The club expects all members and families involved with the club to set a standard of behaviour we can all be proud of as a rugby community. By being a part of the club, you accept this expectation and are subject to being measured against it.

 

We use the 'Respect Rugby' document which is designed as a best practice model, to be used as an information resource and guideline for all. The complete document is available by clicking HERE.

 

TEAM & GAME PROTOCOL

Prior to Kick-off

  • Coaches to introduce themselves to their opposition and the match referee

  • Players to line-up on the field and shake hands with their opposition

  • Ensure that arrival on the field is prior to games scheduled kick-off

 

At the End of the Game

  • Teams to shake hands with each other with both captains to also shake the match referees hand

  • Teams to give three cheers to the opposition

  • The whole playing group to give three cheers to the match referee and touch judges

  • Each coach to shake hands with the opposition coach and match referee

  • Match referee to be invited to any related after-match functions 

 

 

PLAYERS - EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

  • Be a good sport, displaying modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat.

  • Accept the decisions of Match Officials. If in doubt ask your captain to clarify the issue when there is a break in play.

  • Play to the best of your ability, within the laws of the game and the competition rules.

  • Control your temper – do not become physically or verbally abusive.

  • Treat others as you would wish to be treated.

  • Treat everyone equally regardless of ability, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background or religion.

  • Honestly evaluate your own performance and incorporate advice from others so that you may improve your playing.

 

 

COACHES - EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

  • Represent yourself and the club in an honest and open manner, setting examples of the highest standards in behaviour.

  • Lead by example, ensuring that your behaviour sets the standard for your team

  • Give all participants a ‘fair go’, regardless of ability, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background or religion - condemning unsporting behaviour and promoting respect for all participants.

  • Accept that everyone makes mistakes. Do not ridicule or yell at players or Match Officials for perceived mistakes.

  • Follow the ARU Medical and Safety Recommendations and ensure your players are aware of them.

  • Display professionalism in your conduct and approach to coaching, understanding that your expectations of others must be appropriate for an amateur sport.

  • Only speak with Match Officials with a positive intent and manner, and never during or within 15 minutes after the match, or in the heat of the moment.

  • Maintain current knowledge of the laws of the game and coaching methods, and teach your players to play within the laws and the spirit of the game.

  • Honestly evaluate your own performance and incorporate advice from others so that you may improve your coaching.

 

 

SPECTATORS & PARENTS - EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

  • Be a good sport – applauding good play by all participants and respecting the decisions of Match Officials and coaches.

  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the game, including the use of foul language.

  • Accept that everyone makes mistakes. Do not ridicule or yell at players, coaches or Match Officials for perceived mistakes.

  • Respect and comply with directions given by the Ground Marshal, who is there to ensure a safe and enjoyable Rugby experience is had by all.

  • Comply with any Conditions of Entry to the venue, including staying out of the playing enclosure during the game.

  • Make visitors feel welcome when your team plays at home, and be a gracious and respectful guest when your team play away. 

CLUB COMMITTEE MEMBERS - EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

  • Represent yourself and the club in an honest and open manner, setting examples of the highest standards in behaviour.

  • Ensure that the club distributes the Code of Conduct and Conditions of Entry and that these are displayed at home games and made known to all participants.

  • Ensure your club trains its players, coaches and Ground Marshals in their responsibilities.

  • Monitor participant behaviour for any breaches of the Code of Conduct or Conditions of Entry and take appropriate action to stop and/or sanction such behaviour.

  • Display the example of expected behaviours through your own clubs behaviours, emphasising the importance of fair play.

  • Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development and help to improve the standards of coaching and officiating.

  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the game.