Coaches code of conduct
- Rugby is a game to be played for enjoyment.
- The laws of Rugby should be regarded as mutual agreements, used to promote fair play. The spirit or letter of which, no one should try to evade or break.
- Visiting teams and spectators are honored guests, treat them that way.
- No advantages except those of superior skill should be sought.
- Officials & opponents should be treated & regarded as honest in intention.
- Official decisions shall be accepted without looking angry.
- Winning is desirable, but winning at any cost defeats the purpose of the game.
- Losing can be a triumph when the team has given its best.
- In Rugby, as in life, treat others as you would have them treat you.
Players code of conduct
- Play the game for the game’s sake.
- Be generous when you win.
- Be gracious when you lose.
- Be fair always, no matter what the cost.
- Obey the laws of the game.
- Work for the good of your team.
- Accept the decisions of the officials with good grace.
- Believe in the honesty of your opponents.
- Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.
- Honestly and wholeheartedly applaud the efforts of your teammates and your opponents.
Parents and spectators codes of conduct
Parents should remember:
- Children have more need of example than criticism.
- To make athletic participation for your child and others a positive experience.
- Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences.
- Be kind to your child’s coach and field officials. The coach is a volunteer giving of personal time and money to provide a recreational activity for your child. The coach is providing a valuable service to the community, most often without reward other than the personal satisfaction of having served the community.
- The opponents are necessary friends. Without them, your child could not participate.
- Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
- Between the exuberance of the winner and the disappointment of the loser, we find a person called a referee (and linesmen). All of them follow the same creed to watch every move of every player and to call the game to the best of his/her ability. Remember they are volunteers also, just like your coach.
- But yourself in the referee’s shoes. Do not openly question the referee’s judgment, and never the honesty! He/she is a symbol of fair play, integrity, and good sportsmanship.
- Accept the results of the game.
- Encourage the child to:
a. Be gracious in victory.
b. Turn defeat into victory by working toward improvement.
- Parental evaluation carries a great deal of weight with your child. The attitude shown by parents at games toward their children, the opposing team, the officials, and the coach, influences the child’s values and behavior in sports. Criticism and disrespect for officials and opponents by over-anxious or over-protective parents bent on immediate success rather than long-range benefits undermines the purpose of sports. This also brings into the game stresses beyond those of competition. When the player cannot cope effectively with such stress, it contributes to behavior not in keeping with the spirit of the game.
Be Positive, Encouraging, and a Good Sport!