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Junior Code of Ethics

This code is designed:

  • To return the elements of enjoyment and satisfaction to ACT Junior Rugby Union (ACTJRU)
  • To make adults aware that young people play sport 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 participation in rugby attractive, safe and enjoyable for all young people;
  • To constantly remind administrators, coaches, referees and parents that rugby must be administered, taught and provided for the good of those young people who wish to play the game – it’s their game!


Player’s Code

  • Play for the enjoyment, not just to please your parents or coach
  • Play the laws of the game of ACTJRU and Rugby Australia
  • Never argue with the referee’s decisions. Let your captain ask any necessary questions.
  • Control your temper – no mouthing off
  • Work equally hard for yourself, your coach and for your team – your team’s performance will benefit and so will your own.
  • Be a good sport applaud ALL good play, whether by your team or your opponent.
  • Treat all players as you yourself would like to be treated. Don’t interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.
  • 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.
  • Co-operate with your coach, team mates, referee and opponents, for without them you wouldn’t have a game.


Spectator’s Code

  • Remember that young people play organised sport for their own enjoyment – they are not there to entertain you and they are not miniature Wallabies.
  • Be on your best behaviour. Do not use profane language or harass players, coaches or referees.
  • Applaud good play by your own team and by the opposing team.
  • Show respect for your teams opponents – without them there would be no game. 
  • Never ridicule or scold a player for making a mistake during a game.
  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms.
  • Respect the referee’s decisions.
  • Encourage players to play according to the laws of the game.
  • Sledging cannot be accepted in any shape or form. Players and referees are not fair game.


Coach’s Code

  • You have the responsibility for your team and its supporters - exercise it.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on young player’s time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Remember that they have other interests and demands on their time.
  • Teach your players that the laws of the game are mutual agreements which no-one should evade or break.
  • Ensure that all players get a game. The ‘just average’ players need and deserve equal time.
  • Remember that young people play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it.
  • Never ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or losing a game.
  • The scheduling & length of training & games should take into consideration the maturity level of the players.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as the judgment of referees & opposing coaches.
  • Remember that young people need a coach that they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles of growth and development of young people. 
  • Follow the advice of a doctor in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
  • Encourage young people to develop basic skills and avoid over specialisation in positional play during their formative years.
  • Create opportunities to teach sportsmanship, just as you would in teaching basic skills.
  • Ensure that efforts for both skill improvement and good sportsmanship are rewarded by praise.
  • Remember, players are also students so be reasonable in your demands on their energy and enthusiasm.
  • Ensure that skill learning and free play activities have priority over highly structured competitions for very young people.
  • ‘Insist on fair play’; do not tolerate foul play, fighting or foul language.
  • Be prepared to take an offending player off the pitch.
  • Insist on a disciplined approach by players and mean what you say.
  • Set a good example by personal good behaviour.


WHITES ZERO TOLERANCE TO REFEREE ABUSE

We are proud of our families’ respectful behaviour on and off the field. We want our kids to focus on playing sport in a safe, fun and friendly team environment.


The Queanbeyan Whites Rugby Club, Seniors & Juniors, supports the ACT Rugby Referees Association with their stance of ZERO tolerance to referee abuse.