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Juvenile Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics, Conduct, Practice
This document briefly outlines the main points of the Code of ethics, conduct & practice for all club officials, officers, members, mentors, players, parents and/or Guardians associated with Galbally Bord na nOg Club. We encourage you to review this information and familiarise yourself with the standards expected by and in the Club.

Club activities
As a Club we are fully committed to safeguarding the well being of all club officials, officers, members, mentors and players. Every individual in the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for their rights, safety and welfare, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the club.
It is the responsibility of all members to be familiar with the guidelines set forth in the code of conduct and for parents/guardians to explain and enforce this code of conduct with their own children.

Code of Conduct – Club officials / Officers
Club Officials / Officers should be members of Cumann Luth Chleas Gael (C.L.G.) and have knowledge of the Rules and Regulations of the Association and be bound by them.

Code of Conduct – Players / Mentors / Club members
Everyone makes a commitment to the success of the club and shows mutual respect for all. Everyone involved must work together in the preparation, be committed to the cause and share in the enjoyment of competing and representing Galbally GAA.

Child Protection
Sport provides an excellent opportunity for children to learn new skills, become more confident and maximize their own unique potential. Adults must contribute to the creation of a positive sporting environment for young people. Children should be encouraged to win in an open and fair way. Behavior which constitutes cheating in any form should be discouraged. The trust implicit in adult-child relationships in sport places a duty of care on all adults, voluntary or professional, to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the child, while engaged in their sporting activity.

General Practice
All coaches and team mentors working with underage teams (teams under 18) are encouraged to undertake a child protection course.

Code of Conduct – Juvenile Players
•Membership must be paid by the first match of the year or at the latest 1st of April
•Players must remember they are representing Galbally GAA, their families & themselves.
•Players must always wear club colours on the field of play (Black/white shorts, Black/White socks)
•Players should not wear Jewellery while training for or playing i.e. rings, ear rings, nose ring, bracelets, watches etc are not permitted while playing
•Players should give priority to his or her own age group.
•Players should attend training sessions and matches on time and with the proper equipment.
•Players should play and train with commitment and in a competitive but fair manner
•Players Must always respect referees and officials and accept their decisions
•Players must not shout at or argue with or answer back referees, officials, team mates or opponents
•Players should not use foul or abusive language
•Bullying is totally unacceptable
•Players should always remember GAA is a team game and encourage fellow players
•Players should always respect the club and its property and every other clubs properties for away matches.
•Players must never leave their position on the field to get involved in an incident elsewhere on the field
•Players should always shake hands with opponent after game.
Win with humility - loose with dignity
•Players must not criticise referees publicly, achieves nothing positive & may have the opposite effect
•Players are not permitted to Smoke or drink alcohol while training with or representing Galbally Gaa Club.
Players found to be doing so will be disciplined under serious offences. (See serious offences).

Code of Conduct – Juvenile mentors / coaches
•Ensure regular games for the greatest number of players.
•Encourage sportsmanship and “Fair Play” on the field of play among youth players.
•Avoid physical or verbal abuse
•Do not rebuke a child for making a mistake, always encourage
•Mentors must be paid-up members of Galballys GAA Club before 1st April
•Mentors should take every measure to ensure that players experience a safe environment while in their care
•Bullying or any form of abuse (verbal, physical or psychological) will under no circumstances be tolerated
•Mentors should show respect to players, match officials & opposition & not criticise these groups openly
•Mentors should set a positive example in areas of punctuality, attitude & avoid foul or abusive language
•Mentors should coach by example and encourage sportsmanship & fair play on the field of play
•Mentors should teach players the rules of the game & how to abide by them (rules are there for player safety)
•Do not rebuke a child for making a mistake, always encourage
•Smoking or drinking alcohol in the presence of juvenile players is discouraged
•First aid should be available for all training and matches
•Mentors should notify parents of injury or illness which occur to children during activity
•Mentors should inform parents of starting and finishing times of training or matches
•Mentors should notify parents of organised training or matches.
•Mentors should not be alone in a changing room, car etc. with any individual player under any circumstances
•Mentors should ensure at least two adults are present & relevant treatment is given to injured players
•Mentors should ensure at least two or more adults are present to conduct a training session

Code of Conduct – Parents
•Be familiar with those mentors who are coaching your child
•Behave responsibly on the sideline
•Encourage your child to play by the rules
•Ensure your child has the proper training/playing gear.
•Inform the club / team mentors of any medical condition or special needs of their child.
Always remember you are a member of Galbally GAA & are representing the club at matches you attend
•Do not use foul or offensive language at matches - children are present
•Parents should provide positive, encouraging support to all Galbally teams
•Parents should behave responsibly & refrain from negative comments & criticism of participants at matches
•Parents should bring children to and from training and matches on time
•Parents should encourage their child to play by the rules
•Parents should support & encourage your child to practice the skills of Gaa at home in their spare time
•Parents should ensure your child has the proper training/playing gear & water
•Parents should support the mentors and help out whenever necessary
•Parents should ensure child is registered and a paid-up member of Galbally GAA Club
•Parents should respect the mentor's decision & encourage your child to do the same
•Parents should show your support of your child/team by attending matches on a regular basis
•Parents should not under any circumstances enter the field of play while a match is in progress
•Parents must not criticise referees publicly, achieves nothing positive & may have the opposite effect
•Parents must respect the opposition & never get in an altercation with any member of the opposition

General Conduct
The Club expects all members to behave as responsible individuals. Serious misconduct by a club member will result in that member having to appear before the club disciplinary committee.
The following are examples of behaviour and actions which can result in serious disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the club:

•Willful damage to club property or that of visiting teams
•Bringing the club into disrepute through a player’s actions during a training session, match or any event organised by the club
•Serious breach of safety requirements
•Sexual harassment / Bullying of another individual
•Violation of any criminal law
•Acts of physical violence
•Any action by a club member in breach of the club code of ethics, conduct & practice

Dicipline, Complaints and Appeals
Discipline in sport should always be positive in focus, providing the structure and rules that allow participants to learn to set their own goals and strive for them. It should encourage young people to become more responsible for themselves and therefore more independent.
The main form of discipline should be positive reinforcement for effort. It should encourage the development of emotional and social skills as well as skills in sport. Children should be helped to become responsible about the decisions and choices they make within sport, particularly when they are likely to make a difference between playing fairly and unfairly. There should be no place for fighting, over-aggressive or dangerous behaviour in sport. Participants should treat others in a respectful manner. They should not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of others.

Club Children's Officer
The appointment of a Children's Officer is an important step in the creation of a quality atmosphere within Galbally GAA Club. S/he acts as a resource for all members of the club with regard to children's issues. S/he ensures that the children have a voice in the running of their club and can talk freely about their experiences in their sports activities. The Children's Officer has access to the Club Executive Committee.His/Her primary aim is the establishment of a child centred ethos within the club. The Children's Officer has the following functions:
To promote awareness of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport in Ireland within the club and particularly among the children and their parents/guardians. This could be achieved by the production of information leaflets, the establishment of children's/age-group specific notice boards and by regular information meetings for the children and their parents/guardians

•To influence policy and practice within the club in order to prioritise children's needs
•To provide an accessible resource to children
•To see that children know how to make concerns known to appropriate adults or agencies. Information disclosed by a child to the Children's Officer or any other adult within the club should be dealt with in accordance with the Department of Health and Children's Guidelines Children First and the Department of Health and Social Services
•To encourage the involvement of parents/guardians in the club activities and co-operate with parents/guardians in ensuring that each child enjoys his/her involvement in sport
•To act as an advisory resource to Sports Leaders on best practice in children's sport
•To report regularly to the Club Executive Committee
•To monitor changes in membership and follow up any unusual dropout, absenteeism or club transfers by children or Sports Leaders

Children's Officers do not have the responsibility of investigating or validating child protection concerns within the club and have no counselling or therapeutic role. It is, however, possible that child protection concerns will be brought to the attention of the Children's Officer

Dicipline Levels
The use of sanctions is an important element in the maintenance of discipline. Mentors have the authority to apply sanctions where deemed necessary, however, mentors 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, e.g. poor conduct. A sanction (for example, use of time out) should be applied if a rule is broken for a second time. Or a more serious offence for the first time 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 mentor can report to the disciplinary committee and 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 mentor/coach
•Wilful damage to club property or that of visiting teams
•Bringing the club into disrepute through the member's actions during a training session, match or any event organised by the club

In line with Cumann Lúthcleas Gael and the Irish Sports Council guidelines, the possession, use, supply or presenting under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs are viewed as unacceptable by Galbally GAA Club and will be dealt with under the Disciplinary Procedures of 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 mentor may also report the incident to the executive committee of Galbally GAA Club if s/he deems it necessary. On receipt of any such complaint the executive committee or a sub-committee thereof will investigate the incident and recommend any further punishment deemed proportionate to the offence involved.

The Code of Ethic guidelines in this document are based on the national guidelines as outlined in the following documents

  • Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport, Irish Sports Council, 2000.
  • Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, Dept. of Health &
  • Children 1999
  • Our Duty to Care, Dept. of Health & Children 2002
  • Code of Best Practice for Youth Sport Cumann Lúthchleas Gael

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