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In these days of competitive league and cup rugby at Junior level and a culture of winning at all costs, it is important not to forget the reasons why young players participate in and enjoy the game of Rugby Union. The idea of "Fair Play" should be a constant reference point for all those people involved in the Mini and Youth game. To lose sight of this would be detrimental to everyone.

With that thought in mind the Fair Play Codes are guidelines which help remind all of us all of why we enjoy being part of this great game.

The code is designed to:
To maintain the element of enjoyment and satisfaction in Junior Rugby.
To make adults aware that young people play to satisfy themselves and not necessarily to satisfy adults or members of their own peer group.
To improve the physical fitness of youth by making it attractive, safe and enjoyable for all young people.
To constantly remind Administrators, Coaches, Referees, Parents, that Rugby must be administered, taught and provided, for the good of those young people who wish to play the game. REMEMBER IT IS THEIR GAME

The partnership between coaches, team managers and parents

This is positively encouraged through:
Providing information on possible financial issues.
Agreeing issues relating to Duty of Care (eg responsibility for travelling to and from games).
Encouraging parents to attend coaching sessions and games and making them aware that the "win at all costs" ethos is not accepted in Rugby Union.
Ensuring that parents have realistic aspirations for their child and are aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses.
Informing parents about specialist equipment that is required (eg gum shields, head guards etc ), and where it can be purchased from.
Ensuring parents are aware of what is acceptable touchline behaviour.
Involving parents in peripheral activities which make them feel they 'belong'eg running touch, helping set up equipment, putting tag belts on writing match reports etc

The Good Parents Code

In Rugby Union coaches and administrators both fully acknowledge that parents are an integral part of the partnership, which ensures that young players enjoy their involvement in the sport and experience an environment in which they can flourish.

We like to encourage parents to be familiar with the coaching and training programme in order that they can ensure that their child is fully involved and the coaches are aware of their availability. Wherever possible we would like parents to be involved during matches and help support the coaches and referee eg volunteer to run the line, help putting out flags and post protectors and returning to the shed, ensure players have adequate supply of water, writing match reports etc.

Parents should also be familiar with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the sessions in which your child participates and where appropriate, assist coaches with the supervision and training the young players, particularly where numbers are large and there is a need to transport youngsters to away games. Courses are available if parents want to become coaching assistants or even a qualified coach. The club covers the cost of the courses.

Be involved with club activities and share your expertise. Also share any concerns, if you have them, with club officials.

The Good Parents Guide

Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not that of their parents'. Do encourage young people to play but do not force them. Focus on the young players' efforts rather than winning or losing.

Be realistic about the young players' ability, do not push them towards a level that they are not capable of achieving. Always provide positive verbal feedback both in training and during the game. Turn defeat into victory by helping young people work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Never ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a game.

Always support the rugby club in their efforts to eradicate loud, coarse and abusive behaviour from the game.
Remember young people learn much by example.
Always show appreciation of good play by ALL young players both from your own club and the opposition.
Remember that young people learn best by example.
Applaud good play by your team and the opposing team.
Encourage your child to always play by the laws.
Respect decisions made by the match officials and encourage the young players to do likewise.
Do not publicly question the referee's judgement and never his/her honesty.
Do not approach a referee/touch judge at any stage during or immediately after a game.
Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches, managers and referees. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your children.


Young rugby players are impressionable and their behaviour will often reflect that of the adults around them. In Rugby Union we welcome spectators on our touchlines who embrace the ethos of the game as one of FUN, ENJOYMENT and SKILL DEVELOPMENT.

Act as positive role models to all young players.
Be familiar with, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidance in relation to verbal and emotional abuse.
Respect the rugby club policy with regard to spectator behaviour.

Remember children play sport for their enjoyment not yours.
Acknowledge good individual and team performance from ALL youngsters irrespective of which team they play for.
Respect match official's decisions.
REMEMBER, they are volunteers providing an opportunity for youngsters to play rugby.
Such behaviour can create a negative environment for young players and their behaviour will often reflect this.
Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than the "win at all costs" ethic.
Verbally encourage all youngsters in a positive way.
Condemn bad language, rude behaviour and violence.
Encourage all youngsters irrespective of their ability.
Never ridicule any individual player, regardless of the team they play for.


Encourage parents to take an active interest in the Team.
Encourage parents and supporters to talk to opposition spectators.
Encourage supporters to praise good play by both teams.
Discourage supporters from excessive barracking.
Provide administrative assistance to the Coach including knowledge of Competition Rules and paperwork.
Be fully informed of Rugby requirements and matters affecting your team.
Look after injured players while they are not able to take the field.
Ensure players are aware of representative trials and if selected, they are fully aware of their commitments
Monitor an appropriate standard of team behaviour both on and off the field.
Do not approach a referee/touch judge at any stage during or immediately after a game.


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.

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.

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.
Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good. Don't be a show off or always try to get the most points. attentive at all training / coaching sessions.
Co-operate with your coach, manager, team mates, referee and opponents good play by ALL players on your team and by your opponents.
Be a sportsman - win or lose. Applaud all good play, whether by your team or by your opponent.
Play to the laws of the game and accept, without question, all the referee's decisions.
Never argue with the referee's decisions. Let your captain ask any necessary questions.
Do not approach a referee/touch judge at any stage during or immediately after a game.
Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team-mates, opponents, or match officials IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Control your temper - no 'mouthing off'.
Treat all players, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.


The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All volunteers must:
Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance.
Develop an appropriate working relationship with players, based on mutual trust and respect.
Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play).
Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance
Follow all guidelines laid down by the RFU and the Club.
Hold or be working towards the appropriate, valid qualifications.
Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward.
Never condone law violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances.


Ensure that equal opportunities for participation in Rugby are made available to all irrespective of ability.
Do not allow the game to become primarily spectator entertainment.
Equipment and facilities must be appropriate to the maturity level of the young players.
Rules and length of schedules should take into consideration the age and maturity level of the young players.
Remember that play is done for its own sake. Do not emphasise the need for awards.
Distribute the code of conduct to spectators, coaches, players, referees, parents and teachers.
Ensure that parents, coaches, sponsors, doctors and participants understand their authority and their responsibility for fair play in Rugby.
Ensure adequate supervision is maintained at all games.
Behave in a manner to set an example for all participants.
Do not approach a referee/touch judge at any stage during or immediately after a game.

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Halifax West Yorkshire
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