Code of Conduct

Durlas Óg Juvenile GAA Code of Conduct

The objective of the Juvenile section is to teach players the skills of Gaelic games and to facilitate the exercise of those skills in a competitive and fun way.

We wish to foster an atmosphere of respect, discipline, learning and fun at games and training sessions. Our highest priority is that players should be safe while they are in Durlas Óg. Players will learn sporting values during their juvenile playing days which will remain with them for life. In order to demonstrate sporting values, there is a basic code of behaviour which each player, mentor and spectator is expected to maintain. Among the key elements of the code of conduct are:

Players

  • should attend training sessions and matches on time and with the proper equipment. They should notify mentors in advance if they are unable to attend. 
  • Players should play and train with commitment and in a competitive but fair manner. 
  • Players should show respect to team-mates & referees and to mentors and spectators of both teams. There should be no answering back, criticism or abuse of other players, spectators, mentors or the referee. 
  • Players should not swear or use bad language to another player, mentor or spectator. 
  • What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch. After a match, players should shake hands with the opposition and behave in a sporting fashion no matter what the result of the game.

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) should not be tolerated under any circumstances. 
  • Mentors should show respect to players, match officials and opposition and should not openly criticise these groups. 
  • Mentors should set a positive example to players in areas of punctuality, attitude, avoiding swearing etc. 
  • Smoking or drinking alcohol in the presence of juvenile players is discouraged.
  • Mentors should provide positive feedback and reinforcement to players in coaching and during matches. 
  • Mentors should not be alone in a changing-room, car etc. with any individual player. Mentors should ensure that at least two adults are present when injuries are being treated and that such treatment is consistent with the type of injury.

Spectators & parents of players

  • should provide positive, encouraging support to teams. Negative comments & criticism of players are strongly discouraged. 
  • Parents are encouraged to support the preparation of teams in such areas as setting out pitches, transport, first aid etc. This includes offering positive encouragement to the team during games. At an absolute minimum, parents should ensure that players are dropped off and collected in a timely manner before and after training and games.
  • Parents & spectators should not criticise match officials or players & mentors from either team.

The above guidelines are in place in order to ensure a positive, supportive environment for players during their juvenile playing career, and we earnestly request your support for their implementation in 2008.

Tom Meehan 
Chairman
Durlas Óg.