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1. Boston RFC - Code of Conduct


It is essential that the following list of people adhere to the Codes of Conduct as defined below and as a condition of being part of or associated with Boston RFC all parties named are bound by these codes. Any person offending any one of these codes may be reported to the Club Committee for the appropriate action to be decided.

Managers and Coaches (A below)

Parents and Spectators (B below)

Team Officials (C below)

Players (D below)

A) Code of Conduct for Managers and Coaches

Coaches are key to the establishment of ethics in Rugby football. Their concept of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are therefore expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct.

Coaches have to be aware that almost all of their everyday decisions and choices of actions as well as strategic targets have ethical implications.

It is natural that winning constitutes a basic concern for coaches. This code is not intended to conflict with that. However, the code calls for coaches to disassociate themselves from a ‘win at all costs’ attitude. Increased responsibility is requested from coaches involved in coaching young people. The health, safety, welfare and moral education of young people are a first priority, before the achievement or the reputation of the Club, coach or parent.

1. Managers and Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

2. Managers and Coaches must place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.

3. Managers and Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.

4. Managers and Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.

5. Managers and Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

6. Managers and Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

7. Managers and Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity experience and ability of players.

8. Managers and Coaches should at the outset clarify with the players (and where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.

9. Managers and Coaches must fully co operate with other specialists (eg other Managers and Coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors and physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.

10. Managers and Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (eg fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Law of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques

11. Managers and Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

12. Managers and Coaches must never use or tolerate inappropriate language

B) Code of Conduct for Parents/ Spectators

Parents and spectators have a great influence on Players and children’s enjoyment and success in Rugby. People play Rugby first and foremost because they love playing. Boston RFC is dedicated to nurturing that enjoyment and enthusiasm for the game as a foundation for developing the skills and tactical abilities of each Player. We believe that taking part in club activities contributes to each persons personal development and self esteem.

All of our teams play to win, but not at any cost. It is important that players play games in the right spirit and in a supportive atmosphere which allows them to play to the best of their abilities.

In order to achieve this result we rely heavily on the parents and supporters who attend matches to behave in an appropriate manner and to give their support in the right way.

We therefore require all parents and supporters who attend Boston RFC matches to read, understand this code of conduct, and to abide by it at all times.

Obligations towards the team:

Parents and Spectators should:

1. Encourage all members of the team by applauding good play.

2. Show understanding when players make mistakes or if the team loses

3. Be positive; discuss performances in a constructive manner at an appropriate time. Focus on things the Players did well, don’t dwell on mistakes

4. Leave it to the coaches to instruct the players during the games.

5. Never use abusive language or behaviour to any player.

Obligations to the other team

Parents and spectators should

1. Applaud the opposition or good play, not just your own team

2. Respect the opposition players coaches and supporters

3. Not shout or scream or use abusive language

Obligations to the officials

Parents and spectators should

1. Respect the referees and Touch Judge's decisions

2. Never argue with an official, even if you think their decision is wrong

Obligations to the Club

1. Never act in an abusive way to an official, coach, manager or player in the club, and never use racist language or behaviour.

2. Support the Club by attending matches and fundraising activities. The Club is run entirely on an entirely voluntary basis. Always volunteer your services before criticising others for perceived failings.

C) Code of Conduct for Team Officials

This code applies to all team/club officials

Obligations towards the Game

The Team Official should

1. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

2. Promote and develop his/her own team having regard to the interests of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the National Game

3. Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests

4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship

5. Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game

6. Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game

7. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language

Obligations towards the Team

The team official should

1. Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the club/team, and to obtain the best results for the team, using all permitted means.

2. Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests

3. Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques

4. Promote ethical principles

5. Show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, their own club/team and others

Obligations towards the Supporters

The team official should

1. Show due respect for the interests of the supporters

Respect towards the match officials

A team official should

1. Accept the decisions of the match official without protest

2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a match official

3. Show due respect towards match officials

D Code of Conduct for Players

This Code applies to all players whilst taking part in Games, training or social activities associated with Boston RFC

1. Play to enjoy Rugby. Always try your best to improve your skills and play well.

2. Rugby is a team game, always do your best for your team, remember Rugby is a team sport not an individual sport.

3. A score is the result of a team effort not an individual

4. Play within the rules always respect the rules they are there for all players

5. Never argue with the referees or coaches- they are there to help you. Their decision is final (even if you think they are wrong)

6. Don’t show off, lose your cool, pick on other players or generally misbehave, it is not part of Rugby, remember a team that plays together, celebrates together, will win together.

7. Respect good play from your opponents and your team

8. Help your team-mate’s coaches, officials, opponents. You cannot play Rugby on your own

9. DO NOT use or tolerate inappropriate language.

10. If you are unhappy with the ways things are going with the training, selection, tactics, coaching, etc, don’t be afraid to talk it through with your coaches and team manager. They are there to listen and help you.

11. Whilst taking part in other activities associated with Boston RFC to always act in a manner that does not cause inconvenience to anyone or bring the name of Boston RFC into disrespect

12. Always listen and obey instructions given by the person in charge of you.