Developing a culture of respect starts with these important steps:

A good game plan is everything.

The first step is when your club is ready to do the work. The leaders agree and accept that developing a culture of respect is worth pursuing. This starts by making a genuine commitment to know the real values of your club, to know what is and isn’t acceptable and to have a plan for what happens when people’s behaviour doesn’t match what is acceptable. Everyone needs to live and breathe the club’s values.

Secondly, the behaviour of club leaders is incredibly important and will indicate to everyone else in the club just how serious they are about setting these new standards. You’ll also need to promote in the clubrooms, online and through newsletters. If the leaders aren’t showing that they’re committed, how else will the club know?

Thirdly, a community atmosphere doesn’t just happen, the club must create an environment where players and parents do more around their club than just the matches. Club leaders can start by knowing who’s who at the club. Learn about your members and introduce people to one another. Make it very obvious that the club and committee are interested in the members and your club will naturally find these opportunities. This needs to comes from a genuine interest from the club to connect with members and needs to come from everyone including the coaches and captains, seniors and juniors.

Finally, when people around the club can contribute to the values of the club and what they believe to be acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, then they’ll also be on the lookout for those behaviours during the season. If they have feedback, it will be based on the standards that the club has set. The club can set up channels of feedback and have a strong process to resolve disputes. How the club sets standards and resolves issues shapes the culture of a club. With a power-with mindset, receiving feedback is seen as a way for the club to continue developing.