Clean up the Jets and set them back on a course for success to get the currently grounded Jets up and flying again.
What is the obligation as a coach in these matters?
How can we manage, strategise and lead to deal effectively with this situation?
About Our Case Study
The Northern Jets are a football club in the state league.
The team is made up of a mix of professional and semi-professional players who have either played in the national competition and are now in the twilight of their playing career or young up and comers knocking on the door of the big league.
The club has enjoyed success with several premierships in the last decade. But recently, the fortunes of the Northern Jets have waned.
Last season several of our players were involved in a bar fight after a bad loss to the Southern Saints.
One of our stars ‘Jim Cousins’ was arrested for possession of cocaine and steroids at his multi-million dollar mansion. The club has not disciplined Jim yet and has been roundly criticised in the media and by the league managers for their lack of control over their players.
To add to the Jet’s woes an assistant coach has been accused by one of the female fan club members of sexual harassment and attempted rape based on an incident after a social event on the weekend.
What is happening at the Northern Jets
What can we do?
Introduce a Respect and Responsibility Code
Education & awareness focused:
Work shops - guest speakers
Personality testing - predict & prevent off field mis-conduct
Penalties for Conduct Unbecoming
What is the obligation
as a coach in these matters?
• Ensure a safe & healthy environment for players
• Have concern for other’s welfare
• Address inappropriate behaviours from members of the team
• Adopt & promote the Respect and Responsibility Code
• Ensure the Respect and Responsibility Code is followed and upheld
• Take prompt action to address concerns
about inappropriate or unlawful behaviour
• Form cohesion with the board and the wider club community
to set & uphold club expectations & standards
• Impose penalties for Conduct Unbecoming, no matter the outcome
• Take control of the destination of the club
How can we manage, strategise
& lead to deal effectively with this situation?
Cohesion with the board and the wider club community to promote success
Take advantage of mentoring opportunities for younger players
Be a club that promotes good health, physically and mentally.
Work towards Good Sport accreditation
Develop an Elite Team Culture Change
Cruickshank and Collins (2012)
‘elite team culture change is the management-led establishment of shared and group-regulated values, perceptions, and behaviours across the performance department which facilitate enduring high performance.’