Coaching a sporting team can be, without doubt, one of the most rewarding things a person can do. At Breakers we are always looking for experienced and ‘would be’ coaches to mentor and teach our netball players. As a club, we recognise how crucial this role is and therefore provide support and training to assist. We greatly appreciate the voluntary time and effort our coaches put into training and mentoring our netball players!
The role of a coach also comes with responsibilities including abiding by the Club’s Code of Conduct and ensuring legal checks and requirements are undertaken to enable the person to work with children.
BREAKERS CODE OF CONDUCT FOR NETBALL COACHES
- Treat all players with respect at all times. Be honest and consistent with them. Honour all promises and commitments, both verbal and written.
- Promote a climate of mutual support among your players. Encourage players to respect one another and to expect respect for their worth as individuals regardless of their level of play.
- Avoid situations with your players that could be construed as comprising.
- Ensure the players time spent with you is a positive experience. All players are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
- Provide training and game opportunities that ensure everyone has a reasonable chance to succeed and to improve/acquire skills and develop confidence.
- Recognise individual differences in players and always think of the player’s long-term best interests.
- Remember that children participate for pleasure, and that winning is only part of the fun.
- Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing. Provide feedback to players in a caring sensitive manner.
- Be reasonable in your demands on young players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
- Teach your players to follow the rules.
- Whenever possible, group players to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance of success.
- Avoid overplaying the talented players. The “just average” need and deserve equal time.
- At all times use appropriate training methods which will benefit the players and avoid those which could be harmful. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
- Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgment of officials and opposing coaches.
- Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
- Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of children.
Download Coach Code Of Conduct
REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN – The Blue Card System
The purpose of the blue card system is to promote safety for children and young people in environments where they are required to be (such as schools and child care centres) and those that promote their physical, social and cultural development (such as sporting or community groups). In these environments, parents and carers are often required to entrust the care of their children to other adults and it is therefore vital that these environments are appropriately regulated so that any risks of harm to children and young people are minimised.
Volunteers, trainee students, paid employees and people operating a business may need a blue card to work with children in certain environments. If you are a registered teacher or police officer in Queensland, you will no longer apply for a blue card and should instead apply for an exemption card when providing regulated services which are outside of your professional duties.
What is a blue card? Blue cards are issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian once it has carried out the blue card check to see if a person is eligible to work in the areas of child-related work covered by the Commission’s Act. If a person is eligible, they are issued a positive notice letter and a blue card.
What is the blue card check? The blue card check, also known as the ‘Working with Children Check, is a national check that assesses:
- any charge or conviction for an offence (even if no conviction was recorded)
- child protection prohibition orders (whether a person is a respondent or subject to an application)
- disqualification orders
- if a person is subject to reporting obligations under the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004 or Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003
- disciplinary information held by certain professional organisations including teachers, child care licensees, foster carers, nurses, midwives and certain health practitioners); and
- information that the Police Commissioner provides in relation to police investigations into allegations of serious child-related sexual offences, even if no charges were laid.
A person whose application is approved is issued with a positive notice letter and a blue card. If a person’s application is refused, they are issued with a negative notice which prohibits them from carrying on a business or providing child-related activities in the categories regulated by the Commission’s Act.
What is an exemption card? If you are a registered teacher or police officer in Queensland, you will no longer apply for a blue card and should instead apply for an exemption card when providing regulated services to children which are outside of your professional duties.
Please click below for forms: Blue Card – Volunteer Form to begin or renew your blue card.