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Written by David Martin   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:47








In order to preserve the ethos of any club, its traditions and aspirations to high standards must be respected. Within Tubberclair GAA club, this duty falls, of course, on all Club Members. In most GAA clubs codes of best practice have become the norm. Tubberclair GAA Club is no exception and accordingly these Codes of Best Practice and Club Rules are drawn up and published for adherence by all Club Members, in order that the Club can go forward in a spirit of co-operation and harmony.


  • Only Full Members of the Club are allowed to be selected for any game.
  • Train and encourage players to play within the rules of the game.
  • Respect the rights and dignity of each player. Ensure that no one involved with the team acts towards, or speaks, to another person in a manner, which threatens or insults them.
  • Be fair and honest with all players. Treat them with respect and help them reach their potential. Refrain from any form of personal abuse of players.
  • Display high standards in the use of language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation.
  • 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 planned and structured training programme.
  • 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.
  • Treat everyone equally, regardless of age, gender or ability. Avoid partiality or favouritism in selection criteria.
  • Be punctual, properly attired, avoid smoking and bad language in the company of young people.
  • Ensure that all games, equipment, and training, are customised to suit the needs of those involved in terms of age and ability.
  • Be positive during coaching sessions so that players always leave with a sense of achievement and increased levels of self-esteem. Remember that young children play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of their motivation.
  • Players are to be dressed in full Club colours for all games, competitive and challenges. 
  • Mentors must keep the players (up to and including Under 8’s) on the pitch to be collected by parents/guardians after training. Under no circumstances should children head to the car park at the end of training unaccompanied.


  • All players must be members of the club in order to be considered for inclusion in club activities, i.e. training, games, club outings etc.
  • Players must show due respect and courtesy to their team mentors, teammates, 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.
  • Co-operate with your Team Manager and Mentors, club members, and you opponents. Avoid negative behaviour associated with forming groups or cliques.
  • Bullying of any description, physical, verbal or emotional is not acceptable.
  • 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 while engaging in club activity. Club facilities must be respected and kept clean, tidy and free from letter. Likewise show the same respect when visiting other clubs.
  • As a team sport always remember that all members are important to the team.
  • Winning and losing is part of sport: Win and lose with dignity.
  • Always remember that you have a duty of care to your opponents.
  • All players must play within the rules of the game.
  • Players are expected to attend all games, training sessions and team meetings at the appointed times unless specifically excused by prior arrangement. Punctuality is required of all, mentors and players alike.
  • Each player (or Parent/Guardian if applicable) must notify his Team Manager at the earliest possible time if he/she cannot attend any of the above events for whatever reason.
  • All reasonable measures will be undertaken to inform players (or Parent/Guardian if applicable)    of the date, time, and location of training and games. However, players (or Parent/Guardian if applicable) must be proactive in finding out such information, most especially if they were absent for whatever reason from a previous training session or game.
  • Players selected for any game, competitive or challenge, will only wear official club gear.
  • 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. Smoking, drinking of alcohol or any substance abuse is unacceptable whilst any player is participating in club activities.
  • Players (up to and including Under 8’s) must wait with their mentors to be collected by parents/guardians on the pitch after training. Under no circumstances should children head to the car park at the end of training unaccompanied.
  • Represent Tubberclair GAA Club with pride and dignity. Be proud of our Club and the game of Gaelic Football.



  • Parents of all players are encouraged to attend games and training session to give support to their children.
  • Leave game related issues and coaching to the Team Management.
  • Never ridicule or shout at a child for making a mistake or for losing a game.
  • Do not abuse match officials.
  • Maintain your good grace and dignity and avoid confrontations, even if provoked.
  • Show other parents, team management, and players, from opposing teams the kind of respect you would wish for your own child.
  • Refrain from using bad language as a spectator.
  • Encourage your child to participate with the rules of the game.
  • Remember that the goals of Gaelic football are to have fun, improve skills and feel good.
  • Remember that team mentors are volunteers. They give up their time for the benefit of your child and deserve to be appreciated for the efforts.
  • Do not use the Club as a child minding service. If you are interested in getting involved with any part of the Club’s activities let any Club Officer know of your interest.
  • Please note that during training on Monday evening’s parents/guardians (particularly of those in the Under 6 group) should remain in the vicinity of the pitch during the time period of the training session.
  • The younger children (up to and including under 8’s) must be collected by parents/guardians on the pitch at the end of the training session. Under no circumstances should children head to the car park at the end of training unaccompanied.
  • It is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian to bring and collect their child to all club related activities.
  • Ensure that your child is familiar with the content of this document. Encourage him/her to show respect for their mentors, fellow and opposing players, Club facilities, and especially match officials.

Please note that the above codes also apply to our supporters and spectators who attend our games.

The executive committee of the club reserves the right to review the above Code of Practice and Rules of the Club, and make changes where deemed necessary.


Tubberclair GAA Club



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