Guidelines for Young Players
Ballycomoyle GAA wish to provide the best possible environment for all young players involved in Gaelic Football. Young players deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free of abuse of any kind. These players have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities that they must accept.
Young players are entitled to:
¨ Be safe and to feel safe
¨ Be listened to and be believed
¨ Be treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity
¨ Have a voice in the club/organisation
¨ Participate on an equal basis
¨ Have fun and enjoy sport
¨ Experience competition at a level at which they feel comfortable
¨ Make complaints and have them dealt with
¨ Get help against bullies
¨ Say no
¨ Protect their own bodies
Young Players should always:
¨ Treat all mentors (coaches, managers, selectors, club officials etc.) with respect.
¨ Play fairly
¨ Respect team members – even when things go wrong
¨ Respect opponents – be gracious in defeat
¨ Abide by the rules set down by team managers when travelling to away events.
¨ Behave in a manner that avoids bringing the GAA or Ladies Gaelic Football Association into disrepute.
¨ Talk to children’s officer (Seán Dermody 044 9661758) if they have any problems
Young players should never:
¨ Use violence or physical contact that is not allowed within the rules
¨ Shout or argue with officials, team mates or opponents.
¨ Harm team members, opponents or their property.
¨ Bully or use bullying tactics to isolate another player.
¨ Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage.
¨ Take banned substances.
¨ Keep secrets, especially if they have caused harm.
¨ Tell lies about adults/other players.
¨ Spread rumours.