Code of Conduct

Kildysart GAA Club Code of Conduct

Role of the Club: The main objective of Kildysart GAA Club is to ensure that the players are encouraged to learn and play Gaelic Football in a safe and friendly environment. All players are encouraged to participate in Club activities, make friends and have fun.

The Code of Conduct outlines the rules and procedures which should be observed and practised by all members, visitors, officials, spectators to ensure that everyone will enjoy participating in club activities.

General Code

1.       Respect, courtesy and honesty are required of every club member, visitor, official, spectator etc.

2.       All players/mentors (including juveniles) must be registered as members of the club on an annual basis.

3.       Respect must be shown at all times to team mates, coaches, referees, opposition, parents and visitors.

4.       Players must respect club property and have regard for their own and others belongings.

5.       Crude and offensive language is not acceptable and bullying will not be tolerated.

6.       Players and mentors are required to act as ambassadors for the club at all times, on and off the field.

7.       Members are advised to refrain from the use of alcohol before a match or training session.

8.       Smoking is not permitted inside field perimeter.

9.       Abuse of club facilities and property will not be tolerated.

10.   In the case of juveniles, parents/guardians are required to collect their children promptly from training and games.

Code of Conduct- Players

1.       All players must play fairly, do their best and comply with the rules of Gaelic football at all times.

2.       All players requested to be punctual for training and games and have correct playing gear. Gum shields are compulsory and must be worn at all times.

3.       All forms of Photographic equipment, i.e. Camera Phones not permitted in the dressing rooms.

4.       Respect must be shown to your team mates, mentors and opponents. Decisions made by officials must be respected and accepted.

5.       Players should represent the club with pride, dignity and commitment.

6.       Regardless of results players should be supportive of each other and their coaches.

7.       Always remember to be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.


Code of Conduct- Mentors

1.    Avoid physical or verbal abuse.

2.    Coach by example and encourage sportsmanship and fair play at all times.

3.    Ensure time and attention given to less talented players.

4.    Ensure that training is enjoyable for all players.

5.    Emphasise effort over results.

6.    Avoid verbal exchanges with opposing mentors, referees, officials and spectators.

7.    Do not rebuke a player for making a mistake- always encourage.

8.    In the case of Juveniles- avoid taking children alone in a car.

9.    Avoid spending excessive amounts of time with children away from others.

10. Never take juvenile training sessions alone.

11. Be a ‘Role Model’ and maintain the highest standards of conduct when interacting with children, parents

       mentors and officials.

12. Club mentors/coaches to be Garda vetted.

Code of Conduct- Parents

1.       Always encourage and support your child in their sport.

2.       Be familiar with mentors who are coaching your child.

3.       Behave responsibly on the sideline.

4.       Bring children to and from training and games.

5.       Encourage your child to play by the rules.

6.       Ensure your child has correct training/playing gear.

7.       Support the coaches and help out whenever you can.

8.       Ensure your child is a paid up member.

9.       Respect the coach’s decision and encourage your children to do the same.

10.   Show your support by attending matches on a regular basis and helping out in club activities.


Disciplinary Procedure

1.       Coach’s/Mentors are responsible for discipline within their panel of players, they are encouraged to deal with any minor breaches of discipline as they arise.

2.       Should there be continuous or a serious breach of discipline the coach should advise the Secretary, Treasurer or Chairman without delay. In the case of a juvenile player, parents/guardian should be informed.

3.       Any complaints involving another club member while carrying out club duties should be reported to the Secretary, Treasurer or Chairman.

4.       The Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman will speak to those concerned. In the case of a juvenile player a parent/guardian will be present at all times and be party to any interviews held in an attempt to resolve the matter.

5.       Should the matter not be resolved any sanction imposed by the club should be proportionate to the offence. Kildysart  GAA Club reserves the right to suspend any individual for a serious breach of the Code of Conduct. The Club reserves the right to withdraw membership or in extreme cases to expel a person from the club.

6.       In the event of an appeal of any sanction imposed by the club  on a member, the appeal will be heard by Vice- Chairman , Vice- Secretary and Vice-Treasurer(Lotto Co-Ordinator)


The Code of Conduct to be review annually by Club officers