This document answers many of the queries which sometimes arise from parents, relating to their children participating in ESAA competitions.
It is up to individuals to choose whether or not they wish to abide by the rules of any institution but anyone not wishing to do so cannot take part in the activities of that institution.
This is the essence of democracy and applies not just to sport, but to school rules, behaviour at work places, road use, health and safety, everything to do with living. We all can only work within the rules.
The ESAA is an association of County Associations. The ESAA is an enabling body, not a controlling body, and has no say in how the rules of County Associations are set. It is the County Associations who set the ESAA rules, not the other way round.
County Association rules apply to all decisions made within the County by the County Association Committee and Team Managers.
ESAA events have no concept of 'automatic qualification' for team selection. County team selection is performed by Team Managers appointed by each County Association Committee, National team selection is performed by Team Managers appointed by the ESAA General Committee. Team Managers can take into account performances at any event, not just County Championships, and specifically can also take into account general standards of acceptable behaviour among other things. As in any team sport, performance is not the sole criteria for team selection.
As with all sports, Team Managers' decisions are for them to make, and are not open to correspondence.
County Associations include rules stating that County teams are under the control and direction of the appointed Team Managers who must be qualified teachers, and that selected athletes must travel with and remain with the team at all times. This rule is no different to that of many other travelling sports teams. They are there in part to provide essential time for teams to get to know each other and to encourage a good team spirit; in part to enable team managers to get to know their team; and in part to ensure that all children can be accounted for at all times.
Three commonly asked queries are:
The third query is common to any school trip and is a normal part of life which cannot be considered as requiring 'special needs'. All reputable coach companies make provision for travel sickness by making arrangements to seat susceptible children appropriately, supplying sick bags, and making frequent stops on route.
Parents/family/friends/coaches however are not necessarily vetted to work with other people's children. It is thus not appropriate for them to try to make themselves part of school trips. This includes a specific case (which is frequently asked about) where club coaches wish to enter athlete's warming up or marshalling areas.
Photographs and videos can be taken by the public from public areas for personal use only. They may not be published in any form (including personal or club websites) without written permission from the ESAA.
Photographers at ESAA events wishing to publish photos in the media or in any other form (eg. internet websites), or wishing to use them for anything other than personal use must be officially registered and accredited by the ESAA.
It is not possible to prevent photographs of any particular individual from appearing in the media. If this is a problem for you, you are advised not to take part in the event. If any parent wishes a particular picture of their child appearing on the ESAA website to be removed they can request this via the 'contact us' link on the website.