ABRFC Mini/Junior Parents & Spectators Code of Conduct
ABRFC Mini/Junior section has a code of conduct for parents and spectators. We all enjoy watching young players and our enthusiasm can sometimes get the better of us. We should all remember the ethos of Mini/Junior rugby is to enjoy learning the skills of the game in a friendly and safe environment.
Our code of conduct is below:
Parents and spectators code of conduct
• Never force a child to play.
• Always remember children play Rugby for their enjoyment — not yours
• Encourage your child to play by the laws. Make it clear that cheating is just a way to get unfair advantage
• Teach your child that victory isn’t everything - playing as well as you can is just as important. On any day no more than half the teams can win so defeat is no disgrace
• Never yell at a player for making a mistake. Never sneer or use sarcasm — you’ll make the player feel like a total failure. Remember: he/she is not playing for your benefit
• Applaud good play by either team. Back up the referee don’t publicly question his fairness or ability. Children learn best by example. Set a good example.
• Encourage your child to improve his skills through coaching.
• Stay off the pitch. Coaches and referees are qualified to be there. They have worked hard to earn their qualifications. If you want to be involved in Mini/Junior rugby join them and learn how. Otherwise don’t interfere.
• Don’t abuse anyone especially the referee. Like the coaches he/she is a volunteer and unpaid. He/she has given up his/her spare time. If you abuse him/her he/she might not return. How can your child play rugby without a referee?
• Safety. The Mini/Junior section has qualified first aid coaches available. If a child is hurt call qualified first aider. Do not attempt to move or interfere with the player.
Players Code of Conduct
• Play for fun not just to please your parents or coach
• Play by the laws. No laws no game — don’t cheat
• Don’t argue with the referee. He/she won’t change his/her decision and he/she might penalise your team again — for arguing
• Control your temper and your mouth
• Never give up. The game is not lost until it’s won
• Be a good sport. Recognize good rugby — even when it comes from the other team
• Be fair. Don’t throw your weight around
• Improve your skill. You will play better and feel better
• Don’t be selfish. Co-operate with your team, the referee and your opponents. Without them you have no game.
• Don’t show off even when you have score