Codes of Conduct


Code of Conduct

This is the set of principles and guidelines that set out what the coaching team will do and in turn what we expect in return in order to ensure that all players are provided with the maximum opportunity to play and develop:

Code of Conduct for Players

PLAYERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO

  • Recognise and appreciate the efforts made by coaches, parents, match officials and administrators in providing the opportunity for you to play the game and enjoy the rugby environment.
  • Understand the values of loyalty and commitment to adults and team mates.
  • Recognise that every young player has a right to expect their involvement in rugby to be safe and free from all types of abuse.
  • Understand that if an individual or group of young players feel they are not being treated in a manner that is acceptable, then you have a right to tell an adult either at the rugby club or outside of the game.

PLAYERS SHOULD

  • Play because you want to do so, not to please coaches or parents.
  • Remember that skill development, fun and enjoyment are the most important parts of the game.
  • Be attentive at all training and coaching sessions.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team – both will then benefit.
  • Recognise good play by all players on your team and by your opponents.
  • Be a sportsman – win or lose.
  • Play to the Laws of the Game and accept, without question, all referees’ decisions.
  • Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team mates, opponents, or match officials is not acceptable.
  • Treat all players, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take advantage of any player.

 Code of Conduct for Parents

 PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO

  • Be familiar with the coaching and training programme in order that you can ensure that your child is fully involved and the coaches are aware of their availability.
  • Be familiar with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the sessions in which your child participates.
  • Be aware that the club has a duty of care and therefore, where appropriate, assist coaches with the supervision of the young players, particularly where numbers are large and there is a need to transport youngsters to away games.
  • Be involved with club activities and share your expertise.
  • Share concerns, if you have them, with club officials.
  • Be familiar with the Good Coaches Code. In particular:
  • Coaches should recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players.
  • Coaches should keep winning and losing in perspective, encouraging young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances.
  • It is important that parents support coaches in instilling these virtues.

 PARENTS SHOULD

  • Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not that of their parents.
  • Encourage young people to play – do not force them.
  • Focus on the young players’ efforts, rather than winning or losing.
  • Be realistic about the young players’ abilities; do not push them towards a level that they are not capable of achieving.
  • Provide positive verbal feedback both in training and during the game.
  • Remember that persistent, negative messages will adversely affect the players’ and referee’s performance and attitude.
  • Remember young people learn much by example.
  • Always show appreciation of good play by all young players both from your own club and the opposition.
  • Respect decisions made by the match officials and encourage the young players to do likewise.

Code of Conduct for Spectators

 SPECTATORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO

  • Act as positive role models to all young players.
  • Be familiar with, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidance in relation to verbal and emotional abuse.
  • Respect the rugby club with regard to spectator behaviour.

SPECTATORS SHOULD:

  • Remember children play sport for their enjoyment not yours.
  • Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all youngsters irrespective of the team for whom they play.
  • Respect match officials’ decisions. Remember – they are volunteers providing an opportunity for youngsters to play rugby.
  • Never verbally abuse young players, match officials, fellow spectators or coaches. Such behaviour can create a negative environment for young players and their behaviour will often reflect this.
  • Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than the ‘win at all costs’ ethic.
  • Verbally encourage all youngsters in a positive way. If you do want to shout make sure it is ‘for’, not ‘at’ the players.
  • Encourage all youngsters irrespective of their ability – never ridicule any individual player, regardless of the team for whom they play.