CODES OF CONDUCT
GOOD PLAYER’S CODE
PLAYERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO:
• Recognise and appreciate the efforts made by coaches,
parents, match officials and administrators in providing
the opportunity for you to play the game and enjoy the rugby
• Understand the values of loyalty and commitment
to adults and team mates.
• Recognise that every young player has a right to
expect their involvement in rugby to be safe and free from
all types of abuse.
• Understand that if an individual or group of young
players feel they are not being treated in a manner that
is acceptable, then you have a right to tell an adult either
at the rugby club or outside of the game.
• Play because you want to do so, not to please
coaches or parents.
• Remember that skill development, fun and enjoyment
are the most important parts of the game.
• Work equally hard for yourself and your team - both
will then benefit.
• Recognise good play by all players on your team
and by your opponents.
• Be a sportsman - win or lose.
• Play to the Laws of the Game and accept, without
question, all referees’ decisions.
• Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse
of team mates, opponents, or match officials is not acceptable.
• Treat all players, as you would like to be treated.
Do not interfere with, bully or take advantage of any player.
GOOD SPECTATOR’S CODE
SPECTATORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO:
• Act as positive role models to all young players.
• Be familiar with, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection
Guidance in relation to verbal and emotional abuse.
• Respect the rugby club with regard to spectator
• Remember children play sport for their enjoyment
• Acknowledge good individual and team performance
from all youngsters irrespective of the team for whom they
• Respect match officials’ decisions. Remember
- they are volunteers providing an opportunity for youngsters
to play rugby.
• Never verbally abuse young players, match officials,
fellow spectators or coaches. Such behaviour can create
a negative environment for young players and their behaviour
will often reflect this.
• Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than
the ‘win at all costs’ ethic.
• Verbally encourage all youngsters in a positive
way. If you do want to shout make sure it is ‘for’,
not ‘at’ the players.
• Encourage all youngsters irrespective of their ability
- never ridicule any individual player, regardless of the
team for whom they play.