The Good Player’s Code

Young players should recognise that many people in Rugby Union are working to provide a safe and enjoyable game in which they can develop both as a player and as an individual.

 

In Rugby Union young players are encouraged to:

  • Recognise and appreciate the efforts made by coaches, parents, match officials and administrators in providing them with the opportunity to play the game and enjoy the rugby environment.
  • Understand the values of loyalty and commitment to adults and team-mates.
  • Recognise that every young player has a right to expect their involvement in rugby to be safe and free from all types of abuse.
  • Understand that if an individual or group of young players feel that they are not being treated in a manner that is acceptable, then they have a right to tell an adult either at the rugby club or outside of the game.

 

In Rugby Union, as a young player, you should:

  • Play because you want to do so, not to please coaches or parents.
  • Remember skill development, fun and enjoyment are the most important parts of the game.
  • Be attentive at all training/coaching sessions.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team and both will then benefit.
  • Recognise good play by ALL players on your team and by your opponents.
  • Be a good sport – win or lose.
  • Play to the laws of the game and accept, without question, all the referee’s decisions.
  • Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team-mates, opponents, or match officials IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
  • Treat all players, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.