Club Policies & Procedures

The East Brighton Vampires Junior Football Club does not condone:

  • Underage consumption of alcohol or smoking
  • The taking of non prescription drugs or illegal substances
  • Foul language
  • Destruction, damage or theft of property

Listed below are specific policies for participants at our club:

All coaches are required to sign off to acknowledge their support of our Code of Conduct. Any Coach that does not abide by the Clubs Code of Conduct or behaves in any manner that brings the East Brighton Vampires Junior Football Club into disrepute may be suspended or de-registered by the Committee of the East Brighton Vampires Junior Football Club.

The Code ensures that coaches;

  • Maintain a standard of behaviour and conduct in the best interests of the game and the players/staff in their care
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals, refraining from any discriminatory practices on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background, or special ability/disability
  • Abide by and teach the AFL laws of the game, and the rules of the club and league
  • Be reasonable in the demands made on the time commitment of players in my care, having due consideration for their health and well being
  • Refrain from any form of personal abuse or unnecessary physical contact with the players in my care
  • Display and teach appropriate sporting behaviour ensuring that players understand and practice fair play
  • Display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, other officials, parents and spectators
  • Ensure the players are involved in a positive environment where skill learning and development are priorities not overshadowed by a desire to win
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players, aiming to maximize participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability
  • Keep informed regarding sound principles of coaching and skill development, and of factors relating to the welfare of my players
  • Monitor and stress safety always including strict adherence to the “no mouth guard, no game” rule.
  • Reject the use of performance enhancing substances in sport and will abide by the AFL Drug Policy.
  • Achieve and retain level 1 AFL coaching accreditation
  • Retain a valid “Working with Children” card
  • Comply with the East Brighton Vampires Junior Football Club Player Management Guidelines.
  • Ensure that your child’s involvement is a positive football experience by encouraging your child’s endeavours.
  • Encourage participation but don’t force it
  • Support your child’s coach and team mates.
  • Never ridicule mistakes or losses, be encouraging not discouraging.
  • Always respect and accept the decision of the umpire.
  • Display control, respect, dignity and professionalism to all involved with the sport.
  • Refrain from any form of verbal abuse towards umpires, opposition teams or opposition supporters.
  • Be a positive role model for your child – display good sportsmanship at all times.

Any parent or supporter who brings the East Brighton Vampires Junior Football Club into disrepute or does not abide by the Clubs Code of Conduct will be required to attend a meeting with the East Brighton Vampires Junior Football Club Executive Committee and penalties ranging from warnings to suspension from attending matches or social functions and/or deregistration of any family members playing for the club.

  • Always play by the rules of the club and the laws of the game.
  • Never argue with umpires or officials.
  • If you disagree, discuss the matter with your coach.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of umpires, officials or other players is unacceptable.
  • Remarks based on race, religion, gender or ability will let down your coach, team mates and family and many such comments are illegal.
  • Cooperate with your coach and support and encourage all of your team mates. Both you and your team will benefit.
  • Be a team player – it’s a team game.
  • Respect the rights and dignity of all players regardless of their ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Play for your own enjoyment and benefit – not just to please parents and coaches

Any player who brings the East Brighton Vampires Junior Football Club into disrepute or does not abide by the Clubs Code of Conduct will be required to attend a meeting with the East Brighton Vampires Junior Football Club Executive Committee. If it is found that the player in question breached the code of conduct then penalties will be imposed which range from a warning or suspension, to immediate de-registration.A minimum age policy for players as follows: All players joining the club must turn a minimum eight years of age in the calendar year of their first season. Children younger than this age are directed to our Auskick program;

Players wishing to play two seasons of Under 9 are encouraged to participate in Auskick for their first year of Under 9 as a way of continuing skill development.

  • All coaches must accept a maximum of 24 players in their team.
  • No team will have more than 24 players, the Coach of the team must select a maximum of 24 players per match.
  • The East Brighton Vampires Junior Football Club requires that all players must play a minimum of: Three quarters of a game for all home and away and non lightening premiership games; and for finals and lightening premiership matches a minimum of half a game as far as practicable
  • Previously registered players have preference over new players to the club.
  • Where two sides are formed in the same age group, the composition of the two teams will be selected after registration Day by the two Coaches to form two equal teams.
  • The Executive Committee will oversee the selection of the teams and can over-rule selection where required.
  • All players must be registered in their own age group.
  • All players must play in their age groups except in exceptional circumstances. (e.g. Insufficient numbers in the older age group to enable an even balance of players in all teams.) or where Coaches agree that development of a player would be enhanced by playing in an older age group and the player is capable of playing at that level.