THE GOOD PARENTS AND SPECTATORS CODE.
PARENTS AND SPECTATORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO:
Be familiar with the coaching and training programme in order that you can ensure that your 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 your child participates.
Be aware that the club had 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 your expertise.
Share concerns, if you have them, with club officials.
Act as a positive role model to all young players.
Be familiar with, and abide by, the RFC Child Protection Guidance, in relation to verbal and physical abuse.
Be familiar with the good Coaches Guide. In particular, coaches should recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players.
Keep winning and losing in perspective, encouraging young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances. It is important that parents and spectators support coaches in instilling these virtues.
PARENTS AND SPECTATORS SHOULD:
Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment, not yours.
Encourage young people to play, not force them.
Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than the win at all costs ethic.
Be realistic about the young playerS abilities, 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 referees performance and attitude.
Always support the rugby club in their efforts to eradicate loud, course and abusive behaviour from the game.
Remember that young people learn much by example.
Encourage all youngsters, irrespective of their ability, never ridicule any individual player, regardless of the team for which who they play.
Respect decisions made by the match officials. Remember they are volunteers providing an opportunity for youngsters to play rugby. Encourage the young players to do likewise.
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.