All people involved in Australian Rules have a right to participate in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. Administrators, Officials, Players, Coaches and Spectators. We all have a responsibility and role to play in creating and maintaining this environment. Our great game has always faced challenges but never more than those facing us today. There is no doubt that the biggest challenge is that of attracting people to participate in all aspects of the game such as young children to take up the sport, umpires, spectators and volunteers to act as officials, coaches, trainers, canteen assistants and so on.
The recently released A.F.L report clearly recognizes this as our major task for the future. It is therefore crucial that we will play our part in creating this safe, healthy, supportive and family friendly environment which will attract people to participate in the various aspects of the game as mentioned above.
To that end The South Australian Amateur Football League, in consultation with its member clubs and supporters, has developed a "Code of Behaviour".
The Code sets standards of conduct and behaviour for all participants and also reflects how we would all like to be treated by others; that is fairly, equally and with respect and dignity.
Your endorsement and adoption of the Code is critical to the future health and success of this League and the S.A.A.F.L earnestly seeks your support.
Appreciate that people participate in sport for their enjoyment and benefit, not necessarily yours.
Respect the decision of officials/umpires and encourage players to do so.
Applaud good performances and efforts from all inpiduals and the team. Congratulate all players on their performance regardless of the outcome.
Never ridicule players for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational.
Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by other spectators, coaches, officials or players.
Show respect for you team's opponents. Without whom there would be no game.
Encourage all players to follow the rules and official's decisions.
Do no use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or officials.
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person, regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
Players are expected to attend all scheduled practice sessions, arriving on time and staying until the session is completed.
Early departures for any reason, must be negotiated with the Coach.
Players should advise their Coach at the earliest opportunity if they are unable to attend practice for any reason, and if unavailable for any matches.
Players who are unable to attend practice on a regular basis must make specific arrangements with the Coach.
Players selected to represent the Gepps Cross Football Club are expected to play the game within the rules of football and aim for the highest possible standard of performance and sportsmanship.
Players are expected to wear the 'Club Polo Shirt' or similar club attire to and from all games.
Players must wear correct coloured shorts and socks with SAFL logo - no other shorts permitted.
Players have a responsibility to be aware of the detail of the venue for matches and arrive one hour prior to the scheduled commencement, or at a time specified by the Coach.
Players are expected to support the Club by returning to the clubrooms after matches.