Jozi Cats Rugby Club stand for being a people association first and a sporting association second. We endeavor to live and breath our values at all times, both on and off the field to inspire both local and global Sporting and LGBTQI* communities to follow in our example.
We stand for the following values in action:
- Promote inclusivity and diversity in sport and equality for all.
- Practice mutual- and self-respect.
- Promote good sportsmanship.
- Practice open and honest communication.
- Promote a safe, welcoming and harassment-free environment for all to enjoy the beloved game of Rugby.
- Live your best life in health and well-being
Jozi Cats Values In Action – What does it mean to enliven our values?
Value #1 Promote inclusivity and diversity in sport and equality for all
Inclusivity: an intention or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who are handicapped or learning-disabled, or racial and sexual minorities.
Diversity: It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.
Equality for All: means that no person can/should be judged or held back from any opportunities based on reasons such as race, colour, religion or gender.
Value #2 We stand for mutual and self-respect
To honour yourself with authentic expression of who you are and integrity in your actions. Respect yourself enough to allow the difference of opinions with other. The level of thinking where right and wrong thrive, are where to be right you would have to make some else wrong. Tolerance for others values that may be out of your spectrum of understanding. Respect for other means to exercise tolerance for the value of difference it bring a situation or perspective.
Value #3 Good Sportsmanship
Respect – Athletes should display proper respect and courtesy, and maintain civility toward opposing coaches and athletes, game officials and spectators at all contests. Most importantly, athletes must respect the game and uphold its virtues.
Listening – A player with good sportsmanship listens to and follows the directions of the coach, realizing that each player’s decisions affect the rest of the team.
Communication – If a player has disagreements with the coach, the player discusses the disagreements privately in a civil manner, away from the public eye.
Responsibility – Designated leaders bear the responsibility of teaching the value of sporting conduct in both word and deed to their athletes. The use of foul or vulgar language is inconsistent with this responsibility.
Discipline – There is no place in athletics for taunting, embarrassing or humiliating an opponent or game official. Everyone must be made aware of the consequences when failing to abide by the acceptable code of conduct.
Humility – Sportsmanship understands that failure is part of the game. The player with good sportsmanship does not use the occasion to make excuses or blame. They maintain composure, learn from their mistakes and prepare for the next competition.
Self-Control – Sportsmanship exercises self-control with game officials during competition and refrains from approaching officials to address them in a disrespectful manner. Part of the human condition is making mistakes.
Rules – Part of good sportsmanship is knowing the rules of the game and playing by them. It is the athlete’s responsibility to learn not only how to play but how to play according to the rules to allow competitive games to be played in an orderly fashion.
Accountability – Coaches and athletes must live up to their own highest personal standard of sportsmanship, even when their opponents may not. Personal accountability and respect for one’s own standards must be your first priority.
Honour – The responsibility to demonstrate and develop character and sportsmanship should never be subordinated to the desire to win. The vital lessons and intrinsic value of sports are acquired through the competition and honourable pursuit of victory, rather than the outcome itself.
Excellence – Personal mastery, increased skill development, as well as performing to the best of your abilities are the hallmarks of good sportsmanship. Everyone can be a success because success relates to the effort put into realizing one’s personal potential.
Teamwork – Good sportsmanship implies that the player on a team is a team player. In other words, the player understands that his or her behaviour reflects on the team in general. Moreover, a team player does not condone unsportsmanlike conduct from teammates.
Encouragement – Sportsmanship praises teammates when they do well and comforts and encourages them when they make mistakes. Criticizing teammates in the heat of battle simply distracts from the focus of working together and gives the advantage to the opponent who develops a sense of confidence when seeing signs of weakness or a lack of unity in the midst of the competition.
Gratitude – Coaches and athletes must understand that competing in athletics is a privilege, not a right. Be grateful for the opportunity to compete, be grateful for challenging opposition, be grateful for your skills and talents and never take any part of the game for granted.
Role Modelling – Modelling sportsmanlike behaviours within the sporting environment increases an athlete’s demonstration of sportsmanlike behaviours. Thus, what coaches do on the playing field or in the gym sends a message about appropriate behaviours to their athletes.
Rewards – Any behaviour (good or bad) that gets rewarded gets repeated. It crucial that we recommit ourselves to guiding our athletes, reminding them what sportsmanship is all about, rewarding them for showing good sportsmanship and showing, by our example, that sportsmanship is still alive and valued in sports today.
Value #4 Open & Honest Communication
Be flexible, listen well, be patient, be intuitive, communicate with a genuine curiosity to get another’s perspective, share your opinion and perspective of the situation and or the impact another action has had one you. If need be agree to disagree and respect the difference of opinion
Value #5 Promote a safe, welcoming & harassment free environment
Practice mindfulness in your words and actions to ensure you lead with love and remain open minded and tolerant of perceived differences. Everyone deserves a space to feel welcomed where no masks or walls are required for self-preservation.
Value #6 Live your best life in health and well-being
Health & Well-Being – To empower and promote a healthy, active lifestyle where health is a state of complete physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being
Have Fun – Maintaining a “Fun is Number 1” attitude. If everyone is having fun, it’ll make learning all aspects of the game more enjoyable and rewarding. A good sportsman has fun because they enjoy playing the game more than the final outcome.
Jozi Cats Sporting Code Of Conduct
- Act within the rules and spirit of your sport.
- Promote fair play over winning at any cost.
- Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.
- Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of the sport.
- Treat each person as an individual.
- Show respect and courtesy to all involved with the sport.
- Respect the rights and worth of every person, regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
- Respect the decisions of officials, coaches and administrators.
- Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance exists) with people under the age of 18.
- Display appropriate and responsible behaviour in all interactions.
- Display responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and other drugs.
- Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.
- Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment.
- Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a harassment-free environment.
- Do not tolerate abusive, bullying or threatening behaviour.
- Give your best at all times.
- Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.
- Play by the rules and show respect for other players, coaches and officials.
- Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else.
- Help each person (athlete, official, etc.) to reach their potential. Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each person and encourage them with positive and constructive feedback.
- Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up-to-date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young players.
- Ensure that any physical contact with another person is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the person’s skill development.
- Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else.
- Ensure all players are included and can participate, regardless of their race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
- Be consistent, impartial and objective when making decisions.
- Address unsporting behaviour and promote respect for other players and officials.
- Ensure quality supervision and instruction for players.
- Support coaches and officials to improve their skills and competencies.
- Act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the sport as a whole.
- Ensure that any information acquired or advantage gained from the position is not used improperly.
- Conduct club responsibilities with due care, competence and diligence.
- Respect the effort and performances of players and officials.
- Reject the use of harassment, bullying or violence in any form, whether by other spectators, coaches, officials or players.