PARENTS/CARERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO:
1.Be familiar with the coaching and training schedule in order that you can ensure that your child is fully involved and the coaches are aware of their availability.
2. Ensure players arrive in good time for games or practices.
3. Be familiar with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the sessions in which your child participates.
4. Be aware that the club has a duty of care and therefore, where appropriate, assist coaches with the supervision of the young players, particularly where numbers are large and there is a need to transport youngsters to away games.
5. Be involved with club activities; volunteer and share your expertise.
6. Be aware of the Featherstone Lions Child Welfare and Protection Policy and always share concerns, if you have them, with club officials.
7. Be familiar with the Coaches’ and Players’ Codes of Conduct. In particular that:
· Coaches should recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players
· Coaches should keep winning and losing in perspective, encouraging young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances
It is important that parents support coaches in instilling these values.
1. Ensure that their child is familiar with, and understands the Player Code of Conduct
2. Ensure compliance with rules on smoking, alcohol and drugs.
3. Ensure that coaches are informed of any injuries or concussions that their children have suffered in activities in school or outside Club Rugby and comply with the club guidelines governing treatment of concussions.
4. Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not that of their parents.
5. Encourage young people to play - do not force them.
6. Focus on the young players’ efforts, rather than winning or losing.
7. Be realistic about the young player’s abilities: do not push them towards a level that they are not capable of achieving.
8. Provide positive verbal feedback both in training and during and after the game; remember the coach is the coach, not you.
9. Remember that persistent, negative messages will adversely affect the players’ and referee’s performance and attitude.
10. Always support Featherstone Lions in its efforts to eradicate loud, coarse and abusive behaviour from the game. Never abuse your own team’s or opposition’s players, coaches or the match official.
11. Help ensure that players and parents do not use bad or inappropriate language or swearing.
12. Remember young people learn much by example.
13. Always show appreciation of good play by all young players both from your own club and the opposition.
14. Respect decisions made by the match officials and encourage the young players to do likewise.
15. Display high standards of personal behaviour and appearance, and behave in a manner which brings credit to Featherstone Lions, and ensure players do likewise.