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Sydenham Ladies Netball Club



County Code of Conduct for Players


Our Codes of Conduct require the highest standards of conduct from everyone involved in netball to ensure that their behaviour and actions meet the values and standards expected at all times. Everyone must conduct themselves in an honest, fair, impartial and transparent manner. Our Codes of Conduct are applicable to all aspects of the Sport and are driven by England Netball’s Values (Respect, Teamwork, Achievement and Fun) and the Guiding Principles (set out above).


Players will Respect:


The rules, regulations and requirements of the Sport, including, but not limited to, any competitions in which they participate either directly or indirectly


The rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in netball, regardless of gender, marital status, race, colour, disability, sexuality, age, occupation, religion or political opinion


The rights, dignity and worth of Children, Young People and Adults at Risk and ensure that they are aware of the Safeguarding best practice guidelines and procedures when interacting with them.


Confidentiality and the sensitivities of information we hold on other individuals


Netball and the individual’s reputation and not take any action or make inappropriate comments about a fellow participant, coach, official, volunteer or member of England Netball’s staff that will bring the Sport or those associated with delivering the Sport into disrepute, including making comments on social media technology. We will respect EN’s guidance and policies on social media technology


The position we hold within Netball and always conduct and dress myself ourselves in an appropriate manner


The result of the game and will not attempt to offer, offer or accept either directly or indirectly any consideration whatsoever in return for influencing or attempting to influence the result or seek to achieve personal gain on a result which we can influence by betting on any match or event where we are participating, either by playing, coaching or officiating, or through direct or indirect involvement.


Netball is based on Teamwork, therefore we will:


Not abuse or misuse any relationship of trust or position of power or influence held by me in my team, be that my playing team, Club, County, Regional or England Netball


Be on time, dressed appropriately and ready to give my full attention to the role we are carrying out within Netball


Recognise that individuals bring different qualities and attributes but “together we will excel”


Welcome new members, volunteers, and connected participation and cooperate with members, connected participants, colleagues, coaches, officials and administrators already in the Sport


We recognise individuals participate in Netball to achieve and have fun, therefore we will:


Recognise the achievements of others and applaud their successes


Endeavour to ensure that all involved in the Sport optimise their potential by promoting the positive aspects of the sport and never condoning the use of inappropriate or abusive language, inappropriate relationships, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence


Not impinge on others enjoyment of the Sport or my performance by consuming alcoholic drinks or smoke immediately prior to or while participating in the sport, or while safeguarding children, young people or vulnerable adults


Ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participant in a fair, honest environment by rejecting cheating, abiding by the Anti-Doping policies and not taking illegal substances immediately prior to or while participating in the Sport


Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat; be sporting – whether we win or lose; always acknowledge the other team and the umpires at the end of the game with a hand shake or three cheers.


Never argue with an official or participant during a game and listen to and cooperate with officials’ decisions


Control our temper; understand that verbal, emotional and physical abuse of officials, coaches, spectators or participants, or deliberately distracting or provoking a participant, coach or official is not acceptable or permitted behaviour in netball


Enjoy the game and ensure other can also enjoy it


We will endeavour to abide by this Code of Conduct and promote it to others. We understand that if we fail to follow the code, the County Association may take action against us under the Disciplinary Regulations which may result in sanctions including fines and suspension


County Code of Conduct for Coaches, Umpires, Table Officials, Tutors, Assessors, Testers, Mentors and all Volunteers participating in Netball


The Code of Conduct states the values and standards expected at all time.  In addition to these, our Club Members whether in their capacity as coaches, umpires, table officials, tutors, assessors, testers, mentors or volunteers, will also:


Be a positive role model for netball by acting in a way that projects a positive image of the role within netball and being fair, considerate and honest with participants and officials


Display high standards in their language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation to ensure that all time spent with them by participants or colleagues is a positive experience


Exercise reasonable care and skill when carrying out their duties, including but not limited to keeping up to date with the latest practices and developments by taking up further education and other personal and professional development opportunities


Be consistent, independent and demonstrate complete impartiality through exercising reasonable care and skill to enforce the rules of the game by applying them fairly and to effect control of the game


As a coach, seek to inspire and motivate in accordance with an individual’s abilities to enable them to play to the best of their ability and realise their potential


As a coach, provide athletes with planned and structured training programmes appropriate to their abilities and goals by ensuring that equal attention and opportunities are available to all, including those requiring a modified plan due to sickness or injury


As a tutor, assessor, tester or mentor, provide candidates with the appropriate information, planned and structured programmes appropriate to their needs and goals, ensuring that equal attention is applied, and to provide appropriate feedback following observation of a session


Be mentally and physically fit to carry out their roles within netball


Ensure that the training and/or competition environment is safe and appropriate for the age, physical and emotional maturity, experience and ability of the athletes


Ensure that they follow instructions and comply with all health and safety regulations that apply to the role they are undertaking.


As a Club we will endeavour to abide by this Code of Conduct and promote it within.   We understand that if we fail to follow the Code the County Association may take action against us under the Disciplinary Regulations which may result in sanctions including fines and suspension.


County Code of Conduct for Spectators


The enjoyment and safety of your family member or friend in a netball activity is of paramount importance to the County.   Every player / volunteer will be encouraged and asked to ensure that their behaviour and actions meet the values and standards expected of them at all times. As supporters, you are asked to support our Codes of Conduct and embrace the spirit of our game.


As a supporter, I will:

Encourage the team to play within the rules and respect officials’ and coaches’ decisions

Support the efforts and performance of a team, give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort and learning

Understand that competition is about winning and losing, so results are always accepted without undue disappointment

Be a positive role model to promote good sportsmanship

Remember that we learn best by example; I will applaud good play by both my team and their opponents

Thank the coaches, officials and other volunteers who give their time and not interfere with their decisions

Help when asked by a coach or official

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in the game, regardless of gender, marital status, race, colour, disability, sexuality, age, occupation, religion or political opinion

Read the rules of the sport to understand better what I am watching

Promote this code of conduct to other parents, carers and supporters

Be aware of the club’s safeguarding policy and ensure that any concerns are reported to the club’s safeguarding officer or England Netball’s Lead Safeguarding Officer


As a parent/carer, I will not:

Pressure my child in any way; I know that this is their sport not mine

Use inappropriate language, harass athletes, coaches, officials or other spectators

Criticise or ridicule my child for making a mistake or losing after the game

Force my child if they are unwilling to participate in the sport

Arrive at a netball activity under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Use Social Media technology to bring the game into disrepute or make an inappropriate comment about an athlete, coach, official, volunteer or member of England Netball staff

Consume illegal substances either immediately prior to or while being at a netball activity

Consume alcoholic drinks or smoke either immediately prior to or while being at a netball activity





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Welcome new members, volunteers, and connected participation and cooperate with members, connected participants, colleagues, coaches, officials and administrators already in the Sport


We recognise individuals participate in Netball to achieve and have fun, therefore we will:

Recognise the achievements of others and applaud their successes


Endeavour to ensure that all involved in the Sport optimise their potential by promoting the positive aspects of the sport and never condoning the use of inappropriate or abusive language, inappropriate relationships, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence


Not impinge on others enjoyment of the Sport or my performance by consuming alcoholic drinks or smoke immediately prior to or while participating in the sport, or while safeguarding children, young people or vulnerable adults


Ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participant in a fair, honest environment by rejecting cheating, abiding by the Anti-Doping policies and not taking illegal substances immediately prior to or while participating in the Sport


Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat; be sporting – whether we win or lose; always acknowledge the other team and the umpires at the end of the game with a hand shake or three cheers.


Never argue with an official or participant during a game and listen to and cooperate with officials’ decisions


Control our temper; understand that verbal, emotional and physical abuse of officials, coaches, spectators or participants, or deliberately distracting or provoking a participant, coach or official is not acceptable or permitted behaviour in netball


Enjoy the game and ensure other can also enjoy it


We will endeavour to abide by this Code of Conduct and promote it to others. We understand that if we fail to follow the code, the County Association may take action against us under the Disciplinary Regulations which may result in sanctions including fines and suspension




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