Presentation on theme: "Sporting Violence Sgt Andy Gosling Sgt Mardi Foweraker Crime Prevention Section Western Adelaide Local Service Area SAPOL."— Presentation transcript:
Sporting Violence Sgt Andy Gosling Sgt Mardi Foweraker Crime Prevention Section Western Adelaide Local Service Area SAPOL
Spectators Parents as spectators –Winning and fun is important. Love to win but don’t put winning ahead of fun. –Winning is everything. Fun is not important. –Drop and run. Activity is a baby sitting service
Angry Parents Become over emotional – coach and referee from sidelines and concentrate on faults rather than success Verbally abusive – foul language, threatening gestures and remarks at coach, umpire or other team Win at all costs. Physically aggressive
Angry Parents Results in: –Children withdraw from sport –Reduced membership –Less volunteer for coaching and umpiring Clubs have a legal responsibility to address behaviours that are against the law.
Laws Internal Constitution Codes of Conduct Rules of the Game Tribunals External Criminal law Civil law Discrimination Harassment Vicarious Liability
Verbally Abusive Coach All verbal abuse is inappropriate Verbal abuse will become unlawful when it involves: –harassment, –vilification, –threat of physical harm –emotional abuse of children
Codes of Behaviour Most players (In particular children) participate in sporting activities for fun. They are not participating for entertainment of spectators. Codes of behaviour for spectators and parents attending the sporting event –Condition of entry to abide by the code of behaviour –Designated officials are authorised to request a person to leave if Code of behaviour is breached.