COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
In rugby union, coaches of young players should:
1.Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players. Most learning is achieved through doing.
2.Appreciate needs of players before the need of the sport.
3.Be a positive role model – think what this implies.
4.Keep winning and losing in perspective – encourage young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances.
5.Respect all referees and the decisions they make and ensure that the players recognise that they must do the same.
6.Provide positive verbal feedback, in a constructive and encouraging manner, to all young players, both during coaching sessions and games.
In rugby union, coaches of young players MUST:
1.Provide experiences which are matched to the young players’ age and abilities as well as their physical and mental development.
2.Ensure all youngsters are coached in a safe environment, with adequate first aid readily to hand.
3.Avoid the overplaying of the best players by using a squad system which gives everybody a satisfactory amount of playing time.
4.Never allow a player to train or play when injured.
5.Ensure good supervision of young players, both on and off the field.
6.Recognise that young players should never be exposed to extremes of heat, cold, or unacceptable risk of injury.
7.Develop an awareness of nutrition as part of an overall education in lifestyle management.
8.Recognise that it is illegal for young players under 18 to drink alcohol.
9.Ensure that their knowledge and coaching strategies are up to date and in line with RFU philosophy.
10.Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU recommended procedures for taking young people on residential tours at home and abroad.
11.Be aware of, and abide by, the policies and procedures outlined in the RFU Child Protection Guidance booklet.
12.Ensure the match reports for website/ print are fair, do not cause offence to opposition clubs or match officials, and generally uphold the ethics of the game.
NB: Coaches working with young players up to the age of 12 must follow the guidelines laid down by the RFU Rugby Continuum. Coaches working with young players aged 13 must be aware of the under 15 and under 19 law variations, including those that apply to cross-border matches.