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Club Policies, Child Safeguarding, procedures and playing rules 

Craughwell Camogie Club Officers, Manager and Coaches Charter

Officers, Manager and Coaches Charter
Craughwell Camogie Club welcomes all its members and encourages as many members as possible to volunteer in all areas of the Club. This Charter has been drawn up to ensure all persons involved in the Club are aware of their responsibilities.
The shared objective and purpose of this Charter, binds both the Club Officers and the Team Managers and their team of coaches, mentors and supervisors to provide agreed protocols to ensure that both the managers/coaches/other and the Club interests are equally respected and that the requirements of the rules of the Camogie Association are implemented within the club in a manner which is mutually beneficial.
The Team Manager/Coach/other supports play a hugely important role in relation to Camogie within the Club. The Team Manager must be aware of his/her wider responsibilities to Games Development generally within the Club. Both the Club officers and the Team Manager and others will always work together in the best interests of Camogie within the club, as determined by the rules of The Camogie Association.
All underage Team managers, and their coaches/other supporters must abide by the Code of Behaviour (Appendix 1).
This Charter recognises the needs of the Team Management and will ensure fair and reasonable access to players and panellists for training and games as follows:
a) Team Management will have sole responsibility for the preparation of the team. A backroom team (Team Doctor/ Physiotherapist, etc.) will be put in place, where necessary with the agreement of the Club Officers and in conformity with policies set out by the club. The Club must ratify, without exception, all appointments including doctors, physiotherapists, statistician, video analyst, etc.
b) As a representative of the Club, the Manager/coaches will be expected to demonstrate appropriate courtesy on the sideline to their team, to the management and players of opposing teams, to match officials and to all supporters.
c) The Team Manager (or his/her nominee) shall be the spokesperson for the Team Management and will liaise with the Club Officers. The manager must notify the Club Secretary of any planned challenge games where possible 5 days in advance of same, so that approval can be sought from the County Board. The Manager or a member of his/her backroom team will attend, the club monthly meeting to discuss matters of mutual concern.
d) The Club Chairperson and Secretary are responsible for ensuring that the Team Management are fully briefed on and made aware of the regulations governing the organisation of League and Championship games (published annually by County Board). Team Management will assist Club Officers in ensuring that these regulations are fully observed and adhered to on match days. The manager must ensure that all players wear the club colours and skorts at both League and Championship matches.
        e) The Team Managers, his/her selectors and backroom team members shall be
        required to abide by CCC Policies and Guidelines for Coaches as well as
        the Rules of An Cumann Camogaiochta as laid out in Treorai Oifigiuil.
f) All communications to the County Board, including the Fixtures Committee are to be sent Via the Club Secretary.
This Charter acknowledges the overall responsibility of the Club Officers to manage the affairs of the Club and to determine all matters relating to the management and selection of its teams as follows:
a) The Club appoints the Team Management which operates under the control of the Club Officers.
b) The Team Manager and his/her coaches must be paid members of Craughwell Camogie Club.
c) It is the responsibility of the team management to ensure that all players under his/her control have paid membership to Craughwell Camogie Club.
d) Any communication between any member of team management and parents/ players that brings the club into disrepute or criticizes the club unnecessarily will be reported to and dealt with accordingly, by the Club Officers.
e) Any perceived child welfare issues, bullying etc. shall be reported to the Club Children’s Officer and Child Protection issues to the DLP and will be dealt with accordingly.
f) Any agreements or contracts which will commit the Club to extra financial expenditure will require prior approval from the Club Executive before they can be granted.
g) The Club Executive will draw up and implement policies to cover ordering of playing gear and equipment.
h) The team management will ensure that they, and the players under their control, co- operate fully with the terms and conditions of all agreements between the Club Officers and respective sponsors. The Management team members shall not directly contact any supplier or sponsor.
i) All approaches for prospective fundraising will be referred by Team Management to the Club Treasurer for consideration. The co-operation of the Team(s) or its Management in any such initiatives should be contingent on the prior approval of the Club Officers.
j) Mentors with underage teams shall be aware of their responsibilities regarding alcohol and drugs.
The above charter is agreed by Craughwell Camogie Club Executive and will require signatures of each Club Officers, each Team manager and their management team of coaches and other volunteers prior to or immediately on appointment to any post to indicate their joint agreement to always co-operate with the protocols contained in this Charter.
It shall be the responsibility of the Team Manager to communicate all aspects of this Manager’s Charter to their respective selectors/coaches and support personnel to ensure compliance.
It is agreed by both parties that any contentious issue arising between the parties during the year will be shared with and dealt with in a timely manner through the agreed forum as per CCC Complaints Policy. It is also agreed that any public comment or media release relative to any contentious matter between the parties will only be made by either party when agreed at this forum in the interests of confidentiality, fairness and protecting the dignity of everyone.
All parties should note that the management team and panel have finished their commitments once the last championship game has been played or training competed, whichever occurs first pending ratification for the following season. In this context, the Charter will be reviewed annually following completion of the club fixture schedule. It will be signed prior to the commencement of a new season, even in cases where the period of appointment is for longer than one year.
Signed on behalf of Craughwell Camogie Club
CATHAOIRLEACH ________________________________             Dáta_____________
Chairperson Print Name __________________________­­­______
RÚNAI __________________________________________          Dáta______________
Secretary Print Name _________________________________
BAINISTEOIR _____________________________________         Dáta _____________
Manager Print Name _________________________________      Grade ____________
ROGHNOIRÍ_____________________________________           Dáta _____________
Coach Print Name                                                                                   Grade ____________
This Management Charter may be amended from time to time and shall be signed annually.
All Coaches, Mentors and Trainers (referred to hereafter as Coaches) should ensure that young people and children benefit significantly from our games by promoting a positive, healthy and participatory approach in our work with underage players. In developing the skills levels of every player, Coaches should always encourage enjoyment and fun while ensuring meaningful participation in our games and activities. Coaches should always remember that they
are role models for the players in their care.
All Coaches working with young people and children are required to be suitable for their chosen role(s), and should be appropriately trained, qualified and supported to fulfil such roles. All persons working or volunteering for such roles are required to:
• Undertake agreed vetting and background Police checks within the jurisdiction(s) in which they operate
• Attend relevant Gaelic Games child safeguarding training
• Possess a coaching qualification relevant to their role as recognised by their Association
Coaches of adult teams, which includes any player under 18 years of age, must also undertake the vetting, child safeguarding training and coaching requirements as outlined above.
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person.
• Treat each person equally regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnic origin, cultural background or religion.
• Be positive during coaching sessions, games and other activities so that underage players always leave with a sense of achievement and an increased level of self-esteem.
• Recognise the development needs and capacity of all underage players, regardless of their ability, by emphasising participation for all while avoiding excessive training and competition. Skills development and personal satisfaction should have priority over competition when working with underage players.
• Ensure all those eligible to participate in any team within the club are provided with an opportunity to do so with preference given to their own age group.
• Develop an understanding of relevant coaching methods and ensure that they have the appropriate level of coaching accreditation.
• Do not equate losing with failure and do not develop a preoccupation with medals and trophies. The level of improvement made by underage players is the best indicator of effective coaching.
• Never use foul language or provocative language/gestures to a player, opponent or match official.
• Only enter the field of play with the Referee’s permission.
• Do not question a Referee’s decisions or integrity.
• Encourage players to respect and accept the judgement of match officials.
• Promote Fair Play and encourage all players and fellow officials to always play by the rules of the game.
• Do not encourage or threaten a player by deed or gesture to act in any unacceptable manner towards an opponent, fellow player or official.
• Promote the RESPECT campaign amongst your players, fellow coaches, parents and supporters.
• Do not smoke while working with underage players.
• Do not consume alcohol or non-prescribed drugs immediately prior to or while underage players are in your care.
• Encourage parents to become involved in your team and Club activities wherever possible.
• Develop an appropriate working relationship with children based on mutual trust and respect.
• Challenge Bullying in any form whether physical or emotional. Bullying is not acceptable behaviour be it from a young person, coach, parent/guardian, spectator or match official.
• Don’t shout at or lecture players or reprimand/ridicule them when they make a mistake. Children learn best through trial and error. Children and young people should not be afraid to risk error so as to learn.
• The use of any form of physical punishment is prohibited as is any form of physical response to misbehaviour, unless it is by way of restraint.
• Avoid incidents of horse play or role play or telling jokes etc. that could be misinterpreted.
• Never undertake any form of therapy or hypnosis, in the training of children.
• Never encourage players to consume non-prescribed drugs or take performance enhancing supplements.
• Do not make energy enhancing products available to children.
Some activities may require coaches to come into physical contact with underage players in the course of their duties. However, coaches should;
• Avoid taking coaching sessions on your own.
• Only deliver one to one coaching, if deemed necessary, within a group setting.
• Avoid unnecessary physical contact with an underage player and never engage in inappropriate touching of a player.
• Be aware that any necessary contact should be determined by the age and development of the player and should only take place with the permission and understanding of the player and in an open environment in the context of developing a player’s skills and abilities.
• Where a team consist of both boys and girls, and for the avoidance of doubt, the coaching team must also consist of both male and female personnel while male only teams must include at least one male coach and female only teams must include at least one female coach.
• Ensure that all of your players are suitably and safely attired to play their chosen sport. e.g. helmets (Hurling and Camogie), goggles (Handball), shin guards, gum shields (Football).
• As a coach always be punctual and properly attired.
• Be accompanied by at least one other adult at coaching sessions, games and in underage team dressing rooms.
• Abide by supervision ratios that recommend a ratio of one adult for 8 children under 12 years of age teams and a ratio of 1:10 for children over 12 years of age. While abiding by such ratios a coach must always be accompanied by at least one other suitably qualified adult at all times.
• Set realistic – stretching but achievable – performance goals for your players and teams.
• Keep a record of attendance at training and at games by both players and coaches.
• Rotate the team captaincy and the method used for selecting teams so that the same children are not always selected to the exclusion of others.
• Afford meaningful playing time to young players so as to assist in the development of their playing skills, within their own age groups.
• Keep a record of any injuries and actions subsequently taken. Ensure that another official referee/team mentor is present when a player is being attended to and can corroborate the relevant details.
• Make adequate provision for First Aid services.
• Do not encourage or permit players to play while injured.
• Always inform parents/guardians if their child has been injured or becomes unwell at games or training.
• Be aware of any special medical or dietary requirements of players as indicated on the medical consent/ registration forms or as informed by parents/guardians.
• Be willing to keep the necessary and emergency medication of players in a safe and accessible place in accordance with the wishes and permission of the parents/guardians.
• Do not administer medication or medical aid unless you are willing to do so and have received the necessary training to administer such aid.
When a player sustains an injury or concussion while playing or not playing camogie which requires admission to hospital or surgery as a result of this injury a medical certificate is required to be produced before this player will be allowed train/play camogie at Craughwell Camogie Club.  This certificate should be submitted to the club secretary.  Under no circumstances can this rule be ignored.
• Use mobile phones, if deemed appropriate, only via a group text or email system for communicating with the parents/guardians of players. Any exception to this form of group texting can only be proceeded with following permission from parents/guardians.
• Do not communicate individually by text, email or via social network sites and  or apps  with underage players.
• Do not engage in communications with underage players via social network sites.
• Encourage parents/guardians to play an active role in organising and assisting various activities for your teams and your Club.
• If it is necessary to transport a child/young person in your car, ensure that they are seated in a rear seat with seat belts securely fastened and that all drivers are adequately insured.
• With the exception of their own child a coach should not transport a child alone, except in emergency or exceptional circumstances.
• Ensure that all dressing rooms and the general areas that are occupied by your players and other Club personnel, prior to, during or immediately following the completion of any match are kept clean and are not damaged in any way.
• Should you be aware of or have concerns regarding the possible abuse of a child you should report this to the relevant statutory authority or may seek the assistance of your Designated Liaison Person (DLP) so that they may assist you in forwarding the concern to the relevant statutory authority. All such reports must be forwarded to your Association’s Mandated Person, without delay. 

Craughwell Camogie First Aid Policy: Click on the Link below

Club Injury Policy and Procedures and link to incident Report Sheet: Click on the Link below

Link to Incident Report Sheet:Click on the Link below

Age Policy for Craughwell Camogie Club: Please Click on the link Below:

Craughwell Camogie Childsafeguarding Statement:Please Click on the link Below:

Craughwell Camogie Childsafeguarding Risk Assessment May 2021:Please Click on the link Below:

Order Form for Equipment Click on the link below

Code of Behaviour for underage members Please Click on the link below

Completion of Vetting with Camogie Association

Playing Rules of the Camogie Association

Code of Practice for Officers

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