Coaches / Managers Code of Ethics
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every individual as a human being
- Treat everyone equally regardless of sex, disability, ethnic origin or religion.
- Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each player in order to help each player reach their full potential.
Maintain high standards of integrity
- Operate within the rules of the game and in the spirit of fair play, whilst encouraging players to do the same.
- Advocate an environment free of drugs and other performance enhancing substances.
- Do not disclose any personal (confidential) information relating to players without their prior consent.
Be a positive role model and act in a way that projects a positive image of coaching
- All players are deserving of equal attention and opportunities.
- Ensure the players time spent with you are a positive experience.
- Be fair, considerate and honest with the players.
- Encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle – refrain from smoking and drinking around players. Coaches/Managers are not permitted to drink whilst in control of CJRS Junior Rugby teams.
- Display high standards in your language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation.
- Display courtesy, control, respect, honesty, dignity and professionalism to all involved within the sphere of rugby – this includes opponents, coaches, officials, administrators, parents and spectators.
- Encourage your players to demonstrate the same qualities.
- Be professional and accept responsibility for your actions.
- Accurately represent personal coaching qualifications, experience, competence and affiliations. All junior coaches are required by the NZRU to attend specific grade orientated courses, course timetables are available on the WRU site.
- Refrain from criticism of other coaches and players.
- Managers are responsible (along with the expectations of the coach) to ensure all team playing gear is laundered and ready each week, also that first aid kits have been replenished. It is crucial that the gear is monitored so the team does not incur the cost of replacing any missing items at the end of the season.
Commitment to giving the best to your players
- Seek continual improvement through ongoing coach education, and other personal and professional opportunities.
- Provide players with planned and structured training programs appropriate to their needs and goals.
- Seek advice and assistance from professionals and peers when additional expertise is required.
- Maintain appropriate records.
Provide a safe environment for training and competition
- Adopt appropriate risk management strategies to ensure that the training and/or competition environment is safe.
- Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety standards, raise any concerns you have in this area with the Club.
- Ensure equipment, rules, training and environment are age appropriate to the grade being coached, physically, emotionally, experience and ability taken into account.
- Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players.
- Allow sick and injured players to return to training and competition only when appropriate.
- Encourage players (& parents) to seek medical advice when required.
- Provide a modified training program if requested and appropriate.
- Maintain the same interest toward sick and injured players as would to healthy players.
- Serious injuries must be reported to the Cambridge JRB official as they must be reported to the WRU for ACC purposes within 48 hours. Generally if an official referee is controlling the game he/she will also send in a report.
Protect your players from any form of personal abuse
- Refrain from any form of verbal, physical or emotional abuse toward your players.
- Refrain from any form of sexual or racial harassment, whether verbal or physical.
- Do not harass, abuse or discriminate against players on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs, race, colour, ethnic origins, disability or distinguishing characteristics.
- Any physical contact with players should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill development. Coaches should avoid one on one contact with players in isolated environments.
- Be alert to any forms of abuse directed towards players from other sources whilst in your care.
• Be treated with respect and openness.
• Have access to self improvement opportunities.
• Be matched with a level of coaching appropriate to their ability.
"To provide a positive experience, in a safe environment for all junior rugby in Cambridge"