Code of Conduct for
Coaches, Players, Match Officials & Supporters


Code of Conduct

It is important that all members and followers of Hamilton Rugby Club bear in mind that at all games they are representing the club.  For this reason it has been deemed necessary to issue a code of conduct that builds upon that already issued by the SRU. 

Any breaches of this code of conduct will result in action by the Committee of Hamilton Rugby Club.


Code of Conduct for Coaches

Coaches are key to the establishment of ethics within the game. Their concept of these ethics and their attitudes directly affects the behaviour of the players under their supervision. Coaches are, therefore, expected to pay particular care and attention to the possible impacts that there conduct can have on all those who come under their sphere of influence. It is natural that winning should constitute a basic concern for coaches, but they must ensure that they disassociate themselves from a “win-at-all-costs” attitude.

  1. Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

  2. Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.

  3. Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.
  1. Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

  2. Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of their players.
  1. Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or any actions which would have a negative impact upon the Club which their team are representatives of.
  1. Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Code of conduct for Players


Respect For The Laws Of The Game And Competition Rules

A player should:

  1. Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.

  2. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.

  3. Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.


Respect Towards Opponents

A player should:

  1. Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.

  2. Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.


Respect Towards The Match Officials

A player should:

  1. Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.

  2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

  3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.

  4. Avoid using any foul, abusive or offensive language towards match officials.


Respect Towards Team Officials

A player should:

  1. Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.

  2. Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.


Obligations Towards The Supporters

A player should:

  1. Show due respect to the interests of spectators, from both your own team and the opposition, particularly young spectators.


After the Game

A player should:

  1. Demonstrate sportsmanship at the end of the game and shake hands with the opposition, no matter the result.
  1. When possible enjoy the hospitality of the opposition.  If this is not possible, we should communicate this to the other team in advance to avoid unnecessary expenditure / waste.

Code of conduct for Club Officials

This Code applies to all team/Club officials (although some items may not apply to all officials).


Obligations Towards The Game

The team/Club official should:

  1. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

  2. Promote and develop his own team having regard to the interest of the Players, supporters and reputation of the national game.

  3. Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this
    rather than personal interests.

  4. Avoid all forms of poor gamesmanship.

  5. Show due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.

  6. Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

  7. Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.


Obligations Towards The Team

The team/Club official should:

  1. Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the Club/team, and to obtain the best results for the team, using all permitted means.

  2. Give priority to the interests of the team over individual interests.

  3. Resist all illegal or un sporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.

  4. Promote ethical principles.

  5. Show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, their own Club/team and others.


Obligations Towards The Supporters

The team/Club official should:

  1. Show due respect for the interests of supporters from both your own team and the opposition.


Respect Towards The Match Officials

The team/Club official should:

  1. Accept the decisions of the Match Official without protest.

  2. Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

  3. Show due respect towards Match Officials.


Code of Conduct for Parents/Spectators – for Young & Old Players


All Parents/Spectators have a great influence on players enjoyment and success in rugby.

Our younger players play rugby because they first and foremost love the game – it's fun.

It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at rugby within your club it is important to reinforce the message to parents/spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to:

  • All players enjoying rugby.
  • A sense of personal achievement.
  • An improved self-esteem.
  • Improving the players skills and techniques.

A parent's/spectator's expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a players attitude towards:

  • Other players.
  • Officials.
  • Coaches.
  • Spectators.

It is important that parents/spectators within our club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the players, not just their own, and equally be fully supportive of all match officials. All parents/spectators should:

  • Respect the referee's decision.
  • Applaud the opposition as well as Hamilton.
  • Avoid coaching during the game.
  • Give attention to each of the children involved in the game not just the most talented.
  • Give encouragement to everyone to participate in rugby.
  • Avoid all forms of abuse directed towards other supporters, members of coaching squads, players and officials.
  • Avoid any gestures or language that could be interpreted by others as being offensive.
  • Demonstrate sportsmanship at all times and part from the opposition on the best of terms, no matter the result.
  • Be fully respectful of the Club’s facilities as well as those of other clubs visited.
  • Never hesitate to point out whenever other supporters digress from an acceptable form of conduct and if necessary report any such incidents to an available club official.











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