CODE OF CONDUCT GENERAL PRINCIPLES
Participants in the game of Rugby League include:
All Players, Coaches, Sports Trainers, Club Officials, Volunteers, Parents/Carers and Spectators. Participants are encouraged and expected to:
» Show positive acts of sportsmanship, discouraging all instances of foul or illegal play, or acts of violence, both on and off the field.
» Demonstrate the greatest levels of respect, protecting the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability / disability, sexual orientation, cultural background or religion.
» Lead by positive example, and condemn the use of recreational and performance enhancing drugs and doping practices; their use endangers the health of players and is contrary to the concept of fair play.
CODE OF CONDUCT – PLAYER
» Be a good sport. Respect all good play whether from your team or the opposition and shake hands with, and thank, the opposition players and officials after the game – win, lose or draw.
» Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.
» Always respect the Referee’s decision.
» Never become involved in acts of foul play.
» Honour both the spirit and letter of the competition rules and live up to the highest ideals of ethics and sportsmanship; avoid gamesmanship, and respect the traditions of the game.
» Never engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, sledging, obscene gestures, offensive remarks, trash-talking, taunting or other actions that are demeaning to other players, officials or supporters.
» Care for and respect the facilities and equipment made available to you during training and competition.
» Safeguard your health; don’t use any illegal or unhealthy substances.
» Recognise that many Officials, Coaches and Referees are Volunteers who give up their time to provide their services. Treat them with the utmost respect.
» Do not bet or otherwise financially speculate, directly or indirectly, on the outcome or any other aspect of a Rugby League match or competition in which you are involved.
CODE OF CONDUCT – COACH
» Actively discourage foul play and/or unsportsmanlike behaviour by players.
» Seek to maximise the participation and enjoyment of all players regardless of ability; avoid the tendency to over-use a talented player; treat all players as equals, regardless of their talent.
» Show concern and caution towards all sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician and/or sports trainer to the letter when determining when an injured player is ready to recommence training or playing.
» Teach players that an honest effort and competing to the best of their ability is as important as victory.
» Maintain appropriate, professional relationships with players at all times.
» Maintain a thorough knowledge of the Laws of the Game and keep up with current coaching methods; maintain or improve your current accreditation level.
» Always consider the health, safety and welfare of the players.
» Teach young players to realise that there is a big gap between their play and the professional game; do not coach them as if they are professionals.
» Ensure that your coaching reflects the level of the competition being played; do not be a “win-at-all-cost” coach.
» As coach, conduct yourself at all times in a manner, and in all situations, that shows leadership, respect for the game of Rugby League and respect for all those that are involved in the game – the players, officials, the fans, the parents, the referees and the media.
Remember that junior players participate for pleasure and mateship. Your coaching should create a positive environment that is fun, safe, and inclusive.
CODE OF CONDUCT – MATCH OFFICIALS
» Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else; be alert to minimise dangerous physical play, fair or foul, especially in junior matches.
» Accept responsibility for all actions taken.
» Avoid any form of verbal contact with coaches, team officials, parents and spectators during play.
» Be impartial! Also, be consistent, objective and courteous.
» Avoid any situation which may lead to a conflict of interest, both on and off the field.
» Maintain an appropriate level of fitness for the standard of game at which you are officiating.
» Condemn all and every instance of unsportsmanlike, foul or unfair play.
» Set a good example by the way you dress, speak and act towards players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators.
» Show concern and caution towards sick and injured players.
» Officiate to the age and/or experience of the players. Referees are the key to the successful application of the Safeplay.
CODE OF CONDUCT – TEAM & CLUB OFFICIALS
» Uphold the integrity of the game of Rugby League at all times.
» Always act in a sportsmanlike manner, respecting opposition players, team and club officials and spectators.
» Make decisions in the best interests of the game of Rugby League.
» Place the safety and welfare of players as the top priority.
» Accept responsibility for all decisions made.
CODE OF CONDUCT – PARENT/SPECTATOR
» Condemn all violent or illegal acts, whether they are by players, coaches, officials, parents or spectators.
» Respect the Referee’s decisions – don’t complain or argue about decisions during or after a game.
» Behave! Unsportsmanlike language, harassment or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
» Encourage players to play by the rules and to respect opposition players and officials.
» Never ridicule or scorn a player for making a mistake – respect their efforts.
» Understand that sport is part of a total life experience, and the benefits of involvement go far beyond the final score of a game.
» Participate in positive cheering that encourages the players in the team you are supporting; do not engage in any cheering that taunts or intimidates opponents, their fans or officials.
» Remember that all participants are involved in the game of Rugby League for their own 6 enjoyment, not yours!
» At all times, follow the directions of the Ground Manager and/or other duty officials.
» Never arrive at a Junior League game under the influence of alcohol, never bring alcohol to a Junior League game and only drink alcohol, if it is available, in a responsible manner in the designated licensed area. Children learn from positive experiences and positive examples of best practice