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  • Play for enjoyment

  • Play within the Laws of the Game.

  • Always accept the referee’s decision

  • Play with control. Do not lose your temper.

  • Always do your best and be committed to your team and your club.

  • Respect your opponent.

  • Rugby is a team sport and make sure you co-operate with your coach; team mates and other members of Dolphin RFC.

  • At the end of the match thank your opponents and the referee for the match.

  • Winning and losing is part of the sport. Win with humility-lose with dignity.

  • As part of the team it is important that you attend training regularly and listen to your coach and help the team.

  • As a team sport it is important to understand that all members are important to the team.

  • Remember you are representing your team, club, family and the Game of Rugby.


  • Remember that as a coach of an ‘age grade team’ that you have a duty of care to all your players.

  • Lead by example-young people need a coach they can respect as a Role Model.

  • Be generous with your praise and 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.

  • Ensure that you are appropriately qualified by gaining the relevant coaching accreditation for your particular level.

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

  • Encourage respect for all participants-team mates and opponents, as well as match officials.

  • Always follow professional medical advice in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.

  • Create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to train and play.

  • Adhere to policies for your club/team regarding discipline, injury prevention and treatment, team selection etc.

  • Be responsible and ensure you uphold the ethos of the game and the IRFU.

  • Support the IRFU Child Welfare Policy and all policies regarding Children in Sport.


  • Remember, young people play rugby for their enjoyment, not only yours.

  • Encourage your child always to play by the Laws of the Game.

  • Teach young children that honest endeavour is as important as winning so that the result of each game is accepted without disappointment.

  • Help young people to 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.

  • 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/she will do so in good time through encouragement.

  • 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 judgement and never their honesty.

  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer referees and coaches.

  • Identify and acknowledge the good qualities of the Game of Rugby and uphold these values.

  • Remember you and your child’s contribution to the Game of Rugby is very important and be proud of your contribution.

  • Understand the value of team sport and its importance

Code of Conduct: Our Team
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