Club Principles

As we grow, the Barnies are rising to meet the many challenges emerging from being a large club.

We have a fantastic and supportive volunteer base and our volunteers are genuine in their desire to assist the club move forward.  As a committee, we need to provide guidance so we all pull in the same direction and prevent the politics and cliques that can form when people are trying to help but have slightly different views.


To this end, it is important our views align and we have a coherent vision of what the club represent.  In response to many requests, the Committee have documented the Club's visions and aspirations, summary of the culture propositio and values supporting the culture.


Of course, the vision, values and culture of the club are aligned with the Club's Constutition (which can be found here​ for reference).


Vision and Values

"To become the leading community based sports club in our region promoting fun, inclusion, equitability
and fair play within a friendly and healthy competitive environment."


To achieve this, our culture needs to reflect the ambition of our vision statement.


Club Culture

Culture can be summed up simply by the phrase 'the way we do things here'.


Barnies culture shows itself in the different patterns of behaviour and different ways of responding to our various stakholder groups:


- volunteers -

- players -

- parents -

- sponsors -

- other teams -

- Associations -

- Council etc -


Behviours influencing our culture may seem trivial but are highly symbolic.  Do we encourage people to talk to each other in a respectful way, to share their ideas and improve processes?  Do we treat ALL tems in an age group as equally important and spread our effort accordingly? Do we recognise and thank people for good idea, for their efforts or for their achievements?  Answers to questions like these can indicate whether we believe in true equality and inclusion.


Cultures take time to make but once established they are suprisingly powerful and resilient.  To ensure that we manage and maintain our culture we need a framework or hierachy that support the core values.  At Barnies, everything we do should map back to a core set of values applied within a hierachy of:


1. The Club - "What is good for the Club: - core focus

2. Age Group - "If it's good for an age group, but detrimental to the club, it shouldn't happen."

3. Team - "If it's good for a team, but detrimental to the age group, it shouldn't happen."

4. Player / Member - "If it's good for a player, but detrimental to the team, it shouldn't happen."


The Clubs values are simple and logical:


The Club shall not discriminate on reace, gender or ability

The Club is includive and will encourage volunteer involvement in all aspects of our administration and management

The Clubwill offer football membership at a fair price

All the Club's processes will be administered ina fair and transparent manner.  Transparency will assist and prevent factions / cliques developing

The Club will engage with our community and will provide assistance to variousgroups where practicable

The Club will encourage funand inclusion before winning.  Winning is an outcome of engaged players, goodcoaching, team spiritand individual skills. We want to encourage ALL our children to be the best they can be and to perform as well as they can but not through elitism or non-inclusive behaviour.


Some of the critical processes we have developed for the Club such as grievances, registration, team selection and coaching need to be better communicated in terms of their objectives and how they support our Club's culture.


Outlined below are guiding principles on how we apply these processes to meet the goals of our culture:​


    Grievances

    BUJFC is committed to fair play and efficient resolution of complaints in relation to the sporting activities of the Club.


    While everyone at BUJFC strives to ensure the satisfaction of allplayers, there will be from time to time occassions where situations eventuate where outcomes are not as desired and parents may have issues that concern them and/or their child.


    It should be noted that the Club will, if appropriate, keep confidential the names and details relevant to the specific complaint unless this has already been publically disclosed and / or disclosure is deemed to be necessary as part of the investigative, disciplinary and/or corrective process.  It is also an expectation that all parties involved in the dispute resolution process will ensure confidentiality is maintained during the resolution process and after the conclusion of the dispute.


    The following paragraphs outline the complaints handling framework adopted by BUJFC:


    Complaints Procedure


    Under normal circumstances, parents are encouraged to approach the Coach and/or the Team Manager to resolve this in a friendly and respectful manner.


    If the complaint is not resolved at this level, the matter canbe escalated to the following parties:


    - Matters relating to coaching should be raised with the Coaching Co-ordinator before possible escalation to the Grievances Officer.

    - Matters relating to player behaviour should be raised with the Grievances Officer.

    - Matters relating to Team Management issues should be directed to the Grievances Officer.

    - Matters relating to Committee Decisions and or Club Policy should be made in writing and addressed to the Committee.


    Any complaint not resolved at the level indicated above willbe referred to the Executive at the next scheduled Committee meeting where the matter will be discussed and a final resolution reached.


    Registration


    Whilst we have encouraged a growth in membership, we recognise that we have constraints such as ground availability, infrastructure and the maturity process to support this growth.  Therefore we will limit our growth to its current level of approximately 400 members and review this as ground availability changes or as we improve our infrastrcuture.


    Previously, due to membership challenges, we merged some age groups by taking some younger players into older age groups.  We will take a common sense approach to this but in principle this will no longer be encouraged.  However, where this has occurred, in the current season, the individual player will not be removed from their older age group teams.  We will however encourage them to move to their own age group where practical for the following season.  An exception to this rule will be within the Under 7s where we may move those 6 year olds displaying more advanced skills to be included with the Under 8s.  However, these children should then remain within the Under 8s until such time that they are age qualified for the Under 9s.


    Where registration demand is high, we will apply a preference hierachy as follows:


    - Previous member with parents willing to participate as a volunteer

    - Siblings of previous member with parents willing to participate as a volunteer

    - New member with parents willing to participate as a volunteer

    - Previous membership or sibling membership but not willing to volunteer

    - New applicant not willing to volunteer



    Team Selection

    Team selection is probably the most contentious and possibly divise process that we have and needs to be absolutely transparant and performed as a group NOT as an individual.  We need to recognise the senstivities that coaches, parents and players have and therefore not encourage a view of elitism eg. one team is more important than another.


    At Barnies, we have chosen to have team selection AFTER registration - this is an important differentiator of our club and should be promoted.  The reasoning behind this process is we do NOT register on ability but on previous membership and the likely contribution of the parent.  It helps build our culture and therefore promotes the notion that being part of Barnies is more important than the team played for.  Fun for all is our objective and winning is an outcome.


    However, we recognise that children need to be challenged and we also want a friendly competitive environment.  To ensure we encourage the development of individual capability,  Barnies have adopted the FFV structure of Joeys, Wallabies and Kangaroos. This enables children to be challenged within their own age group rather than move up an age group.  It also ensures that players will participate with children of similar ability and thereby ensuring greater inclusion within the game ie. they have a chance of getting the ball.


    There is a detailed mechanism already in place for selection and this will be posted on our website so parents understand how their children will be assessed.


    In selection, we try to accomodate friendships however this is not always possible. Where there is seperation of friends due to selection criteria eg. if one friend is selected for Joeys and another is selected for Wallabies, and this selection caused the child distress, then a choice needs to be made. We can not promote a Joey to a Wallaby but, provided there are no extenuating circumstances, we can put the friends together in the Joeys.  An option may be provided for the Wallaby's parent to have their child play in the Joeys. This becomes the parent's choice NOT a coaches issue.


    The team selection needs to be supported by the coaching mechanisms.  Coaching can either reinforce elitism or act as the framework for inclusion.



    Coaching


    Coaching is core to all that is the club.  Coaching by definition is assisting players to improve their skills, attitude and performance.


    It is crucial that we have structure and discipline but mixed with humour and compassion.  Our coaches donate a significant amount of time to train our teams.  At a Club level we should encourage all players in the club to respect their coaches, each other and the opposition.  As part of this respect we should encourage children to be at training on time, listen to their coach's instruction, put in the effort so that other children can benefit and try to be the best they can be.  This will only occur if the children are having fun and if the fun is structured for all - one child's fun may be disruptive and unsettling to another.


    At an age group level we will encourage 'skills training' to be for all of the age group and not in individual teams.  This supports the mixing of friends within the age group (even if the friend is from a different team level).  It will also assist to uplift the longer term skill capability of the group as they progress through their lifetime at the club.


    The Club's coaching co-ordinator has the responsibility to ensure we have the right mechanisms / plans to support this age group training with the input and support of the age group coach.  By having 'team' based training we are likely to have cliques form within the Club and have a 'them and us' culture.  This is contrary to our culture and will be actively discouraged.


    On a practical resource level, age group training ensures we optimise the equipment and human resource available to provide the best possible training outcome for ALL.


    At a team based level we should promote team value, fun, mateship and fair play.  We perform as a team whether we win or lose.  One individual does not win the game or lose a game.  Coaching should focus on individual player positions, strengths and weaknesses and ensure that the full squad gets equal game time.


    Summary


    As parents, we have chosen Barnies because of the culture, value and the standards that Barnies aspire to. We all have an obligation to help the Club keep those core values. We would encourage parents to have input into the club, through volunteering or providing suggestions back to the Committee on how we can improve things.


    Please avoid criticism of players that are not your children.  Please do not encourage elitism or team exclusion eg. minimal use of substitutes, and please follow the Club's 'Parents' Code of Conduct' which was included within the registration pack.


    I would hope that we would all agree that the Club has a great culture where wining is important but not as important as having fun and valuing all players equally.


    We all put in a lot of time to make this Club great, with the right processes and support we can maintain the uniqueness that is Barnies.  There are many other local teams however there is only one Barnies.


    Thank you for your time in reading this and your efforts in supporting the Club.  It is very much appreciated.


    Dave Pettett

    President

    Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club.