INTRODUCTION

This code is designed:

  • To keep the element of enjoyment and satisfaction in Rugby for girls, boys and young players
  • To make adults aware that people play for personal enjoyment and not necessarily to satisfy adults or members of their own peer group.
  • To make the game safe and enjoyable for all players.
  • To remind all involved that Rugby must be administered, taught and provided, for the good of those participants who wish to play the game. It is their game. 

REMEMBER – “IT IS POSITIVE OR POINTLESS”

All of our committee members, coaching/ managing staff and game day officials have volunteered their time, and have been appointed based on their knowledge and experience of Rugby. Any public or obvious dissension, displeasure or deliberate interference in their coaching plans will not be tolerated.

All persons associated with STJRUC, have the direct responsibility to uphold our codes of conduct as all actions directly reflect on our club. We ask that all players and parents/guardians alike read and acknowledge our codes of conduct below, so we are all aware of the expectations of our representative teams.

When you sign on to become a member of our club, you are committing to training, playing, volunteering and the code of conduct of our club.

Under our Competition Rules, Downs Rugby has the power to cite Players, Coaches, match officials and/or Spectators for behavior that may bring the game of Rugby into disrepute and which is contrary to this Code of Conduct. If any accusations are proven, those offending players, coaches, match officials and/or spectators could find themselves expelled and/or banned from any match/event associated with Downs Rugby.

CLUB CULTURE

We are a family friendly club and welcome new families to join. We encourage families to stay at training and get involved or socialise with other families.

Volunteering is a vital component for our club to be successful. There are many jobs that you can assist with. Ask your committee where you can be of assistance or just roll up your sleeves and get in to help.

Club Rituals:

  • Uniform
    • Wear your uniform with pride: Socks up, jerseys tucked in. Arrive to game day in your training shirt.
  • Run-on
    • The run on team will normally line up on the half way line or where the referee is standing.
    • The referee will have a quick chat and toss a coin to see who kicks off
  • Full time
    • Shake hands with all members of the opposition including the coach regardless of the outcome
    • Make a tunnel for the opposition to run through
    • As they run through the tunnel say “Souths, 3 cheers for Dalby” (the team you just played)
  • After the game
    • Tunnel on the next team to play even if they aren’t from our club. As they run on say “Souths, 3 cheers for (the team running on)”

 

Players Code 

  • Play for the ‘enjoyment’, not to please your parents, friends or coach;
  • Honest effort is as important as victory;
  • Co-operate with your coach, teammates, referee and opponents, for without them you don’t have a game;
  • Never argue with the referee’s decisions. Let your captain or coach ask any necessary questions;
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team;
  • Respect all participants and officials and treat them as you yourself would like to be treated;
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good play, whether by your team or by your opponent;
  • Win, lose or draw, control your temper – no sledging or aggressive behaviour towards players, coaches or officials;
  • Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat;
  • Thank the opposition and officials at the end of the game;
  • Play be the laws of the game; and
  • Wear your uniform with pride.

COACH’S AND MANAGER’S CODE

  • Ensure your team and their supporters know and follow their code of conduct;
  • Enforce club culture and rituals;
  • Be reasonable in your demands on player’s time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests and demands on their time;
  • Ensure that all players have an opportunity to participate. The ‘just average’ players need and deserve meaningful playing time;
  • Remember the players play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it;
  • Never ridicule or yell at any player or official for making a mistake;
  • The scheduling and length of practice times and games should take into consideration the maturity and age level of the players;
  • Respect your opponents and the judgment of referees and opposing coaches;
  • Follow the advice of a doctor in determining when an injured player is ready to play again;
  • Keep yourself informed on coaching principles, current rugby laws and rule changes;
  • INSIST ON FAIR PLAY, do not tolerate foul play, fighting, or foul language. Be prepared to take off an offending player;
  • Win, lose or draw, control your temper – no sledging or aggressive behaviour towards players, coaches or officials;
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of players
  • Do not arrive at the venue intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs or become intoxicated during matches;
  • Follow concussion guidelines;
  • Behave in a sportsman like manner;
  • Acknowledge players who display sportsmanship and respect for players and officials;
  • Encourage parents to take an active interest in the Team;
  • Provide administrative assistance to the Coach;
  • Be fully informed of Rugby requirements and matters affecting your team;
  • Look after injured players;
  • Ensure that players are aware of representative trials and if selected, they are fully aware of their commitments and that they know of their selection;
  • Check eligibility of players for your team and adhere to the Competition Rules;
  • If a member of the team is ordered off by the referee, see that player attends the judicial committee meeting as required and accompany him to the meeting, if required;
  • Registration of players in accordance with the Competition Rules;
  • Make sure players, parents and officials are informed of all functions, social and otherwise;
  • Attend coaching and other meetings;
  • PARENT’S/GUARDIAN’S / SPECTATOR’S CODE

    • Do not force an unwilling youngster to participate in Rugby;
    • Remember, young people are involved in Rugby for their enjoyment, not yours;
    • Ensure your child to always plays by the laws of the game;
    • Honest effort is as important as victory;
    • Never ridicule or yell at any player or official for making a mistake;
    • Remember that young people learn best by example. Applaud good play by your team and by members of the opposing team;
    • Do not question the referee’s judgment or honesty – respect their decision;
    • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from Rugby;
    • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches and referees;
    • Help when asked by a coach, official or administrator. There is an expectation that you will assist with field setup, canteen and marshalling when requested.
    • Respect all people involved in the game regardless of their gender, ability or cultural background.
    • Do not critise or ridicule your child’s performance after the game.
    • Do not arrive at the venue intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs or become intoxicated during matches;
    • Condemn the use of violence in all forms;
    • Win, lose or draw, control your temper – no sledging or aggressive behaviour towards players, coaches or officials;
    • Ensure your child understands and follows their code of conduct;
    • Don’t relive your carer through your child;
    • Respect the coaches and managers decisions; and
    • Approach your coach, manager or club committee with any concerns you have regarding your child or the club.

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CLUB COMMITEE CODE

  • Ensure that equal opportunities for participation in Rugby are made available to all irrespective of ability;
  • Equipment and facilities must be appropriate to the maturity level of the young players;
  • Distribute the Code of Conduct to spectators, coaches, players and parents/guardians;
  • Ensure that coaches and managers understand their roles and responsibilities;
  • Provide support to offer clinics to improve the standards of coaching and refereeing with emphasis on good sportsmanship and the development of good technical skills;
  • Ensure adequate supervision is maintained at all games including field marshalling and first aid;
  • Behave in a manner to set an example for all participants;
  • Create pathways for club members to participate not just as players but also as coaches, referees, administrators and cub officials;
  • Do not arrive at the venue intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs or become intoxicated during matches; and
  • Respect all participants and officials.

TEAM/CLUB OFFICIAL’S CODE

  • Place the safety and welfare of players above all else;
  • Be impartial, consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions;
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for the individuality of players;
  • Avoid any situations which may lead to or be constructed as a conflict of interest;
  • Be a positive role model in behaviour and personal appearance and ensure comments are positive and supportive;
  • INSIST ON FAIR PLAY, do not tolerate foul play, fighting, or foul language. Be prepared to take off an offending player;
  • Respect all participants; and
  • Do not arrive at the venue intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs or become intoxicated during matches.