Social Sports Code of Conduct 

 General Information/Purpose

 

Gippsport Streetgames provides safe, fun, informal sports to encourage more physical activity and social engagement in young people ages 12 to 25.

The purpose of this information is to ensure that ALL individuals have full knowledge of our rules so that we can all enjoy the Streetgames experience. Should you require further information, we ask that you consult our Coaches. Streetgames aims to ensure young people can participate in Social Sports free of harm in a safe and inclusive environment.

Please refer to the sport-specific rules relating to each sport for game-specific expectations. Local Laws always apply unless otherwise provided for in this Code of Conduct.

Event format, Registrations, and how to make payment will be outlined before the commencement of the Social Sports Series.

 

Principles of the Code

 

Streetgames Social Sport incorporates the principles of The Fair Play Code 2018 which aimed to encourage appropriate standards of behavior to enable every participant to be involved in sports that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

The Fair Play Code has five core values for all involved to follow, these are:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Safety

These principles are embedded within the Streetgames Social Sports Program. Streetgames encourages every participant, coach, support person, spectator, parent, volunteer, or member of the public involved to display and encourage appropriate standards of behaviour to enable every person present to feel safe, welcomed, and included. These principles are embedded within the Social Sports Code of Conduct.

 

Standards for behaviour

 

Streetgames is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every participant, coach, support person, spectator, parent, volunteer, or member of the public, and for this reason, we have a Zero Bullying Policy. For the safety of participants, we ask that children under the age of 12 are supervised by a parent or guardian or provide written permission to participate. If you need help or support, please speak to one of the Streetgames staff and they will try their best to link you in with the right people.

 

Participant Code of Conduct

 

All Social Sports Participants must adhere to the following Player Code of Conduct:

  • Play by the rules of the game outlined by the Coach.
  • Never argue during a game. If you disagree with a decision, please speak to the Streetgames Coach during a break or after the competition.
  • Do not verbally abuse anyone, sledge other players, deliberately distract or provoke an opponent.
  • Be a good sport.
  • Celebrate all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
  • Remember this is a Social Sports opportunity and we are all here to have fun.
  • Treat all participants as you like to be treated.
  • Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
  • Cooperate with your captain, teammates, and opponents.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, culture, or religion.

Any physical or verbal altercation will be taken seriously and may result in the participant being immediately removed from the game and asked to leave the event.
Be courteous and respectful to every participant, coach, support person, spectator, parent, volunteer, or member of the public.
At all times play within the spirit of the game and that will earn you respect from your opponents, and provide you with the satisfaction of taking part.
Games are expected to be played in a sportsmanlike manner.
Participants must not be under the influence of any illicit drugs or alcohol. Any Streetgames employee may remove a participant immediately if they suspect a participant has consumed illicit drugs or alcohol before or during an event.
Not smoke within 10 meters of the venue.

Parent / Guardian / ’Side-Liners’ Code of Conduct

 

All Parent/Guardian/’Side-Liners’ must adhere to the following Code of Conduct:

We won't tolerate discrimination, violence, harassment, or bullying at any of our events.

Remember that you are there to encourage enjoyment of the games.

Encourage participation, but don’t force it.
Teach that enjoyment is more important than winning.
Never ridicule participant's mistakes or losses.
Respect every participant, coach, support person, spectator, parent, volunteer, or member of the public involved.
Never publicly criticise decisions made by Streetgames Coaches or other Officials. Please raise concerns in private during breaks in the game or after the event.
Don’t use any remarks based on race, religion, gender, or ability.
Not smoke within 10 meters of the venue.
By registering your child with GippSport Streetgames you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct. You confirm that you support Streetgames in its undertakings and encourage Streetgames to take any necessary disciplinary actions for repeated or serious breaches of this Code of Conduct.

Participants under the age of 12 years old will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as to their for suitability to participate in the Social Sport. This is necessary for the health and safety of participants. For parents of participants under 12 years old, please complete our Written Permission Form. We like to register all new participants so we have their names and emergency contact details, this information is recorded by staff, and kept confidential unless we are concerned about their or others' safety.

 

Coach Code of Conduct

 

All Streetgames Coaches must adhere to the following Code of Conduct:

Be honest, fair, respectful, trustworthy, reliable, open, and transparent in dealings with others.
If umpiring or team selection is necessary, Streetgames Coaches will do so through an equitable process.
Discourage the possession and use of banned performance-enhancing substances or methods, alcohol, or illicit drugs.
Recognise and value the contribution of all involved in Social Sports.
Act as a positive role model by displaying self-control, respect, care, and diligence towards all involved.
Comply with child-safe standards of conduct.
Comply with Covid Safe procedures, as Directed by the Victorian Government.
Act on breaches of the Code of Conduct promptly and respectfully.
Provide opportunities to people of all abilities to be involved in Social Sport and encourage participants to reach their full potential.
Maintain a current Victorian Working With Children’s Check and Police Check
Act with respect and confidentiality.
GippSport staff commits to the FairPlay code, you can find more information on the code here: http://sport.vic.gov.au/publications-and-resources/community-sport-resources/fair-play-code.

 

Equipment

 

GippSport Streetgames provide all equipment. We ask that you respect the equipment and return it to Streetgames Coaches at the end of the event.

Please bring along your drink bottle, and where possible try to wear sports-friendly attire (runners, lighter clothing as weather appropriate).

 

Breeches and Disputes

 

We aim to offer a safe space to all participants irrespective of religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or disability. If you have experienced bullying, harassment, violence, or discrimination, either at the games or outside, feel free to chat with a trusted staff member. Our staff will talk to you about your desired outcome and how the situation can be handled so you can return and enjoy our games! After all, that's the aim!

Streetgames Coaches are happy to assist with the understanding of a decision made if asked calmly and respectfully. This should be addressed either at break time or at the end of the game. If you are not satisfied with the response please speak to the GippSport Streetgames Program Coordinator or Program Officer. GippSport Streetgames welcomes any feedback on the program or Coaches.

A player who is sent out of the game must leave the game immediately.

Minor Infractions to this Code of Conduct will result in a warning, then a ‘time-out’ for the participant. This will result in the participant being removed from the game for a short time to diffuse a situation. It is at the GippSport Streetgames Coach’s discretion when the participant can return to play.

More serious infractions, such as aggressive, threatening, or discriminatory behaviour, will be dealt with more seriously. The participant may be asked to leave the event, the incident will be reported to the Streetgames Coordinator and dealt with at their discretion, following GippSport Streetgames Policies and Procedures.

Continuous or repeated offenses of misconduct will result in either the participants or team being removed from the game for the safety of the other teams and the integrity of the game. The Streetgames Coach has the ultimate authority to abandon the game.

 

Photography and Media

We like to take photos and videos at events to capture all the fun we have. If you want to opt-out of media please request one of our wristbands for media opt-out at the event. For focused media pieces we will always ask for verbal and/or written permission.

 

Health and Safety

Our staff are required to have their working with children checks and national police checks to work for GippSport Streetgames. Our staff does an OH&S walkthrough before each event, and each location has had a full site risk assessment run before selection as a location. Every event will have a qualified first-aider present to deal with injury or accident and apply minor first aid. Anything untreatable by minor first aid, our staff will call an ambulance, and/or the necessary authorities. We don't operate our Social Sports Program if the temperature is above 38 degrees, and on code red fire days. We encourage participants to bring a drink bottle of water, wear sunscreen and bring a hat on hotter days. Sunscreen is provided by GippSport Streetgames.

 

Privacy

GippSport Streetgames will collect personal details at the time of registration. These details will be kept confidential and only used in the case of an emergency. Please ensure your details are up-to-date and include a contactable emergency contact person.

 

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