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By: Killygarry  05/12/2011

It is the policy of Killygarry G.F.C. to do everything in its power to safeguard the interests and well-being of its members while they are involved in Club activities. The following Sections of this document outline the code of conduct that is expected from players, mentors, coaches and members as well as the procedures to be adopted in the event of allegations of child abuse involving any Club member. The document also outlines the procedures to be followed in the event of breaches of the Code of Conduct.

Players must be encouraged to realise that they also have responsibilities to treat others with fairness and respect.


  • Play fairly, do their best and enjoy themselves;
  • Represent their family and Club with pride and dignity;
  • Shake hands before and after the game irrespective of the result;
  • Respect officials and accept their decisions gracefully;
  • Respect fellow team members, giving them support when they do well or not do so well;
  • Respect their opponents;
  • Accept apologies from opponents when they are offered;
  • Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat;
  • Set high standards of fair play for others to follow;
  • Adhere to proper standards of behaviour set out here;
  • Let the Coach know when they are unavailable for training and competition;


  • Cheat – always play by the rules
  • Bully or take unfair advantage
  • Shout at or argue with an official
  • T ell lies about other players, members or officials
  • S pread rumours
  • Wear jerseys that once belonged to other Clubs at training or match warm-up
  • Steal Club or personal property or the property of visitors to the Club
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person and treat each one equally regardless of age, gender or ability.
  • Ensure that nobody involved with the team acts towards or speaks to another person in a manner or engages in any other conduct which threatens, dispar­ages, vilifies or insults another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent, national, ethnic or socio-economic background.
  • Be positive during coaching sessions so that participants always leave with a sense of achievement and an increased level of self-esteem.
  • Recognise the development needs of young players (avoid excessive training or competition) and ensure that they are matched on an individual or team basis.
  • In the case of juvenile teams, rotate the team captaincy and the method used for selecting teams so that the same youngsters are not always last to be selected.
  • Be punctual, properly attired, lead by example, avoid smoking or the consump­tion of alcohol in the presence of young people.
  • Plan and prepare appropriately for each session and ensure proper levels of supervision.
  • Develop an understanding of the OTú Coaching Model and ensure that you have the appropriate level of Coaching accreditation.
  • Ensure games, activities and playing equipment are customised to suit the needs of those involved in terms of age, ability, experience and maturity.
  • Avoid over-coaching, i.e. insisting upon set (stereotyped) playing patterns where individual decision-making and creativity are stifled or where young people are confined to playing in set positions on a continuous basis.
  • Don’t shout at or lecture players or reprimand/ridicule them when they make a mistake. (In the case of juveniles, youngsters learn best through trial and error. They should not be afraid to risk error to learn).
  • Set realistic – stretching but achievable – performance goals
  • Praise and reinforce effort/commitment and provide positive feedback
  • Don’t equate losing with failure and do not develop a preoccupation with medals and trophies. (The level of improvement made by young players is the best indicator of Coaching effectiveness).
  • Encourage parents/guardians to play an active role in organising activities
  • Never use any form of corporal punishment or physical force.
  • Never use foul language or provocative language/gestures to a player, opponent or match official. (The Coach should only enter the field with the referee’s per­mission and should not question their decisions or integrity).
  • Avoid sending inappropriate messages – voice/ text/ e-mail – to players. (All messages/circulars etc. should be in writing and directed to the young person’s parents/ guardians).
  • On occasions when the juvenile teams travel away, separate sleeping facilities must be provided for all adults. If both genders are in the group, male and female Coaches must be present.
  • As regards juvenile players, it’s important to recognise that certain situations e.g. staying over at the Coach’s residence or friendly actions – e.g. horse play/role play/telling jokes, etc. – could be misinterpreted and lead to allegations of serious misconduct or impropriety.
  • Try to avoid situations where you are alone in a car or dressing-room with a juvenile player.
  • Try to avoid taking juvenile coaching sessions on your own.
  • Avoid any inappropriate touching when assisting juvenile players to perform a technique or when First Aid is being administered.
  • Make adequate provision for First Aid and do not encourage or allow players to play while injured. (Keep an adequate record of each injury and ensure that another official – referee/ team mentor – is present when a player is being attended to and can corroborate the relevant details).
  • Ensure players are safely attired and that proper insurance arrangements are in place.
  • Ensure that each player observes a high standard of personal hygiene.
  • Ensure that all dressing rooms and areas occupied by the Team, prior to, during or immediately following the completion of any match are kept dean and are not damaged in any way
  • Ensure that unrestricted access to the internet is not provided on the Club premises.


In the Juvenile Section of the Club, breaches should be brought to the attention of the Juvenile Chairman in writing. The Juvenile Executive will be convened to discuss a course of action appropriate to the offence. The alleged offender will be given a hearing before the Executive to defend the breach. The Juvenile Executive will recommend a punishment to the Senior Executive who shall have the final decision in the matter.

The Senior Section of the Club should follow the same procedure for dealing with breaches of the Code and the Senior Executive will decide on the punishment, if any, to be imposed.

It is the policy of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael and Killygarry G.F.C. that every care is taken to ensure that children participating in the activities of the Association will be protected from abuse of any kind.

Child Abuse is generally divided into four categories, which have been defined by the Department of Health and Children.

• Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse occurs when a child is used by another person for his gratification or sexual arousal or for that of others.

• Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is any form of non-accidental injury which results from wilful or neglectful failure to protect a child. This excludes injury resultant from participation in the Association’s sports activities, which are essentially physical contact activities .

• Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is normally to be found in the relationship between a care-giver and a child rather than in a specific event or pattern of events. It occurs when a child’s need for affection, approval, consistency and security are not met.

• Neglect

Neglect occurs where the child suffers significant harm or impairment of development by being deprived of food, clothing, warmth, hygiene, intellectual stimulation, supervision and safety, attachment to and affection from adults or medical care. It may also include neglect of a child’s basic emotional needs.

Further details on the procedures for dealing with cases or allegations of child abuse are given in the GAA policy document Guidelines for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse. Killygarry G.F.C will follow these guidelines in dealing with any such allegation involving a Club member.

Any allegation of child abuse must be recorded in writing and must be reported to the Club Chairperson who has a duty to pass on the case to the County Chairperson. The County Chairperson must then follow the procedures as outlined in the GAA’s policy document on the matter.

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