Code of Conduct
- Remember as a coach of an "age grade team" you are acting in "loco parentis" and that you have a duty of care to all your players.
- Lead by example - young people need a coach they can respect as a role model.
- Be generous with your praise and never ridicule, shout at players for making mistakes or losing a match.
- Teach your players that the Laws of the Game are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break.
- Ensure that you are appropriately qualified by gaining the relevant coaching accreditation for your particular level.
- Be reasonable in your demands on the players' time, energy and enthusiasm.
- Encourage respect for all participants- team mates and opponents, as well as match officials.
- Create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to train and play.
- Always follow professional medical advice in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
- Develop policies for your club/team to agree procedures regarding discipline, injury prevention and treatment, team selection etc.
- Be responsible and ensure you uphold the ethos of the game and the IRFU.
- Support the IRFU Child Welfare Policy and all policies regarding Children in Sport.