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MFCC Codes of Conduct

Maccabi FC Caulfield is committed to child safety. As such we are committed to the safety, participation, and empowerment of all children and have zero tolerance toward any form of child abuse.

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CODES OF CONDUCT

It is vital that everyone involved in sporting activities, whether they are athletes, coaches, parents, officials, or supporters understand their responsibilities to ensure that all participants enjoy the sport.​

The codes of conduct below have been incorporated into Football Victoria Rules of Competition and all members of our club including spectators and parents are expected to abide by these codes of conduct.

This Policy applies to:

 

This Policy will continue to apply to a person, even after they have stopped their association or employment with Maccabi Football Club Caulfield (MFCC), if disciplinary action against that person has commenced. 

Red Card Policy

  • To protect the Club from the financial impact of fines or related costs arising from misconduct, the Club has determined that all players (or their parents or guardians in the case of players under 18), coaches, officials, parents, and supporters will be held personally liable for any fines, tribunal appeal fees or related costs they incur. 

  • The Club will consult with any individual the subject of disciplinary action before determining whether the club will contest any charge and will support anyone wrongly accused or unjustly punished.

  • Any contribution towards fines, appeal fees or costs will be determined at the Club’s absolute discretion.

PLAYERS' CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

  • Play by the Rules and within the spirit of the game.

  • Maintain your focus and work hard for yourself and your team.

  • Be a good sport and be prepared to acknowledge good play whether it is from your team or the opposition.

  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.

  • Remove all jewellery prior to training and match play, as it is a hazard to you and those around you.

  • Do not accept or use any banned or unauthorised drug(s), including the consumption of alcohol at any time.

  • Match officials are not required to explain any decision that they make.

  • Verbal abuse of all kinds directed to any participating officials, opposition players, coaches, officials, parents, any spectators will not be tolerated.

  • Physical abuse of all kinds directed to any participating officials, opposition players, coaches, officials, parents, any spectators will not be tolerated.

  • Bullying or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.

 

To report any inappropriate behaviour or should and MFCC member, please email integrity@mfcc.com.au and the Club Integrity officer will be in contact.

Should any MFCC member, including players, be seen or reported to be breaching the code of conduct you may be subject to investigation by the club Integrity officer, Maccabi Victoria, Football Victoria or Australia. Such investigation may result in removal from the club with no financial refunds.

 

BREACHING CODES OF CONDUCT

 

All MFCC officials, players and parents are bound by the code of conduct of our club. A three strikes policy will apply.

Where investigations show a breach of the club code of conduct the following discipline may result:​

PLAYER

  • Player Breach 1: sit out 1 week training + 1 match suspension.

  • Player Breach 2: sit out 2 week training sessions + 2 match suspension.

  • Player Breach 3: Remainder of season suspension.

PARENTS / SPECTATORS

  • Parental Breach 1: Exclusion from the next match.

  • Parental Breach 2 or failure to comply with Breach 1 penalty: Family will be asked to leave the club.

 

PARENTS' CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

Based on the Child Safety Standards, excessive screaming at children playing sport can be construed as verbal abuse, bullying and/or harassment.

Please view the Child Safe Standards HERE

  • DON’T:

  • No parent will ridicule, yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.

  • Racial and religious vilification, verbal and physical abuse will not be tolerated at MFCC. Should this occur, the club will treat this in a very serious light.

  • Respect the match official's decisions. Do not argue with or abuse any match official, you are reminded that where a referee or linesman is a child, child safety standards are to be adhered to. Such abuse will be treated very seriously.

  • Do not smoke or consume alcohol whilst at Caulfield Park or while supporting an MFCC team at an away venue.

  • Abuse of MFCC volunteers or professional staff will not be tolerated. An MFCC volunteer and/or professional can terminate any conversation or discussion where abuse is taking place.

  • DO:

  • Positively support your child and team - calm, relaxed and always encouraging.

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, or religion.

  • Thank the team coach and team manager after matches for their efforts.

 

SPECTATOR'S CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

  • DON’T:

  • Do not argue with or abuse any match official.

  • Do not verbally or physically abuse any other person whilst supporting a soccer match or at MFCC training. Breaching this will be treated very seriously by the club.

  • Do not be an active bystander should an MFCC parent or official be breaching the code of conduct.

  • Do not intimidate, harass or use foul language towards, players, match officials, Club Officials or spectators.

  • Do not smoke or consume alcohol whilst at Caulfield Park or while supporting an MFCC team at an away venue.

  • DO:

  • Applaud good play and performances from both teams, and be forward in congratulating all participants on their performance regardless of the final outcome.

  • Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players.

  • Show respect to for both teams when watching matches, because without them there would be no game.

  • Encourage players to follow rules and accept the decision of the match official.

 

COACHES' CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

  • DON’T:

  • Do not be alone with a child, always have another adult present. This applies to one-on-one coaching as well. The only exception is if you are on the field with other players/teams/parents.

  • Give a lift in your car or any car you may be driving in to any child, ever unless you have another adult or your own child with you.

  • Do not shout at, intimidate or be negative towards children.

  • Do not question the referee at any point. The match official decisions are final and not open to your opinion.

  • Do not smoke or consume alcohol when coaching, at training and matches.

  • Do not use your mobile phone when coaching, at training and matches. Unless your mobile phone is used for training purposes like checking training manuals online.

  • DO:

  • Remember that players participate for the fun of it and that winning is not everything.

  • Treat everyone with respect, dignity and honesty (this includes staff, volunteers, players, children, young people, parents, and opposition teams).

  • Be reasonable in your demands on younger players time, energy and enthusiasm and be a positive role model to kids in all your conduct with them.

  • Teach your players to abide by the Rules and Laws of the Game.

  • Ensure that equipment and facilities are safe.

  • Modify your approach to suit the skill levels and needs of players.

  • Insist on respect between players, opposition coaches and parents.

  • Feedback to player must always be positive.

  • Follow the advice of a physician (if available) or at least consult with another adult in your team, when determining the extent of a player's injury.

  • Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices (refer to your club coach coordinator).

  • Take time out to teach players (& others) the Laws of the Game, hence raising their awareness.

  • Ensure players are good sports and ensure each team member shakes the hand of their opponents at the conclusion of every match.

  • Remember the actions of yourself and your team is reflective of the perception others take away with them.​​

 

If there is any problem ALWAYS inform your team manager. You can also confidentially inform the Club Technical director, the club integrity officer or club president

 

ADMINISTRATOR'S CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

  • Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development and assist in raising the standards of coaching and officiating.

  • Ensure everyone involved in football emphasises fair play, and not winning at all costs.

  • Be tolerant and calm under pressure and approach problem solving in a supportive manner as members and players will expect you to set an example for others.

  • Always adhere to duty of care.

  • Report any breaches of the code to the club integrity officer.

  • Treat all MFCC members with respect.

 

Training Policy

  • Every team must have at least 2 adults in attendance, when training including the coach.

  • Where there is not 2 adults in attendance training WILL NOT take place.

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REPORT A BREACH OF THE CODES PLEASE DO SO BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW.

Breach of Codes Report

All reports will be handled confidentially by the current Integrity officer.

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