Mini & Youth Codes of Conduct

Parents/Spectators Code of Conduct

  • Your child has entered the game of rugby and as such the club is sure that you will want to support them. However, it must never be forgotten that the game of rugby is for the enjoyment of the players.
  • Respect all players, coaches and officials.
  • Do not swear at any person present, during training or games.
  • Do not give negative criticism, encourage, the game will improve with encouragement. It will not improve with criticism.
  • As a parent you should be aware that the club has a child protection policy, and it is available for you to read. Should you become aware of any bad practice towards players, don’t ignore it. Report it.
  • Do not allow your child to play on an injury and do not force your child to take part in sport.
  • Assist your child to learn the laws of the game and encourage them to play within the laws of the game.
  • Ensure that your child has adequate clothing and equipment to play the game safely.
  • Never give alcohol to those not old enough to drink it by Law.
  • A parent/guardian of a player needs to be in attendance at all times. Please do not leave the club without arranging a replacement for yourself, and please make sure that your child and the coach or team manager are aware of who this alternative person is.

Players Code of Conduct

  • Learn the laws of the game and always play within the laws.
  • Learn to play the game safely.
  • Respect the coaches, the referees, your opponents, your teammates, and any spectators.
  • Turn up for training, prepared, on time and with a positive attitude.
  • Wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the Coach/Manager.
  • Rugby is a team game, be a member of the whole team.
  • Do not bully any of your teammates.
  • If you see any bullying by your teammates or any other person report it to your coach, he knows how to deal with it.


Coaches Codes of Conduct


  • Rugby is only part of their lives, recognise this and allow for it on your demands on them.
  • Treat games against other clubs as lessons, opportunities to learn, not as a test.
  • Rugby is not for everyone. Do not rely on your star player and never make a player feel like a spare part. Share your time and game time equally.
  • Never ridicule or belittle any player. Make every player feel valued. To do this would be considered as emotional abuse.
  • Take an interest in each player. Know a little about his/her family and other interests. Be able to spot changes in their behaviour.
  • Find out the facts about child development and the physical, intellectual and emotional capabilities of the age group that you work with.


  • Rugby is a potentially dangerous game, which relies upon every player having mutual respect. Teach the players you work with the meaning of fair play and set them a good example.
  • Rugby works best when sides are evenly matched. Try to avoid mismatch, especially during training sessions.
  • Understand the continuum and abide by it. You have no options, as they are the laws of the game.
  • Learn the laws and how to referee.
  • Teach players by your own example to respect the referee.


  • When you call yourself a coach you apply to join the elite, when others call you a coach you have achieved membership. Behave as you would expect a coach should.
  • Always look like a coach, always act like a coach.
  • Try to start and finish on time.
  • Plan your sessions and Plan your season.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or during your coaching.
  • Never give alcohol to those not old enough to drink it by law.
  • Do not smoke when coaching.
  • Never ignore bad coaching practices or behaviour.
  • Keep up to date with current coaching practices and laws.
  • Be aware that you are responsible for the players you work with, so don’t allow players to play on an injury. Refer them to a doctor or sports injury clinic. Ensure you enter ALL injuries into the accident book and get a parent/guardian to sign the entry. It is for your protection.
  • Ensure the safety of the children you are coaching by making sure that they have the correct safety equipment and adequate clothing for the conditions. To fail to do this could be considered as Neglect or physical abuse.
  • Ensure safety by teaching the correct techniques; ensure the playing area is safe and free from glass, wood and other such nuisances. Ensure the equipment used is in order. If it is not, report it, don’t just put it back for the next person to find.