Play By The Rules

30th April, 2018

Play by the Rules is collaboration between the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, all state and territory departments of sport and recreation, all state and territory anti-discrimination and human rights agencies, the Office of the Children’s Guardian (NSW), the Australian New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) and the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW. These partners promote Play by the Rules through their networks, along with their own child safety, anti-discrimination and inclusion programs.

Play by the Rules provides information, resources, tools and free online training to increase the capacity and capability of administrators, coaches, officials, players, parents and spectators to assist them in preventing and dealing with discrimination, harassment, child safety, inclusion and integrity issues in sport.

Of interest to the league in particular is the national campaign they are running called Let Kids be Kids that addresses poor sideline behaviour, largely at junior sport.   The League is actively encouraging completion of the free online course by everyone at their club to promote awareness of the impact that poor behaviour by officials and spectators can have on the enjoyment of kids playing AFL football.  As of this year, the League will also make it mandatory to complete this course by any official or spectator found guilty at a Tribunal.  This must be done within the time frame of their imposed penalty to deem their penalty completed.  Failure to do so will see their penalty extended until a certificate of completion is sighted by the league.

The link to the course is https://www.playbytherules.net.au/online-courses/mini-courses

For more informationa nd links to some great resources: https://www.playbytherules.net.au/