Codes of conduct

The following codes of conduct are contained in the Australian Fencing Federation Member Protection Policy and are to be followed at all times.

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General

Individuals and organizations required to comply with this policy must meet the following requirements in regard to their conduct during any AFF events or activities and in any role they hold with the AFF.

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
  2. Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others.
  3. Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your actions.
  4. Make a commitment to providing quality service.
  5. Be aware of, and maintain an uncompromising adherence to, the AFF’s standards, rules, regulations and policies.
  6. Operate within the rules of the sport including national and international guidelines which govern the AFF.
  7. Do not use your involvement with the AFF to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of the AFF.
  8. Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example.
  9. Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under 18 years of age, wherever possible.
  10. Refrain from any form of harassment of others.
  11. Refrain from any behaviour that may bring AFF, a member association or an affiliated club into disrepute.
  12. Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity.
  13. Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
  14. Be a positive role model.
  15. Understand the potential consequences if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of, this code of behaviour.

Coach

In addition to the AFF’s General Code of Behaviour, coaches must meet the following requirements in regard to their conduct during any AFF events or activities:

  • Do not tolerate acts of aggression.
  • Provide feedback to participants and other participants in a manner sensitive to their needs. Avoid overly negative feedback.
  • Recognise participants’ rights to consult with other coaches and advisers. Cooperate fully with other specialists (for example, sports scientists, doctors and physiotherapists).
  • Treat all participants fairly within the context of their sporting activities, regardless of gender, race, place of origin, athletic potential, colour, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, socioeconomic status and other conditions.
  • Encourage and facilitate participants’ independence and responsibility for their own behaviour, performance, decisions and actions.
  • Involve the participants in decisions that affect them.
  • Encourage participants to respect one another and to expect respect for their worth as individuals regardless of their level of play.
  • Ensure that the tasks and/or training set are suitable for age, experience, ability, and physical and psychological conditions of the participants.
  • Ensure any physical contact with participants is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the participant’s skill development.
  • Be acutely aware of the power that you as a coach develop with your participants in the coaching relationship and avoid any inappropriate intimate relationships with participants that could develop as a result.
  • Avoid situations with your participants that could be construed as compromising.
  • Actively discourage the use of performance enhancing drugs, and the use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal substances.
  • Do not exploit any coaching relationship to further personal, political or business interests at the expense of the best interest of your athletes.
  • Accept and respect the role of officials in ensuring that competitions are conducted fairly and according to established rules.
  • Know and abide by rules, regulations and standards, and encourage participants to do likewise.
  • Accept both the letter and the spirit of the rules.
  • Be honest and ensure that qualifications are not misrepresented.

Athlete

In addition to the AFF’s General Code of Behaviour, athletes must meet the following requirements in regard to their conduct during any AFF events or activities:

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of fellow athletes, coaches, officials and spectators.
  2. Do not tolerate acts of aggression.
  3. Respect the talent, potential and development of fellow athletes.
  4. Care for and respect the equipment provided to you as part of your activities.
  5. Be frank and honest with your coach concerning illness and injury and your ability to train fully within the program requirements.
  6. Avoid inappropriate intimate relationships with your coach.
  7. Conduct yourself in a professional manner relating to language, temper and punctuality.
  8. Maintain high personal behaviour standards at all times.
  9. Abide by the rules and respect the decisions of officials, making all appeals through the formal process and respecting the final decision.
  10. Be honest in your attitude and preparation to training. Work equally hard for yourself and your team, squad or training partners.
  11. Cooperate with coaches and staff in development of programs to adequately prepare you for competition at the highest level.

Office holders

In addition to the AFF’s General Code of Behaviour, officeholders (whether elected or appointed) must meet the following requirements in regard to their conduct during any AFF events or activities:

  1. Resolve conflicts fairly and promptly through established procedures.
  2. Maintain strict impartiality.
  3. Be aware of your legal responsibilities.

Parent / Guardian

As a parent/guardian of a child participating in any AFF event or activity you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any such event or activity:

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
  2. Remember that your child participates in sport for their own enjoyment, not yours.
  3. Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  4. Never ridicule or yell at your child and other children for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  5. Show appreciation for good performance and skilful plays by all participants (including opposing participants).
  6. Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with or in the vicinity of persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example.
  7. Respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise.
  8. Do not physically or verbally abuse or harass anyone associated with the sport (participant, coach, referee etc).
  9. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  10. Be a positive role model.
  11. Understand the repercussions if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of, this code of behaviour.

Spectator

As a spectator of any AFF event or activity, you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any such event or activity:

  1. Respect the decisions of officials and teach young people to do the same.
  2. Never ridicule or scold a young participant for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational.
  3. Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by other spectators, coaches, officials or participants.
  4. Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no sport.
  5. Do not use violence, harassment or abuse in any form (that is, do not use foul language, sledge or harass participants, coaches, officials or other spectators).
  6. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.