Regulations, Roles and Responsibilities
The way we work with Age-Grade Players, how we behave around them and our attitudes towards them will contribute to the way young people feel about themselves. Once a commitment to the IRFU Safeguarding Policy has been enshrined within a club’s constitution, then all rules and regulations will stem from this.
An examination of existing structures, rules and regulations should help provide a framework for creating and maintaining a child-centred approach within the club.
To ensure volunteers enjoy their contribution to rugby it is important to ensure that volunteers are appointed to roles which suit their strengths and personality. All involved should be clear of what will be expected of them regarding time, effort and commitment.
Clubs are responsible for the allocation of roles to volunteers and positions and areas of responsibility should be identified, clear and available.
Most volunteers are driven by their desire to put something back into rugby therefore it is important when recruiting to ensure that all understand the club’s policy regarding volunteers and their involvement in the game.
Clubs to have a written policy and procedure for the recruitment of volunteers.
Recruitment policy and procedures to be available to all interested parties e.g. candidates, parents and visitors.
Establish a clear title and job description for each of the positions.
If possible, recruit male and female volunteers in equal numbers
Select people with the appropriate skills and experience.
Establish a process which will enable you to ensure candidates’ suitability.
Training should be provided for all newly-recruited personnel e.g. courses for coaches, referees and training to work with young people.
Ensure vacancies are open to all interested parties.
Meet with applicants. This may be done through an individual discussion with a member of the Management
All candidates working with young people to agree to the IRFU policies and requirements regarding Safeguarding.
The decision to appoint staff or volunteers is the responsibility of the club and not one individual within it. Good practice in management and supervision of volunteers after appointment is as important as establishing recruitment policies and procedures.
The club management committee is responsible for all activities in the club including Age-Grade activities and therefore must ensure policies and procedures are set and adhered to.
Age Grade Committee members should ideally sit for a fixed period of time (3Years) to encourage a regular turnover of the committee members.
The committee should have a mix of experienced and new members.
Ensure committee members have clearly defined roles and responsibilities and that members operate only within these roles. Avoid situations where one or more members operate in isolation from the committee.
A database of record keeping should be established that allows confidentiality, but continuity between changing committee members
List a calendar of meetings and circulate to clubs and all members in advance of the season.
Members involved with Age-Grade Players should sign an annual membership form that includes signing up to the IRFU Child Welfare Policy Document.
List in the rules and regulations of the Club, the complaints, disciplinary and appeals procedures that members should adhere to.
Club guidelines to achieve good player welfare:
Sports Leaders should sign an agreement that includes signing up to the IRFU Safeguarding Policy Document, see recruitment information at, http://www.irishrugby.ie/safeguarding
Select people with the appropriate skills and experience.
Training should be provided for all newly-recruited personnel e.g. courses for coaches and referees and/or training to work with Age-Grade Players, safeguarding, etc.
Always have appropriate adult /child ratios (review this with insurance company) and see page 10 of IRFU safeguarding policy, http://www.irfu.ie/childwelfare/policy/
List all procedures for away trips for age grade members, see hosting guidelines for further details
Age-Grade Players should follow IRFU guidelines in relation to the wearing of protective gear
http://www.irishrugby.ie/downloads/REGULATIONS_Mini_Rugby_2012_to_2015(1).pdf and http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/paddedclothing)
Members under 18 years of age should not play on more than one team in any one season without prior parental or guardian consent.
Criteria for selection to squads should be listed
Club guidelines to enhance child protection:
Each club should have the procedures for responding to reports or concerns relating to the welfare and safety of Age-Grade Players known throughout the Age-Grade section. All Sports Leaders, Age-Grade Players, parents should be aware of how to report and to whom concerns should be reported within the club.
Clubs should ensure that all procedures regarding safety in sport for Age-Grade Players must be available and visible in the club.
Copies of this Safeguarding Policy and its accompanying guidelines for Parents, Sports Leaders and Club Committees should be widely available within clubs; as should links to Statutory guidelines.
Everyone involved in safeguarding and child welfare matters should be aware of their responsibility to work in co-operation with the Statutory Authorities, see Section 4 of IRFU Safeguarding Policy for more details and/or ‘Concerns’ handout at http://irishrugby.ie/safeguarding
Roles and responsibilities:
Chairs meetings and ensures that the committee fulfils its function within the Club, Branch and operates within IRFU policies.
Attends meetings in a neutral and impartial capacity.
Ensures meetings run to the agenda and that all matters are dealt with, fairly, thoroughly and according to procedures.
Should not make decisions on his own without consultation with the Committee or Club Executive.
Works in close liaison with the Youth and Mini Committees; Executive Committee and Club Secretary.
Ensures that the agenda for meetings is in line with the Club, Area, Branch and IRFU policies.
Acts mainly as the administration officer and serve as a link between members and committees.
Serves as first point of contact with outsides agencies.
Informs members of meetings and agenda for these meetings.
Is responsible for the accurate record keeping of the minutes from meetings.
Works in close relationship with the Chairman; members and committees.
Ensures procedures are followed.
Acts as administration officer on all registration matters.
Ensures all registration forms are completed and submitted correctly.
Responsible for the distribution of registration cards to members.
Serves as reference point on all matters regarding registration.
Reports to the Committee on all registration matters.Works with the Branch Registrar.
Fixture Secretaries (Youth and Mini Rugby should have separate Fixture Secretaries)
Ensures that the fixtures are completed on time and in a fair manner.
Identifies trends and areas of concern regarding completion of fixtures.
Acts as point of reference on matters regarding the fixtures/competitions of the teams.
Reports to the club and teams regarding fixtures and competitions.
Liaises with teams, coaches and managers involved, regarding details e.g. date, venue and kick-off of fixture(s)
Liaises with Branch Youth Committee regarding fixtures and competitions.
Ensures that protocols regarding fixtures and competitions are adhered to.
Liaises with Club Management Committee regarding fixtures and other requirements to host matches.
Liaises with Branch Referees Association for match officials.
Informs match officials and Branch Referees’ Association of cancellations and or postponements.
Informs Branch Fixture Secretary of results, cancellations or postponements.
Collects all the results for matches and informs Youth, Mini and Club Management Committees of developments.
Acts as link between the Club Executive and Age Grade section.
Attends meetings on behalf of the Club Age Grade Rugby.
Ensures that all information relevant to all age grade rugby is circulated to volunteers, clubs and Branch
Ensures all information circulated is correct and reaches the relevant people.
Ensures awareness of all Union, Branch and Club policies and that these are adhered to
Ensures that all volunteers and age grade players are aware of all procedures and adhere to the procedures.
Reports to Area Youth Committee on all matters regarding the age grade rugby in his club.
Should not make decisions without consultation with the Youth Committee or Club Executive.
Mini Rugby Representative
Reports on all matters relating to Mini Rugby in the club.
Ensures that all official policies and developments relating to mini rugby are adhered to.
Ensures that mini rugby matters are dealt with sufficiently and according to procedures.
Acts as link between the Youth Committee and Mini Rugby.
Ensures that all information reported on regarding mini rugby matters are correct.
Should not make decisions without consulting the Mini Rugby Committee, Youth Committee or Club Executive.
Represents Club at Area meetings.
Branch Youth Committee Member
Represents Area Youth Committee at Branch meetings.
Acts as a link between Area Committee and Branch on all youth matters.
Ensures all information reported on is correct and relevant.
Should not make decisions without consultation with the Area Youth Committee, Branch Committee.
Ensures that all official policies are adhered to.
Ensures that the correct communication procedures are followed.
Acts as link between the Branch committee and the Area.
Ensures that all information circulated between clubs (in the area) and Branch is correct.
Ensures the awareness of all Union and Branch policies and that these policies are adhered to.
Ensures that information is circulated to all clubs in the area.
Ensures that all clubs in the area are aware of all procedures and adhere to these procedures.
Reports to Branch youth committee on all matters regarding the area.
Should not make decisions without consultation with the Area or Branch committee, Branch Rugby Department or Branch Secretary.
Responsible for selecting and preparing teams for matches.
Plans and prepares for training sessions and activities.
Ensures all players get equal opportunity to take part in club/team activities.
Sets the right example for players on and off the field.
Educates players in the ethos of rugby and the values of being a true sportsman.
Acts fairly in the treatment of all players.
Works closely with the club Youth or Mini coordinators.
Conforms to all club and IRFU Child Welfare Policies.
Attains relevant coaching qualifications.
Ensures all activities are safe and supervised at all times.
Manager, Team Helper or Assistants
Assists the team with administration and organisational duties.
Liaises with the team and coaches regarding requirements for matches.
Assists with the supervision of players.
Works closely with club Youth and Mini Coordinators ensuring all club policies are adhered to.
Communicates all information regarding the club and or fixtures to the team and coaches.
Ensures all club and IRFU policies regarding Child Welfare are adhered to