Drug Free Sport NZ Anti-Doping


Softball NZ is committed to the advancement of clean sport that rejects cheating through the use of performance enhancing drugs and methods.


Softball NZ are in partnership with the national anti-doping organisation, Drug Free Sport New Zealand (DFSNZ) to:
  • Promote a culture of clean sport
  • Deliver anti-doping education|
  • Organise and implement testing programmes
  • Report doping and suspicious activity
  • Support athletes to compete drug free
For full information about anti-doping, visit http://www.drugfreesport.org.nz



All members of Softball New Zealand are required to abide by New Zealand’s Sports Anti-Doping Rules. These rules reflect the World Anti-Doping Agency’s World Anti-Doping Code.

In summary the ten rule violations are:
  • The presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s sample
  • The use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method
  • Evading testing or refusing to provide a sample for drug testing
  • Failing to provide accurate and up-to-date whereabouts information or missing a test
  • Tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of the doping control process
  • Possessing prohibited substances or methods
  • Trafficking or attempting to traffic any prohibited substance or method
  • Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete
  • Covering up an anti-doping rule violation
  • An athlete associating with someone, such as a coach or medical professional, who has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation or equivalent.

Read the 2020 Sports Anti-Doping rules here


The Prohibited List is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) every year and details all substances and methods which are prohibited or banned in sport. A substance or method may be included on the list if it meets any two of the following criteria:
  • It has the potential to enhance sporting performance
  • It presents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete
  • It violates the spirit of sport

The most high profile athlete to be ‘caught out’ by not checking the Prohibited List changes over the past few years is former tennis number one Maria Sharapova. The substance ‘Meldonium’ was formerly permitted in sport, but was subsequently added to the Prohibited List in 2016. Sharapova admitted she did not check the changes to the List and subsequently failed a drugs test in March 2016 which resulted in a ban from all sport for 15 months. 

The 2021 Prohibited List
Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes

The 2024 Prohibited List (comes into effect 1 January 2024)
Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes


Many medications contain substances which are prohibited in sport. Any athlete who is sick or injured needs to carefully consider the medications they take to ensure they avoid prohibited substances.

Contact DFSNZ for full information on medications that are not permitted in sport.

DFSNZ’s website medication check
0800 DRUGFREE (378 437)
Request a copy of DFSNZ’s wallet guide on the status of common medications.

Athletes can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they need to take medication which is prohibited in sport. When competing at national or international level a TUE must be applied for before taking any medication.


Many dietary or sports supplements are marketed as helping to improve performance, recovery, weight loss or muscle development, and, supplements can contain substances which are prohibited in sport and may not accurately label ingredients so you cannot be sure of exactly what’s in them.

Athletes should carefully assess their need for supplements and carefully research the supplements they choose to take.

The Supplement Check is no longer available.  As an athlete you are solely responsible for every substance in your body.  By taking a supplement, you accept the risk that it could contain a banned substance, and the possibility of a four-year ban.  DFSNZ or the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) does not approve or endorse ANY supplements.


Anti-doping organisations, including DFSNZ, conduct drug tests on athletes out-of-competition with no advance warning. The Athlete Whereabouts Programme allows DFSNZ to locate athletes for testing.


Drug testing is one of the best ways to identify athletes who are doping and to protect athletes who are clean competitors. Athletes can be tested during an event (in-competition) or at any other time (out-of-competition) and will be asked to provide a urine sample, a blood sample or both. The testing process and sample collection for doping control will be carried out by a trained and accredited Drug Free Sport NZ official.


If you have any questions, please contact DFSNZ on 0800 DRUGFREE (378 437)
Your point of contact for anti-doping matters is: (Tony Giles, Tony@softball.org.nz)


DFSNZ Education
DFSNZ Resources
DFSNZ E-learning

2018 Clean Sport Handbook
2018 Clean Sport Wallet Card