The following categories exist for Junior golf at The Island Golf Club:
Juvenile Members – aged between 8 and 10 years inclusive.
Junior Members – aged between 11 and 18 years inclusive.
Those wishing to enquire about membership in either Juvenile or Junior membership categories can contact the office for more information.
Intermediate Membership is also available for those aged between 19 and 29 years inclusive. Please contact the office for more information on membership in this category.
If you wish to learn about junior golf in Ireland, please click the following link: https://www.golfnet.ie/about-us/junior-golf
Codes of Conduct
Juniors Codes of Conduct
Golf wishes to provide the best possible environment for all juniors involved in the sport. Juniors deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free of abuse of any kind. These participants have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities that they must accept. Juniors should be encouraged to realise that they have responsibilities to treat other participants and Golf Leaders with fairness and respect.
Juniors are entitled to:
- Be safe and to feel safe
- Be listened to and believed
- Have fun and enjoy golf
- Have a voice in relation to their activities within golf
- Be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect
- Participate on an equitable and fair manner, regardless of gender, appearance, age, ability, religion or belief, disability, social and ethnic background or political persuasion
- Experience competition at a level at which they feel comfortable
- Make complaints and have them dealt with
- Be safe from risk of bullying behaviour
- Say No to things that make them feel unsafe
- Privacy and Confidentiality
Juniors should always:
- Give their friends a second chance
- Treat Golf Leaders with respect, (including professionals, coaches, convenors, club officials, )
- 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
- Abide by the rules set down by team managers when travelling to away events, representing the club, school, province or country,
- Behave in a manner that avoids bringing golf into disrepute
- Talk to the Children’s Officer within the club if they have any problems
Juniors should never:
- Use violence or engage in irresponsible, abusive, inappropriate or illegal behaviour
- Shout or argue with officials, team mates or opponents
- Harm team members, opponents or their property
- Bully or use bullying tactics to isolate another player or gain advantage
- Take banned substances, drink alcohol, smoke or engage inappropriate sexual behaviour
- Keep secrets, that may leave them or others at risk
- Tell lies about adults / juniors or spread rumours
- Discriminate against other players on the basis of gender, appearance, age, ability, religion or belief, disability, social and ethnic background or political persuasion
Leaders Code of Conduct
Leaders should familiarise themselves with Golf’s Safeguarding Policy, in particular this code of conduct. Leaders should read and agree to abide by these terms. Leaders must complete this Code of Conduct annually.
As a leader in golf I agree that I should:
- Be positive during sessions and competitions, praise and encourage effort as well as results
- Put the welfare of young person first, strike a balance between this and winning / results
- Encourage fair play and treat participants equally
- Recognise developmental needs, ensuring activities are appropriate for the individual
- Plan and prepare appropriately
- Have experience relevant to working with juniors or hold up-to-date qualifications and be committed to the guidelines in the Safeguarding Policy
- Involve parents where possible and inform parents of progress as well as when problems arise
- Keep a record of attendance at training and competitions
- Keep a brief record of injury(s) and action taken
- Keep a brief record of problem/action/outcomes, if behavioural problems arise
- Report any concerns in accordance with this Code’s reporting procedures
Where possible I will avoid:
- Spending excessive amounts of time with children away from others
- Taking sessions alone
- Taking children to my home
- Taking children on journeys alone in my car
Sports Leaders should not:
- Use any form of physical punishment or physical force on a child
- Use any form of abusive language
- Exert undue influence over a participant in order to obtain personal benefit or reward
- Engage in rough physical games, sexually provocative games or allow or engage in inappropriate touching of any kind, and /or make sexually suggestive comments about, or to a child. This includes innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms
- Take measurements or engage in certain types of fitness testing without the presence of another adult
- Undertake any form of therapy (hypnosis etc.) in the training of children
Communication with Parents
To continue to ensure a child reaches their full potential and enjoys their time at the club officials/coaches need to encourage parents to consider;
- What do they want their child to get out of golf? Is it the same as what the parent wants?
- Does the parent understand what their child is trying to achieve and what support they need to achieve it?
- Is the parent being the best role model they can be to help their child enjoy their golfing experience?
- Is the parent focused on their child’s development and enjoyment?
Emergency Action/First Aid
All officials/coaches, leaders working directly with juniors should be prepared with an action plan in the event of an emergency and be aware of our First Aid Procedures.
This will include:
- Access to First Aid equipment
- Telephone contact if the participant is a minor
- Telephone contact to the Emergency Services
Parents Code of Conduct
As a parent/guardian of a junior member, we would encourage you to consider the following messages as Golf wants to help you continue supporting your child to reach their full potential and enjoy their time within golf, therefore please
To help your child have a positive experience remember to:
- Focus on what your child wants to get out of golf
- Be the best role model you can be
- Help your child achieve their potential
- Be respectful of other children and coaches
- Communicate with the coach and club/organisation
Parents are expected to co-sign their child’s code of conduct form and this specific parental expectation form.
Golf and its affiliated organisations believe that parents should:
- Be a role model for your child and maintain the highest standards of conduct when interacting with juniors, other parents, officials and organizers.
- Always behave responsibly and do not seek to unfairly affect a player or the outcome of the game
- Never intentionally expose any junior to embarrassment or disparagement using flippant or sarcastic remarks.
- Always recognize the value and importance of the officials and volunteers who provide sporting and recreational opportunities for your child. Do not publicly question the judgement or honesty of referees, coaches or organisers. Respect convenors, professionals, coaches, referees, orgainsers and other players. Parents are welcome to attend events and coaching sessions but should not interfere with the coach or professional while working with the player.
- Encourage your child to play by the rules. Teach your child that honest endeavor is as important as winning and do all you can to encourage good sportsmanship.
- Set a good example by applauding good play. Encourage mutual respect for teammates and opponents.
- Parents should support all efforts to remove abusive behavior and bullying behavior in all its forms. Please refer to Anti-bullying policy guidance (appendix 8)
- The rules and procedures set down by Golf.
- My child’s teammates and leaders as well as players, parents and coaches from opposing teams.
- I will never demonstrate threatening or abusive behavior or use foul language.
Any misdemeanours and breach of this code of conduct will be dealt with immediately by a Golf official. Persistent concerns or breaches will result in the parent/guardian being asked not to attend competitions if their attendance is detrimental to the child’s welfare.