Aylesford Bulls RFC Code of Conduct
Mini and Youth
The RFU has developed Codes of Conduct to help ensure that all adults clearly understand the acceptable standard of behaviour towards children and young people within the rugby setting.
Aylesford Bulls RFC Minis and Youth sections expect coaches, officials and young players within the club, together with parents and spectators to adhere to the following standards:
- Coaches code of conduct
- Players code of conduct
- Parents code of conduct
- Spectators code of conduct
- Officials code of conduct
These codes of conduct are set out on the following pages and are available on-line and the club reserves the right to impose sanctions in respect of breaches of these codes.
1. Players code of conduct
In Rugby Union coaches of young players must:
- Provide experiences that are matched to the young players’ age and ability, as well as their physical and mental development.
- Ensure that all young players are coached in a safe environment, with adequate first aid readily to hand.
- Avoid the overplaying of the best players by using a squad system, which gives everybody a satisfactory amount of playing time.
- Never allow a player to train or play when injured.
- Ensure that there is appropriate supervision of young players, both on and off the field.
- Recognise that young players should never be exposed to extremes of heat, cold, or unacceptable risk of injury.
- Develop an awareness of nutrition as part of an overall education in lifestyle management.
- Recognise that it is illegal for young players under 18 to drink alcohol.
- Ensure that their knowledge and coaching strategies are up to date and in line with RFU philosophy and expectations.
- Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU recommended procedures for taking young people on residential tours at home and abroad.
- Be aware of and abide by, the policies and procedures outlined in the RFU Child Protection policy (in particular with regard to prohibited practices, described in section 2 of that policy).
In Rugby Union coaches should:
- Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players, and understand that most learning is achieved through doing.
- Appreciate the needs of the players before the needs of the sport.
- Be a positive role model.
- Keep winning and losing in perspective and encourage young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances.
- Respect all referees and the decisions they make (remember it could be you refereeing next week) and ensure that the players recognise that they must do the same.
- Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner, to all young players both during coaching sessions and games.
2. Players code of conduct
In Rugby Union young players should:
- Play because they 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 and coaching sessions.
- Work equally hard for themselves and their team and both will then benefit.
- Recognise good play by ALL players on their team and by their opponents.
- Be a good sportsman – win or lose.
- Play to the laws of the game and accept, without question, all the referee’s decisions.
- Control their emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team-mates, opponents, or match officials is not acceptable.
- Treat all players, as they would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player
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.
3. Parents code of conduct
In Rugby Union parents of young players should:
- Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not that of their parents.
- Encourage young people to play, 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.
- Provide positive verbal feedback both in training and during the game. Remember that persistent, negative messages will adversely affect the players’ and referee’s performance and attitude.
- 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.
- Respect decisions made by the match officials and encourage the young players to do likewise
In Rugby Union parents of young players are encouraged 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.
- Be familiar with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the sessions in which their child participates.
- Be aware that the club has a duty of care and therefore, where appropriate, assist coaches with the supervision of the young players, particularly where numbers are large and there is a need to transport youngsters to away games.
- Be involved with club activities and share their expertise.
- Share concerns, if you have them, with club officials.
- Be familiar with the Coaches code of conduct and in particular that coaches should recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players.
- Ensure coaches keep winning and losing in perspective, encouraging young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances.
4. Spectators code of conduct
Young rugby players are impressionable and their behaviour will often reflect that of 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.
In Rugby Union spectators should:
- Remember that 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 that they are volunteers providing an opportunity for youngsters to play rugby.
- Never verbally abuse young players, match officials, fellow spectators or coaches. 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. If you do want to shout make sure it is ‘for’, not ‘at’, the players.
- Condemn bad language, rude behaviour and violence.
- Encourage all youngsters irrespective of their ability and never ridicule any individual player, regardless of the team they play for.
In Rugby Union spectators of young players are encouraged to:
- 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.
* Emotional abuse may occur when coaches, volunteers or parents:
- Provide repeated negative feedback.
- Repeatedly ignore a young player’s efforts to progress.
- Repeatedly demand performance levels above the young player’s capability.
- Over-emphasise the winning ethic.
5. Officials code of conduct
Match officials are an integral part of the development of young players. They have a responsibility to ensure that games are managed in such a way as to ensure both the safety and enjoyment of all players. Equally, match officials should gain respect from players, coaches and spectators through the quality of their officiating.
In Rugby Union match officials must:
- Recognise that the safety of young players is paramount.
- Explain decisions – all young players are still learning.
- Always penalise foul play.
- Play advantage whenever possible in order to let the game flow.
- Show empathy for the age and ability of young players.
- Be consistent and objective.
- Ensure that verbal abuse from players, coaches or spectators is not tolerated and is dealt with by club officials immediately.
- Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidance policies and procedures.
In Rugby Union match officials should:
- Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating young players.
- Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner during games.
- Emphasise the spirit of the game.
- Appreciate the needs of the young players before the needs of the sport.
- Understand the physical, social and psychological development of young players.
- Be a positive role model. You set an example and, as such, comments you receive should be positive and supportive.
- Look to self-improvement, e.g. Participation in Mini/Midi or National 15-a-side courses.
Aylesford Bulls RFC Constitution
The Aylesford Bulls RFC Constitution is currently being updated.
Aylesford Bulls RFC Tour Policy
The following policy relates to all tours when representing Aylesford Bulls RFC and came in effect on 23 August 2014.
The following tour policies should be followed:
- Tour plans must be submitted to the Club Secretary for Board approval at least eight weeks in advance of the Tour especially if you intend to go abroad as RFU Permissions are required.
- The Tour must conform to RFU guidelines which can be found here: RFU Managing Rugby Tours
and if touring with children extra resources can be found here: RFU Managing Rugby Tours – Resources & Forms
For your convenience, we have placed the following documents at the bottom this page.
RFU Tour Guidelines – These guidelines have been designed to support clubs taking young people away on tour. The guidelines focus on a step-by-step process of planning ensuring that the young people have a positive and safe experience when on tour.
A Safeguarding Guide – This guide’s aim is to ensure that no players or staff come to any harm or become ill unnecessarily.
- All Playing tourists must be paid-up Members of the club at the time of the tour and it should be noted that the club’s insurance will not cover Non-Members.
- A Tour Manager should be appointed.
- All tours must be self-funding.
- Full travel and sports injury insurance is mandatory. The RFU recommends Marsh Insurance although cover by another company is permissible. Insurance must be applied for at least six weeks in advance of the travel date particularly in the case of foreign tours as the RFU permission to tour form requires the insurance policy number. The club RFU Marsh Insurance will cover serious injury as normal if touring in the Home Nations.
- Tours must be as inclusive as possible, regardless of player’s financial situation.
- If playing full contact rugby all tours including incoming must occur within the season (September to April) and overseas tours must occur within the host nation’s season.
- Sponsorship can be organised by any section or age group with the monies being used solely for the reduction of tour costs for that section or age group.
- Medical forms must be filled in by all players (senior) or parent/guardian for juniors to alert Tour Managers and first aiders of any pre-existing medical conditions and to give their permission for medical treatment to be provided in case of emergency.
- At least one qualified first aider must be on tour and attend all training sessions and games. The first aider must be equipped with a first aid kit and fill in accident reports if necessary in line with club policy.
- A full list of tourists contact details must be provided prior to departure and held by the Tour Manager during the tour. A copy of these details must be lodged with the Club Secretary in case of emergency.
- If touring outside of the Home Nations RFU permission must be obtained. The RFU Notification of Proposed Overseas Tour form must be completed and signed off by the Club Secretary at least six weeks before the departure date. For your convenience, we have placed on the website an Application form if you wish to Tour Overseas.
- A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is mandatory for all tourists when touring within Europe. These should be acquired at least three weeks before departure.
- If you arrange any incoming tours please ensure you have notified the Board, obtained permission to host the tour from the RFU, and booked pitches, referees and the Clubhouse
- A tour report should be submitted to the Board on return. For overseas tours an RFU Tour Report form should be completed and given to a Board member for forwarding to the RFU.
- All tourists must abide by the Code of Rugby whilst on tour. 18. Finally, all tourists must understand that they are representing the Club, County and Country (when travelling overseas) and as such should behave responsibly and respectfully in particular to the opposition players, supporters and officials.
Additional requirements for Junior Tours
- All tourists having a supervisory role on junior tours must hold a current DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB) check .
- One person should be appointed to oversee and advise on safeguarding issues.
- At least one coach per age group must be qualified to at least RFU Level 1.
- Tour plans must be approved by the Board at least six weeks prior to departure.
- Parents and siblings should be encouraged to attend however unaccompanied children are permitted to tour providing a nominated guardian has been appointed. A consent form is available from the club.