CODES OF CONDUCT - Issue 1 15/11/2006

 

1.Code of Conduct for Coaches

a) Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and

treat each equally within the context of the sport.

b)Coaches must place the wellbeing and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.

c) Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.

d) Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.

e) Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

f)Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

g) Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.

h) Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parent)

what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.

Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.

j)Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never

condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.

k) Coaches must consistently display high standards or behaviour and appearance.

l)Not to use or tolerate inappropriate language.

 

2. Code of Conduct for Players

Players are the most important people in the sport. Playing for the team, and for the team to win, is the most fundamental part of the game. But not winning at any cost– Fair Play and respect for all others in the game is fundamentally important.

The key concepts in the Code are valid for players at all levels.

 

Obligations towards the game A player should:

a) Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.

b) Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if her team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.

c) Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

d) Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time wasting.

e) Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

f)Not use inappropriate language.

 

 

Obligations towards one’s own team A player should:

a) Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help her own team win.

b) Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question her commitment to the team winning.

c) Respect for the Laws of the Game and competition rules A player should:

Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.

ii). Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.

iii) Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

 

Respect towards Opponents Aplayer should:

a) Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.

b) Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

 

Respect towards the Match Officials A player should:

a) Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.

b) Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

c) Show due respect towards Match Officials.

 

Respect towards Team Officials A player should;

a) Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.

b) Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.

 

Obligations towards the Supporters A player should:

a) Show due respect to the interests of supporters.

 

 

3. Code of Conduct for Team Officials

This Code applies to all team / club officials.

 

Obligations towards the Game The team official should:

a) Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

b) Promote and develop her/his own team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.

c) Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests.

d) Avoid all forms of gamesmanship.

e) Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.

f)Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

g) Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

 

Obligations towards the Team The team official should:

a) Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team,

       and to obtain the best results by the team, using all permitted means.

b) Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.

c) Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.

d) Promote ethical principles.

e) Show due respect to the interests of players, coaches and other officials, at their own

club/team and others.

 

Obligations towards the Supporters The team official should:

a) Show due respect to the interests of supporters.

 

Respect towards the Match Officials A team official should:

a) Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest.

b) Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

c) Show due respect towards Match Officials.

 

 

 

4. Code of Conduct for Parents / Spectators

A parent’s / spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a junior/youth players attitude towards:

• Other players.

• Officials.

• Managers.

• Spectators.

a) Parents / spectators within the club must always be positive and encouraging towards all junior/youth players not just their own.

b) The Club encourages parents / spectators to:

i Applaud the opposition as well as you own team.

ii) Avoid coaching the junior player / youth during the game.

iii) Not to shout and scream.

iv) Respect the referee’s decision.

v) Give attention to each of the junior players /youths involved in football not just the most talented.

vi)Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.

 

c) All parents / spectators within the club must agree to and adhere to the club’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy. The Child Protection Policy covers those under 18 years of age.

 

5. Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunities Policies for the Club

a .       Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally. The club’s commitment is to eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.

 

b) Equality of opportunity at the Club means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability.

 

This includes:

• The advertisement for volunteers.

• The selection of candidates for volunteers.

• Courses.

• External coaching and education activities and awards.

• Football development activities.

• Selection for teams.

• Appointments to honorary positions.

 

c) The Club will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

 

d) Victimisation and harrassment of an individual will not be tolerated in the club .(which for the purposes of this policy and the actions and sanction applicable thereto is regarded as discrimination).

 

e) Any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in all the Club’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters etc. – in other words all instances where those in control of members are required to make judgements between them – it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament are considered as objectively as possible.

 

f)The Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any member accused of discrimination.

 

g) Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Football Club’s policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure.

 

h) The Football Club commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other members, the difficulties of their disablement permitting assistance will be given, wherever possible to ensure that disabled members are helped in gaining access. Appropriate training will be made to such members who request it.

style='font-size:14.0pt'>Club Complaints Procedure style='font-size:14.0pt'>

 

In the event that any member feels that he or she has suffered discrimination in any way or that the Club Policies, Rules or Code of Conduct have been broken should follow the procedures below.

a. They should report the matter to the Club Secretary or another member of the Committee. Your report should include:

1. Details of what, when, and where the occurrence took place.

2. Any witness statement and names.

3. Names of any others who have been treated in a similar way.

4. Details of any former complaints made about the incident, date, when and to

whom made.

5. A preference for a solution to the incident.

 

b). The Club’s Management Committee will sit for any hearings that are requested.

c) The Club’s Management Committee will have the power to:

1). Warn as to future conduct;

2). Suspend from membership;

3) Remove from membership; any person found to have broken the Club’s

Policies or Codes of Conduct.

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