OLD ELTHAMIANS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
Code of Conduct For Club Coaches, Officials and Volunteers.
Any coach or volunteer working with young people within OERFC is
part of a structure, which has many stakeholders with responsibilities to all of them.
This code of conduct has been written to remind or inform
Coaches/volunteers of those responsibilities and the minimum standards
of behaviour commensurate with fulfilling them. Each season every
Coach/volunteer active within the youth section will be called on to
warrant that they have read & understood and intend to abide by this
You should read and understand all existing policies and codes that we
have set and abide by them!
The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below.
All volunteers must:
• Consider the well being and safety of participants before the
development of performance.
• Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age ,ability and
experience of those taking part.
• Promote the positive aspects of sport (e.g. Fair play )
• Display consistently high standards ofbehaviour and appearance.
• Follow all guide lines laid down by the national governing body and the
• Hold the and appropriate ,Valid Qualifications and insurance cover .
• Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit
• Never condone rule violation, Rough play or use of prohibiti ve
We have our own Old Elthamian codes of conduct as well as the the
NGB codes listed previously & our own codes of conduct are more
personal to our club & the way we wish you to conduct yourself and the
time you give within the club.
1) Rugby is only part of a players life. Recognise this and allow for it in your demands on them.
2) Treat games against other clubs as lessons, opportunities to learn ,not as tests!
3) Rugby is for everyone. Old Elthamians RFC is for everyone. Do not
rely on star players and never make a player feel like a "spare" part.
Share game time and your practice lessons equally.
4) Never ridicule any player. Never belittle any player. Always make
every player feel valued.
5) Find out what makes each player tick. Know about their family
background and their other interests . Be able to spot and then explain
changes in behaviour.
6) Find out the facts about child development and the physical,
intellectual and emotional capabilities of the age group you work with.
I)Rugby like most sports, is a potentially dangerous game, which relies
on participants playing it in a spirit of mutual respect. Teach the players
you work with the meaning of"fair play" and set them a good example.
2) Rugby works best when sides are evenly matched .Insist on mixing
and matching ill-matched teams. New RFU directives are identifying
stopping games that are 50 points difference on games!
3) Respect the RFU continuum as very experienced & clever rugby
people have written it. They are the laws ofthe youth game and must be
adhered to at all times.
4) Learn the laws and learn to referee. Soon the sideline referee will be
5) Teach players, by your own example ,to respect the referee -ALWAYS
1) When you call yourself a coach you apply to join an elite club; When
others call you a coach you have achieved membership! You owe it to
yourself and others to behave like one.
• Always look like a coach.
• Start on time finish on time.
• Plan your session.
• Plan your season.
• Do not drink alcohol before you work, or while your working.
• Do not smoke when you are working.
2) To be a good coach you need to keep up to date with current coaching
information & issues. All of which is readily available.
3) You are responsible for the safety ofthe players you work with:
• Mark out a suitable work area and keep it safe.
• Make sure the equipment is safe and in good repair-if not report any
• Never join in with contact drills and games . You are too big and too
hard you will cause physical damage even if it is an accident.
• Do not encourage or allow players to ply on an injury. Refer injured
players to their doctor or a relevant sports clinic.
• Do not hold tackle pads, Let players of the same age and size hold pads.
4) Do not put yourself in a position where you could be suspected, or
accused of, physical or sexual abuse of any child associated with the
club. Use separate changing rooms from the players, Never be alone with
individual s behind closed doors and never get in the bath or communal
showers with the boys/girls.
5) Tell your players and keep telling yourself that winning and losing are only by-products of performance . We are there to enjoy playing nothing more!
THANK YOU FOR READING AND UNDERSTANDING THIS POLICY. OLD ELTHAMIANS WILL WORK WITH THEIR COACHES & VOLUNTEERS AT ALL TIMES TO IMPROVE THE
COACHING AND DEALING WITH ALL YOUTH PLAYERS.
IF YOU ADOPT THESE CODES THE WHOLE PROCESS WILL SPEED UP & ALL PLAYERS. COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS WILL SEE THE BENEFIT & ENJOYMENT.
PLEASE FEEL THAT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE CODES OF CONDUCT WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS. THEY ARE SET FOR YOU TO USE AND IMPROVE IF YOU FEEL YOU CAN!