Club Rules

Version 1.2 - January 2023 - DRAFT FOR APPROVAL

Introduction

Birr Town Football Club (BTFC) has outlined this set of administrative and sporting rules for all its members and volunteers. These rules should be viewed in conjunction with our code of conduct which outlines how we aim to promote good practice and create a positive environment for all those who interact with our club.

These rules are subject to change from time to time by the Club Committee, so you are recommended to view the current version of rules in place as published on our club website. Any additions or amendments to the rules will be detailed in the Appendix.

 

Training & Match Fees

Training costs for underage sessions either at the Community School or at the Club pitches are: 

  • €3 per session at the Community School (regardless if floodlights are in use)
  • €2 for sessions at Birr Town Club. 
  • €2 for Match days each game except when a BTFC referee is used for the match. 

Team managers must return training money in FULL at the end of each month. 

 

There is to be NO organised training session (or competitions) for teams or groups of individuals outside of the recognised training slots appointed. 

Bookings for use of the community school facilities are to be made via the club committee ONLY

 

Pitches / Facilities

Teams are asked to not warm-up on pitches before games and are expected to remove any belongings or waste from the pitch area AND dressing rooms after games.

 

Membership

Managers and Coaches are NOT permitted to select players for a team if they do NOT have an active membership with the club.

 

Team Selections

For underage teams, it is expected that managers fill their team FULLY from their own panel. Only when there are NOT enough available players from their own panel, can they supplement their teams with players from other teams.

 

Playing Time

We ask that all underage managers & coaches are familiar with the FAI Player Development particularly in respect to playing time. “Players need more playing time at a younger age, otherwise there is no learning, no development and little enjoyment - which may result in young players dropping out of the game. All players deserve playing time”. The club appreciates that achieving this consistently can be a challenge, however we do expect a reasonable effort be made to distribute playing time fairly across underage squads. The FAI Player Development Plan can be found here: https://www.fai.ie/domestic/player-development-plan/PDP-formats

 

Fines

Managers and Coaches must pay their own fines within 14 days of notification of fine, and will remain suspended from all club activities after 14 days if not paid in full.

 

Equipment

Any equipment provided to manager/coaches during the season is expected to be returned at the end of the season. 

 

Poaching

Managers and Coaches are asked NOT to actively seek in any form of Poaching players from other registered teams during the current playing season.

 

Sponsorship

Any club member who seeks or is approached about Sponsorship for any aspect of the Club, is asked to report this to the Club Chairman in writing. 

 

Injuries

All injuries which are anticipated to require treatment are to be reported in writing to the club secretary within five days of occurrence. Treatments which are to be financially supported by the club to a maximum of 50% of cost, are to be provided by “approved providers”. The list of approved providers can be provided by the Club Secretary.

 

Challenge Games

Any team who wishes to play in a challenge game with other registered league teams (only) must inform the club secretary in writing (email / WhatsApp, SMS) at least 48 hrs in advance of the game.


 

Appendix - Rule Updates

1.2 Adding in a section on equipment return at the end of season.

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