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In accordance with the RFL's RESPECT Campaign, can you please note the following

General Information -

Participants in the game of Rugby League include players, parents, spectators, coaches, match officials, volunteers and administrators. Every participant should:

    Discourage all instances of unsporting behaviour, foul or illegal play, or acts of violence, both on and off the field.
    Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their age, ethnic origin, gender, special needs, including learning and physical disabilities, class or social background, religion, sexual orientation, marital
    status, pregnancy, colour or political persuasion.
    Condemn the use of recreational and performanceenhancing drugs and doping practices their use endangers the health of players and is contrary to the concept of fair play.
    Important every person who attends a Rugby League match does so with the permission and license of the home club &/or league. Breaches of this Code of Conduct may result in penalties up to and including a fine, loss of
    team match points and suspension.


    Understand that sport is part of a total life experience, and the benefits of involvement go far beyond the final score of a game.
    Condemn all violent or illegal acts, whether they are by players, coaches, officials, parents or spectators.
    Respect the match officials decisions – don’t complain or argue about decisions during or after a game.
    Behave! Unsporting language, harassment or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.
    Encourage players to play by the rules and to respect opposition players and officials.
    Never ridicule or scorn a player for making a mistake – respect their efforts.
    Participate in positive cheering that encourages the players in the team you are supporting; do not engage in any jeering that taunts or intimidates opponents, their fans or officials.
    At all times, follow the directions of the Ground Manager and/or other match day staff.
    Never arrive at a game under the influence of alcohol, never bring alcohol to a game, and only drink alcohol, if it is available at the ground, in the designated licensed area.


Note - Clubs are responsible for the conduct of their players, parents/carers of players, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators.

    1. No person/s attending a match shall:
      a) Use offensive or obscene language to any player, coach, referee,
      touch judge, official or other spectator;
      b) Enter the Field of Play during the course of a match without the prior approval of the Ground Manager appointed by the home club &/or league
      c) Dispute the decision of a match official either during or after a match;
      d) Assault or act with aggression to any person/s;
      e) Behave in a way contrary to this Code of Conduct &/or the spirit of the game;
      f) Behave in a way which disturbs the enjoyment of the match by any other person/s, or brings discredit to the home club &/or league;
      g) Act in such a way as to exhibit racial intolerance, by language or other conduct, to any other person/s;
      h) Refuse to accept the reasonable direction of the Ground Manager, official of the home club &/or league, or official of the team/club which that person/s is supporting.
    2. Any person/s contravening Rule 1 may be reported by the Ground Manager to the Team Manager or other official of the team, which that person/s is supporting. Where a team does not have a Team Manager present, a request or direction from the Ground Manager to any official of the team or the team’s club shall be regarded as a direction to the Team Manager for the purposes of this Code.

    3. The Ground Manager &/or Team Manager must advise the offending person/s of the relevant breach of the Code. The Ground Manager must note the details of their report to the Team Manager on the reverse of the team sheet.

    4. In the event that the inappropriate conduct continues, the Ground Manager &/or Team Manager may request the offender/s to immediately leave the ground. This should also be noted on the team sheet.

    5. In the event the person/s refuses to obey the direction of the Ground Manager &/or Team Manager, the Ground Manager may direct the referee to terminate the match. In the event that the match is so terminated, the club’s &/or league’s committee may, at its absolute discretion award the competition points to the non-offending team, or declare that neither side shall be awarded competition points for that match.

    6. Clubs which do not exercise control over their players, parents/carers of players, coaches, officials or spectators may be called upon by the league to accept responsibility for their actions and the following penalties may apply (in addition to penalties which may be imposed by the league’s management):


Note - Please note that these penalties may be imposed in addition to any
disciplinary action taken by a Playing League

FIRST OFFENCE - A fine not exceeding £200 &/or loss of competition points, &/or suspension of the player from playing, &/or suspension of the offender/s from attending future matches.
SECOND OFFENCE - Suspension of the player, &/or team &/or club
from the competition on a temporary basis.
THIRD OFFENCE - Suspension of the player &/or team &/or club either for the remainder of the season, or permanently.

Breaches of this Code of Conduct may cause a match to be stopped!

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