Code of conduct and behaviour

10 Jun

This code of conduct and behaviour applies to all members and guests of the Sorell Bowls Club Incorporated.

1. Introduction

The Sorell Bowls Club aims to provide an enjoyable, comfortable, safe and rewarding environment for all people associated with the club.  This code of conduct and behaviour applies equally to members and their guests, including players from other clubs visiting the club for pennant or other competitions.

Members, visitors and guests of the club have a right to:

  • be treated with fairness and respect
  • participate in an environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination
  • have their privacy and confidentiality protected.

Members may submit their views or concerns to the Board of Management or any committee of the club provided this is done appropriately and respectfully.

The Board of Management will investigate and deal with concerns in a timely manner. They will advise all concerned parties of their decision.  Their decision will close the matter.

2. At all times

It is expected that members and visitors of the club will at all times:

  • Be friendly, courteous and respectful towards other members, visitors and staff
  • Respect teammates, opponents, officials and the rules of the game
  • Refrain from behaviour that would bring the game or the club into disrepute
  • Refrain from behaviour that could offend or embarrass others
  • Behave in non-violent and non-abusive ways
  • Respect the positions of office bearers, committee members and employees of the club
  • Treat the property and facilities of the club with respect, and
  • Contribute positively to the sporting and social activities of the club.

Conduct is a matter of concern to all members – poor conduct has a negative impact, and can be harmful and destructive to a club!  It is the responsibility of all members to ensure that their behaviour is appropriate at all times.

If a member is offensive or abusive, responding in the same manner will also be considered a breach of the Code of Conduct. The only reasonable and acceptable response is to not engage in a negative behaviour.  It is acceptable to report the concern/matter to the Board of Management to be investigated   under breaches of the Code of Conduct.

3. When representing the club

Any member representing the club must not engage in conduct which is violent, aggressive, inappropriate or prejudicial to the interests of the club.  A member representing the club, for the purposes of this rule, is defined as anyone who:

  • is wearing club uniform or any items of uniform that identifies them as a member of the club
  • represents the club in any bowls event
  • participates in any bowls event at our club or at another club
  • attends such event(s) as a spectator.

4. While on the green or surrounds

Bowlers will show respect to their team mates, and opponents, and play the game of bowls within BA Laws and/or BTS Conditions of Play, to the highest degree of sportsmanship and honesty.

Bowlers wishing to smoke will refrain from doing so on the greens or its surrounds.  All smoking will be confined to the designated smoking areas provided at the club.

Bowlers will not engage in abusive language, dissent, conduct unbecoming, or actions which would bring the game of bowls, or the blub, into disrepute.

Spectators on the surrounds of the green will conduct themselves in a manner that ensures that bowlers are not distracted.

5. Within the clubrooms

Members, visitors and guests will ensure that the comfort of other patrons is not unreasonably disturbed.

Members, visitors and guests will respect other patrons and will conduct themselves in a manner that will not cause offense.

Members, visitors and guests will consume alcohol responsibly and will accept any staff or licensee decision to discontinue the serving of alcohol without complaint.

6. Elected officials of the club

Members of the Board of Management of the club, and members of any committees of the club, will:

  • Declare any conflicts of interest
  • Act with impartiality and integrity
  • Act with the best interests of the club and its members in mind
  • Actively ensure the health, safety and welfare of members and guests of the club, and
  • Act on any breaches of the code of conduct.

Any elected or appointed official with a material personal interest in a matter being considered by the Board of Management must not be present when the matter is being considered, and may not vote on the matter.

7. Reporting and resolving breaches

Breaches of the Code of Conduct are to be reported to any member of the Board of Management or committee as appropriate.  For example, a breach during a club championship should be referred to the relevant Match Committee.

If a matter is referred to a committee, the chair of that committee must inform the Board of Management in writing about the particulars of the matter.

Any breach of the Code of Conduct will be resolved calmly, with honesty, dignity, and as far as possible, confidentiality will be maintained.   The breach is to be dealt with by the relevant body as quickly as possible after the breach is reported.

Where and when required, the Board of Management has the right to make decisions, and enforce fair and appropriate measures, to resolve a breach of the Code of Conduct.

Any reported breach of the Code of Conduct will be investigated, discussed and dealt with by the Board of Management (or by an independent tribunal should the matter warrant it) in accordance with the rules of natural justice.

8. Sanctions

In the case of a club member, the Board of Management or tribunal may impose a warning, reprimand, suspension, or revocation of club membership if the charge is upheld.

In the case of non-club members, the Board of Management or tribunal may impose a ban from the club for a set period of time or for life.

Any breach may also include referral to Bowls Tasmania South and/or Bowls Tasmania if the Board of Management or tribunal believes the offense warrants it.

Any breach of State or Commonwealth law will be referred to the police for further action.

9. Natural justice

The rules of natural justice can be stated as:

  • the person accused should receive notice of, and know the nature of the accusation made against him or her,
  • the person accused should be given the opportunity to state his or her case, and
  • the person or body hearing the case should act in good faith and without bias.

The person accused is therefore entitled to a full and fair notification of the charge and a reasonable opportunity to prepare and present a defence to an unbiased tribunal.

Notification of an alleged breach of a rule should:

  • be in writing and delivered personally to the individual concerned,
  • clearly set out the nature, particulars and basis of, the alleged breach,
  • clearly set out the sanctions which may be imposed if it is determined that the alleged breach has occurred,
  • clearly set out the time, date, composition of and place at which, the relevant tribunal will conduct the hearing,
  • advise the competitor, whether he or she has the right to attend and speak at the meeting, and whether he or she has a right to submit to the tribunal written representations regarding the alleged breach, and
  • advise whether the competitor is entitled to representation, and if so what level of representation, at the tribunal hearing.

There is no natural justice requirement that a person is entitled to legal representation.