Ballygalget GAC

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Players / Coaches / Parents / Supporters / Referees

 

INTRODUCTION

Ballygalget G.A.C. adopts a child centred approach and philosophy in the running of the club that recognises that the welfare of the child is paramount, ensures that those working with children and young people are at all times provided a quality sporting and social programme, by working to an agreed philosophy and set of standards. Enforcement of this conduct is the responsibility of every member and any queries about the code should be referred to the Child Protection Officer or Coaching Coordinator for the relevant code.

This policy sets out the minimum levels of behaviour, practice and conduct required from our Young Players, Volunteer Coaches, Supporters, Parents/Guardians, referees and from those who work with them on our behalf. Those involved in our activities shall accept the roles and responsibilities that they undertake as we, Ballygalget G.A.C. as a member the Gaelic Games Associations, commit ourselves to maintaining an enjoyable and safe environment for all where the safeguarding of our members will always be paramount.

Should a breach of the Code be alleged, or when people may refuse to adhere to the contents of the Code, certain actions may be deemed necessary and appropriate so as to protect the integrity of our work with children and young people and also to ensure that they receive the best possible care, attention and protection while participating in our Games. The Children’s Officer, the relevant Coaching Coordinator shall have a central role to play in promoting and implementing the Code at Club level and if called upon to assist in processing breaches of the Code as appropriate.

Alleged breaches of this Code may therefore be enquired into at Club, County, Provincial or National level in accordance with the guidance contained elsewhere the Code of Behaviour with particular reference to the section that outlines ‘How to Deal with Alleged Breaches of the Code of Behaviour’ following which sanctions or disciplinary action may be taken against those who have been proven to have breached the Code.

This Code applies to all young players under 18 years of age, and those who assist them in the preparation and playing of our games, regardless of competition or age groups. Ballygalget G.A.C. are responsible for organising our games at local level are obliged to implement the Code of Behaviour in the preparation of our teams and players for all competitions and at all levels including Club blitzes, inter Club games, County development squads and inter County games.

It is recommended that Coaches, Parents/Guardians and Players sign this Code of Behaviour and present the signed document to their Children’s Officer or Coaching Coordinator. It is our wish that this Code is developed, promoted and implemented across the club as an initiative that encourages fair play, respect, equality, safety and non-discrimination in all aspects of our work with children and young people.

YOUNG PLAYERS

Young Players can benefit greatly from sports in terms of personal development and enjoyment. Our players are encouraged to realise that as a result of their participation in our Gaelic Games that they also have a responsibility to treat other players and officials with fairness and respect. With rights there will always be responsibilities.

The term young players refers to children i.e. any person who is under 18 years of age, regardless of what team or age group they play with. Young Players, and those who work with them in our Associations are required to ‘sign up’ and abide by this Code of Behaviour and to any other policies or codes in our Club.

  • Keep Drills Simple, focus on games and drills with loads of ball work, and minimal standing
    around, and make sure kids and coaches know what is expected.
  • Use assistant coaches and parent volunteers to assist with groups and drills!
  • Keep Children in small groups. Max size 8 if possible. Easier to control, easier to coach.

YOUNG PLAYERS SHOULD:

  • Be safe and feel safe.
  • Have fun and experience a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment.
  • Be treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity.
  • Comment and make suggestions in a constructive manner.
  • Be afforded appropriate confidentiality.
  • Participate in games and competitions at levels with which they feel comfortable.
  • Be afforded adequate and meaningful playing time to assist in the development of their playing skills, within their own age group and in accordance with regulations pertaining to the competitions.
  • Make their concerns known and have them dealt with in an appropriate manner.
  • Be protected from abuse.
  • Be listened to.

YOUNG PLAYERS SHOULD ALWAYS:

  • Play fairly, do their best and enjoy themselves.
  • Respect fellow team members regardless of ability, cultural or ethnic origin, gender, and sexual orientation or religion beliefs.
  • Support fellow team members regardless of whether they do well or not.
  • Represent their team, their Club and their family with pride and dignity.
  • Respect all Coaches, Officials and their opponents.
  • Be gracious in defeat and modest in victory.
  • Shake hands before and after a game as part of the Give Respect Get Respect initiative, irrespective of the result.
  • Inform their Coach/Mentor/Manager in advance if they are unavailable for training and games.
  • Take due care of Club equipment.
  • Know that it is acceptable to talk to the Club Children’s Officer with any concerns or questions they may have.
  • Adhere to acceptable standards of behaviour and the Club’s Code of Discipline.
  • Tell somebody else if they or others have been harmed in any way.

YOUNG PLAYERS SHOULD ENGAGE IN GOOD PRACTICE:

  • Never cheat – always play by the rules.
  • Never expect to play in a certain position or not to be a substitute. (No one is entitled to have a jersey)
  • Never shout at or argue with a game’s official, with their Coach, their team mates or opponents and should never use violence.
  • Accept the decisions of referees and other officials.
  • Never use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage or isolate other players.
  • Never spread rumours.
  • Never tell lies about adults or other young people.
  • Never play or train if they feel unwell or are injured.
  • Never use unacceptable language or racial and/or sectarian references to an opponent, a fellow player or official by words, deeds or gesture.
  • Never consume non-prescribed drugs or performance enhancing supplements.
  • Never use social media to discuss team mates, opponents, coaches, match officials or other individuals.

VOLUNTEER COACHES, MENTORS & TRAINERS

All Volunteer Coaches, Mentors and Trainers (referred to hereafter as Coaches) should ensure
that young people and children benefit significantly from our games by promoting a positive,
healthy and participatory approach in our work with underage players. In developing the skills
levels of every player, Coaches should always encourage enjoyment and fun while ensuring
meaningful participation in our games and activities. Coaches should always remember that they
are role models for the players in their care.

RECRUITMENT OF 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 persons working or volunteering for such roles are required to:

  • Undertake agreed vetting and background Police checks within the jurisdiction(s) in which they operate
  • Attend relevant Gaelic Games child safeguarding training
  • Possess a coaching qualification relevant to their role as recognised by their Association

Coaches of adult teams, which includes any player under 18 years of age, must also undertake the vetting, child safeguarding training and coaching requirements as outlined above.

COACHES SHOULD MAINTAIN A CHILD CENTRED APPROACH

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person.
  • Treat each person equally regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnic origin, cultural background or religion.
  • Be positive during coaching sessions, games and other activities so that underage players always leave with a sense of achievement and an increased level of self-esteem.
  • Recognise the development needs and capacity of all underage players, regardless of their ability, by emphasising participation for all while avoiding excessive training and competition. Skills development and personal satisfaction should have priority over competition when working with underage players.
  • Ensure all those eligible to participate in any team within the club are provided with an opportunity to do so with preference given to their own age group.
  • Promote and encourage each child to attend training and the benefits of doing so. The relevant Coaching Coordinator will provide the criteria to be used if Coaches are uncertain. Refer to Appendix A for basic Criteria
  • Develop an understanding of relevant coaching methods and ensure that they have the appropriate level of coaching accreditation.
  • Do not equate losing with failure and do not develop a preoccupation with medals and trophies. The level of improvement made by underage players is the best indicator of effective coaching.

COACHES SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE

  • Never use foul language or provocative language/gestures to a player, opponent or match official.
  • Only enter the field of play with the Referee’s permission.
  • Do not question a Referee’s decisions or integrity.
  • Encourage players to respect and accept the judgement of match officials.
  • Promote Fair Play and encourage all players and fellow officials to always play by the rules of the game.
  • Do not encourage or threaten a player by deed or gesture to act in any unacceptable manner towards an opponent, fellow player or official.
  • Promote the RESPECT campaign amongst your players, fellow coaches, parents and supporters.
  • Do not smoke while working with underage players.
  • Do not consume alcohol or non-prescribed drugs immediately prior to or while underage players are in your care.
  • Encourage parents to become involved in your team and Club activities wherever possible.

CONDUCT OF COACHES WHEN WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with children based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Challenge Bullying in any form whether physical or emotional. Bullying is not acceptable behaviour be it from a young person, coach, parent/guardian, spectator or match official.
  • Don’t shout at or lecture players 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 so as to learn.
  • The use of any form of physical punishment is prohibited as is any form of physical response to misbehaviour, unless it is by way of restraint.
  • Avoid incidents of horse play or role play or telling jokes etc. that could be misinterpreted.
  • Never undertake any form of therapy or hypnosis, in the training of children.
  • Never encourage players to consume non-prescribed drugs or take performance enhancing supplements.
  • Do not make energy enhancing products available to children.

AVOID COMPROMISING YOUR ROLE AS A COACH

Some activities may require coaches to come into physical contact with underage players in the
course of their duties. However, coaches should;

  • Avoid taking coaching sessions on your own.
  • Only deliver one to one coaching, if deemed necessary, within a group setting.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact with an underage player and never engage in inappropriate touching of a player.
  • Be aware that any necessary contact should be determined by the age and development of the player and should only take place with the permission and understanding of the player and in an open environment in the context of developing a player’s skills and abilities.

Where a team consist of both boys and girls, and for the avoidance of doubt, the coaching team must also consist of both male and female personnel while male only teams must include at least one male coach and female only teams must include at least one female coach.

BEST PRACTICE

  • Ensure that all of your players are suitably and safely attired to play their chosen sport. e.g. helmets (Hurling and Camogie), goggles (Handball), shin guards, gum shields (Football).
  • As a coach always be punctual and properly attired.
  • Be accompanied by at least one other adult at coaching sessions, games and in underage team dressing rooms.
  • Abide by supervision ratios that recommend a ratio of one adult for 8 children under 12 years of age teams and a ratio of 1:10 for children over 12 years of age. While abiding by such ratios a coach must always be accompanied by at least one other suitably qualified adult at all times.
  • Set realistic – stretching but achievable – performance goals for your players and teams.
  • Keep a record of attendance at training and at games by both players and coaches.
  • Take time to listen to your players to gauge their enjoyment and learning experience during the sessions.
  • Rotate the team captaincy amongst those in their last year and the method used for selecting teams so that the same children are not always selected to the exclusion of others.
  • Afford meaningful playing time to young players so as to assist in the development of their playing skills, within their own age groups.
  • Keep a record of any injuries and actions subsequently taken. Ensure that another official referee/team mentor is present when a player is being attended to and can corroborate the relevant details.
  • Make adequate provision for First Aid services.
  • Do not encourage or permit players to play while injured.
  • Always inform parents/guardians if their child has been injured or becomes unwell at games or training.
  • Be aware of any special medical or dietary requirements of players as indicated on the medical consent/registration forms or as informed by parents/guardians.
  • Be willing to keep the necessary and emergency medication of players in a safe and accessible place in accordance with the wishes and permission of the parents/guardians.
  • Do not administer medication or medical aid unless you are willing to do so and have received the necessary training to administer such aid.
  • Use mobile phones, if deemed appropriate, only via a group text or email system for communicating with the parents/guardians of players. Any exception to this form of group texting can only be proceeded with following permission from parents/guardians.
  • Do not communicate individually by text, email or via social network sites and or apps with underage players.
  • Do not engage in communications with underage players via social network sites.
  • Encourage parents/guardians to play an active role in organising and assisting various activities for your teams and your Club.
  • If it is necessary to transport a child/young person in your car, ensure that they are seated in a rear seat with seat belts securely fastened and that all drivers are adequately insured.
  • With the exception of their own child a coach should not transport a child alone, except in emergency or exceptional circumstances.
  • Ensure that all dressing rooms 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.
  • Should you be aware of or have concerns regarding the possible abuse of a child you should report this to the relevant statutory authority or may seek the assistance of your Designated Liaison Person (DLP) so that they may assist you in forwarding the concern to the relevant statutorily authority. All such reports must also be forwarded to your Association’s Mandated Person, without delay.

PARENTS/ GUARDIANS

Parents/Guardians have an influential role to play in assisting and encouraging their children to fully participate in Gaelic Games, whether by playing our games or attending training or coaching sessions. Ballygalget G.A.C. constantly seek the active participation of all parents and guardians, particularly at Club level, where the ethos of volunteerism forms the basis of our community led Club. In common with Coaches and Club personnel, Parents/Guardians of underage players should act as role models for their children as they participate in Gaelic Games.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS SHOULD ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILD TO:

  • Always 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. Advice may be sought if necessary from Club officials on this issue.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE:

  • Adopt a positive attitude to their children’s participation in our games.
  • 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.
  • Be realistic in their expectations.
  • Show approval for effort, not just results.
  • 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.
  • Never embarrass a child or use sarcastic remarks towards a player.
  • Applaud good play from all teams.
  • Do not criticise playing performances. Identify how improvements may be made.
  • Do not seek to unfairly affect a game or player.
  • Do not enter the field of play unless specifically invited to do so by an official in charge.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS SHOULD:

  • Complete and return the annual registration/permission and medical consent forms for their child’s participation in the Club.
  • Inform the Coaches, and any other relevant Club personnel, of any changes 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 adequate clothing and equipment as may be required for the playing of our games including for example helmets etc.
  • Ensure that the nutrition/hydration and hygiene needs of their child are met.
  • Never encourage your child(ren) to consume non-prescribed drugs or take performance enhancing supplements.
  • Listen to what their child may have to say.
  • 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.
  • If a parent has any issues to raise regarding their child’s participation or performance in a team they may raise this with the relevant Coaching Coordinator but should do so in a constructive and non-confrontational manner and not in the company or vicinity of young players or other parents.
  • On match days the Coaches decision is to be respected.
  • Grievances about the conduct or practice of a coach should be brought the attention of the relevant Coaching Coordinator.
  • Refrain from putting anything on Social media criticising our players or coaches and those from opposing teams and clubs
  • Support your Club by becoming an active member and by participating in Club activities.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS SHOULD ASSIST THEIR CLUB BY:

  • Showing appreciation to volunteers, coaches and Club officials.
  • Attending training and games on a regular basis.
  • Assisting in the organising of Club activities and events as requested.
  • Respecting 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.
  • Not entering team dressing rooms unless deemed necessary by the team coach(es) so as to protect the privacy of other underage players.
  • Do not approach your child during match time or training sessions when in the care of the designated coaches unless asked to do so.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

  • Know their child is safe and to raise a grievance if they believe that their child’s safety is in any way compromised.
  • Be informed of problems/concerns relating to their child.
  • Be informed if their child gets injured or becomes unwell.
  • Raise the grievance to the relevant Coaching Coordinator if they have concerns about their child’s wellbeing.
  • Have a right to appeal the outcome from the Coaching Coordinator in writing to the club executive.
  • Become a member, and have a say in relation to decisions being made within the Club.

SUPPORTERS

Young Players are eager to enjoy and benefit from the support they receive from supporter’s parents, guardians, friends and other members of the Club who attend our games. Active, loyal and well behaved supporters are always welcome to attend and support our games but should be aware that their conduct will reflect upon the team, players and Clubs that they support and represent.

Fellow supporters have a responsibility to ensure that all spectators conduct themselves in an acceptable and well behaved manner at all times, when attending our games and competitions. Unacceptable conduct by supporters should be reported to stewards or relevant Coaching Coordinator or to the Children’s Officer.

Supporters should realise and consider that Young Players are encouraged to participate in Gaelic Games so that they may enjoy themselves while also improving their skills levels.

SUPPORTERS ADD TO THE ENJOYMENT OF OUR GAMES BY:

  • Applauding good performance and efforts from your Club’s players and from your opponents, regardless of the result.
  • Condemning the use of violence in any form, be it by fellow spectators, coaches, officials or players.
  • Demonstrating appropriate behaviour by not using foul language or harassing players, opposition supporters, coaches or officials.
  • Not entering the field of play, before, during or after a game.
  • Respecting the decisions of all officials.
  • Never ridiculing or scolding a player for making a mistake during games or competitions.
  • Showing respect to your Club’s opponents. Without them there would be no games or competitions.
  • Upholding the principles of FAIR PLAY and RESPECT for all.

REFEREES

Throughout this Code of Behaviour emphasis has been placed on the need to co-operate with and facilitate those that organise and deliver our games and activities. Referees are key people in the delivery of our games and should be respected and assisted in their roles.

Referees are conscious of the fact that they are instrumental in ensuring our games are played in a sporting manner in accordance with the rules of the game. Players, Coaches, Mentors, Parents/Guardians and other Club personnel have a key role to play in the delivery of this aspect of our Gaelic Games particularly when working with underage players. The manner in which we accept the role, authority and decisions of a Referee will naturally be scrutinised very closely by our underage players.

IN THEIR CAPACITY AS REFEREES OF UNDERAGE GAMES WE EXPECT OUR REFEREES
TO:

  • Apply the playing rules on an impartial and consistent basis.
  • Act with integrity and objectivity in all games.
  • Communicate decisions to players and team officials in an effective and constructive manner in consideration of the age groups playing our games.
  • Deal with dissent firmly and fairly.
  • Work as a team with other match officials.
  • Maintain composure regardless of the circumstances.
  • Avail of assessments and supports to improve performance.
  • Uphold and implement the Give Respect – Get Respect initiative at all levels.
  • Report any misconduct of players, team officials or supporters conscious of the fact that such matters may be followed up by Club or County Children’s Officers.
  • Undertake agreed vetting and background Police checks within the jurisdiction in which they work and attend relevant child safeguarding training.

Players, Coaches, Supporters, Parents/Guardians and other Club personnel should recognise the pivotal role that Referees play in our underage games and should support them at all times when fulfilling their roles.

GIVE RESPECT GET RESPECT

Give Respect – Get Respect is an awareness campaign that seeks to ensure that Gaelic Games are promoted and played in a positive, fair and enjoyable manner and where Players, Coaches, Spectators and Referees Give Respect – Get Respect from each other.

The RESPECT campaign applies at all levels and amongst all players regardless of age, competition or ability. The key participants in the Give Respect – Get Respect campaign are not just the Players themselves but Coaches, Clubs, Parents, Referees and Supporters. The Give Respect – Get Respect initiative is supported by the GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Camogie Association, GAA Handball Ireland and the Rounders Council of Ireland.

THE RESPECT CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLLOWING GOOD PRACTICES:

  • All players and coaches shake hands with their opponents and the referee before and after each game.
  • Mark out a designated spectators’ area around the playing area
  • At relevant underage categories teams should strive to achieve the maximum participation of all players in accordance with agreed playing models.
  • The host Club should welcome referees and opposing team to all games.
  • A merit award, based on sporting endeavour and fair play, shall be awarded to players and teams who have upheld the RESPECT principles.
  • Adopt and implement of the Code of Behaviour when working with underage players as the minimum level of agreement between the Club and players, coaches, parents, guardians and supporters at underage level.

RESPECT

  • Responsible
  • Encouraging
  • Supportive
  • Positive
  • Enabling
  • Considerate
  • Tolerant

NON-COACHING ROLES WITH CHILDREN

A number of non-coaching roles with children are carried out on behalf of Ballygalget G.A.C. The Club, may also require that the chosen individuals should be vetted via our e-vetting procedures. While the purpose of any specified role and the frequency of activity by an individual may influence the immediate necessity to have such persons vetted it is Ballygalget G.A.C. will act on the side of caution and where deemed appropriate seek the vetting and child safeguarding training of individuals relevant to their roles. Such individuals could include bus drivers of underage club teams employed by the Club, parents who regularly drive children to games on behalf of the club, physios etc.

Ballygalget G.A.C. must also provide those that work on our behalf with the necessary supports so as to enable them fulfil their roles. Ballygalget G.A.C. will ensure that those chosen to work with children and young people are at all times competent and confident in their roles and have received relevant child welfare and sports related training, as provided or instructed by our Governing Body to enable them fulfil such roles.

PROMOTE QUALITY PARTICIPATION BY:

  • Adopting the Code of Conduct as a basic level of agreement between Ballygalget G.A.C. and its players, coaches, parents/ guardians and supporters.
  • Leading by example and ensuring that a user friendly and child centred approach is adopted in our work with young people and that equal opportunities are available for all to participate in our games and activities, regardless of an individual’s ability.
  • Developing effective procedures for responding to and recording all attendances, incidents, accidents and injuries.
  • Accessing relevant information on Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Programmes and promoting relevant training in this area of health awareness for relevant Club personnel.
  • Distributing information on Anti-Bullying strategies in our work with young people and by adopting and implementing an Anti- Bullying statement in the Club.

ENCOURAGE THE PARTICIPATION OF MEMBERS BY:

  • Agreeing the role of each and every coach or mentor working with young people.
  • Ensuring that relevant Child Protection Training is undertaken by all persons working in an official capacity with children and young people in the Club.
  • Adopting and implementing clearly defined recruitment and selection procedures when choosing coaches and other relevant personnel to work with children and young people.

ENCOURAGE THE PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG PLAYERS BY:

  • Ensuring that training schedules, playing rules, use of equipment and length of games are structured to facilitate greater participation by all Young Players, and are suitable to all age categories, and to the ability and maturity level of players.
  • Not imposing responsibilities or roles on young people that may be inappropriate to their age.
  • Respecting the rights, dignity and worth of all players and treating them equally regardless of their age, gender, ability, ethnic origin, cultural background or religion.
  • Creating pathways for young people to participate in our games not just as players but by affording them other developmental opportunities including training to become referees, coaches etc.
  • Ensuring that when the team may travel away and stay overnight that separate sleeping facilities are provided for all adults and for young people. Similarly, for mixed groups, separate sleeping quarters for males and females shall be required.
  • When a group consists of both males and females, that an adequate adult to member ratio of male and female coaches is present.

ENCOURAGE THE PARTICIPATION OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS BY:

  • Encouraging parents/guardians to become members of their Club and to make themselves aware as to the running of juvenile games and activities and to the rules and codes that direct us in our work.
  • Encouraging the participation of parents and guardians in all aspects of a Club’s activities and events and in the organising and delivery of our games.
  • Welcoming all parents/guardians to attend the games and training sessions that relate to their children. Information relating to such events should be made known to them at all times.
  • Informing parents/guardians as to the identity of their Children’s Officer. This person should be available to assist with any concerns or enquiries that parents/guardians may have regarding the welfare and safety of children and young people in the Club.

DEVELOP BEST PRACTICE IN CLUB STRUCTURES AND ADMINISTRATION BY:

  • Ensuring that the Juvenile Section of the Club is structured in accordance with good practice guidelines and that young people are afforded a role in decision making at an appropriate level.
  • Ensuring all those eligible to participate in any team within the club are provided with an opportunity to do so.
  • Ensuring that all Club members are aware as to their responsibilities to all children and young people.
  • Appointing a Children’s Officer whose role shall include the monitoring of the child centred ethos of the Club and compliance with any policies and guidelines as issued by the Club, by their National Governing Bodies, or by statutory authorities and agencies in their jurisdiction.
  • Appointing a Designated Liaison Person whose role shall include liaising with Statutory Authorities and assisting members in relation to the reporting of allegations, concerns and/or suspicions of child abuse.
  • Ensuring that all players are covered by their relevant Injury Scheme and that all premises etc. in use by your Club and players are equally covered for property/liability insurance as deemed necessary.
  • Adopting procedures that facilitate the privacy and safety of all young people in the Club and that all such procedures are maintained and regularly reviewed so as to ensure that young people feel safe and are safe in the Club.
  • Seeking the agreement of parents/guardians when their sons/ daughters under 18 years of age are invited into adult squads. Boundaries of behaviour in adult groups are normally different from the boundaries that apply to underage teams and squads.
  • Appointing a Club Code of Behaviour (Underage) Hearings Committee, comprising of three people, as outlined in detail in the Code of Behaviour (Underage). This Committee shall be appointed and mandated by the Club Executive to hear any alleged breaches of the Code of Behaviour (Underage) and to reach a determination following their enquiries as to what sanction, if any, may apply in the event of a breach of the Code of Behaviour (Underage).
  • Adopting, on an annual basis, the Club Child Safeguarding Statement which must be made known to Club members and put on prominent display in the Club premises.
  • Ensure that Club members are aware of our Child Safeguarding procedures including the policy documents Code of Behaviour (Underage) and the Guidance for Dealing and Reporting Allegations or Concerns of Abuse and of our responsibilities to report concerns and allegations of abuse to the relevant statutory authorities and to the Association’s Mandated Person, as required.

Appendix A: Guidance on Team Selection Criteria

FUNDAMENTALS

(P2/P4/P6) Based on School Year

  • Those in their last school year at this level with little or no opportunity to play at another level.
  • Those in their second last school year at this level with little or no opportunity to play at another level.
  • If there’s a shortage of numbers then those in the next school age group (1 school year) down will all be invited to attend. If this causes issues with too great a number, this group will be rotated based on birth dates.

(Under 12) Based on Calendar Year of Birth (Jan – Dec)

  • Those in their last calendar year at this level (U12) with little or no opportunity to play at another level.
  • Those in their second last calendar year at this level (U12) with little or no opportunity to play at another level.
  • If there’s a shortage of numbers then those in the next calendar year (1 calendar year) down will all be invited to attend. If this causes issues with too great a number, this group will be rotated based on birth dates.

LEARNING TO TRAIN (U14-U16)

  • No child has an entitlement to a jersey, to start or to expect to play in a certain position.
  • Those in the below group with high attendance and showing good aptitude, applying themselves at training and personal preparation.
  • Those in their last calendar year or second last calendar year with little or no opportunity to play at another level.
  • If there’s a shortage of numbers then those in the next age group (1 calendar year) down will all be invited to attend. Playing up should not deprive those of the playing age of game time. If this then causes issues with too great a number, coaches will choose additional players using the ‘A’ factors – Ability, Attitude, Age and Attendance at training.
  • When at all possible give as many substitutes meaningful game time taking into account their needs.
  • Awareness of player overload in relation to club teams, schools and county.

TRAINING TO COMPETE (U18)

  • No child has an entitlement to a jersey, to start or to expect to play in a certain position.
  • Those in the below group with high attendance and showing good aptitude, applying themselves at training and personal preparation.
  • Those in their last year or second last with little or no opportunity to play at another level.
  • If there’s a shortage of numbers then those in the next age group (1 year) down will all be invited to attend. Playing up should not deprive those of the playing age of game time. If this then causes issues with too great a number, coaches will choose additional players using the ‘A’ factors – Ability, Attitude, Age and Attendance at training.
  • When at all possible give as many substitutes meaningful game time taking into account their needs.
  • Awareness of player overload with regards to club teams, schools and county.