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EDGEMEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL
SPORT GUIDELINES

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CONTENTS

1.         Edgemead Primary Sports Philosophy

2.         Scope and Purpose of Sport Guidelines

3.         Edgemead Primary Sports : Goals

4.         Official sport codes and heads

5.         Non school sport participation

6.         Coaches & Coaching

7.         Team Selection

8.         Absence from practices and matches

9.         Cancellation of matches and practices

10.       Pupils’ responsibilities

11.       Coach responsibilities

12.       Parents’ responsibilities

13.       Spectator’s Code of Conduct

14.       Learner’s Code of Conduct

 

1. SPORTS PHILOSOPHY

We play sport for healthy recreation and enjoyment.  Children have to be active every day. Physical activity stimulates growth and leads to improved physical and emotional health. Research has shown that the importance of physical activity in children is stronger than ever.  For EPS, sport is much more than just exercise, because it also contributes to a child’s development both psychologically and socially.  The sports field also creates an all-important learning environment for our learners where they can learn to cope, adapt, and function in a team environment.  These are all important skills that our learners will need to acquire and apply in adult life.  Values are also instilled through sport.

The main objective of sport is enjoyment and basic skills development.  Pupils must have fun in participating.  Sport must be instrumental in teaching pupils how to deal with life situations and sportsmanship.

Coaches need to take time to create opportunities for experimenting, to celebrate successes, to make mistakes, to carry the consequences and to learn from them.

Pupils are childlike and they do not have the experience or expertise of adults.

Sport is about developing participation and sportsmanship in pupils, coaches, teachers, parents and spectators.

Losing a match is just as important for personal development as winning.  To lose requires emotional control and constructive thinking.

Although we deem sport to be for healthy recreation and enjoyment, we always arrive with the intention to perform at our best and a desire to win.

 

2. SCOPE AND PURPOSE OF THE SPORT GUIDELINES

The School Sport Guidelines apply to all staff members, parents, pupils and coaches governed by the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996.  The purpose of these guidelines is to manage and regulate the delivery of school sports for all pupils irrespective of ability, based on the principle of equity and access.  It defines procedure, practice, and a course of action.  Furthermore, it also serves as a mode of management and a code of conduct.  In essence, it is really a set of rules to govern behaviour and organisation of sport at our school.

 

3. EPS SPORT GOALS

  • To establish a healthy balance between achievement and participation
  • To promote participation in a variety of school sports
  • To help develop a true love for and enjoyment of the sport
  • To develop good sportsmanship, camaraderie and perseverance
  • To develop sporting skills
  • To offer quality coaching through the most appropriate coaching techniques, coaching courses and clinics
    • Integrity;
    • Respect;
    • Responsibility;
    • Discipline
    • Compassion
  • To realise and develop our children’s talents
  • To promote the image of our school by focusing on key values such as:

 

4. OFFICIAL SPORT - DISCIPLINES AND HEADS

The school’s management team, in consultation with the governing body, determines the school’s official sporting codes.  These sporting codes are organised by the school, receive funding from the annual school budget and are also recognised as part of the School’s Recognition Policy.

 

Sports Administrator (Mrs L Potter)

Athletics (Mrs N Henry)

Cricket (Mr G Kruger)

Hockey (Mrs A Hechter)

Cross-country (Mrs C McLeod)

Netball (Miss R Olsen)

Rugby (Mr A McAslin)

Swimming (Mrs L Potter)

Tennis (Mrs J Spencer)

Chess (Mrs P Govender)

 

5. NON SCHOOL SPORT PARTICIPATION

In addition to the codes provided above, pupils also participate in activities provided by approved persons other than teachers at EPS.

In these cases the sole role of the school is in providing the venues for these activities.  All administration and responsibility for these activities, rests with the “service provider”.

Examples of these activities are judo, karate, gymnastics, modern dancing, ballet, speech & drama, Irish/Scottish dancing, etc.  We encourage participation in these activities.  School sport engagements take preference to these activities.

 

6. COACHES AND COACHING

Parents are to recognise that teachers are appointed for their academic teaching skills within the classroom.

In order to extend our children and to give them as many opportunities as possible, all teachers are obliged to assist with sports administration and coaching.

It must be appreciated that not all teachers are competent in coaching.  In order to equip teachers, they attend coaching courses.

The ideal is always to have teachers as primary coaches at the various sporting codes.  Although they are exposed to coaching clinics, it must be clearly stated that this is not an expectation or obligation to which teachers will be subjected – teachers are primarily teachers and not sports coaches.

It is our policy that each team participating in matches or competitions, will be managed by a teacher.

We will endeavour to enlist parents with the required competencies, to become involved with the training, coaching or transport of players.

The management and team selection will remain with the teacher in charge who may of course consult with assistant coaches.

In many cases we negotiate with qualified coaches and employ them, particularly for our A teams.  Regrettably these “qualified” coaches are often not up to the standard and demand excessive fees for their expertise.

In making decisions about employing coaches, there should be a balance between needs, competence and costs.

Our coaches will always:

Place the emotional and physical wellbeing of players ahead of a personal desire to win.

Treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.

Do their best to provide a safe playing situation for players. They promise to review and practise basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of players.

Do our best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all players.

Lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all players.

Be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that they coach, and will teach these rules to players.

Use coaching techniques appropriate for all of the skills that they teach.

Always use the last 5 minutes of each practice to give the team feedback on their competition games play.

Remember that they are a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.

On match days they will always ensure that their teams are ready for the match.

On match days our team will always congratulate the other team by a formal hand shake.

Before matches we rally our team together to do a war cry or pre-match strategizing to motivate them.

Regardless of winning or losing, after every match coaches wilI always bring their team together to give them feedback, a post-match talk and congratulate them.

Inform parents via notices of times, venues, dress code for matches or competitions.

 

7.  TEAM SELECTION

The selecting of teams to represent our school at matches or competitions is at the sole discretion of the team manager (teacher).

It is our policy to select the most talented players to be in A teams.  As far as possible, we rotate players to play in B or other teams.

Often other schools are not able to field more than an A team.  Competitions for B teams is thus limited to such an extent that all children may not get a turn to participate in a match or competition during the season.

Should a pupil not attend the practice preceding a match, he/she may be excluded from the team for that match.

 

8.  ABSENCE FROM PRACTICES AND MATCHES PRACTICES

At the beginning of a season, pupils sign up to play a sport.  This signing up constitutes a contract by which the child undertakes to attend all practices, matches and tournaments.

Should a pupil not be able to attend a practice for any reason, the teacher/coach in charge must be notified on the morning of the scheduled practice.  A letter or email from a parent is recommended.

Should a child miss a practice, he/she may not be considered for that week’s match.

 

MATCHES

Most matches are played during the week. There are, however, occasions when our children participate in tournaments and competitions on Saturdays. On these occasions, children are expected to represent their school in preference to their outside clubs.

Should a child not be able to participate in a match due to illness, the parent must inform the school during the first hour of the day.  Either call the secretary (021 558 1007) or email the coach, surname of This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

9. CANCELLATION OF MATCHES AND PRACTICES

It is our policy to try and proceed with matches and practices as much as possible.

In the case of inclement weather, we make the decision whether to proceed or not at 12:00 for Foundation Phase activities or 13:00 for Senior Primary activities.

Should a practice or match be cancelled, we inform parents thereof by means of an alert message on the school communicator.

Regrettably the cancellation of away matches is at the discretion of the “away” school.  These decisions may only be conveyed later than 13:00 and will also be placed as an alert on the school communicator.

 

10. PUPILS’ RESPONSIBILITIES WITH REGARD TO SPORT

Pupils should be appropriately attired for practices and matches.

Pupils should attend all scheduled practices.

Pupils should be punctual.

Pupils should be courteous and display good sportsmanship.

Pupils may not play on or with any apparatus unless a coach is present.

Pupils need to be respectful of coaches, referees and umpires.

 

11.  COACHES’ RESPONSIBILITIES WITH REGARD TO SPORT

Coaches should administer the sport professionally by keeping order, keeping attendance records, being punctual and coaching to the best of their abilities.

Pupils and parents should be well informed of dates, times, venues and transport arrangements of all activities, particularly for away matches.

 

12.  PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES WITH REGARD TO SPORT

Parents are to ensure that their children have the necessary attire and kit for the sport.

Parents are encouraged to support their children by attending matches where possible.

Parents are to respect the decisions of the coach – particularly with the selection of teams.

Parents must ensure their children are punctual for all practices and matches and tournaments.

 

13.  SPECTATORS CODE OF CONDUCT

For the benefit of the orderly organisation and running of sport’s events during matches, practices and tournaments and to protect our pupils, Edgemead Primary has the following code of conduct for parents:

  • Parents will conduct themselves in a manner that they do not put the school, staff or pupils in a bad light and are an embarrassment to the school.
  • Parents will practise self-control and show mutual respect, courtesy and tolerance towards each other, the staff, coaches, outside coaches and pupils.
  • Teachers, coaches, outside coaches, pupils, participants, referees or adjudicators may not be intimidated.
  • Physical violence, profane and insulting language or rude signs during sports matches or any other extra-mural activities are not allowed.
  • Parents will show self-control and not react in an improper manner with regard to decisions made by referees and adjudicators- even if they did possibly make a mistake.
  • Coaches may not be interrupted during practices even if it is to give advice, make plans, to demand feedback or to discuss problems or complaints.
  • Sport practices may not be interrupted to interfere with team positions or team selections.
  • Parents may make an appointment with the Principal / Sports Administrator / Sport Code Head / Coaches at a suitable time and place, to discuss any enquiries, complaints, and suggestions.
  • Discussions between parents and staff/coaches must take place in a mutually courteous, constructive, controlled and respectful manner.
  • School sport property may not be removed from the school’s premises without permission from the Principal and in consultation with the staff member responsible for the property.

 

14. LEARNER’S CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SPORTSMANSHIP

Participation in sport implies physical activity and involves competition, but there is a very important element of sportsmanship involved.  Therefore it is expected that all Edgemead Primary learners will abide by the following code:

  • Maintain a sense of balance. Play the game to win, but not to win at all costs.
  • Know the rules of the game and adhere to them.
  • Accept all the decisions made by the umpire or referee without backchat or moaning.
  • Emotions to be controlled at all times.
  • A true sportsman/woman never loses his/her temper.
  • A true sportsman/woman will not look for excuses if he/she loses. Accept the fact that your defeat was because the opposition was superior on the day.
  • Be modest when winning and accept defeat with grace.
  • Always respect your team members, opposition, coaches and the staff of Edgemead Primary School.
  • A true Edgemedian never litters on a sports field or school grounds.
  • Be hospitable to visiting teams.
  • Always wear the correct (neat and clean) sports dress and attire.
  • Always act as ambassadors of this great school.

SPORT OFFERED BY SCHOOL

SUMMER\ WINTER
Cricket                      Rugby
Tennis                      Hockey (Girls and Boys)
Swimming                 Netball
Athletics Jnr & Snr      Mini Hockey
Chess                        Mini Rugby
Mini Cricker                Mini Netball

Sport/Activities offered by private service providers on our premises:

BalletBelinda Mesecke - 0824147052

Highland Dancing - Mrs J Lucas - 021 5582512

Modern Dancing - Mrs L van Vuuren - 021 5582059

Guitar Lessons -  Contact Charlene Haschick - 0728506798

Kumon Maths - Ms J Wyatt - 084 5885522

Karate -  Mr Jerome Petersen - 0834629089 /Ms Felicity Ekermans 0762200673

Judo -  Mr Gerhard Plos - 0729320278/0214392314

Cooking Classes - Mrs S Eaby - 084 4017295

Easy Stitch -  Mrs A Mongie - 084 5049080

Speech & Drama -  Mrs H Mollentze - 021 5593172 or 083 2351335

Pottery Classes - Sue Kent - 021 5586047 or 0727159532

Pro Act Drama Academy - Monika Roese - 0836203094