Miami Grass Tennis Club | Gold Coast

Codes Of Conduct

Tennis Australia Member Protection By-Laws

Miami Tennis Club endorse and comply with the Tennis Australia Member Protection By-Law’s regarding codes of conduct. Players found to be in violation of the below Codes of Conduct will be subject to review by The Committee upon receipt of a written complaint. If you feel another member is in violation of the below, please submit details of the event to Leigh Edwards via secretary@miamitennisclub.com.au.

Miami Tennis Club: Values & Principles

It is the expectation of the Management Committee of Miami Tennis Club that the following values and principles be adhered to in order for all players enjoy the sport of tennis:

  • A commitment to good sportsmanship by Players, Parents / Carers and Supporters
    • Sportsmanship is defined as:
      • playing fair
      • following the rules of the game
      • respecting the judgement of the umpire and officials (or opponents when playing socially)
      • treating opponents with respect
  • The demonstration of proper court etiquette and most importantly demonstrating the ability to win or lose graciously whether playing socially or competitively.
  • For parents of juniors playing at the club, to allow their children to enjoy the sport they play without applying undue pressure on their children or other children and parents so that the game of tennis may become a life long enjoyment for their children.

In addition to our values and principles, Miami Tennis Club endorse and comply with the following Codes of Conduct as contained in the Tennis Australia Member Protection By-Law:

  • Tennis Australia General Code of Conduct
  • Tennis Australia Administrators’ Code of Conduct
  • Tennis Australia Coaches’ Code of Conduct
  • Tennis Australia Players’ Code of Conduct
  • Tennis Australia Parent / Guardian Code of Conduct

Who Must Comply with this Code of Conduct?
The following persons must comply with this policy:

  • Members and visitors
  • Children and young people
  • Officials
  • Volunteers
  • Parents / Carers
  • Coaches

Definitions
Definitions used in this document are the same or similar to those contained in the ‘Tennis Australia Member Protection By-Law’.

Standards Expected
Miami Tennis Club expects the persons covered by this Code of Conduct to follow the Values and Principles of MTC and conform with the following Codes of Conduct as contained in the Tennis Australia

Breaches of the Code of Conduct
Any breaches of the Code of Conduct are dealt with in accordance with the Tennis Australia Member Protection By-Law.

General Code of Conduct

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others
  2. Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others
  3. Be professional in, and accept responsibility for your actions
  4. Make a commitment to providing quality service
  5. Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example
  6. Be aware of, and maintain an uncompromising adhesion to Tennis Australia standards, rules regulations and policies
  7. Operate within the rules of tennis including national and international guidelines which govern Tennis Australia and the Member Associations
  8. Understand your responsibility if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of this Code of Conduct
  9. Do not use your involvement with Tennis Australia or a Member Association to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of Tennis Australia and the Member Associations
  10. Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under 18 years of age, wherever possible
  11. Refrain from any form of abuse towards others
  12. Refrain from any form of harassment towards, or discrimination of others
  13. Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity
  14. Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured
  15. Be a positive role model

Miami Tennis Club: Administrators Code of Conduct

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others
  2. Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealing with others
  3. Be professional in, and accept responsibility for your actions
  4. Make a commitment to providing quality service
  5. Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example
  6. Be aware of, and maintain an uncompromising adhesion to Tennis Australia standards, rules regulations and policies
  7. Operate within the rules of tennis including national and international guidelines which govern Tennis Australia and the Member Associations
  8. Understand your responsibility if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of this Code of Conduct
  9. Do not use your involvement with Tennis Australia or a Member Association to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of Tennis Australia and the Member Associations
  10. Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under 18 years of age, wherever possible
  11. Refrain from any form of abuse towards others
  12. Refrain from any form of harassment towards, or discrimination of others
  13. Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity
  14. Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured
  15. Be a positive role model

Coaches Code of Conduct

  1. Treat all students with respect at all times. Be honest and consistent with them. Honour all promises and commitments, both verbal and written.
  2. Provide feedback to students and other participants in a caring sensitive manner to their needs. Avoid overly negative feedback.
  3. Recognise students’ rights to consult with other coaches and advisers. Cooperate fully with other specialists (e.g. Sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists etc).
  4. Treat all students fairly within the context of their sporting activities, regardless of gender, race, place of origin, athletic potential, colour, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, socio-economic status, and other condition.
  5. Encourage and facilitate students’ independence and responsibility for their own behaviour, performance, decisions and actions.
  6. Involve the students in decisions that affect them.
  7. Determine, in consultation with students and others, what information is confidential and respect that confidentiality.
  8. Encourage a climate of mutual support among your students.
  9. Encourage students to respect one another and to expect respect for their worth as individuals regardless of their level of play.
  10. At all times use appropriate training methods, which in the long term will benefit the students and avoid those, which could be harmful.
  11. Ensure that the tasks/training set are suitable for age, experience, ability and physical and psychological conditions of the students.
  12. Be acutely aware of the power that you as a coach develop with your students in the coaching relationship and avoid any sexual intimacy with students that could develop as a result.
  13. Avoid situations with your students that could be construed as compromising.
  14. Actively discourage the use of performance enhancing drugs, the use of alcohol and tobacco and illegal substance.
  15. Respect the fact that your goal as a coach for the student may not always be the same as that of the student. Aim for excellence based upon realistic goals and due consideration for the student’s growth and development.
  16. Recognize individual differences in students and always think of the student’s long-term best interests.
  17. Set challenges for each student which are both achievable and motivating.
  18. At all times act as a role model that promotes the positive aspects of sport and of tennis by maintaining the highest standards of personal conduct and projecting a favourable image of tennis and of coaching at all times.
  19. Do not exploit any coaching relationship to further personal, political, or business interests at the expense of the best interest of your students.
  20. Encourage students and coaches to develop and maintain integrity in their relationship with others.
  21. Respect other coaches and always act in a manner characterized by courtesy and good faith.
  22. When asked to coach a student, ensure that any previous coach-student relationship has been ended by the student-others in a professional manner.
  23. Accept and respect the role of officials in ensuring that competitions are conducted fairly and according to established rules.
  24. Know and abide by tennis rules, regulations and standards, and encourage students to do likewise. Accept both the letter and the spirit of the rules.
  25. Be honest and ensure that qualifications are not misrepresented.
  26. Be open to other people’s opinion and willing to continually learn and develop

Players Code of Conduct

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of fellow players, coaches, officials and spectators.
  2. Refrain from conduct, which could be regarded as sexual or other harassment towards fellow players.
  3. Respect the talent, potential and development of fellow players and competitors.
  4. Care and respect the equipment provided by the club.
  5. Conduct yourself in a professional manner relating to language, temper and punctuality.
  6. Maintain high personal behaviour standards at all times.
  7. Abide by the rules and respect the decision of the umpire, match referee or other adjudicator, making all appeals through the formal process and respecting the final decision.

Parent | Guardian Code of Conduct

  1. Treating your child the same irrespective of them winning or losing.
  2. Remembering that your child plays tennis for their enjoyment not yours.
  3. Trying to have fun when you are around your children at competitions. Well-directed humour can be a great de-stressor.
  4. Looking relaxed, calm and positive on the sidelines.
  5. Making friends with other parents at competitions.
  6. Getting involved in appropriate ways if your child or the coach behaves in unacceptable ways during competitions.
  7. Letting the coach do the coaching.
  8. Understanding that children will benefit from a break sometimes and that involvement in other sports is okay.
  9. Being there when the child performs poorly. Be an understanding listener rather than a critic, judge and/or fixer.
  10. Being prepared to give your child some space so that he/she can grow and develop as an independent person.
  11. Letting your child know that your love for them is not associated with their sporting performances.
  12. Communicating with your child and asking them how they are really feeling about their sport and about competing in particular.
  13. Occasionally letting your child compete without you being there and hovering over them.
  14. Emphasizing the good things your child did in preparing for and during the match/tournament.

Try to avoid:

  • Saying, “We’re playing today”. Instead say, “You’re playing today”. Give your child credit for accepting the responsibility of performing.
  • Getting too pushy or believe that you are indispensable. Let the coach do the coaching.
  • Living through your child’s performances.
  • Turning away when your child performs.
  • Turning away when your child’s behaviour is unsportsmanlike.
  • Telling your child what he/she did wrong after a tough match.
  • Making enemies with your child’s opponents or family during a match/tournament.
  • Making your child feel guilty by reminding them about all the time, money and sacrifices you are making for his or her sport.
  • Thinking of your child’s sporting performances as an investment for which you expect a return.
  • Badgering, harassing or use sarcasm to motivate your child.
  • Comparing your child’s performances with those of other children.
  • Forcing your child to go to training. If they are sick of training find out why and discuss it with them.