Wed 29 Dec 2021 15:00

Basildon RFC Codes of Conduct
The Principles Of Good Coaching Delivery:
All rugby coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person that they work with and treat them equally at all times within the sport of rugby union and as members of the rugby community

All rugby coaches must place the physical and emotional well being of all players above all other considerations, including the development of performance

The relationship that a rugby coach develops with the players with whom they work must be based on mutual trust and respect

All youth rugby coaches must ensure that all activities undertaken are appropriate to the age, maturity, experience and ability of the young players

All rugby coaches must encourage players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance

Basildon RFC Codes of Conduct
The Good Coaches Code:

  • Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching, remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not yours
  • Give constructive, encouraging feedback during coaching sessions and matches
  • Place the physical and emotional well-being of all players above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  • Keep winning and losing in perspective encouraging good behaviour at all times
  • Ensure that all activities undertaken are enjoyable, appropriate to the age, maturity, experience and ability of the players and are based on ‘Player Centred’ principles
  • Encourage players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance and provide positive feedback both in training and during the game. Remember that persistent, negative messages adversely effects players, parents, spectators and referee’s performance and attitude
  • Support the Club in their efforts to eradicate loud, coarse and abusive behaviour from the game and respect decisions made by referees (even if they appear to make a mistake) and encourage spectators, parents and players to do likewise.
  • Remember the needs of the players before the needs of the sport
  • Understand the physical and behavioural development of players
  • Set an example, be a positive role model
  • Ensure your knowledge and coaching strategies are up to date and in line with RFU philosophy


The Good Parent’s Code:

  • Watch your child’s coaching and training sessions as often as possible
  • Be aware of and support Safeguarding regulations
  • Get involved with Club activities
  • Report any concerns to Club Safeguarding officials
  • Be familiar with rugby’s Core Principles of Teamwork, Enjoyment, Respect, Discipline and Sportsmanship
  • Always show appreciation of good play by all players whether from the Club or the opposition.
  • Understand the coaching and training programme so that you can ensure your child is fully involved and the coaches know your child’s availability
  • Act as positive role models to all players
  • Remember children play sport for their own enjoyment, not for yours
  • Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all players irrespective of the team in which they play

The Club requires that Spectators should:

  • Respect match officials’ decisions, even if they appear to make a mistake – we cannot play without them
  • Never abuse players, coaches, match officials or fellow spectators, unacceptable behaviour will result in exclusion from the pitch side, and, if necessary, from the club.
  • Respect guidance from the Club with regard to spectator behaviour

The Good Club Referee and Match Officials Code:

  • Recognise the safety of players is paramount.
  • Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating games
  • Provide positive, constructive, encouraging feedback during games
  • Emphasise the spirit of the game
  • Explain decisions - all players will understand the game better
  • Always penalise foul play
  • Play advantage whenever possible in order to let the game flow
  • Show empathy for the age and ability of players
  • Be consistent and objective
  • Be familiar with the Good Spectators Code and ensure that verbal abuse from players, coaches or spectators is not tolerated and is dealt with by club officials immediately
  • Be aware of, and abide by, the RFU Child Protection Guidance policies and procedures

The Good Player’s Code:

  • Play because you want to, not to please coaches or parents
  • Remember that skill development, fun and enjoyment are the most important parts of the game
  • Be attentive at all training and coaching sessions
  • Work equally hard for themselves and their team - both will then benefit
  • Recognise and appreciate the efforts made by coaches, parents, match officials and administrators in providing the opportunity to play the game and enjoy the rugby environment
  • Control your emotions. Verbal or physical abuse of team mates, opponents, coaches, match officials or spectators is not acceptable
  • Treat other players, as you would like to be treated yourself. Do not interfere with, bully or take advantage of other players.
  • Understand the values of loyalty and commitment to club and team mates
  • Respect others rights to be safe and free from all types of abuse
  • If you feel you are not being treated in a manner that is acceptable, then tell an adult at the Club (especially Safeguarding)
  • Be a sportsman - win with dignity, lose with grace
  • Play to the IRB Laws of the Game and accept, without question, all referees’ decisions even if they appear to make a mistake




Issue 2, December 2021



Adults and Children (under 18 years of age) should not use the changing rooms & showers at the same time.

When children are using the changing rooms & shower area ONLY AUTHORISED ADULTS (e.g. Coaches, Manager etc. who have a valid RFU DBS) responsible for that age group are allowed to supervise the children and must be of the same gender as the children.


NO ADULT should ever be alone with a child (under 18 years of age) in the changing or shower areas UNLESS it is an emergency or an accident has occurred where imminent serious harm to that child could result


Full details of the Club Child Safeguarding policy can be viewed on the Club website