Oakleigh Cannons - Spirit of the Games Policy


• No smoking allowed anywhere near CHILDREN.

If a coach requires a player from another team to help make up the numbers due to certain circumstances; they must play all the players listed in their own squad first and not the invited players. The invited players are there to play in case of tired players or injury. Winning the game is not the reason why we invite other players to play in the team.

• Once the team has been picked by the coach, the players stay together throughout the season. Discussion for players to move teams is done in a collaborated approach between Coach, Parent, Player, Team Manager and Head of Junior Football Operations.

• Avoid overplaying the talented players; the just average needs and deserve playing time.

• All players who are invited to the game - must play.

• During finals, first preference is given to the existing team members and not players from other teams coming into the team to strengthen their chances. Players deserve the chance to experience finals football.

• Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning are only part of the fun.

• Never ridicule a young player for making a mistake or not coming first.

• Be reasonable in your demands on players' time, energy and enthusiasm.

• Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport and teach your players to do the same.

• Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience. All young people are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.

• Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players.

• Display control, respect and professionalism to all involved with the sport. This includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents and spectators. Encourage your players to do the same.

• Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.

• Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young people.

• Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player's skill development.

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

• The FFV has a strict “0” tolerance policy implemented. Abusive language and bad behavior will not be tolerated at Oakleigh Cannons Juniors FC. People who breach this policy and are fined will have to pay this fine personally. The club will not be responsible for this fine. This also applies to red card fines.

• People involved in the TEAM SUPPORT SYSTEM .e.g. Coach will need to obtain all relevant necessary qualifications to be involved with children.

• Tribunal Hearings:- Who must attend? The People who have been identified and charged by the FFV must attend the hearing; They are to fill in all the appropriate paper work and submit all relevant supporting documents and media to the FFV in the time frame the FFV have allowed; The people charged must ask all people who witnessed the situation to attend as support; they are to bring with all supporting documents and media; failure to attend may occur an automatic fine and guilty; The Junior Committee are not responsible for the case; if they did not witness the event and add no value to the case they do not have to attend;

•Match Books; This book must be signed properly; failure to do so could result to a fine; .e.g. A Person runs onto the ground acting as a first aider who's name is not on the book could result to a fine;

Oakleigh Cannons - Club Fines

The club does not fine a member of the club; we get "no pleasure" letting a person know about a fine that’s just been received via email to us; and above all we are not that person’s enemy;

I am finding resistance from players & parents who have been charged due to an incident by the FFV tribunal or and later charged by the FFV court hearing as guilty of the charge that refuse to pay their fine; and later these people ask me why the club is not paying for it. 
Fines may range from $500 to $14,000 depending on the severity. If you are found guilty; our OCJFC club policy clearly states:-

    • The FFV has a strict “0” tolerance policy implemented. Abusive language and bad behaviour will not be tolerated at Oakleigh Cannons Juniors FC. People who breach this policy and are fined will have to pay this fine personally. The club will not be responsible for this fine. This also applies to red card fines.

If the person responsible refuses to pay the fine; then the club has no option but to suspend the person in question until they do pay the fine from our club; inturn we must then ask the team the person belongs to help pay the fine; This process cycles and escalates until someone or group of people pay the fine.

I know this is not fair; but the FFV fines the club not the person in question; so the person has the right to leave the club without paying the fine leaving us in the lurch. The FFV says “Well… if you want to keep abusive or bad behaviour people at your club then it becomes your problem”
We cannot expect our club to pay the fine; we have 31 teams that play competition on a given Sunday; could you image if 3 or 4 teams were fined a week?  The impact it will have on our club is enormous; remember we also play 18 rounds a year!  Fines can cripple our club;
If the FFV believe that the charge in question is severe and it merits a court hearing; then, a court date will be scheduled to hear "both" sides of the story; this is normally done on a Wednesday night; and people can present their evidence and support media/documents;
Soon after the hearing on the same night; a decision is announced.
If you are found guilty and depending on the severity; a fine is issued; it could range from min $500 to $14,000. If the fine is unacceptable; then, the club can appeal against the charge; this costs another $1500; if you lose the appeal then you lose $1500 + you have to pay the initial fine.
Further issues:
Just as an example; let’s say we were charged for a fine of $1,000:- After the dust has settled and everyone has finally understood and have accepted the charge; 

    • If we do not pay the fine within the time frame the FFV have set; a further $250 is charged on top for late fees;
    • If the fine is not payed by the next date set; further additional costs are incurred and the Senior Team and all the junior teams will be deducted 3 championship points from their next competition game.
This now impacts the whole club not just the person or the team involved. Let’s hope we never see this day.

John Kostopoulos
Oakleigh Cannons Juniors FC

John Kostopoulos - Chief Junior Officer