Code of Conduct 

The actions of players are a reflection of themselves, their team, the Waiuku Softball Club and their community. A player’s involvement in softball provides opportunities and experiences that are important to the development of a well-rounded individual; however, players must remember that their participation in softball and functions of the Waiuku Softball Club is a privilege, not a right.   In addition to our Code of Conduct, we also abide by Softball New Zealand Code of Conduct.

Players shall: 

1. Treat everyone with respect

  • Treat teammates, coaches, opponents, event organisers and spectators with respect.

  • Respect and accept with dignity the decisions of officials.

  • Be generous in winning and gracious in losing.

2. Exercise self-control at all times

  • Refrain from unsportsmanlike gestures, talk, language, or profanity. Taunting or teasing players on the opposing team is not acceptable.

  • Refrain from throwing equipment in anger (bat, helmet, glove, or any object).

  • Refrain from inappropriate use of social media.

  • Refrain from the use of physical force outside of the rules of the game. Violence, intimidation or aggression will not be tolerated.

  • Refrain from drinking alcohol to excess or unlawfully (see alcohol guidelines below).

  • Follow the guidelines set forth by your coach for your team and program.

  • Follow the guidelines set forth by the Waiuku Softball Club for players and teams in the Franklin Softball Association Competition.

3. Play fair

  • Play within the rules and the spirit of the rules of the game at all times.

  • Play within the rules and the spirit of the rules of the Waiuku Softball Club at all times. 

Parents/Supporters shall: 

  • Remember that players participate in sports for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours.

  • Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams. Congratulate all participants on their performance regardless of the game’s outcome. 

  • Respect the decision of officials and encourage others to do the same.

  • Never ridicule or scold a player for making a mistake. Positive comments are motivational.

  • Refrain from inappropriate use of social media.

  • Condemn the use of violence in any form.

  • Show respect for your team's opponents. Without them there would be no game. 

  • Encourage players to follow the rules and the official’s decisions.

  • Do not use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or officials. 

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion. 

COACH - A Coach will:

  • Be a role model so as to inspire confidence

  • Be reasonable in their demands on players

  • Enhance and encourage the skill and performance of their team

  • Praise and encourage good performance

  • Be respectful of their team and oppositions ability as players

  • Be firm and fair

  • Encourage adherence to this Code

MANAGER - A Manager will:

  • Be a role model as to inspire confidence

  • Be responsible for the sound management and well being  for the good of their team

  • Ensure all players wear the correct uniform on the Diamond at all times

  • Encourage positive support on and off the field for all players, coaches, managers, scorers, officials and supporters. 

  • Encourage and promote participation of your team and families in club fundraising events. 

  • Encourage adherence to this Code

Waiuku Softball Club Smoking/Vaping and Alcohol Policy (Over 18 yoa - players and spectators) 

  • Smoking/Vaping and Alcohol is strictly forbidden at the Waiuku Junior (Hamilton Estate) fields.

  • Smoking/Vaping at the Senior Softball Club (Waiuku Sports Park) is preferably done out of any club uniforms, or at least discreetly and at a respectable distance from non-smokers.   You must discard of any rubbish/butts appropriately.

  • Alcohol is to be purchased at the Clubrooms and consumed within the vicinity as dictated by Waiuku Rugby Club (or Pukekohe Softball Club or any other club if teams travel).

  • Alcohol is not to be consumed on the diamond or in the dugout during a game.

  • Alcohol or smoking products are NEVER to be supplied to minors.

  • It is encouraged that patrons make use of the clubs courtesy van to get home safely. 

  • Consuming alcohol outside of the Clubrooms (at any establishment anywhere else) must be done out of uniform. 

  • Any form of sexual harrassment will not be tolerated, the member will receive a lifetime ban. 

Look after your mates.  If you see something concerning or someone behaving irresponsibly, please report it to a Committee member straight away and let us keep each other safe.