SANFL Juniors – Code of Conduct Message

SANFL Juniors – Code of Conduct Message

SANFL Juniors | Code of Conduct | Coaches, Parents & Other Stakeholders

The purpose of this email is to provide notice to all SANFL Juniors Clubs regarding communication with SANFL Juniors Competition Management by coaches, parents and other stakeholders.

This season there has been a significant increase in conduct by coaches, parents and other stakeholders which is unbecoming, detrimental and prejudicial to the SANFL Juniors Competition. We have noted an increase in match day incidents that have been reported regarding the conduct of parents and officials, this is against a decline in on-field incidents involving players.

Unfortunately, this conduct by coaches, parents and other stakeholders has also extended beyond match day and extends to communication made to or with SANFL Juniors Competition Management in the course of them administering the competition.

As Clubs are well aware, all communication with SANFL Juniors Competition Management should be directed via the nominated Club delegate(s). Whilst we accept that there may be occasions that a coach, parent or other stakeholder seeks to contact SANFL Juniors Competition Management, we will not continue to accept communication that is aggressive, derogatory or unreasonable.

As a result of unacceptable conduct in recent weeks, SANFL have already sanctioned a coach for breaching the coaches code of conduct and a club for the derogatory behaviour of parents towards SANFL Juniors Competition Management.

Moving forward, all parties should be aware that the following sanction(s) may be applied in the case that there is communication with SANFL Juniors Competition Management of an aggressive, derogatory or unreasonable nature by a coach, parent or other stakeholder:

  • Coaches
    • All communication with SANFL Juniors Competition Management should be directed via the Club delegate; and
    • Any direct communication of an aggressive, derogatory or unreasonable nature made by a coach with SANFL Juniors Competition Management will result in a fine and/or other sanction including suspension; and
    • The Club will also be liable for a fine.
  • Parents (or Guardian)
    • All communication with SANFL Juniors Competition Management should be directed via the Club delegate; and
    • Any direct communication of an aggressive, derogatory or unreasonable nature made by a parent (or guardian) with SANFL Juniors Competition Management will result in a sanction, which may include the loss of premiership points for that team and/or suspension of the player of that parent (or guardian); and
    • The Club will also be liable for a fine.
  • Other Stakeholders
    • All communication with SANFL Juniors Competition Management should be directed via the Club delegate; and
    • Any direct communication of an aggressive, derogatory or unreasonable nature made by any other stakeholder with SANFL Juniors Competition Management will result in a sanction, which may include any of the above options depending on the circumstances; and
    • The Club will also be liable for a fine.

In closing, whilst we acknowledge that there are challenges for all stakeholders involved we all must ensure that we contribute to an environment that is conducive to healthy, more connected lives through the enjoyment of football. SANFL Juniors Competition Management will continue to work with Clubs to ensure that the competition is delivered with integrity, in a professional and progressive manner.

We ask that you please ensure that the expectations are made clear with all parents, players and other relevant stakeholders and, in particular, the potential sanctions for conduct that is unbecoming, detrimental and prejudicial in terms of communication with SANFL Juniors Competition Management.

Tom Hurley

Football Operations Manager

SANFL

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