Administrators play a vital role in sport, particularly to reduce the potential for things to go wrong. Here, you can access resources to help you manage risks in your sport.
Coaches and officials are what make sport tick. They play a crucial role in helping keep sport safe, fair and inclusive. Here are a number of tools and resources to help you do just that.
If you are a player then you can make a huge contribution to making sport safe, fair and inclusive. Your behaviour influences others, not only your team mates, but everyone involved in sport.
As a parent you should be aware of your clubs responsibilities. At the same time you also have responsibilities and you can play a huge role in creating a safe environment for your child.
1. Understand your sport guidelines - where appropriate, be familiar with your overarching sports guidelines on junior sport. This might come from a national, state and/or regional level. There is likely to be guidelines that will impact directly on selection. For example, age groups/restrictions or no scores/placings for children under a certain age.
3. Develop coach guidelines - some sport club committees may need to develop coach guidelines – setting out to your club coaches what you expect as a club when it comes to the week-in, week-out decisions e.g., equal playing time for all juniors, player time during finals.
4. Communicate, communicate, communicate - when it comes to selections, communication is critical. Keeping people informed sets expectations and builds trust in the process. Communicate before, during and after selections via email, website or face-to-face briefings.
5. Be honest and understanding - team selections are often not a perfect science and sometimes people are disappointed. Explain this beforehand and set realistic expectations with your club/group.
6. Be consistent – with your policy in your actions and all communication, written and verbal.
7. Deal with issues immediately – don’t ignore them. Unhappy players and parents, justified or not, can create an unhappy team/club culture.
8. Review and update policies – after each major selection (e.g., preseason grading), sit down and review your selection process while it’s fresh in your mind. Update your policy for next season.
Most sports have a Member Protection Policy. It usually includes information on codes of conduct, anti-discrimination, bullying and complaints processes. It can be a useful reference if there are serious selection matters, such as potential discrimination. State and commonwealth anti-discrimination legislation makes it unlawful to discriminate. When it comes to team selection, there can be exceptions including:
Try the Play by the Rules interactive scenarios Team Selection Junior and Girls Playing in Boys Teams