MITCHELSTOWN BALLYGIBLIN JUVENILE GAA
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
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” also 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 Clubs or Associations.
RIGHTS - YOUNG PLAYERS SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO:
• 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 Rule.
• Make their concerns known and have them dealt with in an appropriate manner.
• Be protected from abuse.
• Be listened to.
RESPONSIBILITIES - YOUNG PLAYERS SHOULD ALWAYS:
• Play fairly, do their best and enjoy themselves.
• Respect fellow team members regardless of ability, cultural or ethnic origin, gender, 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 their Club’s Code of Behaviour.
• 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 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.
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. Our Associations 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 Clubs.
In common with Coaches and Club personnel the 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.
• 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, shin guards, gum shields 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 team coach(es) but should do so in a constructive and non-confrontational manner and not in the company or vicinity of young players or other parents.
• Complaints about the conduct or practice of a coach should be brought to the attention of the relevant Club or County Children’s Officer.
• 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.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO:
• Know their child is safe and to make a complaint 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.
• Complain to the relevant persons if they have concerns about the standard of coaching.
• Have, as a member, a say in relation to decisions being made within the Club.
COACHES, MENTORS AND TRAINERS
All 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.
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.
• 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.
Young Players are eager to enjoy and benefit from the support they receive from supporters, 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 officials in charge (if appropriate) or at Club level 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.
DEALING WITH ALLEGED BREACH OF THE CODE OF BEHAVIOUR (UNDERAGE)
NOTE: This is intended only to be a synopsis of the procedure. The full details are available on the GAA Code of Behaviour, available online at gaa.ie.
Reporting an Alleged Breach of the Code of Behaviour (Underage)
An allegation of a breach of the Code of Behaviour (Underage) may be made by any person or persons (“the Complainant”) to the Club Children’s Officer (email@example.com) or the Secretary of the Club Executive Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
An allegation of an alleged breach of the Code of Behaviour (Underage) may initially be made verbally or in writing, but must be submitted in writing by a complainant so as to enable it to be processed and should include the time, date, venue and details of the incident in question, the names of any person(s) allegedly involved and the name(s) of witness(s). The complaint must contain the name and contact details of the complainant.
Where the report is made to the Club Children’s Officer:
He/She will investigate, establish facts and context.
Informal route – Children’s Officer may decide to deal with the matter informally, meet the individuals and come to a decision.
If the parties are not happy with the decision reached by the Club Children’s officer the issue is referred to the Club Secretary (Formal route).
The parties involved may request instead that the matter is dealt with formally rather than informally.
Where the report is made to the Club Secretary:
Investigated, discussed at Executive meeting, report written, with one of the following decided:
No further action required
Referral to the Club Children’s Officer to facilitate informal resolution
Referral to Club Hearings Committee
Issue should be dealt with under GAA discipline rules rather than as a breach of Code of Behaviour
Report from Exec Committee should include the identity of any person(s) or Unit(s) against whom action is being taken (“the Respondent”); a statement of the alleged breach quoting the provision(s) of the Code of Behaviour (Underage) it is alleged has been breached; copies of all relevant documents available to the relevant committee (including where appropriate, the original allegation); and a list of witnesses, if any, who will be required to attend the hearing on behalf of the relevant committee. This list may be updated at any stage up to 24 hours before any hearing.
Club Hearings Committee consists of three members, and will not include the Club Chldren’s Officer.
Club Hearings Committee notifies parties to the complaint of the arrangements for a hearing (to be held within 21 days of its formation), including date, time, and location of the hearing; a copy of the Report; the Respondent’s right to be accompanied to the hearing and to cross examine witnesses; a list of witnesses that will attend and inviting the Respondent to call witnesses.
The Club Hearings Committee will decide on all matters of procedure, and may adjourn Hearings and take such steps as are necessary and appropriate to the Hearing.
Decision of Hearings Committee is based on majority decision, notified in writing to the parties. Sanctions (listed at 5.13 in Code of Behaviour (national))
Respondent has right to appeal, to be submitted in writing within 3 working days of receipt of decision. Matter than dealt with by Appeals Panel (See 5.15-5.17 of Code of Behaviour)
HOW WE WORK TO PREVENT BULLYING IN THE CLUB:
• We implement the joint Code of Behaviour (Underage) which highlights good practice and clarifies that instances of Bullying are deemed to be a breach of the Code
• We create a supportive environment for all where it is not acceptable to Bully and highlight that the Club has a ‘zero tolerance’ for Bullying
• We work to make ours a “telling” club - it is ‘ok to tell’ the Club Children’s Officer or team coach of incidents of Bullying. Underage players are made aware of the telling policy that ‘it’s ok to tell’ and are supported if they report any incidents of Bullying.
• We publicise the Club Anti-Bullying Statement and display Anti-Bullying Posters
• Anti Bullying is a ‘whole club responsibility’ and is part of the Give Respect Get Respect initiative. It’s everybody’s responsibility
WHAT DOES A WHOLE CLUB APPROACH INVOLVE?
• A recognition that Bullying can be tackled by all in the Club – Players, Coaches, Parents, Referees....
• Promoting policies and procedures which aim to prevent Bullying in the first instance and intervene when appropriate
• A shift from a problem based focus to a solution based focus
• Creating a supportive environment where it’s ‘ok to tell’
• An awareness and implementation of good practice in this area
PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH BULLYING INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE/ADULTS
Incident should be dealt with as a breach of the Code of Behaviour as follows:
• Report the matter to the Club’s Children’s Officer
• Confidentiality must be maintained
• Initial assessment by the Club Children’s Officer
• Children’s Officer collates relevant information
• Club Children’s Officer uses the acid test to determine whether this is an incident of Bullying
• Club Children’s Officer informs the alleged bully and target as to what procedures will follow
Bullying is considered a breach of the Code of Behaviour (Underage) and is dealt with as per the relevant Section 4 of the Code (Dealing with Alleged Breaches of the Code of Behaviour).
Mitchelstown Ballygiblin Juvenile GAA Club aims to create a supportive environment where any form of Bullying is unacceptable.
We adopt ‘a whole organisational approach’ to addressing Bullying and are committed to implementing structures and relevant training to deal with allegations of Bullying. Incidents of Bullying are regarded as serious breaches of our Code of Behaviour (Underage). We are committed to achieving an ethos of respect so as to maximise the potential of all our members when playing or participating in our Gaelic Games.
Bullying is defined as repeated aggression, be it verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against others.
THE GAA SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT:
• Incidents of bullying behaviour are addressed appropriately
• All persons in membership of the Association or attending our games or activities are aware that bullying behaviour is unacceptable in the GAA.
DEALING WITH BULLYING
The Code of Behaviour when working with underage players provides good practice guidance in relation to the prevention of bullying.
If you are aware of or have a concern that bullying behaviour is happening within our Club you should report the matter to the Club Children’s Officer.
We recognise that incidents of bullying are a breach of the Code of Behaviour and of our Give Respect - Get Respect initiative and all such incidents will be dealt with accordingly.
Club Children’s Officer: Marion Moher
Code of Behaviour approved by Mitchelstown Ballygiblin Juvenile club
Executive Committee meeting 04/02/2020
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