As a coach ensure that:
oAll your players participate
oAll teams are evenly matched – mix up the better players
oYou are generous with your praise and set a good example
oYou keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles
oYou keep yourself informed on principles of growth and development of young people
oYou gain suitable qualifications in order that you take a turn in refereeing / coaching / managing your teams games
oPlayers know that winning is only a small part of their development
oYou develop team respect for opponents, opposing coaches and match officials
oYou encourage young players to develop basic skills and FAIRPLAY
oYou always thank officials and never criticise them in front of players or spectators
oYou do not tolerate foul play, cheating, violence or bad language – replace offenders
As a Player:
oPlay for fun & enjoyment, not just to please your parents or coach
oAbide by the laws of the sport
oWork equally hard for yourself and your team
oBe a good sport – applaud all good performances
oTreat all players as you yourself would like to be treated
oRemember that the aim of the festival is to have fun, improve your skills and feel good
oAt the end of play, applaud and thank your opponents and the match officials
oNever argue with the decisions of match officials
oControl your temper – foul language will be penalised
oDon’t bully or take advantage of any other player
As a spectator:
oAcknowledge good performance and FAIR PLAY by opponents
oShow respect for opponents and officials at all times
oDo not use profane language or harass players, coaches or match officials.
Rugby Festivals Ethos:
oFestivals are based on fun & enjoyment
oFestivals are based on player / skills development
oBring ALL players to the festival whether that is 3 or 33
oALL players will get equal game / development time
oClub coaches will be allowed to coach during games
oAll Qualified club coaches will be encouraged to become Qualified referees
oNewly qualified referees will be encouraged to referee games
oANY ABUSE OF PLAYERS, COACHES, MATCH OFFICIALS OR SPECTATORS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER WHO WILL TAKE THE APPROPRIATE ACTION
oAll club coaches & Rugby Development Staff will take responsibility to police the above and ensure that Rugby Festivals are models of good practice
CODES OF CONDUCT
Code for Coaches
•Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example.
•Be reasonable in your demands on the young players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
•Remember that they have other interests and demands on their time.
•Ensure that all your players participate.
•Winning is only a small part of a players development.
•Develop team respect for opponents, opposing coaches and match officials
•Keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of young people.
•Encourage young players to develop basic skills and FAIRPLAY and avoid over – specialisation during their formative years.
•Do not tolerate foul play, cheating, violence or bad language.
•Never criticise the officials during or after the event in front of players or spectators – always thank officials and if they have made any decisions which require clarification discuss that privately with them afterwards.
Code for Spectators
Remember that young people are taking part in organised sport, which is intended to be played for enjoyment. They are not professional or international gladiators.
•Acknowledge good performance and FAIR PLAY by opponents as well as by your own team.
•Show respect for opponents and officials. Without them, there would be no competition.
•Do not use profane language or harass players, coaches or match officials.
•Verbal abuse of players or match officials is not acceptable in any shape or form.
Code for Parents
•Do not force an unwilling youngster to participate.
•Encourage your child to always to play by the laws of the sport.
•Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each contest is accepted without undue disappointment
•Remember that young people learn best by example.
•Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches and match officials. They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for young people.
•Do not publicly question the judgement or honesty of match officials.
•Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from rugby
Code for Players
•Play for fun & enjoyment, not just to please your parents or coach.
•Abide by the laws of the sport.
•Work equally hard for yourself and your team.
•Be a good sport – applaud all good performance, whether by your team or by the opponent.
•Treat all participants as you yourself would like to be treated.
•Remember that the aim of sport is to have fun, improve your skills and feel good.
•At the end of play, applaud and thank your opponents and the match officials.
•Never argue with the decisions of match officials – let your captain or coach ask any necessary questions.
•Control your temper – foul language will be penalised.
•Don’t interfere with, bully or take advantage of any other player.