Discipline, Complaints and Appeals Underage Sections of Youghal G.A.A, Camogie & Ladies Football
Discipline in sport should always be positive in focus, providing the structure and rules that allow participants to learn to set their own goals and strive for them. It should encourage young people to become more responsible for themselves and therefore more independent. The main form of discipline should be positive reinforcement for effort. It should encourage the development of emotional and social skills as well as skills in sport. Children should be helped to become responsible about the decisions and choices they make within sport, particularly when they are likely to make a difference between playing fairly and unfairly. There should be no place for fighting, over-aggressive or dangerous behaviour in sport. Participants should treat others in a respectful manner. They should not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of others.
As per the Children’s First Guidelines, the club will have the best interest of the Child first and foremost in all aspects of this policy. The Parents/ Guardians/ Advocates (Managers) will be informed and involved were possible and consulted on all aspects within any stages of this policy.
The use of sanctions is an important element in the maintenance of discipline. Coaches have the authority to apply sanctions where deemed necessary, however, coaches should have a clear understanding of where and when particular sanctions are appropriate. The age and developmental stage of the child shall be taken into consideration when using sanctions. The following steps are suggested:
Appointment of Disciplinary Committee:
The Disciplinary Committee shall consist of a representative from the Senior Committee, the Underage Committee, the Ladies Football Committee, the Camogie Committee, the Children’s Officer and an ordinary registered member of the club. Regular turnover of this committee is recommended.
The issue of confidentiality is important. Information is on a need to know basis.
It is the responsibility of the Disciplinary Committee to resolve problems relating to the conduct of its underage members. A complaint of any incident of suspected misconduct, but does not relate to child abuse, shall be dealt with by the Disciplinary Committee.
The Disciplinary Committee shall inform the individual and their Parents/Guardians with details of the complaint being made against him/her and afford him/her the opportunity of providing a response either verbally or in writing.
It is recommended that the Disciplinary Committee meet with all parties involved, affording each party the same rights and opportunities. Parents/Guardians will be requested to attend with their Child.
The Disciplinary Committee shall form a written report outlining the procedure followed, findings, conclusions and any disciplinary actions recommended to the relevant committee.
Once the relevant committee and the disciplinary committee have agreed on the action to be taken then all parties shall receive a copy of this report. This report shall also be kept on record. The Disciplinary Committee shall, as soon as possible, inform the Senior Club Executive Committee of the progress and conclusions of the disciplinary process.
Where it is established that an incident of misconduct has taken place, the Disciplinary Committee shall notify the member through the Parents/Guardians of any sanction being imposed. The notification shall be made in writing, setting out the reasons for the sanction.
The Appeals Committee will be made up of the Chairpersons of the following committees: -Senior Club Execuitive Committee, Juvenille Committeee, Camogie Committee and Ladies Football Committee. The Chairperson of the Appeals Committee shall be a member of the Senior Club Executive Committee or elected by the members at an AGM.
If the member against whom the complaint was made is unhappy with the decision of the Disciplinary Committee he/she shall have the right to appeal the decision to an Appeals Committee (independent of the Disciplinary Committee).
Any appeal shall be made in writing within 7 days after issue of the decision of the Disciplinary Committee.
The Appeals Committee have the power to confirm, set aside or change any sanction imposed by the Disciplinary Committee.
If any party is not satisfied with the outcome, the matter can be referred to the Cork County Board/National Children’s Officer of the relevant sports body (G.A.A., Camogie or Ladies Football). However efforts to resolve the issue at local level shall be exhausted before the County/National Children’s Officer is engaged in attempts to resolve the matter.
Any Appeal submitted at National level will be heard by the Management Committee, with their decision being final.
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