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Code of Conduct

CASTLE DONINGTON R.U.F.C.

1 OCTOBER 2011

CODE OF CONDTUCT:

THE PURPOSE OF THESE CODES

These codes are written for players, coaches, match officials, parents and spectators. They are designed to ensure that all adults involved with the Club appreciate their role and responsibilities and understand the behaviour expected in Mini and Junior rugby. The Club wants our players to find enjoyment in their sport and fulfilment of their aspirations in the safe and positive environment which these codes seek to foster.

Further information on these topics can be found at:

The RFU Rules and Regulations website : http://www.rfu.com/regulations/

The RFU Health and Safety Guidance Note: http://www.rfu.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/ RFUHome.WebSite_Detail/storyID/244/storytypeID/5/

The Health and Safety Sports website: http://www.healthandsafetysport.co.uk/home.htm

1. THE GOOD PLAYERS CODE

AS A PLAYER YOU 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 focussed and attentive at all training and coaching sessions.

Work as hard for your team as for yourself - both will then benefit.

Be a sportsman - win or lose - and recognise good play by all players on both teams

Play to the IRB 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 unacceptable.

Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not abuse, bully or take advantage of any player.

AS A PLAYER YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO:

Recognise and appreciate the efforts of 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 your team, team mates and adults who contribute to it.

Recognise that every other player is entitled to play in a safe and abuse-free rugby environment.

Understand that if any individual or group of young players is not being treated acceptably, then you have a right to tell an adult either at the Club or outside of the game.

2. THE GOOD COACHES CODE

REMEMBER: COACHES WORKING WITH YOUNG PLAYERS UP TO THE AGE OF 12 MUST FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES LAID DOWN BY RFU RUGBY CONTINUUM. COACHES WORKING WITH PLAYERS AGED 13 MUST BE AWARE OF THE UNDER-15 AND UNDER-19 LAW VARIATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE THAT APPLY TO CROSS-BORDER MATCHES.

AS A COACH YOU MUST:

Ensure all youngsters are coached in a safe environment, with adequate first aid readily to hand.

Recognise that young players should never be exposed to unacceptable risk of injury, nor allowed to train or play when injured nor to face extremes of heat or cold.

Ensure safe and proper supervision of young players, on and off the field.

Develop an awareness of nutrition as part of players education in lifestyle management.

Recognise that it is illegal for players under 18 to drink alcohol or for those under 16 to smoke. By your conduct and example, actively discourage both.

Ensure that your knowledge and coaching techniques are up to date and in line with RFU philosophy.

Avoid overplaying any player; use a squad system to give every player satisfactory playing time.

Be aware of, and abide by, the policies and procedures which the RFU require for Child Protection, the Safety of Young People in Rugby and for young players tours.

AS A COACH YOU SHOULD:

Recognise when coaching the importance of enjoyment for young players and treat all fairly.

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, encourage young players to behave in all circumstances with dignity and in accordance with the laws and to keep winning and losing in perspective.

Respect referees and their decisions; ensure your players recognise that they must do the same.

Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner, to all young players in both coaching sessions and games.

3. THE GOOD MATCH OFFICIALS CODE

AS A MATCH OFFICIAL YOU SHOULD:

Recognise that the safety of players is paramount; before starting play check that the home team 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.

Check before training sessions and matches that studs and other clothing are in accordance with the IRB Laws of the Game.

Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection and Safety of Young Players policies and procedures.

Officiate to the rules of the Rugby Continuum and keep yourself updated on rule changes.

Be a positive role model; be consistent and objective and always penalise foul play.

Play advantage whenever possible in order to let the game flow.

Explain decisions - young players are still learning and spectators will understand the game better.

Be familiar with the Good Spectators Code and ensure that verbal abuse from players, coaches or spectators is not tolerated and is dealt with appropriately.

Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating players, appreciating their needs before those of the sport.

Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner during games, emphasising the spirit of the game.

Understand the physical and behavioural development of players and show empathy for the age and ability of players.

Look to self-improvement through participation in training courses.

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