Club Rules

Parents’ & Guardians’ Charter

Oranmore Judo Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators, and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and share any concerns or complaints they may have about any aspect of the club with the coaches and with Tony Allen, 4th Dan Black Belt and club Sensei (Senior teacher).

Dojo Rules & Etiquette

On entering the dojo all participants must have their names recorded in the attendance book, together with the contact number of a responsible adult – in cases of emergency.

Photography is not allowed in the dojo (Oranmore Community Hall) without permission.

No shoes are to be worn on the tatami (mat area).

Members should bow in to the tatami on entering and leaving the area.

No unsupervised activities are allowed on the tatami.

No food, sweets or drink are allowed on the tatami.

Non-participants are not allowed on the tatami without being expressly invited by a coach.

All junior members must be brought into and taken out of the dojo by a responsible adult.

At the discretion of a coach, members may be sanctioned by temporary suspension of activities during a session.

At the discretion of the Sensei membership may be suspended or revoked without refund.

Please read the Members’ Code of Conduct to your child(ren) [below] and ensure they understand.

Never force your child(ren) to take part in sport.

Support your child(ren)’s involvement and help him/her to enjoy his /her sport.

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

Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.

Publicly accept officials’ judgements.

Set a good example by recognising fair play: applaud good performances by all participants.

Help your child(ren) to recognise good performance, not just results.

Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes – this is how we learn.

Use correct and proper language at all times.

Encourage your child(ren) to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

Dress Code

For health and safety reasons please ensure your child is not wearing:

Watches or bracelets, as these may trap others’ fingers or hurt on impact.

Clothes with zips, as these may abrade skin.

Clothes with hoods attached as these may strangle or choke your child if pulled.

Scarves (see above).

Metal or hard plastic hairpieces, as these may puncture and hurt.

Piercing rings or studs (if these may not be removed, ensure they are covered with sticking plaster), as these may tear, puncture, and hurt.

Socks are discouraged as they may cause slipping.

In the absence of judogi (judo outfit), junior members may wear loose cotton shirts and trousers. Stretchy and tight fitting clothing is not recommended.


Members’ Code of Conduct

As a member of the Oranmore Judo Club, we need you to stick to these rules:

Junior members must only leave the dojo in the company of an adult they know.

Members must obey instructions from their coach – not to do so may hurt someone.

All members must play within the rules and respect the officials’ decisions.

Members must respect all other members and coaches.

Members must not use ‘bad words’ or be rude about others.

Do not punch, pinch, kick, kiss, gouge, poke, spit at, or slap others on the tatami (mat).

Members must ask a coach’s permission before leaving or re-entering the tatami (mat) –

  • running on and off the tatami may hurt someone.

Members should wear proper judogi for training sessions, or as agreed with a coach.

Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly

Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions.

Members must not take drugs before training, or in the Oranmore Judo Club dojo (this includes caffeine, ‘energy drinks’, colas, alcohol, nicotine) without a coach’s permission eg: for medical reasons.

Members must not train with, or compete with, members of clubs belonging to Judo Ireland.

The above rules are not exclusive and are only guidelines for behaviour in the Oranmore Judo Club.

IJA Club rules are published on our IJA Club Information and Policy page.

Complete Irish Judo Association rules are available on the IJA website.