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.