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Code of Conduct

See below for Coaches', Referees', Parents' and Players' Codes of Conduct.

Coaches Code

- Be reasonable in your demands on young player's time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember they have other interests
- Teach your players that the laws of the game should not be broken
- Avoid over-playing talented players. All players deserve equal playing time throughout the season
- Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment, and that winning is only part of it - you will influence their behaviour for good or bad. Never ridicule or yell at the children for making mistakes or losing a game
- Ensure equipment and facilities are safe and appropriate to the age and ability of players
- Develop team respect for the opposition as well as for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches
- Ensure medical advice is followed in the case of injury, regardless of how the player feels
- Gain respect with praise where deserved and set a good example in every way
- Improve players through good coaching - frequent matches and long training sessions do not guarantee success
- Make a commitment to keep up to date with sound coaching principles and attend education sessions where possible

Referees Code

- Behave and dress at all times in a manner becoming your responsibility
- Know the laws and regulations and apply them to match the skill of the players
- Vary the tone of your whistle to seek control with enjoyment rather than domination with ill-humour
- Play advantage whenever possible to allow the game to flow
- Ensure you are fit, even a 7 year old can run fast, keep up with play. Be at the right place at the right time, to make the right decision
- Explain your decisions - be consistent, objective and courteous
- Penalise deliberate foul play as being unsporting, thus helping retain the player's respect for fair play
- Compliment players on good play whenever praise is deserved. Always compliment both teams at the end of the match
- Keep yourself informed of all law changes affecting the game
- Join your county Referees Society and become a qualified referee. The more you do, the easier it becomes
- Understand what makes children tick

Parents Code

- Foster enthusiastic participation - do not force an unwilling child to play rugby
- Educate your child to play by the laws of the game
- Instil in children an understanding and enjoyment of the value of coaching
- Acknowledge the value and importance of volunteer coaches and referees. They give freely of their time and resources to provide rugby for children
- Recognise that children play rugby for their own fun. They are not there to entertain you and they are not miniature internationals!
- Emphasise respect for referees by not publicly questioning the referees honesty or decision-making - have you refereed without error?
- Encourage a child who has made a mistake during a game - never ridicule
- Applaud good play by your team and by the members of the opposing team - children learn best by example
-Teach children that honest effort is as important as victory so that defeat is accepted without undue disappointment
- Condemn bad behaviour and bad language
- Try not to shout continually and at children - shout occasionally, and for them
- Remember - it is only a game

Players Code

- Participate for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or coach
- Play to the laws of the Game
- Accept all the referees decisions
- Control your temper - you and your team will benefit
- Recognise all good play, whether by your team or by your opponents team - be a good sport
- Treat all players as you yourself would like to be treated. Don't interfere with, bully, or take unfair advantage of any player
- Remember, as well as enjoyment the aims of the game are to improve your skills and feel good. Do not be a show-off
- Co-operate with your coach, referee, team mates, and opponents, for without them you do not have a game
- Work equally hard for yourself and your team, your teams performance will benefit and so will your own


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