Rugby is a game of long traditions which have developed over time into a number of values that guide the way the game is played and how players, coaches, officials and supporters conduct themselves.
At its core, rugby is a physical game and a fundamental value is one of respect - for opponents, teammates and officials. For the vast majority Rugby remains a sport played for enjoyment. As such, other core values we aspire to are firm and inclusive. You will find those values embedded in the codes of conduct below.
THE PLAYER’S CODE
• Always play by the Laws of the Game.
• Play for fun and enjoyment, not just to please your coach or parents.
• Aim to improve your skills.
• Control your temper, and never argue with the referee.
• Be a good sport and co-operate with your coach and team-mates, the referee and opponents.
• Keep on trying – never give up.
• Look after your kit and equipment.
THE COACH’S CODE
• Be familiar with Child Protection guidelines.
• Always work within the RFU Continuum.
• Teach players the laws of the game.
• Recognise the importance of players playing for fun and enjoyment – winning is only part of it!
• Ensure that all players are given equal opportunities to play rugby.
• Provide safe, well-planned coaching sessions, which will develop rugby skills.
• Be generous with praise when deserved, and always feedback to players in a constructive and encouraging manner.
• Set a good example in your dress, attitude and behaviour.
THE PARENT’S AND SPECTATOR’S CODE
Be familiar with the Club’s and the RFU’s policy on child protection and Codes of Conduct
• Never force a child to play rugby, they should play for their enjoyment, not yours.
• Encourage your child to play by the laws of the game.
• Always provide positive support, encourage effort, and teach children that winning isn’t everything.
• Try to watch your child play as often as possible.
• Demonstrate good sportsmanship by applauding good play from both teams
• Respect all decisions made by the referee or coaches – remember they are giving up their time to provide rugby for children.
• Ensure that your child has appropriate clothing and protective gear for playing rugby.
• Set a good example by YOUR behaviour.
• Always condemn the use of bad or abusive language.