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Waikato Water Polo Code of Conduct

Waikato Water Polo Code of Conduct

Everyone associated with our Club and Club Programs and Events MUST abide our code of conduct. Some codes are more specific to particular roles although still apply.

Agree to abide by our code of conduct:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every individual player as a human being
  • Treat everyone equally regardless of gender, disability, ethnic origin or religion.
  • Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each team member to help them each reach their full potential.
  • Maintain a ‘duty of care’ towards team members and be accountable for the management of the team.
  • Foster a collaborative approach to the management of the team.
  • Operate within the rules of water polo and in the spirit of fair play, while encouraging your team members to do the same.
  • Advocate a sporting environment free of drugs and other performance enhancing substances within the guidelines of Drug Free Sport New Zealand.
  • Do not disclose any confidential information relating to team members without written prior consent.


Be a positive role model for water polo, your club and your team members by acting in a way that projects a positive image:

  • All team members are deserving of equal attention and opportunities
  • Ensure each team member’s time spent with you is a positive experience
  • Be fair, considerate and honest with team members
  • Encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle – refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol around team members.


Undertake your responsibilities with professionalism:

  • Display high standards in your language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation
  • Display control, courtesy, respect, honesty, dignity and professionalism to all involved within the sphere of sport this includes opponents, coaches, managers, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators.
  • Encourage your team members to demonstrate the same qualities.
  • Be professional and accept responsibility for your actions.
  • You should not only refrain from initiating an intimate relationship with a team member, but should also discourage any attempt by a team member to initiate a sexual relationship with you, explaining the ethical basis of your refusal.
  • Accurately represent personal coaching/managing qualifications, experience, competence and affiliations.
  • Refrain from criticism of other coaches or managers.


Make a commitment to providing a quality service to your team:

  • Provide players with planned and structured training programmes appropriate to their needs and goals.
  • Seek advice and assistance when additional expertise is required.
  • Maintain appropriate records
  • Seek continual improvement through ongoing coach/manager education, and other personal and professional development opportunities.


Provide a safe environment for training and competition:

  • Adopt appropriate risk management strategies to ensure that the training and/or competition environment is safe.
  • Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety standards.
  • Ensure equipment, rules, training and the environment is appropriate for the age, physical and emotional maturity, experience and ability of the players.
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players and allow further participation in training and competition only when appropriate
  • Encourage players to seek medical advice when required
  • Provide a modified training program where appropriate
  • Maintain the same interest and support toward sick and injured athletes


Protect your team from any form of personal abuse

  • Refrain from any form of verbal, physical and emotional abuse towards your team members.
  • Any physical contact with your players should be appropriate to the situation and necessary only for the player’s skill development. If in doubt, refrain from physical contact.
  • Refrain from any form of sexual and racial harassment, racial vilification and harassment on the grounds of disability.
  • Be alert to any forms of abuse directed towards your team members from other sources while they are in your care.