Code of Behaviour - please read!!
Mon, 05 Feb 2018

Dear members,

We would like to bring your attention to the Club’s new written Code of Behaviour. Amongst other things this document incorporates references to the behaviour, conduct and good practice expected of all our members, whatever their role in Club activities.

Outlined below is a summary of the Code which is to be adopted and implemented. All are expected to adhere to the principles in their entirety.

It is universally accepted that sport can play a positive role in a child’s development, notably in the areas of confidence, communication and socialisation. The attested benefits multiply as he/she journeys from childhood to adolescence.

There is an onus on us as adults involved in their lives to create and foster a positive sporting environment that nurtures their growing skills and encourages them in their sporting dreams and ambitions.

The highest standards of sportsmanship will be promoted and demanded by all that don the SOPERS jersey and from all associated with the Club in whatever capacity.

We have attached the link to the full GAA Code of Behaviour at http://www.gaa.ie/the-gaa/child-welfare-and-protection/code-of-behaviour and would recommend that you read the full code.

Code of Conduct – Juvenile Players

       Speak with the Club’s Child Welfare Officer If you suspect that someone has been harmed in any way.

       Always do your best, play fairly and have fun.

       Do not use violence, unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage or isolate other players.

       Respect all coaches, mentors, officials and opponents.

       Do not shout at or argue with the referee, officials, team mates or opponents.

       Represent your team, club and family with pride and dignity.

       Shake hands after a game.

       Always turn out for all games in the official club gear.

      Strictly no ball play of any sort in the club’s carpark.

       Have respect for our club facilities and equipment including the clubhouse, dressing rooms, hall and gym (over 16's only)) and for our neighbours at all times. 

Code of Conduct – Juvenile/adult mentors / coaches

All Coaches working with young people and children are required to be suitable for their chosen role(s), and should be appropriately trained, qualified and supported to fulfil such roles. 

       All coaches are required to undertake agreed vetting and background Garda checks and to attend coaching and training courses relevant to their roles.

       All coaches and team mentors working with underage teams (teams under 18) are required to undertake appropriate child protection courses.

       Coaches are required to maintain a child centred approach: Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person and treat each person equally.

       Develop an understanding of relevant coaching methods and ensure that you have the appropriate level of coaching accreditation.

       Be positive during coaching sessions, games and other activities so that young players always leave with a sense of achievement and an increased level of self-esteem.

       Develop an appropriate working relationship with children based on mutual trust and respect.

       Only deliver one to one coaching, if deemed necessary, in a group setting.

       Avoid unnecessary physical contact with an underage player and never engage in inappropriate touching of a player.

       Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person and by treating each one equally regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnic origin, cultural background or religion.

       Ensure regular games for the greatest number of players – All Juvenile Players involved in ‘Go Games’ (U8 - U12’s) should get an equal amount of playing time.

       Encourage sportsmanship and “Fair Play” on the field of play among youth players.

       Encourage respect for Match Officials by your own behaviour towards such officials.

       Never use foul language or provocative language/gestures to a player, opponent or match official. Do not question a referee’s decision or integrity.

       Don’t shout at or lecture payers or reprimand/ridicule them when they make a mistake.  Children learn best through trial and error.  Children and young people should not be afraid to risk error to learn.

       Ensure that your players always turn out for all games in the official club gear.

       Ensure that all dressing rooms, home & away and the general areas that are occupied by your players and other Club personnel, prior to, during or immediately following the completion of any match are kept clean and are not damaged in any way.

       Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person and by treating each one equally regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnic origin, cultural background or religion.

 

Code of Conduct – Parents/Supporters

       Always encourage and support your child and their team mates in their sport.

       Be familiar with the mentors who are coaching your child.

       Behave responsibly on the side-line and do not question a referee’s decision or integrity.

       Never use foul language or provocative gestures to a player, opponent or match official.

       Encourage your child and their team mates to play by the rules.

       Inform the club / team mentors of any medical condition or special needs of your child.

       Ensure that the coach/mentor is informed in advance if your child is unavailable for training and games - at least two days in advance for games.

       Ensure that your child punctually attends training or games.

       Play an active role in organising and assisting various activities within the Club.

       Ensure your child has the proper equipment/training gear e.g. helmets, shin guards, gum shields etc.

       Show approval whether the team wins, loses or draws a game.

 

Code of Conduct - Adult Players

       Always turn out for all games in the official club gear.

       Do not use violence, unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage or isolate other players.

       Never use foul language or provocative gestures to a player, opponent or match official.

       Ensure that the coach/mentor/manager is informed in advance if you are unavailable for training and games - at least two days in advance for games.

       Do not shout at or argue with the referee, officials, team mates or opponents.

       Represent your team, club and family with pride and dignity.

       Welcome visiting teams to our club/pitches.

       Respect all coaches, mentors, officials and opponents.

       Be gracious in defeat and modest in victory.

       Always do your best, play fairly.

       Ensure that all dressing rooms, home & away and the general areas that are occupied by you and your team are kept clean and are not damaged in any way.

       Have respect for club facilities and equipment including the clubhouse, dressing rooms, hall and gym (over 16's only)) and for our neighbours at all times. 

The Code of Behaviour addresses the minimum appropriate levels of behaviour, practice and conduct required from our all our members including juveniles, adult players, coaches, supporters and parents/guardians.

The Club is committed to developing, promoting and implementing this Code of Behaviour to ensure fair play, respect, equality, safety and non-discrimination in all aspects is applied.

The Club Executive Committee has the authority to investigate any matter and to suspend, warn, fine or disqualify any member from club activities for breaches of the Club Constitution, Rules, Codes and the Official Guide or for conduct considered to have discredited or harmed the Club or the GAA. 

Players and club members can benefit greatly from sports in terms of personal development and enjoyment. Accordingly, all players and club members are encouraged to realise that because of their participation in Gaelic Games that they also have a responsibility to treat all players, coaches, team mentors and officials with fairness and respect at all times.

As a Club we will continue to build on the enjoyment and privilege of competing, representing or supporting St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA Club with Pride and Passion.

  

Executive Committee

St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh GAA Club



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