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Code of Conduct 2021/2022

For Members, Parents, Associates, Coaches, Officials and Volunteers. Barford Tigers Hockey Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing and enjoyment of hockey for all its members

Our Club believes that it is important that all members, officials, coaches, volunteers, administrators, parents, guardians and carers associated with the Club should at all times show respect.


They are also expected to be open and honest at all times and share any concerns or complaints (or indeed ideas or compliments) they may have about any aspect of our Club with a member of the Management Committee (MC). A list of members of the MC will be posted the Club website and in Fixture Cards.


You are expected, as a Club member, coach or associated official, parent, guardian or carer, to abide by the following code of conduct and carry out these duties whilst involved with our Club. If you fail to do so your membership or association with us will be reviewed and dealt with appropriately by our Disciplinary Executive Committee (DEC). All members and associates, parents, guardians, carers, volunteers and coaches and officials must also adhere to England Hockey’s Code of Ethics and Behaviour.

Expectations of those associated with BTHC​

As Members and Associates:

  • You must play hockey within the current rules and respect officials and their decisions.

  • You must respect and treat your opponents and team mates as you would wish to be treated.

  • You must not use foul or abusive language, inappropriate gestures or indulge in reckless or violent behaviour at any time. All red and yellow cards will be reviewed by the club and action taken as necessary.

  • You must not consume illegal substances of any kind on Club premises or whilst representing the Club.

  • You must inform your captain/manager and or coach as soon as possible if you are unavailable to play or train.

  • You must keep to agreed times for training and matches. Inform your team captain/manager and or coach if you are going to be late.

  • You must wear suitable kit including club colours. Shin pads are compulsory, gum shields are highly recommended for all training and matches. Note that Barford Tigers Hockey Club does not insure any player in any way, and insurance must be purchased on an individual basis.

  • If you think bad weather will lead to cancellation of a match or training, it is your responsibility to contact your captain/manager to check if the match/training is going ahead.

  • You must complete membership forms as requested. Remember to keep us informed of changes to contact details.

  • You must pay subscription and match fees promptly

For parents/guardians and carers:-

  • Junior members under 18 are not allowed to smoke on Club premises or whilst representing the Club.

  • Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol on the Club premises or whilst representing Club, unless the circumstances deem it to be legal under British Law and the parent or carer is present. 

  • Please drop off your children promptly before a game or training. It is your responsibility to inform the captain/manager of any issues around this. Please also contact the captain/manager if you are running late to collect your child.

  • Parents or carers must accompany their children to the playing area and ensure that a coach or captain assumes responsibility for them. Children must not be dropped off in the car park or a meeting point and left without supervision from an appropriate official.

  • Please do not enter the pitch during a game or training.

  • Support your child’s involvement and help them enjoy their sport.

  • Encourage your child to learn the rules of the game and play within them.

  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials, and publicly accept official’s judgements.

  • Set a good example in language and behaviour by recognising fair play and applauding the good performance of all.

  • Help your child to recognise good performance not just results.

  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.

  • Never force your child to take part in sport.

  • Please ensure that you provide up to date emergency contact information about your child, including medical history.

  • If you have any concerns, please contact the Club Child Welfare Officer (found on website or in Fixtures Cards).

As volunteers or coaches:-

  • You must demonstrate exemplary behaviour at all times and demonstrate this behaviour when dealing with anyone involved in the sport, projecting a favourable image of Barford Tigers Hockey Club.

  • Wear appropriate clothing that projects a positive image.

  • Never smoke or chew gum whilst coaching.

  • Never coach under the influence of drugs or alcohol, under any circumstances.

  • Avoid using foul behaviour during coaching sessions.

  • Encourage players to abide by the rules and embrace the spirit of the game.

  • Encourage sportsmanship and the appropriate behaviour of players during training and matches. You should report any behaviour by club members that is deemed inappropriate to the MC.

  • Respect individuals and treat all as equals.

  • You must complete a membership form as requested, and it is your responsibility to inform us of any changes to contact details.

  • You should set and maintain boundaries (relationship/friendship) between you and the club member. 

  • You must be aware of the safety and wellbeing of the club member at all times, including, but not limited to, understanding and adhering to the First Aid policy and Emergency Procedures policy.

  • You should not use your influence to put any undue pressure on club members to gain personal benefit for yourself.

  • You must maintain a degree of confidentiality when dealing with personal information.

  • You must ensure that the level of activity is suitable for the age, maturity, strength and ability of each club member, and coach only those skills and techniques that you are competent to teach.

As officials, you must:-

  • Be punctual and wear clothing appropriate to the match.

  • Never umpire under the influence of alcohol or drugs under any circumstances.

  • Avoid using foul language.

  • Umpire in an unbiased, honest manner regardless of the reactions of players, coaches, spectators, time remaining, score, previous decisions, or any other potential source of influence.

  • Respect other umpires and their decision making.

  • Demonstrate a thorough and complete understanding of the rules and regulations governing hockey and their application, and make decisions confidently and never with arrogance.

  • Recognise the importance of and seek to achieve consistency in all aspects of umpiring.

  • Endeavour to ensure that the spirit of the game is maintained.

  • Set and maintain an atmosphere for the enjoyment of the game.

  • Show respect to your colleagues, players and the game – whatever the level.

  • Ensure, whether on or off the pitch, your behaviour is consistent with the principles of good sportsmanship.

  • Provide a safe environment for players.

  • Treat all as equals.

  • Have at hand proof of qualification and level of competency as defined by the England Hockey or Midlands Regional Hockey Umpire Association (MRHUA) or Birmingham Counties Hockey Umpires Association (BCHUA).

  • Inform the Umpires Co-ordinator/ Club Captain of your availability in advance. It is your responsibility to ensure that you inform the co-ordinator/ captain if you are unable to fulfil an umpiring commitment. 

  • Complete a membership form as requested, and keep the club informed of any change of contact details.

  • Familiarise yourself, and follow, the England Hockey Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy. 

  • Report any concerns over child welfare to the Club’s Child Welfare Officer see Website or Fixtures Card

England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour (Respect)

Barford Tigers HC has adopted England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour (Respect).

England Hockey is responsible for setting the standards and values that apply at every level of hockey as outlined in the Code of Ethics and Behaviour booklet, also known as Respect. 

Hockey is a sport that should be enjoyed by all who participate, be it as a player, official, volunteer or spectator. By producing this code, England Hockey believes that the highest standards of integrity can be held at all levels of the game and can therefore ensure the sport is enjoyable for everyone. The code applies to all players who are involved in hockey at all levels.

The Code of Ethics and Behaviour can be found to the right of this page where you can view the booklet in its entirety or click on specific sections that apply to different roles within hockey.

England Hockey takes any breaches of the Code of Ethics and Behaviour seriously. If you believe that a breach has taken place, please view the Disrepute Complaints page for further information.

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