RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT

Huthman Football Club wishes that every member of the club, including players, parents/guardians, fans, managers, coaches, and committee members maintain the highest standards possible when they are involved with the club.

Our Respect Code of Conduct works by placing responsibility on individuals for their actions, so they are clear on what is expected of them while they are involved. However, the club acknowledges that at times, there may be some that break the conduct. When this occurs, we want the person to break that conduct to understand that there are possible consequences.

THE RESPECT CODE OF CONDUCT ENSURES:

1. Every club member (player, parent/guardian, coach, committee member) has read, agreed, and signed up to their relevant code and understands the consequences if the code of conduct is broken.

2. Signed copies of the Codes are collected and retained by the club so they can be referred to if an individual’s behaviour is deemed unacceptable.

3. Anyone who breaks their Code is dealt with fairly and consistently through the Club Disciplinary Panel and in line with the club disciplinary procedures.

HUTHMAN FOOTBALL CLUB COMMITTEE:

Yemi Huthman: Chairman: 07540757497

Danielle Smith: Secretary: 07817407769

Danielle Smith: Treasurer: 07817407769

Martin Smith: Club Welfare Officer: 07976277089

YOUNG PLAYERS

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As a player, you have a big part to play, and therefore in conjunction with the FA, Huthman Football Club is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct. Under this Code of Conduct as a player, I will:

  • Always play to the best of my ability and for the benefit of my team
  • Play fairly. I won’t cheat, dive, complain or waste time
  • Respect my teammates, the other team, the referee, my manager and coaches
  • Refrain from acts of violence and abusive language
  • Ensure that I advise my manager/coach of anything that may affect my performance or puts my health and safety at risk
  • Ensure that my actions do not put the health or safety of others in danger
  • Will only leave the designated playing area/time slot if agreed by the parent/guardian and the manager/coach
  • Ensure that I am wearing the correct footwear, shin pads, and clothing suitable to the weather conditions
  • Ensure that I have a drink available for each match and training session
  • Play by the rules, as directed by the referee
  • Be gracious in victory and defeat – I will shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game
  • Listen and respond to what my manager/coaches tell me
  • Understand that a coach has to do what is best for the team and not one individual player
  • Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club.

I understand that if I do not follow the above code, any / all of the following actions may be taken by Huthman Football Club, County FA or The FA:

I MAY:

  • Be required to apologise to my teammates, the other team, referee, manager or coaches
  • Receive a formal warning from my manager or the club committee
  • Be dropped or substituted
  • Be suspended from training or a game or both
  • Be removed or asked to leave Huthman Football Club. 

IN ADDITION:

  • Huthman Football Club, County FA or The FA may make my parent/guardian aware of any infringements of the Code of Conduct
  • The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension against my club which may be passed on to my parent/guardian.
  • May be asked to attend a meeting with the club Disciplinary Panel and if found guilty, may have further sanctions imposed on top of any FA / County FA fines and suspensions.

SPECTATORS

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As an adult, you have a big part to play. Therefore in conjunction with the FA, Huthman Football Club is asking every parent/guardian to remember that children’s football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical, and social skills. Winning is not the critical element for the club but that the children play in a safe and fun environment. As a parent/guardian,

I WILL:

  • Remember that children play for FUN
  • Applaud effort and good play as well as success
  • Always respect the match official’s decision
  • Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
  • Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials
  • Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake. Mistakes are part of learning
  • Support positively and encourage players not criticism
  • Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
  • Advise the manager/coach of anything that may affect the attitude or performance of the child
  • Advise the manager/coach of any medical condition that could impact on the health and safety of all and the performance of the child
  • Never leave a child at a game or training alone, unless discussed and agreed with the manager/coach. Safety is paramount, so if a child is left, a contactable telephone number should be left or advise of responsibility to another adult. I understand that the club is responsible for the children within the field of play and the technical areas of the football pitch
  • Remain outside the field of play and within designated spectator areas (minimum of 1m away from the touchline
  • Understand the roles of the committee members.

I understand that if I do not follow the above code, any / all of the following actions may be taken by Huthman Football Club, County FA or The FA:

I MAY BE:

  • Issued with a verbal warning from the club or league official
  • Required to meet with the club, league or County FA Welfare Officer
  • Required to meet with the club committee
  • Obliged to undertake an FA Education Course
  • Obliged to leave the match venue by the club
  • Requested by the club not to attend future matches
  • Suspend or have my club membership removed
  • Required to leave the club along with my dependents.

IN ADDITION:

  • The FA/ County FA could impose a fine and suspension on this club
  • May be asked to attend a meeting with the club disciplinary panel and if found guilty, understand that the club may decide that further sanctions are imposed on top of any issued by the FA or County FA.

COACHES, TEAM MANAGERS AND CLUB OFFICIALS

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. In a FA grassroots survey of 37,000 participants, the behaviour was the biggest concern, including the abuse of match officials, unacceptable behaviour of over-competitive parents, guardians, spectators, and coaches on the sideline. Huthman Football Club is asking every coach, team manager, and club official to play their part and observe the code of conduct in everything they do. As a coach, team manager or club official,

I WILL:

  • Use my position to set a positive example for the young people I am responsible for
  • Show respect to others involved in the game, including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators
  • Adhere to the law and the spirit of the game
  • Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour
  • Respect match official’s decisions
  • Never enter the field of play without the match official approval
  • Never engage in public criticism of the match official
  • Never engage in or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
  • Maintain high standards expected while on duty with Huthman Football Club, we are role models to the children we are developing
  • Ensure that I achieve a minimum of The FA Level 1 Coaching qualification within 12 months of joining the Huthman Football Club and ensuring that my CRC, Emergency Aid, and Safeguarding qualifications are maintained within renewal dates.
  • Ensure that once I complete the minimum Level 1 Coaching qualification, that I will attend or complete a minimum of 3 hours of CPD per season
  • Ensure that I wear the coaches, team manager, club official’s kit while on working with the players.
  • Raise any concerns to the committee about equipment, pitches, players welfare or safety at the earliest opportunity
  • Report any incidents at the earliest opportunity to the Club Committee or at a maximum of 2 hours after the incident occurred.

WHEN WORKING WITH PLAYERS, I WILL: 

  • Place the wellbeing, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything else, including winning
  • At the start of each session, check that the players are feeling well, wearing suitable footwear, shin pads, clothing
  • Explain precisely what is expected of the players and what they can expect from me.
  • Ensure all parents/guardians of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations
  • If parents/guardians from another team express concerns, never comment on what should be done but encourage them to speak to that team’s manager or committee member. The only exception being if the welfare of the child is at risk, at which the Club Welfare Officer should be contacted at the earliest opportunity
  • Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying
  • Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build self-esteem
  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  • Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the player's ability, age and maturity level
  • Encourage at foundation level football, development of the players by encouraging playing within different positions
  • Aim to share and maximise game time for all players when possible
  • Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each player’s best interests
  • Aim to work in conjunction with the Huthman Football Club philosophy
  • Remember we are all started somewhere. Show respect, support, and assistance in the development of existing and new coaches.

I understand that if I do not follow the above code, any / all of the following actions may be taken by Huthman Football Club, County FA or The FA:

I MAY BE:

  • Required to meet with the club committee
  • Suspended by the club from attending matches
  • Suspended or fined by the County FA 
  • Required to comply with the club disciplinary panel
  • Required to adhere to the club, league or County Welfare Officer
  • Monitored by another club coach
  • Required to attend an FA Education Course
  • Suspended, dismissed, or requested to leave Huthman Football Club.

IN ADDITION:

  • My FA Coaching Licence may be withdrawn.

MATCH OFFICIALS

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game – both on the pitch and the sidelines. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct of match officials at all times.

I WILL:

  • Be honest and completely impartial at all times
  • Apply the Laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently
  • Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner
  • Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct
  • Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players and team officials 
  • Support my match official colleagues at all times 
  • Set a positive personal example by promoting ethical behaviour from players and team officials
  • Set an affirmative personal standard by promoting good practice and showing respect to everyone involved in the game
  • Communicate with the players and encourage fair play
  • Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains
  • Prepare physically and mentally for each match 
  • Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games in which I officiate.  

I understand that if I do not follow the above code, any / all of the following actions may be taken by Huthman Football Club, County FA or The FA:

I MAY BE:

  • Required to meet with The FA /County FA Refereeing Official.
  • Required to meet with The FA/County FA Refereeing Committee.

ADULT PLAYERS

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for players at all times.

ON AND OFF THE FIELD, I WILL:

  • Adhere to the Laws of The Game
  • Display and promote high standards of behaviour
  • Promote Fair Play
  • Always respect the match official decisions
  • Never engage in public criticism of the match officials
  • Never engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour 
  • Never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment
  • Speak to my teammates, the opposition and my coach/manager with respect
  • Remember we all make mistakes
  • Win or lose with dignity. Shake hands with the opposing team and the referee at the end of every game.

I understand that if I do not follow the above code, any / all of the following actions may be taken by Huthman Football Club, County FA or The FA:

I MAY:

  • Be required to apologise to teammates, the other team, referee or team manager
  • Receive a warning from the coach 
  • Receive a written notice from the club committee 
  • Be required to attend an FA education course 
  • Be dropped or substituted
  • Be suspended from training
  • Not be selected for the team 
  • Be required to serve a suspension
  • Be fined 
  • Be required to leave the club. 

IN ADDITION:

  • The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension on the club. 

INJURIES

The game of football is a contact sport where there is a high possibility of injury to players associated with the Huthman Football Club. Players, parents/guardians, managers, coaches, and committee members all have a responsibility to the welfare of the player and that “risks” are not taken for the benefit of a better result for the team. As a guide, the following should be used.

MINOR INJURY

The assessment should be made by the player and manager to determine if the player should be substituted or removed from the training session and should be reviewed before the next training session/game. Examples of minor injuries- hamstring, pulled muscle, dead leg, body collision. The parent should be notified at the first opportunity.

HEAD INJURY

Any collision with the head should result in substitution as the potential of delayed concussion or damage is possible. Under 18s and girls/women are at high risk of delayed concussion. The parent/guardian should be notified immediately and advised that the player should be taken to the hospital to be assessed. Where there is an apparent head injury or concussion, then the ambulance should be called. Within 2 hours of the session or game being completed, the committee should be advised.

Below is the guide from the FA in how to deal with a concussion and should also be used with any other potential head injury.

Should there be signs of concussion at any stage, the player must rest for 48 hours and move back a stage. Medical sign off will be required for Stages 1 and 5. Should a player suffer concussion; the player must not train or play for a minimum period of 28 days from midnight of the day of a concussion. This should be five days longer than the recommendation. However, it is felt that this is a more precise deadline to administer and will need player, parent/guardian, manager, and committee member to sign off resuming playing. It is also noted that this period may extend due to the completion of the stages.

MAJOR INJURIES

Any significant injuries (examples- ligament damage, leg/arm breaks, fits, collapse, etc.) will need to be reported to the parent/guardian and the committee at the earliest opportunity.

The player will not be able to return to training or match games for Huthman Football Club unless supporting documentation from a medical professional has been received and verified by the team manager and a member of the committee. The manager and committee reserve the right to extend the period of return to ensure the welfare of the player. Where necessary, Huthman Football Club may seek further advice from the relevant League Secretary or County FA.

Like players, parents/guardians, managers, committee members, we understand that if we do not follow the above code, any / all the following actions may be taken by Huthman Football Club, County FA or the FA:

  • Required to meet with the club committee
  • Required to meet with the club, league or County Welfare Officer
  • Suspended, dismissed or requested to leave Huthman Football Club
     

Email team@huthmanfc.com if you have any questions or queries.