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Code of Conduct

Berry Hill Junior Section Code of Conduct.

These codes reflect the policy of Berry Hill Junior Section, for the conduct of Mini and Junior Rugby. They are intended to provide guidance to all those persons who are associated with Mini / Junior Rugby players and in particular those responsible for directing their activities.
If adopted, the codes will ensure that young people develop good sporting behaviour and have an enjoyable experience of sport, which will encourage them to remain involved in any capacity throughout their lives. The aims of the Code of Conduct are to make the game of Rugby more attractive, healthy and a worthwhile activity for children.
•Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
•Encourage your child to participate, do not force them.
•Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
•Encourage children always to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
•Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
•Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
•Support all efforts to remove verbal or physical abuse from sporting activities.
•Respect official’s decisions and teach children to do likewise.
•Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
•Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them your child could not participate.
•Children participate for fun and enjoyment and winning is only part of their motivation.
•Never ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or losing a competition.
•Make a commitment to providing a quality service to your players by adhering to the
•Ensure that all players are treated fairly and equally at training. Selection for matches is at the manager’s discretion and the manager's decision is final.
•Display control, respect, dignity and professionalism to all involved with Rugby- this includes but is not limited to officials, opponents, coaches, administrators, parents and spectators. Encourage your players to display the same qualities.
•Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the game and reinforce to your players that the rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
•Ensure that coaching or training activities take place in a safe environment and are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the players.
•Show concern and caution towards sick or injured players.
•Mini/Junior rugby players play rugby for fun and enjoyment and winning is only a secondary part of playing.
•Play to the rules of the game, which have been drawn up by mutual agreements, no one should break or evade them. Ensure that you are never sent off.
•Respect your opponents, club officials and match officials because without them you may not be able to participate in a sport you enjoy playing.
•Thank the opposition players, referees and coaches at the end of each game by forming a tunnel in the centre of the field to shake hands and thank them for the game.
•Rugby is a team game. Encourage your own team mates as every player makes mistakes and has his/her “off days”.
•Never abuse anyone or swear in frustration on or off the field of play.