory, offensive or criminal behaviour.
- Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a harassment free environment.
- Do not bring the game into Disrepute by engaging in harassment, including sexual harassment or any unwelcome sexual conduct which makes a person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated.
- Do not bring the game into Disrepute by provoking or inciting hatred or violence, including crowd violence.
- Do not bring the game into Disrepute by engaging in corruption, forgery or falsification, or by abusing a position to obtain a personal benefit.
- Do not bring the game into Disrepute by the throwing or fixing of a match, by accepting bribes, or by any conduct intended to unfairly affect the result of a match.
- Do not bring the game into Disrepute by any other conduct that materially injures the reputation and goodwill of Football.
Note: for the purposes of this code of conduct ‘Disrepute’ means conduct, statement or appearance in public that is damaging to reputation.
All adults – coaches, officials, supporters – must ensure that appropriate standards of behaviour are being set, and that everyone acted in a constructive and encouraging manner at all times.
SPECTATOR CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
It is important that all spectators at B&DSA approved fixture are able to enjoy the match in a safe and comfortable environment. According, each person present at a B&DSA fixture must:
- Respect the decisions of the Match Officials.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their race, colour, religion, language, politics, national or ethnic origin.
- Not engage in the use of violence in any form, whether it is by other Spectators, Team Officials (including coaches) or Players.
- Not engage in discrimination, harassment or abuse in any form whether lawful or otherwise, including but not limited to the use of obscene or offensive language or gestures, the incitement of hatred or violence or partaking in indecent or racist chanting.
- If applicable, apply with B&DSA “Conditions of Entry” at all venues, and any ticket conditions.
- Not carry, light or throw flares or missiles (including on to the field of play or at other spectators).
- Not enter the field of play or its surrounds without lawful authority.
- NOT consume alcohol at Junior games. No BYO alcohol at Morshead Park.
- Conduct themselves in a manner that enhances, rather than injures, the reputation and goodwill of B&DSA, FFV, FFA and football generally.
Any person who does not comply with this Code or who in the opinion of the Club and/or B&DSA causes or attempts to cause or is reasonably likely to cause a disturbance may be asked to leave the venue.
A copy of all Codes of Conducts can be found in the B&DSA Handbook, Section 5.
The B&DSA Committee hopes that the spotlight will be on the exceptional soccer being played and that together we can celebrate an outstanding year.