Code of Conduct for All Club Members




This Code of Conduct has been written to uphold the aims of Yardley Hockey Club and to protect everyone associated with the club at all club activities. It has been adapted from the England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour. Therefore, it should be read in conjunction with the England Hockey documents, available via its web site.



Who does this apply to ?

The content of this Code of Conduct applies to all who are involved in any way with Yardley Hockey Club.

It applies whenever and wherever Yardley Hockey Club is being represented.


·         The Yardley Hockey Club Code of Conduct exists to protect everyone within the game and outlines the behaviour expected from everyone involved with hockey at the Club.

·         Yardley Hockey Club is responsible for setting its own standards and values and this Code establishes the principles that hockey represents.

·         Yardley Hockey Club regards the sport as one that anyone can and should be able to enjoy, however they choose to participate – as a player, umpire. Club official, volunteer or supporter. However you choose to be involved in the game, you have the right to do so with enjoyment.


Expected minimum standards of behaviour and conduct

All individuals involved in hockey on behalf of Yardley HC will, at all times:

·         Respect the spirit of fair play in hockey. This is more than playing within the rules. It also incorporates the concepts of friendship, respect for others and always participating with the right spirit.

·          Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others. Respect umpires, officials, coaches, players and spectators.

·         Conduct themselves in a manner that takes all reasonable measures to protect their own safety and the safety of others. Never participate when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

·         Promote the reputation of the sport and take all possible steps to prevent it from being brought into disrepute. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, with dignity. Set a positive example for others, particularly young participants and spectators.

·          Protect others involved in the game from verbal or physical abuse and threatening or intimidating behaviour.

·          Never use inappropriate language or gestures.

·         Abide by the England Hockey Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey Policy and Procedures and Good Practice Guidelines. All England Hockey guidelines are available to view

·         Abide by the England Hockey Equity Policy.

·         Abide by the England Hockey Anti-doping Rules. 

·         Take personal responsibility to ensure that they are suitably insured for their activities.


Playing Conduct

All individuals playing hockey for Yardley HC will, make every effort to:

·         Make themselves available to represent the club (at any level) in matches. If a player finds that they will be unavailable they should contact their team captain or Club Chairman, giving as much notice as possible.

·          On match days make every effort to arrive at the meeting point on time. If you are delayed for any reason make sure you contact your team captain or kitty master. Make sure you warm up properly and warm down at the end of the game. This helps to prevent injury and helps the team’s success. On any match day the team may well have the luxury of substitutes and ‘rolling subs’ will be used. If you are involved in this accept the captain or coach’s decision with dignity. If you are ‘off’ the pitch wear a different colour top from your playing shirt. If you need a rest to recover from an injury or for any other reason just ask to be substituted. It may help the team and your own performance.

·         Make every effort to attend training sessions, or provide reasonable explanation as to unavailability.

·         Wear the appropriate kit for matches, including shin pads and gum shields.

       1st X1   -  (Home games)    Red numbered shirts, white shorts, red socks

                                      (Away games) White numbered shirts, white shorts, white socks

                      Badgers – (Home games)        Red shirts, white shorts, red socks

                                         (Away games)         White shirt,  white shorts, white socks


·         Welcome all visitors to Yardley Hockey Club in a courteous, helpful and respectful manner, helping them to know where the facilities are. If your opponents go back to your club base for teas and you are able to join them, try to play your part in socialising with them.

·         Show gratitude, respect, encouragement and support to everyone involved with hockey at Yardley HC, whether they are players, match officials, coaches, volunteers or supporters.

·         Show respect to match officials and opponents by shaking hands at the end of matches, joining in ‘three cheers’. Never argue with an umpire. Any queries regarding umpiring decisions should be directed through team captains alone.

·         Yardley Hockey Club expects its members to conduct themselves with the utmost integrity on the pitch. Yellow cards for misconduct on the field will be reported to the Selection Committee meetings.  Persistent offenders will have their selection reviewed.  If any member receives a red card during a match, he /she should be aware that the Club may impose a stricter penalty and match ban than the Midlands Hockey Association itself. Persistent offenders may well have their Club membership cancelled.

·         Accept any personal penalties given by match officials, including any appropriate follow up action requested by Yardley Hockey Club.

·         Each individual is accountable for his or her actions at all times when representing Yardley Hockey Club.  Apart from conduct during matches, this also applies when visiting our home social base or those of our hosts during away games, club or youth team festivals and tournaments, attendance at Club social functions or any occasion when the Club is represented.

·         Ensure that annual subscriptions, as appropriate, and match levies are paid in a timely fashion.

·         Do all you can to enjoy your hockey. That is why we play the game. Yardley Hockey club wants to win as many games as possible but we also want to win fairly and squarely. Help to make new members welcome.





Yardley Hockey Club adopts the England Hockey’s Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey Policy and has established the following commitment:



 Yardley Hockey Club is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people involved in hockey. It accepts its responsibility to help safeguard the welfare of all young people and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.


Every individual and organisation within the Hockey Family has a role and responsibility to help ensure the safety and welfare of young people. The Hockey Family is defined below.


Yardley Hockey Club as a provider of opportunities for young people in hockey accepts that we are required to fulfil our duty of care which means that we must do everything that can be reasonably expected of us to help safeguard and protect young people from any reasonably foreseeable harm. 




Hockey Family all individuals, clubs, associations, and other organisations involved in any capacity in the game of hockey, and whether or not members of England Hockey.  For the avoidance of doubt, this includes all players and anyone working within hockey (in a paid or voluntary capacity, and whether as an employee or on a self-employed or other work basis) including all coaches, umpires, referees and other officials.


Young People anyone under the age of 18



 Yardley Hockey Club will do this by:


• Recognising all young people participating in hockey (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to play in an environment free from poor practice, abuse and harm.


• Ensuring all people who work in hockey at, or for, our club (including staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches) have a responsibility for safeguarding young people and understand how the safeguarding policy and guidance applies to them.


• Ensuring all individuals working at, or for, the club are recruited in accordance with England Hockey’s recruitment guidance.


• Ensuring all individuals working within hockey at, or for, the club are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of and adhere to England Hockey’s Code of Ethics and Behaviour.


• Always approaching safeguarding with a young person perspective, ensuring the individual’s wellbeing is the prime focus.


• Ensuring that the responsibility of determining whether or not abuse has taken place, lies with child protection experts, however it is everyone in hockey’s responsibility to report concerns.





Yardley Hockey Club will ensure the name and contact details of the Welfare Officer are available:

• As the first point of contact for parents, young people and volunteers/staff within the club.


• As the main point of contact within the club for the England Hockey Safeguarding team as well as relevant external agencies in connection with safeguarding young people.


• As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members.         



Information and Guidance for Parents/Carers


Yardley Hockey Club welcomes you and your child/young person to the club. We hope you will enjoy being a club member and will enjoy the hockey coaching, training, matches as well as the social interactions.



• As the first point of contact for parents, young people and volunteers/staff within the club.

 • As the main point of contact within the club for the England Hockey Safeguarding team as well as relevant external agencies in connection with safeguarding young people.

 • As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members.

·         In accordance with England Hockey Safeguarding Policy, Yardley Hockey Club does not permit photographs or video content of young people to be taken without the consent of parents/carers of the young person. To ensure young people enjoy hockey in a safe and enjoyable environment, we will follow England Hockey’s ‘Taking and Using Photographic/Recorded Images of Young People’ Guidance.

·         Yardley Hockey Club has a Privacy Policy that states that the Club holds members’ personal details for internal use only. No information will be passed on to any third party for the intent of advertising or any other means without prior permission. Details are held for as long as club membership is ‘active’. If and / or when a member leaves his / her details are deleted from club records. The Clubs asks that for club membership to be considered ‘active’ a copy of the policy should be signed by all members and in the case of under 18 members also countersigned by their parent/carer.




• To play fairly and respect the rules of the game.

 • To respect their coaches and teammates.

 • To adhere to the young people’s code of conduct and behaviour.



• Ensure my child is dropped off and picked up promptly from the venue.

• Contact session organisers/coaches if I am running late to collect my child.

• Adhere to the Parents section of the Code of Ethics and Behaviour, available on England Hockey website.

• Use appropriate language at all times.

• Stay off the pitch during training and matches.

• Provide emergency contact details and any relevant information about your child including medical history.

England Hockey’s Safeguarding Young People Policy, Procedure and Guidance, is available to view online at,  or a copy is available at the club.



If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in hockey, please contact the club Welfare Officer who is responsible for dealing with concerns and working with England Hockey’s Safeguarding team for those of a more serious nature. All concerns will be taken seriously and treated in the strictest confidence.

Our current Welfare Officer’s contact details are:

Name:   Zach Jarvis

Contact Number:   07951 662 093   or e-mail:










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