The Code of Conduct outlined below governs all members of Kingdom Kerry Gaels GAA Club, whether playing or non playing.  Failure to adhere to this Code of Conduct, or show the required level of respect for the club which you represent/are a member of, may result in your expulsion from the Club.  All members are reminded that you are at all times bound by the Rules, Aims and Ethos of the Gaelic Athletic Association as laid down in the Official Guide.

ADULT MENTORS CODE OF CONDUCT AND BEST PRACTICE

Team mentors/management should be aware of or encourage the following:

  • Only Full Members of the Club are allowed to be selected for any game.
  • Encourage players to play within the rules of the game.
  • Highlight the difference between legitimate aggression and dirty play, while encouraging the former and discouraging the latter.
  • Promote an environment among players whereby courageous and controlled play, allied to self-discipline, is admired and valued by teams, while simultaneously playing within the rules.
  • Be fair and honest with all players. Treat players with respect and help them reach their potential. Refrain from any form of personal abuse of players.
  • Ensure that players wear official club attire once provided.
  • Display high standards in the use of language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation, whether at training or before, during and after games.
  • Display dignity and professionalism to opponents, referees, spectators and club administrators. Encourage players to display the same qualities.
  • Mentors must not encroach on the field of play unless a player is injured.
  • Provide a training programme that is planned and progressive.
  • Ensure that adequate first aid equipment is available at all games and training sessions.
  • Maintain interest and support towards sick and injured players.
  • Trophies won in any competition will not be filled with alcoholic beverages during post match celebrations, unless allowed or given permission by the County Board.

ADULT PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT AND BEST PRACTICE

  • Represent Kingdom Kerry Gaels GAA Club with pride and dignity
  • Players must show due respect to their team mentors, team-mates, all match officials, and opponents on the field of play. This respect must also be reflected in their behaviour and language during games and training sessions.
  • At all times, players must act in a manner that reflects well on themselves and on the Club. Due respect must be shown for Club property and playing gear.
  • All players must play within the rules of the game. Dangerous or dirty play is to be avoided and should not be encouraged under any circumstances.
  • Players are expected to attend all games, training sessions and team meetings at the appointed times unless specifically excused by prior arrangement with the team management. Punctuality is required of all, mentors and players alike. Habitual lateness will not be tolerated.
  • Each player must notify his Team Manager at the earliest possible time if he/she cannot attend any of the above events for whatever reason. The Team Manager, at his/her discretion, will decide if the reason given for non-attendance is acceptable, or not. Should the stated reason not be acceptable to the Team Management either the Team Management or the Club Executive may consider suitable sanction.
  • All reasonable measures will be undertaken to inform players of the date, time, and location of training and games. However, players must be proactive in finding out such information, most especially if they were absent for whatever reason from a previous training session or game.
  • Only Full Members will be selected to play for the Club in any game.
  • Players selected for any game, competitive or challenge, will only wear club attire once provided and on the instructions of the Team Management.
  • It is expected that all players will attend for games in a proper physical condition to allow him/her to perform to the best of their ability. Avoidance of the after effects of alcohol in preparation for games is not an unreasonable expectation of the Club.
  • Players joining the club should be aware of the following:
    a.     If the club have helped you to secure a job or accommodation, you will be expected, in return, to train and play for the club in all competitions including Championship.  Failure to comply will put your job and accommodation in serious jeopardy.

    b.    If you have transferred to the club and later wish to transfer “home” to play championship, the club may decide not to sanction your transfer, on the basis that we have aided you either with employment or accommodation or in any other way

SUPPORTERS/SPECTATORS CODE OF CONDUCT AND BEST PRACTICE

  • Be on your best behaviour and lead by example. Do not use foul language or harass match officials, players, team mentors or visiting supporters.
  • Applaud good play by the opposing team as well as our own.
  • Show respect for opposing teams. It should be remembered that without them there would not be any game in the first place.
  • At every opportunity condemn the use of violence, in any form.
  • Verbal abuse of players and match officials, cannot, and will not be tolerated.
  • Show respect for the referee and match officials. Remember that whilst he/she might not always get all decisions right, they are an essential and necessary part of the enjoyment and playing of the game. Abuse of them will not be tolerated. Any issues with match officials or county board officials can be dealt with at a later stage through the proper channels, without resorting to physical or verbal abuse.
  • Always encourage players to play within the rules of the game. Never encourage violent or unacceptable conduct by any player.
  • The proper support and behaviour of supporters/spectators are an essential part of the enjoyment of the games. Their presence improves the atmosphere for players and supporters/spectators alike.
  • Be proud of your own Club and the game of Gaelic Football.

CLUB DISCIPLINARY REGULATIONS FOR MENTORS AND PLAYERS

  • The Club Executive Committee shall deal with all disciplinary matters as they arise.
  • The Executive committee is comprised of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairman, Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, which may be augmented as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee e.g. county board delegates may be required to join the executive committee.
  • This Committee will investigate breaches of behaviour as required, either by referral to it, or on its own initiative.
  • After an investigation, and if deemed appropriate, suitable action may be sanctioned.
  • All Club Members on whom the Executive Committee has imposed a sanction will have the right to appeal that decision to the Disciplinary Committee. This appeal must be lodged with the Club Executive, in writing, within seven days of the sanction being communicated to the offending party by the Club Executive.
  • The Disciplinary Committee is comprised of three club members who are not members of the Club Executive Committee.
  • The Executive Committee has the right to prevent a player participating for the Club in accordance with Club Constitution if it feels that his/her conduct is a danger to others, and likely to damage the reputation or cohesion of the Club and any of its teams.
  • The Club may discipline mentors and players who are involved in any breach of the Club’s Code of Conduct and Best Practice such as:
    a.     An unruly altercation with Team Management or Players.

    b.    Refusal to accept the decisions of Team Management.

    c.     An unruly altercation with own teammates.

    d.    Abusive and unacceptable attitudes to match officials.

    e.     Being unavailable for selection to any Club team for questionable or unsatisfactory reasons.

    f.        Not attending club training sessions or not making yourself available to the club for selection for any game, particularly championship.  The club reserve the right to suspend any player, as per Official Guide,  who refuses to play championship for the club, and will inform the county board of their decision.

This Code of Conduct has been designed by the Club to ensure that “best practice” is adhered to both on and off the pitch by all club members.  It is not exhaustive and the Club executive may decide to amend the Code of Conduct or use different interpretations of it’s content, depending on circumstances.