Once again Offaly GAA through Coaching & Games and Coiste na nÓg participated in the RESPECT Initiative for 2011. The Initiative was launched at last year’s county finals by Carina Haverty and John Leahy.
This year the Initiative was brought a step further than U-12 and included U-14 teams. All clubs across the county participated in and encouraged their members to practice the theory of the RESPECT Initiative.
Below you will find some information regarding the RESPECT Initiaive, which ran so successfully throughout 2011 and what is expected from each group where the initiative is in place.
How do you know the RESPECT Initiative is being implemented at a club?
* Referees and opposition welcomed by host club
* Players shake hands before and after a game and also shake referees hand
* Team coaches wear designated blue RESPECT bibs and are only ones on sideline
* Lead by example
* Do not question referees or allow him to be subjected to unsporting behaviour by players, spectators or other coaches
* Implement the Go Games Model
* Never engage in or tolerate abusive behaviour towards officials or players
Parent, Guardians & Spectators:
* Always respect match officials decisions and encourage children to do likewise
* Appreciate every player regardless of ability
* Do not criticise own team, officials or opposition
* Commend and thank team mentors and match officials
* Relay genuine concerns to Club Juvenile Coaching Coordinator
* Remain in spectator area
* Never engage in offensive language or behaviour
* Play by the rules and take responsibility for own behaviour
* Respect fellow players, other team, coaches, referees and officials
* Shake hands with opponents before and after each game regardless of result
* Encourage your team to play fairly and in a sporting manner
* Accept match officials decisions and do not use foul language or behave in an unsporting manner
* Talk to parent/guardian if you are unhappy with the way you are being treated
* Apply the rules in an impartial and consistent basis
* Communicate decisions to players and team officials in an effective manner
* Deal with abuse or dissent firmly and fairly
* Do not tolerate offensive behaviour from players, coaches or spectators
* Work as a team with other officials
* Maintain composure regardless of circumstances
* Use assessments to improve performance and achieve excellence
Should any club require bibs, more information on the RESPECT Initiative or handouts for their coaches or members, please do not hesitate to contact Alan Mulhall on 085 1829991 or John Leahy on 087 2073226.