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1. The Good Parents Code


Club and Schools should encourage parents and guardians to:

  • Be familiar with the coaching and training programme in order that they can ensure their
  • child is fully involved and the coaches are aware of their availability.
  • Be familiar with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the coaching and
  • training sessions in which their child participates.
  • Be aware that the Club or School has a duty of care to ensure the safety of players and
  • therefore, where appropriate, assist coaches with the supervision of the players, particularlywhere numbers are large and there is a need to transport players to away games.
  • Be involved with Club and School activities and share their expertise.
  • Share concerns, if they have them, with Club or School officials.
  • Be familiar with the Good Coaches' Code contained in the RFU Continuum. In particular,
  • be aware that: (a) coaches should recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching players;and(b) coaches should keep winning and losing in perspective - encourage players to behave withdignity in all circumstances.
  • Support coaches in installing these values.
  • Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not that of their
  • parents.
  • Encourage young people to play - do not force them.
  • Focus on the players' efforts, rather than winning or losing.
  • Be realistic about the players' abilities; do not push them towards a level they are not
  • capable of achieving.
  • Provide positive verbal feedback both in training and during the game.
  • Remember that persistent, negative messages will adversely affect the players' and
  • referee's performance and attitude.
  • Always support the Club and School in their efforts to eradicate loud, coarse and abusive
  • behaviour from the game.
  • Remember young people learn much by example.
  • Always show appreciation of good play by all players both from their own Club or School
  • and the opposition.
  • Respect decisions made by the match officials, even if they appear to be a mistake, and
  • encourage players to do likewise.