YOUTH TEAM CODE OF CONDUCT
This code establishes the basic contract for behavior on this team, for both coaches and players. Once a player joins the team, he or she has made a commitment to abide by these rules.
- Grades are a player's primary concern. Player's grades will not fall because a player is playing Rugby. If your school has other requirements these will apply.
- Use or suspected use of controlled substances (alcohol, other drugs, cigarettes for minors, etc.), or tolerating it in a teammate is grounds for a player to be dropped from the team. This matter is of such concern that a non-toleration policy is in effect. This means that knowledge of a teammate using controlled substances and not reporting it is the same as using it with the same consequences.
- Racist, sexist, and bigoted jokes and statements will not be tolerated.
- Obscene or profane language, as determined by the coaches, is not acceptable.
- No player will be allowed to participate in contact practices or games without a mouthpiece.
- Fighting on the pitch will not be tolerated. If a fight appears to be starting, teammates will pull the offending player to a safe area. Fighting could get a player suspended from the league for a period of time determined by coaches and/or the disciplinary committee.
- Rugby Activities are those approved by the head coach, and a coach is present at the activity i.e. practices, games (set-up, competition, and clean-up), approved social activities and fundraisers. If no coach is present, it is not a team-sanctioned activity, even if it starts as one.
- No player will be dropped from the team for lack of athletic ability.
- Players will not be allowed to play without the following:
(a) Picture identification, (b) CIPP registration, (c) Medical waiver/permission, (d) When requested, verification from school of student status.
Unless a player is eighteen, parents/guardians must sign these forms.
- Players will wear the proper uniform to practice and games. At games, exposed boxer shorts or non-black lycra shorts are unacceptable. All players will keep their socks up above their calves.
- Good manners are expected on and off the field, especially when a player is wearing clothing identifying him or her as a Rugby player for Ohio Youth Rugby. Respect for the Referee is required by the laws for the players and expected by the club for the spectators (back talk, disrespectful behavior, or assault, either verbal or physical, will not be tolerated).
- As a club, all players are expected to assist whenever possible. This includes setting up the fields, after game socials, and fundraisers.
- Players are expected to attend the after game social.
- If a player is severely injured, a Coach, or someone designated by a Coach, will take him or her to the hospital. An adult, generally a Coach, will remain with the player until either the player is released, or the parents arrive.
- All participants in Rugby will abide by the Ohio Rugby Union's Disciplinary Code and Constitution found at www.ohiorugbyunion.org.
PARENT'S CODE OF CONDUCT
Parents are requested to abide by the following Code for Parents:
- Remember, young people are involved in rugby for their enjoyment, not yours.
- Always encourage your child to play by the Laws of the Game.
- Teach young children that honest endeavor is as important as winning, so that the result of each game is accepted without disappointment.
- Help young people work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship.
- Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides.
- Never ridicule, humiliate, or shout at young players for making a mistake or losing a match. Encourage them through recognizing the positive aspects of their play.
- Do not place emphasis on winning at all costs
- Do not force an unwilling child to participate in the playing of rugby. If the child is to play, he or she will do so in good time. There are other aspects of rugby other than playing which are equally fulfilling.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from rugby.
- As a spectator, do not use profane language or harass referees, coaches, or players.
- Do not publicly question the referee's judgment and never their honesty.
- Recognize the value and importance of volunteer referees and coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for young people.
- Encourage in your child an appreciation of mutual respect for teammates and opponents.