Juvenile Code of Conduct:
All Mentors, young members and their parents/guardians are expected to abide by the code of conduct set out below.
Crumlin GAA Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of its members and players. We believe that a youth centered approach should be adopted by everyone involved in the promotion and development of Gaelic Games at underage level. Young people should play for the fun of it and through participation should be helped to develop physically, psychologically and socially. Our code of conduct below sets out what we expect of Mentors, players & parents. While most of it is common sense, it is a reminder to us all that sport is for enjoyment first and winning second.
For Players: Be safe and feel safe
- Do not use unacceptable language or racial reference.
- Arrive on time. If you are going to be late or miss a match/training, inform a mentor.
- Co-operate with Mentors, when asked to do something oblige by doing it.
- Be a good sport and always play fairly. Be gracious in defeat and modest in victory.
- Respect all Mentors, team mates, Club and match officials and opponents.
- Do not cheat, shout or argue with others, lie or take part in any unruly act.
- Take care of and respect Club property and equipment.
- Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of team mates or opponents.
- There is no place for fighting, over aggression or dangerous behaviour in our Club.
- Inform the mentor if you have any problems or are harmed in any way.
For Parents or Guardians– Lead by example
- Try attending training sessions and matches to support your children.
- Focus on your child’s efforts rather than performance or result.
- Encourage and support your child and their team, but leave the coaching and game related issues to the Mentors.
- Respect Mentors/match official’s decisions and encourage your child to do likewise, refrain from using profane/rude language.
- Teach your child that an honest effort is as important as victory.
- Ensure that pick-up arrangements are clear and that pick ups are punctual; do not treat the Club as a child minding service.
- Support Mentors in their role as volunteers & assist in organising activities/events if required.
- Inform the Mentors if for any reason your child cannot attend games/training.
- All parents are invited to become to act as Mentors and appropriate training in available to facilitate this.
- Parents should not attempt to meet their own needs for success and achievement through their child’s participation in the games.
- Ensure that medical history of child is made known to Mentors.
- Ensure your child is paid up and registered.
For Mentors / Coaches: Role Models
- Ensure that you have an understanding of relevant coaching methods.
- Be punctual, properly attired and organised for training/games.
- Encourage players to play within the rules of the game and promote sportsmanship
- Foul or abusive language should be avoided at all times.
- Respect the dignity, self-esteem and rights of all players, treat all players equally.
- Be positive, praise & encourage players to ensure a positive experience for players.
- Treat all players as individuals and help them reach their full potential.
- Provide a safe environment for training and games.
- Make sure you have first aid available and have the ability to perform it.
- Ensure all players are involved in training and games regardless of skill level.
- Ensure all activities are suitable for the ability, age and experience of the players.
- Mentors should ensure that adequate adult:child ratios are observed and avoid taking sessions alone
- Adopt the principle of playing first and winning second
- Avoid smoking while working with young players.
- Encourage parents to become involved in our activities wherever possible.
- Clearly communicate matches/training times to players/parents.