The Good Player's code
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.
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 feels 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.
In Rugby Union, as a young player, you should:
• Play because you want to do so, not to please coaches or parents.
• Remember skill development, fun and enjoyment is the most important parts of the game.
• Be attentive at all training/coaching sessions.
• Work equally hard for yourself and your team and both will then benefit.
• Recognise good play by all players on your team and by your opponents.
• Be a sportsman - win or lose.
• Play to the laws of the game and accept, without question, all the referee's decisions.
• Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team-mates, opponents, or match officials is not acceptable.
• Treat all players, as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.