Murrayfield Junior Ice Hockey Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The organisation believes that it is important that players, coaches, officials, volunteers and parents associated with clubs should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, coaches are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of a club with The Committee.

To register as a Coach with MJIHC, you must read and sign the attached declaration; in doing so you agree to fully abide by the rules herein. It is central to the smooth running of the club that all coaches understand and respect these rules and regulations. The clubs Registration Secretary will retain the signed confirmation. Please keep the copy of this document for your reference.

All SIH-UK clubs and teams should offer a positive experience for children and young people and where they can learn new things in a safe and positive environment. As a member of SIH-UK you are expected to abide by the following code of conduct:

Coaches are expected to:

1. Ensure the safety of all children by careful supervision, proper pre-planning of coaching sessions, using safe methods at all times.
2. Consider the wellbeing and safety of participants before the development of performance.
3. Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
4. Treat all young people equally and ensure they feel valued. Have no favourites.
5. Encourage all children not to discriminate on the grounds of religious beliefs, racial origin, gender, socio-economic background or lack of ability.
6. Group players according to age, height, skill and physical maturity whenever possible.
7. Teach the players that rules of the game are mutual agreements which no-one should evade or break.
8. Not allow any rough or dangerous play, bullying, or the use of bad language or inappropriate behaviour.
9. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate for the age and ability of the players.
10. Take into consideration the maturity level of the players when scheduling times and durations of practices and competitions
11. Appreciate the efforts of all young people and not over-train the young people. Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward.
12. Be positive, approachable and offer praise to promote the objectives of the club at all times.
13. Not let any allegations of abuse of any kind to go unchallenged or unrecorded if appropriate. Incidents and accidents to be recorded in the club incident/accident book. Parents will be informed.
14. Report accidents or incidents of alleged abuse or poor practice to the designated person.
15. Administer minor first aid in the presence of others and where required refer more serious incidents to the club “first aider”.
16. Not administer First Aid involving the removing of children’s clothing unless in the presence of others.
17. Have access to telephone for immediate contact to emergency services if required.
18. Foster team work to ensure the safety of youth members in their care.
19. Ensure the rights and responsibilities of youth members are enforced.
20. Not abuse members physically, emotionally or sexually.
21. Not engage in a sexual relationship with a young person for whom they are responsible
22. Maintain confidentiality about sensitive information.
23. Respect and listen to the opinions of young people.
24. Take time to explain coaching techniques to ensure they are clearly understood.
25. Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect.
26. Be a role model, displaying consistently high standard of behaviour and appearance (disciplined/committed/time keeping), remember children learn by example.
27. Refrain from smoking and consumption of alcohol during club activities or coaching sessions.
28. Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances.
29. Discourage the taking of any performance enhancing drugs and ensure that players are aware of banned substances.
30. Inform the parents/carers if they believe that a player is taking any form of illegal drugs
31. Not spend excessive amounts of time alone with children excluded in exceptional circumstances
32. Never take children to their home
33. Hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover.
34. Make the sport/activity fun.

Coaches have the right to:

• Access on-going training and information on all aspects of leading/managing activities for children/young people, particularly on Safeguarding.
• Support in the reporting of suspected abuse.
• Access to professional support services.
• Fair and equitable treatment by the governing body/club.
• Be protected from abuse by children/young people, other adult members and parents.
• Not to be left vulnerable when working with children.

Any misdemeanours and general misbehaviour will be dealt with immediately and reported verbally to the designated person. Persistent breach of the code will result in dismissal from the club/sport.

Dismissals can be appealed by the coach with final decisions taken by the club committee or referred to SIH-UK as per the disciplinary procedures in the SIH UK Handbook

Emergency action and first aid

All coaches should be prepared with an action plan in the event of an emergency and be aware of First Aid Procedures.

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