Member Policies

WPV Safe Sport Framework

Water Polo Victoria is committed to ensuring that everyone associate with water polo complies with the SSF and asks all people involved in the sport assist us in promoting the best practice policies, practices and procedures wherever possible. It is the responsibility of everyone involved in water polo to be aware of our responsibilities and expectations and to help safeguard each other and the children and young people involved in our sport.

Competition Age Eligibility

As part of Water Polo Victoria’s commitment to providing a Safe Sport Framework for our junior players, age range restrictions similar to Water Polo Australia’s three-year eligibility period have been introduced for all age group competitions in Victoria 

However Water Polo Victoria recognises that some athletes may be able to safely play in higher age groups where both the competition and individual would benefit from them doing so.   In such instances, an Exemption Application to compete must be submitted to WPV for consideration

Children & Images Policy

Over recent years, there have been concerns in the community about the potential risks of child abuse posed directly and indirectly to children and young people through the inappropriate use of video and photography

 

WPV is committed to the health, safety and general wellbeing of everyone involved in the sport of water polo including ensuring that children and young people who participate in its activities have a safe and happy experience

Who the policy applies to

The Children & Images Policy applies to all participants in our sport - Athletes, Referees, Officials, Coaches, Spectators and Administrators, and we recommend all Clubs and individual participants become familiar it

Seeking help or making a complaint for a breach of the policy

WPV requires any member of our community who wishes take photos/video at any WPV event to firstly approach the WPV representative in charge and the respective team managers to get consent before proceeding

Any complaint regarding breach of the policy should in the first instance be directed to the WPV representative's attention for immediate action.  In addition, if you would like further action, you can contact the WPV Executive Officer for a confidential discussion

Obtaining a copy of the policy

To obtain a copy of the policy, click the Read More button below

Member Protection Policy

Providing protection to all members is critical to Water Polo Victoria Inc, Water Polo Australia Inc as well as the Victorian State Government.

All Water Polo participants in Australian are governed by the Member Protection Policies provided by Australian Water Polo Inc. The Member Protection details the behaviours that are believed to acceptable, and is also very clear about the behaviours that are not acceptable in our sport. The policy specifies in detail the behaviours that are in breach of it's policy, and also the processes to be used for complaints to be actioned under the policies terms.

Who the policy applies to

The Member Protection Policy applies to all participants in our sport - Athletes, Referees, Officials, Coaches, Spectators and Administrators, and we recommend all Clubs and individual participants become familiar it.

Seeking help or making a complaint for a breach of the policy

WPV encourages any member of our community who believes they wish to make a complaint under the terms of the policy to use the processes available to you under the policy. Complaints are treated confidentially. In addition, if you would like further information, you can contact the WPV Executive Officer for a confidential discussion.

Obtaining a copy of the policy

To obtain a copy of the policy, click the Read More button below.

Code of Conduct

Water Polo Victoria recognises the importance of ensuring the values of water polo are upheld and have taken positive steps to ensure the Victorian water polo community are aware of our member protection policy, as well as our desire for all to enjoy the sport and play in the spirit of the game.

WPV adopts Think. Act. Play.

There are three slogans that underpin the Think. Act. Play. program aimed at promoting positive behaviour and respect.  The slogans include:

  • Think before you speak: What you say and do shapes the culture of our sport. Your words can influence the way people are seen and treated by others, and the way in which people feel about themselves. It can also impact the way the community perceives our sport. Remember - what you say matters.

  • Act with respect: Showing respect and treating everyone fairly is just as important as the game. No matter who you are or where you come from, treating each other with respect and dignity ensures everyone can enjoy the game. Whether you’re playing, coaching or cheering from the sidelines - respect the referee’s decision. Remember - to earn respect you must give it.

  • Play in the spirit of the game: The way you play, coach and support says a lot about your character. Playing in the spirit of the game is more than just the rules. Players that keep their cool under pressure, even when things are not going their way, have a better chance of winning the game. Coaches that encourage sportsmanship get the best from their players. Parents that set a good example help their children enjoy the game. Remember - take responsibility for your actions and play in the spirit of the game.

The target groups for Think. Act. Play. include players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators; essentially the entire Water Polo community. Whatever your role in the sport, remember that you are inspiring and influencing others, and what you say and do matters.

The attached PDF details the codes of conduct that are to be adhered to under all circumstances.

Judiciary Policy

Water Polo Victoria Judiciary Policy is a critical part of how we run our competitions. WPV has a panel of Judiciary who oversee our standards, and who also, when necessary, provide a panel for hearing allegations of a breach of our Judicial policy. 

In addition to the policy, WPV have a Judicial Report Sheet that is used by our Referees during all WPV competitions. An example of the Report Sheet is included within the PDF provided for reference, and is clear about the type of items that breach the policy, and the sanctions which can result.

Referees of any WPV game have the authority to report breaches of the Judicial policy, and provide details to VWPI for further action. The breaches are clearly specified, and sanctions can fall into two areas:

  1. Automatic suspension for specified periods

  2. Behaviours that go beyond automatic suspension and require a tribunal hearing

Whilst Referees are able to make reports based on behaviours they have seen, there may be times where a Referee is un-sighted to an incident. In these cases, a participant can make a formal complaint to the WPV Executive Officer. The person wishing to complain should take two steps:

  1. Notify the match Referee so that the team sheet can reflect that an incident has occurred

  2. Notify the WPV Executive Officer with a complaint in writing - at info@vicwaterpolo.com.au

A copy of the judiciary policy is available below.

Injury Management Policy

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