Code of conduct for spectators

  • Remember that children play sports for their own fun. They are not there to entertain you and they are not miniature ‘pro’ athletes.
  • Be on your best behaviour. Don’t use profane language or harass players, coaches or referees. Do not encourage aggression or retaliation.
  • Applaud good play by your team’s opponents. Without them there would be no game.
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during the game.
  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms.
  • Any spectator making inappropriate verbal comments to the referee, players or other spectators, including taunting, may be asked to leave the playing arena.
  • Any member of the club not conforming to the Codes of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Always respect the referee’s decision.
  • Spectators, including coaching staff, may not enter the field of play at any time for any reason.    Medical/First Aid personnel for purposes of treating an injured player are exempt from this rule.    Infringement of this rule may result in up to a lifetime ban from all rugby clubs in the UK.
  • Remain behind the spectator barrier should these be in place.   Failure to respect the barriers may result in you being asked to leave the playing area.
  • Encourage players to play according to the laws.