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Basildon RFC Codes of Conduct
The Principles Of Good Coaching Delivery:
All rugby coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person that they work with and treat them equally at all times within the sport of rugby union and as members of the rugby community
All rugby coaches must place the physical and emotional well being of all players above all other considerations, including the development of performance
The relationship that a rugby coach develops with the players with whom they work must be based on mutual trust and respect
All youth rugby coaches must ensure that all activities undertaken are appropriate to the age, maturity, experience and ability of the young players
All rugby coaches must encourage players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance

Basildon RFC Codes of Conduct
The Good Parent’s Code:
The club encourages Parents to:
Understand the coaching and training programme so that they can ensure their child is fully involved and the coaches know their child’s availability
Learn about coaching methods by watching their child’s coaching and training sessions
Understand the Club has a duty of care to ensure the safety of players above everything else
Where necessary, provide assistance to coaches with the supervision and transportation of players to away games
Get involved with Club activities
Share their expertise
Express any concerns to Club officials
Be familiar with the Good Coaches’ Code
Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not yours
Encourage young people to play - do not force them
Always show appreciation of good play by all players whether from the Club or the opposition.

Basildon RFC Codes of Conduct
The Good Mini Coach’s Code:
The club expects that all ‘mini’ coaches will:
Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching
Keep winning and losing in perspective encouraging good behaviour at all times
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 players’ efforts, rather than winning or losing
Be realistic about players’ abilities; do not push them beyond their capability
Provide positive feedback both in training and during the game
Remember that persistent, negative messages adversely affects parents and spectators and also players’ and referee’s performance and attitude
Always support the Club in their efforts to eradicate loud, coarse and abusive behaviour from the game
Remember young people learn much by example
Always show appreciation of good play by all players both from their own Club and the opposition
Respect decisions made by referees (even if they appear to make a mistake) and encourage the players to do likewise.

Basildon RFC Codes of Conduct
The Good Spectator’s Code:
The Clubs encourages Spectators to:
Act as positive role models to all players
Remember children play sport for their own enjoyment, not for that of the spectators
Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all players irrespective of the team in which they play
Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than ‘to win at all costs’
Verbally encourage all players in a positive manner, shouting ‘for’, not ‘at’, the players
Encourage all players irrespective of their ability - never ridicule any individual player regardless of the team in which they play.
The Club requires that Spectators should:
Abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidance in relation to verbal and emotional abuse
Respect guidance from the Club with regard to spectator behavior
Respect match officials’ decisions, even if they appear to make a mistake –remember, they are volunteers providing an opportunity for players to play rugby
Never abuse players, coaches, match officials or fellow spectators: such behaviour can create a negative environment for players and their behaviour will often reflect this
Unacceptable behaviour from Spectators will result in their exclusion from the pitch side, and, if necessary, from the club.

Basildon RFC Codes of Conduct
The Good Referees and Match Officials Code:
Match Officials should:
Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating games
Provide positive, constructive, encouraging feedback during games
Emphasise the spirit of the game
Remember the needs of the players before the needs of the sport
Understand the physical and behavioural development of players
Set an example, be a positive role model
Look for self-improvement e.g. participation in training courses
Recognise that the safety of players is paramount.
Explain decisions - all players are still learning and parents will understand the game better
Always penalise foul play
Play advantage whenever possible in order to let the game flow
Show empathy for the age and ability of players
Be consistent and objective
Be familiar with the Good Spectators Code and ensure ensure that verbal abuse from players, coaches or spectators is not tolerated and is dealt with by club officials immediately
Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidance policies and procedures
Officiate to the rules laid down in the Rugby Continuum and keep themselves updated on rule changes
Check that the home Club has provided a qualified first aider, ambulance access has not been obstructed and that appropriate equipment is available along with someone trained in its use before starting play
Before training sessions and matches check that studs and other clothing are in accordance with the IRB Laws of the Game.

Basildon RFC Codes of Conduct
The Good Youth Coach’s Code:
Coaches of youth players should:
Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching players
Understand that most learning is achieved through doing
Appreciate the needs of the players before the needs of the sport
Be a positive role model - think what this implies
Keep winning and losing in perspective - encourage players to behave with dignity in all circumstances
Respect all referees and the decisions they make, even if they appear to make a mistake, (remember it could be you refereeing next week) and ensure that the players recognise that they must do the same
Give constructive, encouraging feedback during coaching sessions and matches
Provide rugby experiences which are matched to the players’ ages and abilities, as well as their physical and behavioural development
Ensure all players are coached in a safe environment, with adequate first aid readily to hand
Avoid overplaying the ‘best’ players by using a squad system which gives everybody a satisfactory amount of playing time
Ensure good supervision of players, both on and off the field.
Recognise that players should never be exposed to extremes of heat, cold or unacceptable risk of injury Never allow a player to train or play when injured
Develop an awareness of nutrition as part of an overall education in lifestyle management
Coaches should actively discourage both drinking and smoking
Ensure that their knowledge and coaching strategies are up to date and in line with RFU philosophy
Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU recommended procedures for taking young people on residential tours at home and abroad
Be aware of and abide by the policies and procedures outlined in the Policy and Procedures for the Welfare of Young People in Rugby Union
Coach to the rules laid down in the Rugby Continuum and keep themselves updated on rule changes.

Basildon RFC Codes of Conduct
The Good Player’s Code:
Players are encouraged to:
Play because they 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 themselves and their team - both will then benefit
Recognise and appreciate the efforts made by coaches, parents, match officials and administrators in providing the opportunity to play the game and enjoy the rugby environment
Control their emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team mates, opponents, coaches,match officials or spectators is not acceptable
Treat all players, as they would like to be treated themselves. Do not interfere with, bully or take advantage of any player.
Understand the values of loyalty and commitment to adults and team mates
Recognise that every 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 players feel they are not being treated in a manner that is acceptable, then they should tell an adult either at the Club or School or outside of the game
Recognise good play by all players on their team and by their opponents
Be a sportsman - win with dignity, lose with grace
Play to the IRB Laws of the Game and accept, without question, all referees’ decisions even if they appear to make a mistake
Issue 1, 31st July 2007

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