Code of Conduct for Coaches

  1. Lead by example - young people need a coach whom they respect.
  2. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Never ridicule or shout at players for making mistakes or losing a match.
  3. Teach your players that the Laws of the Game are mutual agreements which no one should evade or break.
  4. Ensure that all players participate in matches. The "average" players deserve equal time.
  5. Remember that young players play for fun and enjoyment and that skill learning and playing for fun have priority over highly structured competition. Winning is not the only objective. 
  6. Develop player and team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgement of referees and opposing coaches.
  7. Insist on fair play and disciplined play. Do not tolerate foul play, fighting or foul language. Be prepared to take off an offending player.
  8. Create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to train and play.
  9. Do not over burden younger players with too much information.
  10. Be aware of the effect you have on growing children.
  11. Never criticise the referee or touch judges during or after a match in front of players or spectators.
  12. Always thank the match officials and if they have made decisions which require clarification, discuss the problems after everyone has changed.
  13. Seek and follow the advice of a doctor in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
  14. Be responsible and ensure you uphold the ethos of the game and the IRFU.
  15. Support the Code of Ethics and all policies regarding Children in Sport.
  16. Ensure you and your players are proud of your team, club and efforts during the season.
  17. Remember that as a coach of an "age grade team" you are to act in "loco parentis" and to that extent your duty of care is more onerous than that of a coach to an adult team.