The sporting community in Western Australia has taken a very proactive role in preventing and managing violent behaviour, including physical and verbal, in their respective sport and recreation activities and this has the full support of the department.
Sport and recreation are an integral part of life in Western Australia and has a responsibility to uphold the accepted values and norms of our community.Regrettably, there are occasions when violence occurs in sport and recreation settings involving players, officials, administrators and spectators. In all instances, the industry condemns such behaviour and supports initiatives to prevent it from occurring. Sport and recreation is not immune from the laws governing society and violence against a person and/or property is a punishable offence, be it on or off the field. It is important that the industry have procedures in place to manage and prevent violence and promote these procedures to all of their members and supporters.
Many community sporting organisations already have established procedures for managing violence that might occur during an event and in many cases these are outlined in their constitution and/or by-laws. For examples of guidelines you can visit the Australian Sports Commission website.
These procedures start with the culture of your club. Players, coaches, officials and staff set the example for parents, volunteers and supporters of your club. The manner in which club members exhibit fair play and manage any incidents that occur reflects how the club expects all its’ members to behave.
The Australian Football Tribunals and the National Rugby League Tribunals are examples of the end of the line management of violence on the field by the sporting organisation itself, and are models for self-management.
The department encourages you to adopt the following ideas as a minimum:
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