WIBA Code of Conduct for players and officials

Code of Conduct for the WIBA

1. Overview of Codes and Practices

Sporting excellence and enjoyment are only achieved by participants and spectators through adherence to the highest moral, ethical and sporting standards.

One of our objectives is to establish a safe, fair and inclusive sporting environment. The promotion of respect, good sportsmanship, high standards of behaviour and ethics are fundamental to this objective. Our Codes of Conduct set out the standards and expectations that are applicable to every Member and Connected Participant involved in the delivery of Indoor Bowling under the auspices of the Welsh Indoor Bowls Association. The Code of Conduct for Members and Connected Participants is applicable to everyone involved with Indoor Bowling in Wales. Breaches in standards and expectations must always be taken seriously and fairly handled according to open and transparent regulations. The application of sanctions must be consistent, relevant and proportionate. Our Disciplinary Procedures define the regulations under which any breach or alleged breach will be investigated. It is the responsibility of all Members and Connected Participants to understand the WIBA standards and expectations under the individual codes of conducts and to help us ensure that the code is applied to all Indoor Bowling participants in Wales.



The Code of Conduct is administered by the Welsh Indoor Bowls Association (WIBA) through the offices of its Secretary.



The WIBA expects all its Members and representatives to adhere to the high standards required to play our sport and also expects its representatives to understand its main object to “promote and foster Indoor Bowling in Wales” in the correct manner. Although the content of the Code of Conduct is specifically written from a Players point of view it is also relevant to WIBA Officials, WIBA Committee Members, WIBA Officers and WIBA Honorary Life Members.



Our Code of Conduct requires the highest standards of conduct from everyone involved in Indoor Bowling in Wales to ensure that the behaviour and actions meet the values and standards expected at all times. Everyone must conduct themselves in an honest, fair and transparent manner.

Our Code of Conduct is applicable to all aspects of the Sport and are driven by values of Respect, Teamwork, Achievement and Enjoyment.


I will Respect:

• The rules, regulation and requirements of the Sport, including, but not limited to, any competitions in which I participate either directly or indirectly.

• The rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in Indoor Bowling, regardless of gender, marital status, race, colour, disability, sexuality, age, occupation, religion or political opinion.

• The rights, dignity and worth of Children, Young People and Adults at Risk and ensure that I am aware of the Safeguarding best practice and guidelines when interacting with them.

• Confidentiality and the sensitivities of information I hold on other individual

• Indoor Bowling and the individual’s reputation and not take any action or make inappropriate comments about a fellow participate, coach, umpire, official or volunteer that will bring the sport or those associated with delivering the Sport into disrepute, including making comments on social media technology. I will respect the WIBA guidance and policies on social media technology.

• The position I hold within Indoor Bowling and will always conduct and dress myself in an appropriate manner.

• The results of the game and will not attempt to offer or accept either directly or indirectly any consideration whatsoever in return for influence by betting or attempting to influence the result or seek to achieve personal gain on a result which I can influence by betting on any match or event where I am participating, either by playing, coaching, umpiring or officiating, though direct or indirect involvement.

• The fact that I must not bet, accept, give, or in any way be involved in any inducement or bribe in relation to my own sporting performance or the performance of any teams of which I am a member. Indoor Bowling is based on Teamwork, therefore I will:

• Not abuse or misuse any relationship of trust or position of power or influence held by me in any team.

• Be on time, dressed appropriately and ready to give my full attention to the role I am carrying out within Indoor Bowling in Wales.

• Recognise that individuals bring different qualities and attributes but “together we will excel”.

• Welcome new members and volunteers and co-operate with Members, Connected Participants, colleagues, coaches, umpires, officials and administrators already in the Sport. I recognise individuals participate in Indoor Bowling to achieve and for enjoyment, therefore I will:

• Recognise the achievements of others and applaud their successes.

• Endeavour to ensure that all involved in the Sport optimise their potential by promoting the positive aspects of the sport and never condoning the use of inappropriate or abusive language, inappropriate relationships, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence.

• Not impinge on others enjoyment of the Sport or my performance by consuming alcoholic drinks or smoke while participating in the sport, or while safeguarding children, young people or vulnerable adults.

• Ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in a fair, honest environment by rejecting cheating, abiding by the Anti-Doping polices and not taking illegal substances immediately prior to or while participating in the Sport.

• Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat; be sporting – whether I win or lose; always acknowledge the other team and the umpires at the end of the game with a hand shake.

• Never argue with an official or participant during a game and listen to and co-operate with officials’ decisions.

• Control my temper; I understand that verbal, emotional and physical abuse of officials, coaches, umpires, spectators or participants, or deliberately distracting or provoking a participant, coach, umpire or official is not acceptable or permitted behaviour in Indoor Bowling.

• Enjoy the game and ensure others cam also enjoy it. I will endeavour to abide by this Code of Conduct and promote it to others. I understand that if I fail to follow the code, the Welsh Indoor Bowls Association may take action against me under the Disciplinary Regulations which may result in Sanctions including suspension and losing playing privileges.



The full WIBA Codes of Conduct and Regulations appear on the WIBA Website and are printed in the WIBA Handbook and contain the following specific issues and documents.

• Welsh Indoor Bowls Association – Alcohol Awareness Statement.

• Welsh Indoor Bowls Association – Use of Banned Substances Statement.

• Welsh Indoor Bowls Association – Social Media Policy Statement.

• Welsh Indoor Bowls Association - Child Safeguarding & Vulnerable Adult Policy

• Welsh Indoor Bowls Association – Conditions for International Selection

• Welsh Indoor Bowls Association – Playing in Invitational Tournaments.

• Welsh Indoor Bowls Association – Code of Conduct for International Competition

• Welsh Indoor Bowls Association – Disciplinary & Appeals Procedure.


The Welsh Indoor Bowls Association expects the best possible standards of performance and conduct from all its member clubs and participants.



The consumption of alcohol is not deemed as necessary at any point during an WIBA event or an event in which the WIBA is represented. No alcohol will be consumed during play at International events in which the WIBA is participating in and the consumption of alcohol during play at National Finals events in Wales is strongly discouraged. Rules on the consumption of alcohol prior to and after the completion of play each day at an International event will be in agreement with the Director of Bowls/Team Manager in the first instance. Players will be issued with a directive prior to each event by the Director of Bowls/Team Manager. Any player or Official found consuming alcohol or under the influence of alcohol and not able to uphold their status as a representative of the WIBA at any event shall be removed from the team or office with immediate effect and an additional penalty will be considered, unless extenuating circumstances are accepted by the WIBA through a process of Appeal. The WIBA expects all players and Officials to understand their limitations with alcohol in their system and also expects players and Officials to have respect for the position they are in to not let alcohol cause them to drop their standard of behaviour, maturity or performance. By signing this Code of Conduct I agree to the followinga) Not to drink alcohol during an International event. b) Abide by the directive given by the Director of Bowls/Team Manager in relation to drinking alcohol prior to and after the completion of play each day.



The World Indoor Bowls Council prohibits the use of banned substances or methods of doping and are governed by the Rules & Regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).The WIBA also is required to comply with these Rules & Regulations, and in no circumstances will the use of banned substances or methods of doping be tolerated. All medication taken should be advised to the WIBA Secretary so that this may be checked out. In all circumstances, this information will be treated as CONFIDENTIAL between the WIBA and the player/Official. In certain circumstances a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is required and application must be made and accepted by a practicing doctor. By signing this Code of Conduct I agree to the following:- a) Neither possess nor encourage the use of any illegal or prohibited drugs. b) Ensure the WIBA is notified of any doping related offences arising out of WIBA activities. c) Make myself aware of the WADA regulations through the U.K. Sport Anti-Doping information Any member of the Team or Official on duty at an event, who is found guilty of a doping offence prior to or during any Event after WIBA procedures have been followed, shall be banned from future play, unless extenuating circumstances are accepted by the WIBA through process of Appeal. The taking of illegal drugs will not be tolerated at any point in Indoor Bowling in Wales and any player or Official found consuming illegal drugs or under the influence of illegal drugs shall be removed from any WIBA event, or events the WIBA are participating in, immediately.



Social Media sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Flickr, Linkedin, You Tube, as well as Forums and Blogs are exciting avenues expressing creativity and sharing interests and knowledge. Participation in these online communications is therefore supported. However there is a danger of online discussions and posting of online content causing distress to individuals or groups of members which could detract from the overall enjoyment of people involved in our sport. The Welsh Indoor Bowls Association social media policy is guided by the key principles of the WIBA Code of Conduct which are:– • The WIBA wishes to operate in an environment where people show respect for others. • Teamwork. • Achievement • Enjoyment. This Code applies to every Member of the WIBA who acknowledge and agree to comply with the Code, failure to do so may result in disciplinary action being taken against you. If any disciplinary action is taken, persons directly affected shall be given the opportunity to participate in those proceedings and the right to appeal against any decision against them. The WIBA promotes responsible use of social media and requires its members, when posting about the WIBA and its members or about any of the Member Clubs of the WIBA or events run under the auspices of the WIBA to observe the following guidelines for responsible social media use. 1. The WIBA requires members to take responsibility for their own words and for the comments allowed on their sites or forums, WIBA members will not post unacceptable content, and will delete comments that contain it. Unacceptable content is defined as anything included or linked to that: a) is being used to abuse, harass, stalk or threaten others. b) is libellous, knowingly false, or misrepresents another person. c) infringes upon a copyright or trademark. d) violates an obligation or confidentiality. e) violated the privacy of others. 2. WIBA members should not post anything online that they would not say in person. 3. WIBA members connect privately before they respond publicly. When members encounter conflicts and misrepresentation in social networking sites, they make every effort to talk privately and directly to the person(s) involved – or find an intermediary who can do so – before publishing any posts or comments about the issue. 4. The WIBA strongly discourages personal attacks. When someone who is publishing comments that are offensive, members will tell them so. It is hoped that this will be done in a private manner as guided by principal 3 5. Anonymous comments are discouraged. All content posters should be required to supply a valid Email address before they can post. However, authorised posters may identify themselves with an alias, rather than a real name. 6. The WIBA prefers members not to respond to nasty comments about them, their group, event or site. If posts veer into abuse or libel, the WIBA supports the use of disciplinary and grievance procedures to resolve issues. 7. The WIBA encourages players and Officials on International duty to post responsibly and positively about their experiences. They should also adhere to direction from their respective Director of Bowls/Team Manager about acceptable times to post on social media. The WIBA discourages use of social media after the agreed curfew time. The Welsh Indoor Bowls Association encourages all members to “think before posting”. Members should recognise that even if posting to a private section of a social networking site comments can appear in public areas through a variety of means and can easily be found. Members should avoid posting something they will regret now or later.



The Welsh Indoor Bowls Association fully accepts its legal and moral obligations to exercise its duty of care and to protect all children and vulnerable adults participating in its activities, and to safeguard their welfare. We are committed to do this by acknowledging that: • The welfare of the child is paramount • Each child irrespective of age, gender, religion, race or disability has the right to Protection from abuse. • Each child has aright to be safe and to be treated with respect and dignity. We shall use our best endeavours to ensure that: • All allegations of abuse are taken seriously • The response to them is swift and appropriate. • The effectiveness of our policy is reviewed annually. • A responsible person shall be appointed annually as Child Safeguarding & Vulnerable Adults Officer to whom members can address any concerns. 28 This Association will help, encourage and support all Affiliated Clubs and Associations in the introduction and maintenance of their Child Safeguarding & Vulnerable Adults Policy. The Welsh Indoor Bowls Associations Child Safeguarding & vulnerable Adults Officer is: MR PETER BRILL 


Every Club affiliated to the WIBA has been issued with a copy of the WIBA Child Safeguarding & Vulnerable Adults Policy, this Policy should be available on the Club Notice Board or in the Club Office. If you have any queries or concerns related to child protection or vulnerable adults please contact the above mentioned Officer



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To be considered for National Selection all players must make themselves available and if selected by their Club play in National Club Championship matches. Failure to play in a reasonable number of National Club Championship matches will preclude a player from selection. Exceptions may be made in the selection of Junior & Senior selection. To qualify for International Selection all players are required to make themselves available for all relevant development, squad games and practice sessions. Players not attending any of these without the agreement of the Director of Bowls will not be considered for International Selection. Players wishing to be excused from participation in any Development, Squad game or Practice session must submit their request to the Director of Bowls stating the reasons why he cannot attend. The Director of Bowls will consider the request and will inform the player of his decision. If the player does not receive a reply from the Director of Bowls it can be deemed that the request has been rejected.



All players invited to take part in an invitation competition/event to be played indoors on a flat green, outside the jurisdiction of the WIBA must obtain permission from the WIBA in advance of them agreeing to compete in any such event. Any player of a member Club failing to comply with this regulation will be required to attend the Management Committee of the WIBA, where it will be established if there has been a breach of this regulation, then the player concerned may be suspended or otherwise dealt with. Players are reminded that all such events should be Licensed by either the World Bowls Limited, The International Indoor Bowls Council, The British Isles Indoor Bowls Council, The Welsh Indoor Bowls Council or any National Governing Body. Please Note: Playing in a non Licensed Event may result in suspension from the WIBA.



In addition to the aforementioned Codes of Conducts Players selected to represent the WIBA at any World or International event will be expected to comply with the following: • Acceptance of the invitation to participate in any World or International event, including travel to and from the event, implies acceptance of the Codes of Conduct. • All players will comply with the directives given by the Director of Bowls in relation to the following: • Means of travel to and from an event. • Arrival and departure times to and from the team hotel. • Transport arrangements to and from hotel/stadium. • Dress regulations on and off the green. • Consumption of alcohol during an event. • Any curfew that may or not be in place. The Director of Bowls will have sole responsibility for dealing with any player or players who breach the Codes of Conduct and shall take such action as he deems appropriate which may include being removed from the team with immediate effect and or being asked to leave the team hotel. Additional action could also be considered by the WIBA Management Committee in accordance with the WIBA Disciplinary Procedures when all the facts are made known to the WIBA Management Committee or Sub- Committee appointed for that purpose. Any such action will be subject to appeal by the player and or players concerned.