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Below is a list of things we (as a club) and you (as a parent) should expect from a coach. This is an open document which can be changed and amended if people feel there is anything missed out. Just let Neil know and he will have a look.

Coaches Code of Conduct

▪ Leads by example - people need a coach whom they respect.

▪ Be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Never ridicule or shout at players for making mistakes or losing a match.

▪ Teach your players that the Laws of the Game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.

▪ Be reasonable in your demands on the players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.

▪ Ensure that all players participate in matches. The “average” players require and deserve equal time.

▪ Remember that players play for fun and enjoyment and that skill learning and playing for fun have priority over highly structured competition. Winning is not the only objective.

▪ Develop player and team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgement of referees and opposing coaches.

▪ Insist on fair play and disciplined play. Do not tolerate foul play, fighting or foul language. Be prepared to take off an offending player.

▪ Encourage players to develop skills and sportsmanship. Avoid over specialisation in positional play.

▪ Set realistic goals for the team and individual players.

▪ Create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to train and play, including not being involved in contact situations with players (e.g. holding a tackle shield, demonstrating a contact skill on a player etc.)

▪ Do not over burden players with too much information.

▪ Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles and methods, and on the principles of growth and development of young people.

▪ Never criticise the referee and touch judges during or after a match in front of players or spectators.

▪ Always thank the match officials and if they have made decisions, which require clarification, discuss the problems after everyone has changed.

▪ Seek and follow the advice of a doctor in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.

▪ Ensure that proper equipment and facilities are available at all times.

▪ Be responsible and ensure you uphold the ethos of the game and the RFU.

▪ Attend coaching courses.

▪ Ensure you and your players are proud of your team, club and efforts during the season.

Where next?

What do I do if I feel something is wrong? Attached is the Club Safeguarding Officer Poster with information about what to do if you feel somet
Safeguarding policy Southport Rugby Football Club Safeguarding Policy 1.Southport Rugby Football Club acknowledges


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