Oakham Rugby Football Club
MINI AND JUNIOR COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
Any coach working with young players within Oakham RFC is part of a structure which has many stakeholders, and as such has responsibilities to all of them.
This code has been written to inform coaches of those responsibilities and minimum standards of behaviour expected to fulfil them. Each coach is required to acknowledge that they understand and intend to abide by this code.
1. Rugby is only part of players’ lives. Recognise this and allow for it in your demands on them.
2. Rugby is a sport for all. Give every player chances at each position if they wish.
3. Always make every player feel valued. Never ridicule or belittle any player.
4. Find out about and get to know each member of your particular age group.
5. Be aware of the physical, emotional and intellectual capabilities of your age group and your role in the development of these capabilities.
6. Rugby is a potentially dangerous game that relies on every participant playing it in a spirit of mutual respect. Teach the players you work with the meaning of ‘fair play’ and set them a good example.
7. The Continuum is part of the Laws of the Game, Understand it and abide by it.
8. Teach players, by your own example, to respect the Referee. Always!
9. To be an effective coach, you need up to date information on coaching and rugby issues.
10. You are responsible for the safety and well being of the players you work with:
a) Never ‘join in’ with contact drills or games, you
are too big and hard and you will break them.
b) Do not encourage or allow players to play on
an injury, ensure they seek professional advice
11. You as a coach are representing the Rugby Football Union and Oakham RFC. You owe it to yourself and to all other coaches to behave as a coach:
a) Always look and act like a coach.
b) Plan your season and each session.
c) Start on time and finish on time
12. Tell the players and keep telling yourself that winning and losing are only by-products of performance. We are there to play and to enjoy playing, nothing more.
Finally, do not put yourself in a position where you could be suspected of, or accused of, physical or sexual abuse of any child associated with the club. Never be alone with individuals behind closed doors.