Code of Conduct for Young Players

Cork Harlequins Code of Conduct for Young People

Cork Harlequins wants to provide the best possible environment for all young people involved in hockey. Young people deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities.  Young people should be encouraged to realise that they have responsibilities to treat other participants and sports Coaches with respect and fairness at all times.

Young players are entitled to:

  • Be safe and to feel safe
  • Be listened to
  • Be believed
  • Have fun and enjoy hockey
  • Have a voice in relation to their activities within Hockey
  • Be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect
  • Participate on an equitable and fair manner, irrespective of ability, disability,
    gender, religion, social class, etc.
  • 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
  • Confidentiality

Young players should always:

  • Treat Sports  Coaches with  respect, (including  administrators, coaches,  umpires,
    managers, children’s officers, club officials, etc.,)
  • Look out for themselves and the welfare of others
  • Play fairly at all times, do their best
  • Be organised and on time, tell someone if you are leaving a venue or competition
  • Respect team members, even when things go wrong
  • Respect opponents, be gracious in defeat and modest in victory
  • Shake hand before and after a match irrespective of the result
  • Abide by the rules set down by team managers when travelling to away events,
    representing the club, school, province or country, etc.
  • Behave in a manner that avoids bringing Harlequins, in any way into disrepute
  • Talk to the Children’s Officer within the club if they have any problems

Young players should:

  • Never cheat
  • Never use violence or physical contact that is not allowed within the rules
  • Never be abusive, shout or argue with team mates, umpires, officials or opponents
  • Never harm team members, opponents or their property
  • Never bully or use bullying tactics to isolate another player or gain advantage
  • Never take banned substances, alcohol, smoke or engage in inappropriate behaviour
  • Never keep secrets, especially if they have caused or could cause harm
  • Never tell lies about adults / young people
  • Never spread rumours
  • Never discriminate  against other players on the  basis of gender, disability, social class, Religion

I agree to abide by the rules and procedures of Hockey set down in this document and in particular the Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Players. I accept that breaches to this code of behaviour will be addressed by my Coaches and the Harlequin’s Committee if deemed necessary:

Player’s Name (in print): ________

Club Section (age group):_________________________