Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct – Coaches/Mentors

A balanced approach to competition can make a significant contribution to the development of young players, while at the same time providing fun, enjoyment and satisfaction. If competition demands are placed on young players too early, excessive levels of pressure and anxiety are placed on them. Often this results in a high level of drop-out from the sport. Club Coaches and mentors should place the welfare of the person, and retention of players first and competition second.  Coaches and mentors should behave in a professional and courteous manner at all times and should never shout or argue in front of other parents or children. 

 
 
  • Avoid physical or verbal abuse to either players or referees’.
  • Be careful to avoid the "star" system. Each player deserves equal time, opportunity and attention.
  • Avoid spending excessive amounts of time with children away from others.
  • Avoid taking children to your home or taking children on journeys alone in your car.
  • Do not equate losing with failure.
  • Coach by example and encourage sportsmanship and fair play on the field of play among juvenile players.
  • Ensure that sufficient time and attention is given to less talented players.
  • Try to ensure that training is an enjoyable experience for the players.
  • Do not put emphasis on results.
  • Avoid verbal exchanges with referees or opposing mentors / players.
  • Avoid taking sessions alone.
  • Do not rebuke a child for making a mistake, always encourage.
  • Coach should always make sure that the children are wearing the appropriate safety equipment for training and matches i.e. helmets.
  • Never use foul or provocative language
  • Ensure that personnel connected with the team do not speak to another person in a manner that threatens, disparages, vilifies or insults.
 

Parents/Guardians should encourage their child to:

  • Play by the rules.
  • Improve their skills levels.
  • Appreciate everybody on their team, regardless of ability.
  • Maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle with regard to exercise, food, rest and play.

  

Parents/Guardians should lead by example:

 

  • Respect officials’ decisions and encourage children to do likewise.
  • Do not exert undue pressure on your child.
  • Never admonish your own child or any other child for their standard of play.
  • Show approval for effort, not just results.
  • Do not enter the field of play or play area unless invited to do so by an official in charge.

 

  • Complete and return the registration/permission and medical consent forms for their child’s participation in the club.
  • Inform the mentors of any change in their child’s medical or dietary requirements prior to coaching sessions, games or other activities.
  • Ensure that their child punctually attends coaching sessions/games or other activities.
  • Provide their child with proper clothing and equipment.
  • Ensure that the nutrition/hydration and hygiene needs of their child are met.
  • Avoid asking a child or young person, ‘How much did you score today or what did you win by or what did you lose by.’ Ask them ‘did they enjoy themselves’.

 

  • Show approval whether the team wins, loses or draws a game.
  • Never attempt to meet their own needs and aspirations for success and achievement through their children's participation in games.
  • Parents expected to drive to away games or make advance arrangements for their child.  Children at this age are too young to be unaccompanied by their parents or someone they trust.
  • A roll call to be taken by Coach before leaving
  • Coach will communicate location and directions for match
  • Children who turn up unaccompanied by an adult and not registered to play will not be able to attend away matches
  • Children who turn up unaccompanied and are registered to play will also not be able to attend away matches
  • On arrival at match venue, all children will gather as a group and walk with coach to changing area.
  • Parents can assist coaches in helping children get organised for the match, for example help with jerseys, helmets, footwear.
  • After a match children will group together and change, returning equipment provided for example, Hurley’s, Helmets, and Jerseys.
  • Children return home with the people they arrived to the match with. 

 

U8, U9 and U10 games policy

 

  • All parents in each age group will be notified in advance of games by text message
  • Time to meet and location will be provided
  • Parents expected to drive to away games or make advance arrangements for their child
  • A roll call to be taken by Coach before leaving
  • Coach will communicate location and directions for match
  • Children who turn up unaccompanied by an adult and not registered to play will not be able to attend away matches
  • Children who turn up unaccompanied and are registered to play will be provided with a lift to the match as long as they have a parental consent slip.
  • Where possible there should be two adults in every car where there are children who are not accompanied by their parent.  This excludes children who have prior arrangement with friend/neighbour for example to take their child to a game.
  • On arrival at match venue, all children will gather as a group and walk with coach to changing area.
  • Parents can assist coaches in helping children get organised for the match, for example help with jerseys, helmets, footwear.
  • After a match children will group together and change, returning equipment provided for example, Hurley’s, Helmets, and Jerseys.
  • Children return home with the people they arrived to the match with.  Children that were unaccompanied by a parent will be returned to the start location and are expected to be collected by their parents.

 

 

Nursery and U7 games policy

 

  • All parents in each age group will be notified in advance of games by text message
  • Time to meet and location will be provided
  • Parents expected to drive to away games or make advance arrangements for their child.  Children at this age are too young to be unaccompanied by their parents or someone they trust.
  • A roll call to be taken by Coach before leaving
  • Coach will communicate location and directions for match
  • Children who turn up unaccompanied by an adult and not registered to play will not be able to attend away matches
  • Children who turn up unaccompanied and are registered to play will also not be able to attend away matches
  • On arrival at match venue, all children will gather as a group and walk with coach to changing area.
  • Parents can assist coaches in helping children get organised for the match, for example help with jerseys, helmets, footwear.
  • After a match children will group together and change, returning equipment provided for example, Hurley’s, Helmets, and Jerseys.
  • Children return home with the people they arrived to the match with. 

 

Discipline Levels

 

The use of sanctions is an important element in the maintenance of discipline. Coaches have the authority to apply sanctions were deemed necessary; however, coaches should have a clear understanding of where and when particular sanctions are appropriate. The age and developmental stage of the child should be taken into consideration when using sanctions. The following steps are suggested:

 

 

Minor Offences

 

  • A warning should be given if a rule is broken, eg poor conduct.
  • A sanction (for example, use of time out) should be applied if a rule is broken for a second time. Yellow/red card system.
  • If a rule is broken three or more times, the child should be spoken to, and if necessary, the parents/guardians should be informed.
  • If the offences continue the coach can request that the player be suspended from training & matches for a defined period

 

 

 

Serious Offences

 

Serious offences can be defined as:

·        Continuous breaches of discipline.

·        Refusal to carry out the instructions of the coach.

·        Wilful damage to club property or that of visiting teams, or

·        Bringing the club into disrepute through the player’s actions during a training session, match or any event organised by the club.

 

In the event of such incidents occurring, the coach can ask the parent/guardian to collect their child from the training/match and suspend the player from playing or training for a defined period. The coach may also report the incident to the executive committee of Tyrrelstown GAA Club if s/he deems it necessary. On receipt of any such complaint the executive committee or a sub-committee will investigate the incident and recommend any further punishment deemed proportionate to the offence involved.

 

 

Anti-Bullying Policy

 

Bullying behaviour can be defined as repeated aggression. It can be verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against others. It included behaviours such as teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting or extortion by one or more children against a victim.

Bullying contains seven key features:

1.      An intention to be hurtful.

2.      The intention is carried out.

3.      The behaviour harms the target.

4.      The bully overwhelms the target with his or her power.

5.      There is often no justification for the action.

6.      The behaviour repeats itself again and again.

7.      The bully derives a sense of satisfaction from hurting the target.

 

Many young people are reluctant to tell adults that they are being bullied. Older youths or children are even more reluctant. A constant need for vigilance and encouragement will be underlined in the club to report bullying.

 

Dealing with bullying: when dealing with a case of bullying the following steps should be followed:

Step 1- interview the victim, get details on the incident and who was involved ensure them and this is all confidential.

 

Step 2 - meet all involved, including bystanders and anyone involved in the incident.

 

Step 3- explain the problem: the distress being suffered as results of the bullying incident is explained.

 

Step 4- share the responsibility: explain what steps/controls may have to be introduced to prevent further incidents and how everyone will lose out as a result.

 

Step 5- ask the group for their ideas: the group is encouraged to suggest ways that would make the victim happier.

Step 6- leave it to them, now the problem has been identified, solution suggested, the problem is now handed over to the group to solve in a set time frame.

 

Step 7- meet with them again, discuss how things are going, has there been any other incidents and continual monitoring and keep all involved in the process. Enforce the team and one club idea and make it clear that intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated.

 

 

Texting/ Web usage/ Photography policy.

 

  • Club policy that when passing on information regarding games, training or other activities for our under age members that it is done so via group texts and that these group texts should be sent to the parents of juvenile players.
  •  Coaches and mentors should not use any social networks sites (Facebook, twitter etc.) to communicate with a young player. These forms of communication should not be used to conduct any club business directly with players.
  • Taking photographs of players, using the club website to publicise GAA activities and the video recording of events, games training session are allowed however care must be taken in the dissemination, storage and use of such material.
  • Young players, parents will be asked to give permission for the recording of photographic and recorded images as part of the player’s registration.
  • Group and team photos may be taken but it is not necessary to match the player’s names with the position in the photo.

 

 

Volunteer Recruitment and Selection

 

The following procedures will be used when recruiting mentors and other personnel used to manage teams:

·      Role clarification: the role of the volunteer will be clearly defined e.g. Coach, mentor, committee members etc.

·      Role assistance: the various support’s available in the club will be explained to new volunteers e.g. course, foundation coaching course, copy of clubs policy and best practice.

·      Sign mentor up to clubs policy and code of conduct, ask them to sign up as members of the club to be covered under GAA insurance.

·      For volunteers involved in mentoring or in assisting in juvenile teams it is mandatory to complete a Garda vetting process.

·      All mentors will be reviewed and ratified by the club executive.

 

 

Alcohol and Drugs Abuse Policy

 

  • Coaches, mentors and officials of the club shall not smoke or drink alcohol at training sessions, while attending matches or on trips when children are in their care.
  • Under 18 teams shall not be brought to pubs on the way home from matches, outings or training sessions
  • The possession, use, supply or presenting under the influence of, alcohol, or illicit drugs are viewed as unacceptable by Tyrrelstown GAA.
  • Suspected, alleged or confirmed incidents in breach of this policy must be referred to the Chairman of the club. He/she will inform the Executive who will decide on the appropriate response.
  • Reported incidents will be recorded. Only in confirmed cases will names be recorded. Responses of Executive will be recorded also.
  • Confidentiality will be respected but may not be possible to guarantee.
  • Sanctions: The following may apply-
    • No action taken
    • Contact with parents/guardians. they will be informed of the course of action to be taken
    • Referral to an appropriate support agency
    • Appropriate disciplinary action to be taken by the club
    • Notifying the Gardai (in suspected cases of supplying of illegal drugs)
    • Two officials/mentors must be present if any form of search for an illegal substance is being conducted on club premises but Gardai must be called in to search suspect(s) if they refuse to volunteer the substance.
 
 
 
 
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