Policies and Resources
COVID-19 Safety and Participation in Sport
We all have a role to play in keeping ourselves, our team mates and our community safe.
Phase 4 of the WA Roadmap came into effect on Saturday 27th June 2020. Under these guidelines, all sport and physical activity that involves close or physical contact with another person is allowed. Our club has appointed COVID-19 Safety Coordinators and will be asking everyone to take additional precautions. For more information about how COVID-19 will affect football training at the club, refer to our FAQ.
It is important to maintain sensible safety precautions including good hygiene, additional sanitation and physical distancing. At the Perth Broncos American Football Club here are some of the additional measures we are taking:
1. COVID-19 Safety Coordinators have been appointed to oversee and implement compliance with all federal, state and local legislation and guidelines. This includes completing and reviewing our COVID-19 Safety Plan and educating participants on their role and requirements as part of the plan.
2. Participants are asked to attend at their team’s designated training time only, and to leave the premises immediately following the session to minimise social contact.
3. Participants are reminded to maintain 1.5m separation whenever possible, especially at the beginning and end of each session.
4. Participants are asked not to attend, and may be asked to leave, if they feel unwell, have a fever or respiratory symptoms, have tested positive or come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, have travelled outside of the state in the past 14 days or have otherwise been advised to self-isolate.
5. Changerooms and indoor areas will be locked. A COVID-19 Safety Officer will be available during sessions to unlock these facilities for individuals on an as-need basis. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to train to minimise the use of the changerooms.
6. Club helmets and shoulder pads have been cleaned and disinfected, will be assigned to individuals for the season and are not to be shared. Team water bottles will not be used and participants are to use their own mouthguards, towels and drink bottles.
7. Cash payments will not be accepted. Payments can be made online or using tap and pay card facilities where applicable.
8. Additional cleaning and sanitation measures have been put in place.
9. COVID-19 guidelines and signage will be displayed.
10. These measures will be continually reviewed and updated as information, legislation and recommendations from the relevant authorities change.
Concussion Recognition, Assessment and Education Resources
Any athlete with a suspected concussion should be immediately removed from practice or play and should not return to activity until assessed medically, even if the symptoms resolve. Athletes with a suspected concussion must:
- not be left alone for the first 1-2 hours
- not drink alcohol
- not use recreational or prescription drugs
- not be sent home by themselves. They need to be with a responsible adult.
- not drive until cleared by a healthcare professional
The sports trainer on duty when the suspected concussion occurs is the only person allowed to clear the player on that day. If the player fails to be cleared, they must be assessed by a medical professional no sooner than 14 days after the suspected concussion, and submit written clearance to the Perth Broncos before beginning a graduated Return to Sport Protocol.
Mental Health Resources
The Perth Broncos recognise the role that sporting clubs play in the mental health of our community. We encourage our players, volunteers and supporters to approach anyone of our leadership team for advice and assistance by email or in person, at any time. Your information will be treated with the strictest confidence. If you are unable to contact someone and need assistance please use the resources listed below.
In an emergency call 000 or visit your local emergency department
Helplines can provide you with immediate access to support and advice that is confidential, free and anonymous.
1300 555 788 (Metro)
1300 224 636 (adults) 1300 224 636 (12-25 year olds)
1300 659 467
1300 789 978
QLife (LGBTI+, 3pm to 12am)
1800 184 527
Member Protection, Diversity and Inclusion
As a member of Gridiron West and Gridiron Australia, the Perth Broncos American Football Club has adopted GA’s Member Protection Policy and Reporting Documents. Some of the topics covered include harassment, discrimination, bullying and dispute resolution.
The Perth Broncos recognise the value and importance of having an inclusive and diverse community. We believe that all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, belief, social background, gender identity, ability or sexuality, should be able to participate, be welcomed, and treated with respect at our club. To that end, we are proud to be a member of ACON’s Welcome Here Project.
Most recently, we recognise the challenges faced in a gendered competition framework, and are working towards breaking down barriers such as those faced by trans and gender-diverse athletes according to the Australian Human Right’s Commissions Guidelines. Our membership process no longer requires athletes to nominate a gender and be assigned to a team, instead athletes are asked to select the team they choose to join. We will use an athlete’s preferred pronouns irrespective of the team they choose to participate in. The design of our equipment, uniforms and merchandise is unisex/consistent across the club, and everyone is welcome to purchase and wear the club apparel of their choosing.
For information and support in relation to these issues, please speak to a member of our leadership team or a Member Protection Information Officer. Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence and used to educate and inform our future decisions.
Working With Children
We require all our Board Members, Volunteers, Social Media Admins and Coaches that are in contact, or potential contact, with members under 18 to have a current Working With Children Check.
To apply for a Working With Children Check, visit your authorised Australia Post outlet to collect a form and present it to the Perth Broncos Board to sign in order to qualify for the volunteer fee rate.
Alcohol, Smoking and Illegal Drugs
Codes of Conduct
Applies to coaches, players/athletes, administrators/volunteers, parents/guardians and spectator/supporters
Personal Insurance and Public Liability Insurance
American Football (Gridiron) is a dangerous sport and individuals participate at their own risk. The Perth Broncos American Football Club recommends that all participants seek independent advice about obtaining personal insurance, including but not limited to, injury and income protection. Your membership at the Perth Broncos, of Gridiron West, and Gridiron Australia does not cover injury or losses sustained in relation to your participation.
Rules of American Football
Gridiron Australia and Gridiron West operate under the rules as set out by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). These rules have been adapted from NCAA rules and vary from the rules used in the NFL.