Code of Conduct and Ethics

A full version of the Code of Conduct is available to download at the bottom of this page. It includes Core Values, Code of Behaviour, Procedure for dealing with Breaches of the Code, Anti Bullying Policy, Child Welfare and Protection Policy, Recruitment Procedues, Supervision Guidelines, Mobile Phone Policy, Transport Guidelines, Photography Policy and Structure and Management of the Club

All members of the club should be familiar with the Code and must agree to abide by it at all times when engaged in club activities.

The following extracts are some of the most relevant parts for players, coaches, parents and club officials.

 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.

     Make their concerns known and have them dealt with in an appropriate manner.

     Be protected from abuse.

     Be listened to and believed.

YOUNG PLAYERS should always:

     Play fairly, do their best and enjoy themselves.

     Respect fellow team members regardless of ability, ethnic origin, cultural background or religion.

     Support fellow team members whether they do well or not so well.

     Represent their team, their club and their family with pride and dignity.

     Respect all coaches, mentors, officials and their opponents.

     Be gracious in defeat and modest in victory.

     Shake hands before and after the game irrespective of the result.

     Inform their coach/mentor/manager when they are unavailable for training and games.

     Talk to the Club Children’s Officer with any concerns or questions they may have.

     Adhere to acceptable standards of behaviour and to their Club’s Code of Discipline.

     Tell somebody else if they or others have been harmed in any way.

     Take due care of club equipment.

YOUNG PLAYERS should never:

     Cheat – always play by the rules.

     Shout at or argue with a game’s official, with their coach, their team mates or opponents and should never use violence.

     Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage or isolate other players.

     Spread rumours.       

     Tell lies about adults or other young people.

     Play or train if they feel unwell or are injured.

     Use unacceptable language or racial and/or sectarian references.

COACHES should:

     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. Don’t shout at, lecture or ridicule players. Never embarrass a child or use sarcastic remarks towards a player.

     Recognise the development needs and capacity of all young 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.

     Develop an understanding of relevant coaching methods and ensure that they have the appropriate level of coaching accreditation.

     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 insist players abide by the rules of the game.

     Avoid smoking while working with young players.

     Do not consume alcohol or non prescribed drugs immediately prior to or while young players are in your care.

     Encourage parents to become involved in your team and club activities wherever possible.

     Never use any form of corporal punishment or physical force. Never punish a mistake either by verbal or physical means or through exclusion

     Avoid incidents of horse play or role play or telling jokes etc that could be misinterpreted.

     Ensure that all physical contact is appropriate and has the permission and understanding of the young person.

     Avoid working alone with children and ensure there is adequate supervision for all activities as per supervision guidelines

     Avoid situations where you may be alone with a player or away from others, such as in a dressing room or car.

     Avoid taking young players to your home.

     Co-operate with medical and ancillary practitioners in managing player injuries or related problems. Avoid giving advice or medical or personal nature unless you are qualified to do so.

     Do not disclose any confidential information provided to you in your role as coach.

     Inform parents where problems arise, except in situations where informing parents may put the child at risk.

 Parents/Guardians should:

     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.

     Never embarrass a child or use sarcastic remarks towards a player.

     Applaud good play from all teams.

     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.

     Ensure that their child punctually attends coaching sessions/games or other activities and inform coach when they cannot.

     Show appreciation to volunteers, mentors, club officials and match officials. Do not publicly question the judgement or honesty of referees, coaches or club officials.

     Attend training and games on a regular basis.

     Assist in the organising of club activities and events as requested.

     Respect 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

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.

     Complain if they have concerns about the standard of coaching.

   Have a say in relation to decisions being made within the club.

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.

     Encouraging players to participate according to the rules and the referees’ decisions.

     Demonstrating appropriate social behaviour by not using foul language or harassing players, mentors or officials.

     Respecting the decisions of all officials.

     Never ridiculing or scolding a player for making a mistake during training, 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 for all.

Officers of the Club shall:

     Act within the Camogie Association’s governing document An Treoraí Oifigiúil

     Act within the law

     Act in the best interests of the Club

     Act with integrity and good faith

     Promote a positive image of the Club

     Work respectfully with all

     Perform her/his functions of the office honestly

     Be familiar with An Treoraí Oifigiúil and its associated Codes and ensure that all decisions/actions are carried out in accordance with these

     Respect confidentiality

     Declare any private or personal, material or financial interests relating to issues/decisions and cooperate in processes to resolve such conflicts of interest

     Make collective decisions and accept a majority decision

Jan Kiernan,
10 Oct 2011, 14:24