Code for Players

– Play for enjoyment and become part of the rugby family.
– Respect the “Game of Rugby” and play within the laws of the Game.
– Accept the referee’s decision and let your captain or coach ask any relevant
– Play with control. Do not lose your temper.
– Always do your best and be committed to the game, your team and your club.
– Be a “good sport”. Applaud all good play whether by your team or the
– Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do
not “bully” or take advantage of any player.
– Rugby is a team sport and make sure you co-operate with your coach;
teammates and members of your club.
– Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and
feel good.
– At the end of the match thank your opponents and the referee for the match.
– Always remember that you owe a duty of care to your opponents. Tackle hard
but fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent.
– Winning and losing is part of 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 your 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

Code for Parents

– Remember, young people play rugby for their enjoyment, not only
– 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
– Help young people to work towards skill improvement and good
– 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, they will do so in good time through your
– 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 referees’ judgement and never their
– Recognise the value and importance of volunteer referees and
– 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 to the IRFU and be proud of your contribution.
– Understand the value of team sport and the importance thereof.
Code for Coaches

– Lead by example – young 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.
– Ensure that all players participate in matches. The “average” players deserve equal
– Remember that young 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
– 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.
– Create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to train and play.
– Do not over burden younger players with too much information.
– Be aware of the effect you have on growing children.
– Never criticise the referee or 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.
– Be responsible and ensure you uphold the ethos of the game and the IRFU.
– Support the Code of Ethics and all policies regarding Children in Sport.
– Ensure you and your players are proud of your team, club and efforts during the
– Remember that as a coach of an “age grade team” you are to act in “loco parentis”
and to that extent your duty of care is more onerous than that of a coach to an adult

Code for Spectators

– Remember that although young people play organised rugby they are
not “miniature internationals”.
– Be on your best behaviour and lead by example. Do not use profane
language or harass referees, players or coaches.
– Applaud good play by the visiting team as well as your own.
– Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them there would not
be a match.
– Condemn the use of violence in all forms at every opportunity.
– Verbal abuse of players or referees cannot be accepted in any shape of
– Players or referees are not fair targets for ignorant behaviour.
– Encourage young players to play by the Laws of the Game.
– Spectators can contribute to the enjoyment of the event and all
– Be proud of your club and the Game of Rugby