When you get it wrong, and your club gets it wrong, like not properly sanctioning you when you cross boundaries in cases of abuse or sexual harassment, the club pays a reputational penalty, as do you and the other players around you.
Alternatively, when a club’s striving to be a place of respect, it will expect you, along with other players, to observe values built around respect and fairness.
In agreeing to act in this way, you and the club enjoy the fruits of a strong, respectful and successful culture.
No doubt, you want to be an AWESOME player in your club.
Wear them proudly and demonstrate them through your actions on and off the field.
We might not always want to hear it, but why fight to stay the same instead of grow?
Talk to them about times you saw something wrong happen, but didn’t do anything about it. Talk to each other about what happened, why you thought it was wrong, why you didn’t do anything, and what you think could have helped you to act.
Accept, and be comfortable with, your club’s expanded definition of success beyond winning at all costs.
Be gracious in victory and defeat.
The club’s Code of Conduct is your bible.
Younger players are looking to you; show them fairness, compassion, honesty, and good sportsmanship, on and off the field.
It’s a powerful choice.