Code of Conduct 1 of 3

1. Code of Conduct 1

Belper RUFC
Code of conduct for Coaches

This policy has been written to remind or inform lead coaches, coaches or helpers of the standards of behaviour which are expected from them.


•Rugby is only part of a players lives, recognise this and allow for it in your demands on them.

•Treat games against other clubs as lessons, opportunities to learn not as tests

•Rugby is for everyone. Belper Rugby Club is for everyone, do not rely on ‘star players’ and make everyone else feel like a spare part. Share game time and your time equally during training sessions.

•Never ridicule or belittle any player. Always make every player feel valued and never demand unrealistic performance from a player.

•Take into account child development and the physical, intellectual and emotional capabilities of the age group that you work with.


•Rugby is a potentially dangerous game that relies on every participant 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.

•Rugby works best when the sides are evenly matched. Endeavour to mix and match ill-matched teams.

•People with masses of experience went to the trouble to construct the continuum. The continuum is part of the laws of the game. Understand and abide by the rules of it.

•Learn the rules and learn to referee

•Teach players by your own example, respect the referee. ALWAYS!!
You owe it to yourself and all other coaches to act like a coach.

•Always look like a coach, always act like a coach

•Start on time, finish on time

•Plan your season

•Plan your sessions

•Do not drink alcohol before or whilst you are coaching

•Do not smoke whilst your are coaching

To be a good coach you need up to date information on coaching issues and rugby issues. Stay in touch.

You are responsible for the players you coach:

•Do not leave players without proper supervision.

•Make out a safe training area and keep it safe. Make sure it
is in good repair and is safe.

•Take care during contact drills and games. You are probably bigger and stronger.

•Do not encourage or allow players to play when injured.

•Suggest injured players see their doctor or a sports injury clinic as appropriate.

Do not put yourself in a position where you could be suspected of or accused of physical or sexual abuse of any child associated with the club. Use a separate changing room to the players and never be left alone with a child behind closed doors.

Players are there to learn to play the game and enjoy playing it, remind them that winning and losing is only a by-product of performance, not the only thing that matters.