Huddersfield Laund Hill RUFC recognise that young people come into Rugby Union for a variety of reasons and it is the duty of our Coaches to recognise this and stimulate continued participation. All our coaches have a responsibility to ensure that all youngsters are given the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations in a caring environment where the emphasis is on:

  • Fun
  • Enjoyment &
  • Skill development

At Huddersfield Laund Hill RUFC, all our Coaches:

  • Recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players as most learning is achieved through “doing.”
  • Appreciate the needs of the players before the needs of the sport.
  • Act as positive role models.
  • Keep winning and losing in perspective and to encourage young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances.
  • Avoid the overplaying of the best players by using a squad system, which gives ALL players a satisfactory amount of playing time (Half Game Rule).
  • Are aware of the RFU legislation & policies for their particular Age Grade Team
  • Respect all referees and the decisions they make and ensure that the players recognise that they must do the same.
  • Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner, to all young players both during coaching sessions and games.

All our Coaches involved with young players:

  • ·         Provide experiences which are matched to the young players’ age and ability, as well as their physical and mental development.
  • ·         Ensure all youngsters are coached in a safe environment  for example with  & adequate first aid readily to hand.
  • ·         Avoid the overplaying of the best players by using a squad system & following the RFU Half Game rule, which gives everybody a satisfactory amount of playing time.
  • ·         Never allow a player to train or play when injured.
  • ·         Ensure good supervision of young players, both on and off the field.
  • ·         Recognise that young players should never be exposed to extremes of heat, cold, or unacceptable risk of injury.
  • ·         Have an awareness of nutrition as part of an overall education in lifestyle management.
  • ·         Recognise that it is illegal for young players under 18 to purchase alcohol.
  • ·         Keep their knowledge and coaching strategies up to date and in line with the RFU philosophy.
  • ·         Are aware of, and abide by, the RFU recommended procedures for taking young people on residential tours at home and abroad.
  • ·         Are aware of, and abide by, the policies and procedures outlined in the RFU Safeguarding Policy Booklet (https://www.englandrugby.com/dxdam/a4/a4f02b3f-8726-4c12-bcd3-6610345b7f68/safeguardingpolicybooklet.pdf )

 

Specifically:

·         Our Coaches working with young players up to the age of 12 follow
the guidelines laid down by the RFU continuum.

 

·         Our Coaches working with young players age 13 are aware of the
under 19 and under 15 Law variations, including those that apply to
cross border matches.

 

**  Breaches of this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action  **