Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy Dec 2018
The purpose of this Code of Conduct and Ethics policy is to ensure a safe and positive environment within WWAG Programs, activities and events, by making all Individuals aware that there is an expectation of appropriate behavior, consistent with the values of WWAG, at all times.
WWAG is committed to providing an environment in which all Individuals are treated with respect. Further, WWAG supports equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices. Members of WWAG and participants in WWAG’s programs and activities are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner consistent with the values of WWAG that include fairness, integrity, open communication and mutual respect.
Conduct that violates this Code of Conduct and Ethics may be subject to sanctions pursuant to WWAG policies related to discipline and complaints.
The following terms have these meanings in this Policy:“Individuals” – WWAG staff, volunteers, organizers, coaches, officials, athletes, managers, members, Parents/ guardians of WWAG members and spectators at WWAG events.
Application of this Policy
This policy applies to Individuals relating to conduct that that may arise during the course of WWAG’s business, activities and events, including but not limited to, office environment, competitions, practices, training camps, tournaments, travel, and any meetings of WWAG committees or the Board of Directors.
This policy applies to conduct that may occur outside of WWAG’s business and events when such conduct adversely affects relationships within WWAG’s work and sport environment and is detrimental to the image and reputation of the WWAG.
Anti-Discrimination and Harassment
Harassment is a form of discrimination and WWAG is committed to providing an environment free from harassment on the basis of race, nationality or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, aboriginal status, family status, or disability. Harassment on the basis of any of these grounds is a form of discrimination that is prohibited by human rights legislation throughout Ghana.
2. Harassment is offensive, degrading and threatening. In its most extreme forms, harassment can be an offense under Ghana’s Criminal Code.
3. Every person who experiences harassment continues to have the right to seek assistance from their provincial or territorial human rights commission, even when steps are being taken under the Discipline and Complaints Policy.
Waterski & Wakeboad Association Ghana (WWAG)
Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy.
All Individuals have a responsibility to maintain and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of WWAG Members and other Individuals by:
2. Demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of body type, athletic ability, gender, ethnic or racial origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, aboriginal status, religion, political belief, disability or economic status;
3. Focusing comments or criticism appropriately and avoiding public criticism of athletes, coaches, officials, organizers, volunteers, employees and members;
4. Consistently demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship, sport leadership and ethical conduct and practices;
5. Acting, when appropriate, to prevent or correct practices that are unjustly discriminatory;
6. Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably;
7. Ensuring that the rules of towed water sports, and the spirit of such rules, are adhered to.
8. Refrain from any behavior that constitutes harassment, where harassment is defined as comment or conduct directed towards an individual or group, which is offensive, abusive, racist, sexist, degrading or malicious. Types of behavior that constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:
9. Behaviors such as those described above that are not directed towards individuals or groups but have the same effect of creating a negative or hostile environment; or Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment.
10. Refrain from any behavior that constitutes sexual harassment, where sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual comments, advances or conduct of a sexual nature.
11. Refrain from the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another person to engage in inappropriate activities.
12. Take reasonable steps to manage the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages in adult-oriented social situations associated with WWAG events.
13. Abstain from the use of alcohol and tobacco while participating at WWAG athletic events.
14. Respect the property of others and not willfully cause damage.
15. Abstain from the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance-enhancing drugs or methods.
16. Comply at all times with the Constitution, Bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of the WWAG, as adopted and amended from time to time, including any contracts or agreement executed with WWAG.
Waterski & Wakeboad Association Ghana (WWAG) Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy
Coaches have additional responsibilities. The athlete-coach relationship is a privileged one and plays a critical role in the personal as well as athletic development of their athletes. Coaches must understand and respect the inherent power imbalance that exists in this relationship and must be extremely careful not to abuse it. Coaches will at all times:
2. Ensure a safe environment by selecting activities and establishing controls that are suitable for the age, experience, ability and fitness level of athletes, including educating athletes as to their responsibilities in contributing to a safe environment;
3. Prepare athletes systematically and progressively, using appropriate time frames and monitoring physical and psychological adjustments while refraining from using training methods or techniques that my harm athletes;
4. Avoid compromising the present and future health of athletes by communicating and cooperating with sport medicine professionals in the diagnosis, treatment and management of athletes’ medical and psychological problems;
5. Under no circumstances provide, promote or condone the use of drugs or performance enhancing substances;
6. Accept and promote athletes’ personal goals and refer athletes to other coaches and sports specialists as appropriate and as opportunities arise; Where an athlete has qualified for a training camp, provincial team, national team, etc.,
7. Educate athletes about the dangers of drugs and performance-enhancing substances.
8. Communicate and cooperate with the parents/guardians of athletes who are minors and involve them in decisions pertaining to their child's development.
9. Consider the academic pressures placed on student-athletes and conduct practices and events in a manner that supports academic success.