As a coach your club should provide an inclusive, safe and fair environment for participation.

To assist you meet your responsibilities your club should:

  • request that you undergo a Working With Children or other police checks if required by your state's legislation
  • explain your duties and responsibilities as a coach (e.g., some clubs provide a written job description)
  • provide you with information about expected codes of behaviour
  • support you to complete training to improve your skills and knowledge
  • provide you with guidelines to support you in your role (e.g., heat guidelines, photographing children)

To create an inclusive environment for participation and manage your risks as a coach you should:

  • maintain control (e.g., don’t lose your temper, harass or bully others)
  • balance competition with participation, particularly in junior sport
  • follow fair and consistent team selection processes
  • consider flexible coaching practices (e.g., to include people with a disability)
  • make sure you use appropriate coaching techniques (e.g., do not use punishment or over training to improve performance)
  • maintain appropriate boundaries (e.g., avoiding intimate relationships with athletes and never with children)
  • avoid being alone with a child or young person (e.g., in the changes rooms)
  • maintain appropriate physical contact (e.g., when demonstrating a skill)
  • avoid transporting players, particularly children and not without parental consent
  • make sure any electronic communication with players is about team matters
  • do not provide players with alcohol or drugs
  • seek permission when taking images of players, particularly children
  • take action over any inappropriate behaviours (e.g., harassment or suspicions of harm against a child)


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