Code of Conduct

Carlton Netball’s Code of Conduct governs every member, player, team, umpire, coach, manager, volunteer and any other person who participates, comes along as a spectator and/or is associated in any way with any activity involving Carlton Netball or is involved in any activity under the auspices of Carlton Netball. This also includes all social functions of the Club. Every member or associate of Carlton Netball must remember that she is representing not only herself but every other member of the Carlton Club every time she is present at a netball court (whether spectating, playing, warming up or umpiring). It is important that Carlton Netball players, members and associates display a high level of sportsmanship towards each other, the opposition, the umpires and their supporters at all times.

As a player you must:

  • Adhere to the rules of netball  
  • Never argue with an official.  If you disagree with a ruling, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition. 
  • Control your temper.  Such acts as verbally abusing officials, sledging other players, or deliberately distracting and provoking opponents are not an acceptable or permitted behaviour. 
  • Perform to your best ability for your own benefit and for the benefit of the team. 
  • Show good sportsmanship. 
  • Treat others in the netball environment as you would expect to be treated.  Do not bully or take unfair advantage of others, whether team-mates or competitors. 
  • Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents.  Without them there would be no competition! 
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their ability, cultural background or religion. 
  • Not interfere with the progress and/or conduct of the game. 
  • Wear your netball uniform appropriately.  If you are wearing bike shorts, they must not to be longer than the hemline of your skirt / dress.  Wear only white socks (i.e. not black, not pink, not blue).

As a coach or manager you must:

  • Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake or not meeting your expectations. 
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm. 
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport and teach your players to do the same. 
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience.  Everyone is deserving of equal attention and opportunities. 
  • Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport.  This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, parents and spectators. Encourage players to do the same. 
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players.  Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition. 
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion. 
  • Treat each player as an individual.  Respect the talent, development stage and goals of each player, and help each player reach their full potential. 
  • Don’t interfere with the progress and/or conduct of a game unless called to do so by another official. 
  • Abide by the Officials’ decisions.