Policies and procedures

Parent codes of conduct

All Parents and carers are expected to comply with the following codes of conduct and practice:

  • Be familiar with the coaching and training programme/methods in order that you can ensure your child is fully involved and the coaches are aware of their availability
  • Pay the club membership fees for your child when requested
  • Do not coach your child in matches or training
  • Be involved with Club activities and share their expertise
  • Share concerns, if they have them, with the Team Manager or Safeguarding Officer for the relevant team
  • Encourage young people to play for their own enjoyment – do not force them
  • Focus on the players’ efforts, rather than winning or losing
  • Be realistic about the players’ abilities: do not push them towards a level they are not capable of achieving
  • Provide positive verbal feedback both in training and during the game to all players
  • Respect all decisions made by officials and coaches. Do not criticise players, coaches, match officials or other parents and support the club in their efforts to eradicate this behaviour
  • Remember that persistent, negative messages will adversely affect the players, referee’s and coaches performance and attitude
  • Always show appreciation of good play by all players from both their own Club and the opposition
  • Respect decisions made by the match officials, even if they appear to be a mistake, and encourage players to do likewise
  • Comply with the Old Patesians (Juniors) club ethos
  • Always comply with the laws of the land and the RFU regulations
  • Any use of social media and all comments regarding the Old Patesians RFC, its coaches, players, supporters and volunteers should at all times be respectful, encouraging and appropriate
  • RFU insurance is provided to member clubs which compensates for serious / life threatening or limiting injury to players, but all players are advised to put in place additional insurance to provide required medical support or income protection