Code Of Conduct

This code is designed:

  • To maintain the element of enjoyment and satisfaction in Junior Rugby.

  • To make adults aware that young people play to satisfy themselves and not necessarily to satisfy adults or members of their own peer group.

  • To improve the physical fitness of youth by making it attractive, safe and enjoyable for all young people

  • To constantly remind, Coaches, Referees and Parents, that Rugby is taught and provided for the good of those young people who wish to play the game.

  • It is their game!


We at Chipping Sodbury Follow and uphold the RFU Rugby core values!!

Rugby’s values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship are what makes the game special for those who enjoy the environment and culture they create. They define the game and define Rugby.

Note: Chipping Sodbury RFC have the right to ban/suspend individuals for a given time if the committee feel there has been a serious breach of the code.


  • Ensure that equal opportunities for participation in Rugby are made available to all irrespective of ability.

  • Do not allow the game to become primarily spectator entertainment.

  • Equipment and facilities must be appropriate to the maturity level of the young players.

  • Rules and length of schedules should take into consideration the age and maturity level of the young players.

  • Remember that play is done for its own sake. Do not emphasise the need for awards or rewards.

  • Distribute the code of conduct to spectators, coaches, players, referees and parents.

  • Ensure that parents, coaches and participants understand their authority and their responsibility for fair play in Rugby.

  • Ensure adequate supervision is maintained at all games.

  • Behave in a manner to set an example for all participants.


  • Encourage parents to take an active interest in the Team.

  • Encourage parents and supporters/spectators to praise good play by both teams.

  • Discourage supporters from excessive barracking.

  • Be fully informed of Rugby requirements and matters affecting your team.

  • Look after injured players while they are not able to take the field.

  • Insist on an appropriate standard of team behaviour both on and off the field.

  • Set an example in terms of behaviour.

  • Do not approach a referee/touch judge at any stage during or immediately after a game.

  • You have a responsibility for the behaviour of your team and its supporters. EXERCISE IT.

  • Be reasonable in your demands on the young player's time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember that they have other interests and demands on their time.

  • Teach your players the laws of the game are and advise them they should not evade or break them.

  • Ensure that all players get a game. The 'just average' players need and deserve equal time, Remember that young people play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it.

  • Never ridicule or yell at the players for making mistakes or losing a game.

  • Remember that young people need a coach they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example.

  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of young people.

  • Encourage young people to develop basic skills and avoid over-specialisation in positional play during their formative years.

  • Create opportunities to teach sportsmanship, ensure that efforts for skill improvement, free play and good sportsmanship are rewarded by praise.

  • INSIST ON FAIR PLAY, do not tolerate foul play, fighting, or foul language. Be prepared to take off an offending player, INSIST on a disciplined approach by players and mean what you say.


  • Play for the 'enjoyment', not just to please your parents or coach.

  • Play the laws of the game of Rugby

  • Never argue with the referee's decisions. Let your captain ask any necessary questions.

  • Control your temper - no 'mouthing off'.

  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team – your team's performance will benefit and so will your own

  • Be a good sport. Applaud all good play, whether by your team or by your opponent.

  • Treat all players, as you yourself would like to be treated. Don't interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player.

  • Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good. Don't be a show off or always try to get the most points.

  • Co-operate with your coach, team mates, referee and opponents, for without them you don't have a game.

  • Do not approach a referee/touch judge at any stage during or immediately after a game.


  • Stay off the pitch

  • Be on your best behaviour. Don't use offensive language, harass players, coaches, referees or other spectators

  • Respect the referee's decisions.

  • Teach your child that victory is not everything.

  • Encourage and applaud good play by both teams.

  • Remember that players play rugby for their own enjoyment, not that of their parents.

  • Never ridicule or scold a player for making a mistake during the game.

  • Encourage players to improve their skills by practice.

  • Keep your coach informed of your child’s availability.

  • Encourage players to play according to the laws.

  • Do not approach a referee/touch judge at any stage during or immediately after a game.


Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child has the necessary kit for training and matches, including mouth guards and correct studs. If there is any reason why a child should not wear a mouth guard, or if a parent/guardian does not wish a child to wear a mouth guard, the parent/guardian must inform the child’s team coach and committee in writing.

Parents/guardians are responsible for informing their child’s coach and administrator of any illness or injury, however minor that may affect their child’s ability to train or play in a match.


Social Media Policy

  • It is expected that members and parents will uphold the ethos of the club in all social media interactions. Making sure not to act in such a way that the image of CSRFC is brought into disrepute nor in a way that harms the rugby community.

  •  Social media can be, when appropriate, an effective tool and is commonly used by the CSRFC community to express their views, comments, ideas and criticism on a whole range of issues. CSRFC expects members to use social media in a respectful and responsible manner.

  •  Social media should not be used to insult, present offensive or inappropriate content or to misrepresent the club.

  •  All members must Respect the rights and confidentiality of others, do not make defamatory comments, offensive or threatening language

  •  Do not post content that harms the reputation and good standing of CSRFC or those within its community.

  •  Breach of this Policy will need to be reviewed. All reports of cyber bullying will be investigated fully and may result in notification to the police where CSRFC is obliged to do so. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, suspension, or banning from membership of CSRFC.


Rugby's Core Values


Teamwork is essential to our sport. We welcome all new team members and include all because working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions.


Mutual respect forms the basis of our sport. We hold in high esteem our sport, its values and traditions and earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our match officials and accept their decisions. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our coaches and those who run our clubs and treat clubhouses with consideration.


Enjoyment is the reason we play and support rugby union. We encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills. We safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family.


Strong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game which ensure an inclusive and exciting global sport. We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values. We observe the sport's laws and regulations and report serious breaches.


Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We ensure that the wellbeing and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.