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CRC and Codes of Conduct

Criminal Record Check Policy

We value the safety of its players and volunteers above all else.   We want to ensure that our organization upholds the highest standards in providing a safe secure environment for our children to play field hockey.   

All individuals working, volunteering or who have direct contact with children aged 19 or under must submit a criminal records check (CRC) to the club.  This includes:
- staff
- team managers
- coaches
- assistant coaches
- junior coaches if older than 19 years
- other positions on a case by case basis

For more info about how to obtain a CRC, see our "CRC Policy and Procedures" document.

Codes of Conduct

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.

We support the Field Hockey BC RESPECT program to ensure field hockey can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment.   All WVFHC players, coaches and officials are expected to adhere by the Codes of Conduct below.  

In addition, all members of the club agree to adhere to the WVFHC Code of Conduct and Ethics which can be fully downloaded here.

Code of Conduct for Coaches and Managers

WVFHC has adopted Field Hockey BC's RESPECT code of conduct for coaches, managers and officials.  As a coach or manager, WVFHC requires you to read and acknowledge the following.

On and off the field, I will:

  • Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators/fans
  • Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game
  • Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour
  • Always respect the match official’s decision
  • Never enter the field of play without the official’s permission
  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

When working with players, I will:

  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
  • Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me
  • Ensure all parents/guardians of all players under the age of 19 understand these expectations
  • Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying
  • Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
  • Ensure all activities I organize are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity
  • Co-operate fully with others in field hockey (e.g. officials, doctors, physios, athletic trainers, event hosts, staff) for each player’s best interests

Code of Conduct for Parents and Spectators

Remember children’s field hockey is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything.  Please play your part and observe the RESPECT Codes of Conduct at all times.

I will:

  • Remember that children play for FUN - I will never pressure my child to play
  • Applaud effort and good play as well as success
  • Always respect the match officials’ decisions
  • Remain outside the field of play
  • Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
  • Encourage the players to respect the opposition, umpires and technical officials
  • Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning
  • Never engage in, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour

Code of Conduct for Players

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour when we play sport.  As a player you have a big part to play.  We ask every player to follow these values adopted from the Field Hockey BC's RESPECT Code of Conduct.

When playing, I will:

  • Always play to the best of my ability
  • Play because I love the game, not because I have been pressured to play
  • Play fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time
  • Respect my team-mates, the other team, the umpire and my coach/manager - I will not say rude, unkind, critical, intimidating, bullying or discouraging comments
  • Play by the rules
  • Remember we all make mistakes
  • Win and lose with dignity. Shake hands with the other team and umpire at the end of the game
  • Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me
  • Talk to someone I trust if I’m unhappy about anything