Our Commitment

Table Tennis NT supports the responsible consumption of alcohol and takes seriously any inappropriate behavior that results from excessive drinking.

Alcohol-free social events will be provided for young people and families.

We will not endorse or support celebrations or events which involve excessive consumption of alcohol.

If we sell, serve or supply alcohol at Association functions we will meet liquor licensing requirements and alcohol will be served with regard to the safety and well-being of attendees. On such occasions:

  • A board member will be present, or if it is a function run by a member association then a committee member of that association will be present;
  • Information about standard drink measures and responsible drinking will be displayed;
  • Those serving alcohol are not permitted to drink while serving. A person under the age of 18 will not be permitted behind the bar;
  • Young people under the age of 18 will not be served alcohol and photo ID will be requested in case of doubt;
  • Excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol will be discouraged;
  • Alcohol will not be served to anyone showing signs of intoxication (slurred speech, impaired balance, poor co-ordination, reduced inhibition, aggressive, or disrespectful behavior);
  • Assistance will be provided to any intoxicated people to get home safely;
  • A selection of low-cost, low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks will be available;
  • A range of snacks, or a meal, will be available when alcohol is served.

This policy also outlines our procedures for safe transport after club games, special events, functions and other club-related activities where alcohol may be consumed. It represents our club’s commitment to its members, volunteers and visitors, acknowledging the role that sporting clubs and associations play in building strong and healthy communities.

Expectations of Members and Guests

All members and guests are required to comply with the following:

  • Behave and drink responsibly at all association functions, events and trips;
  • Do not supply alcohol to team members if they are under the age of 18;
  • Do not drink alcohol at association functions, events or trips if you are under the age of 18;
  • Coaches and officials are not to bring or consume alcohol at matches or training in their official capacity;
  • Do not encourage others to drink alcohol excessively;
  • Do not spike another person’s drink.

This policy will help to ensure our club:

Meets its duty of care in relation to the health and safety of our members, volunteers and visitors who attend any club games, special events, functions and other activities.

  • Upholds the reputation of our club, our sponsors and partners.
  • Understands the risks associated with alcohol use and driving, and our role in minimising risk.
  • Educates our members about standard drinks.

This safe transport policy components apply for all activities undertaken by the club that involve the serving and/or consumption of alcohol.

Our club will:

  • Promote strategies that encourage members to plan how they’ll get home safely before they go out e.g. pre-arranged transport.
  • Print safe transport messages on relevant club activity and event invitations or flyers.
  • Ensure the MC for events or club committee members advise attendees that the club is a Good Sports accredited club, communicate the safe transport options and regularly remind attendees to behave responsibly around alcohol.
  • Ensure telephone calls can be made free of charge to call a sober person to provide transport from the club or venue.

Where available, our club will also consider:

  • Use of a range of taxi or ride share strategies such as:
    • Free telephone calls to arrange a taxi to provide transport from the club or venue.
    • The club committee will pre-order taxis to arrive at a club or venue at the conclusion of a club event or function.
    • Encourage club members to utilise a ride share service.


The Association will take action for breaches of the requirements outlined in this policy:

  • Any member who becomes drunk at an association function or event will be asked to leave. Ongoing occurrences of intoxication will be treated as a breach of the Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action including suspension or termination of membership;
  • Spiking of drinks is a criminal offence. In addition to police charges, separate disciplinary action may be taken by the Association;
  • Serving alcohol to a minor is a criminal offence. In addition to police or licensing authority action, the Association may take disciplinary action.
  • Any person under the age of 18 who is found to have consumed alcohol while at an association function or event, on an association sponsored trip or in the care of the association may be suspended for the remainder of the event or trip. In such a case, the parents will be advised.
  • Any member found to have behaved inappropriately as a result of excessive consumption of alcohol (eg sexual harassment, verbal abuse, assault, etc) will face disciplinary action by the Association.

Approved by the Table Tennis NT Board July 2014

Updated March 2019