You, the coach to an underage team within our club provide a positive, healthy and encouraging ethos to our young players while at the same time developing the skills levels of all players. Always encourage enjoyment and fun while ensuring meaningful participation in games and activities. and always remember that you are a role model for the players in your care.

Respect all players, Give all players an opportunity to play and develop, don’t shout at or lecture players or reprimand 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.

Remember you are a role model for your players!

 Best Practice

  • Ensure that all players are suitably and safely attired to play their chosen sport.
  • Keep a record of attendance at training and at games by both players and coaches.
  • Be punctual and properly attired.
  • 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.
  • Set realistic – stretching but achievable – performance goals.
  • Encourage parents/guardians to play an active role in organising and assisting various activities for your teams and your club.
  • Use mobile phones, if deemed appropriate, only via a group texts system for communicating with the parents/guardians of players and receive such permission at the commencement of each season.
  • Do not communicate individually by text with under age players.
  • Keep a record of each injury and action taken. Ensure that another official, referee, and/or team mentor is present when a player is being attended to and can corroborate the relevant details.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Make adequate provision for First Aid services.
  • Do not encourage or permit players to play while injured.

And always remember to avoid compromising your role as a Coach

Avoid a situation where you are alone in a car or dressing room with a player 

Avoid taking coaching sessions on your own

Avoid spending time alone with a player or away from others

Avoid taking young players to your home

Latest, complete  GAA Code of Behaviour, Underage is available at Code of behaviour Underage