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.


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.