Illawarra Coal Junior League ‘Shoosh Round’
The Illawarra Coal Junior League will hold its inaugural ‘Shoosh Round’ on Saturday 16 July, in an effort to promote respect for all participants and positive crowd behaviour at junior league games.
The ‘Shoosh Round’ is supported by Dragons Community, NRL Development, CRL, and all Illawarra senior and junior Rugby League clubs. Dragons Ambassador Dan Hunt believes the initiative will be a reminder for all attending junior league games about ensuring a positive experience for all participants.
“The Shoosh Round is a great initiative that was conceived in Newcastle by the junior rugby league, which has spread to other junior sporting bodies in the Hunter. I hope the clubs, players, team officials and supporters embrace and support the Shoosh Round as this is a great way for us all to consider our behaviour and make sure we are contributing to a great experience for our kids, as they play sport simply to enjoy the game,” said Hunt.
“There is no place for negative comments or abusive behaviour towards players or match officials in Rugby League, and our hope is that this initiative will remind people that their behaviour at games can create a great environment for kids not only to enjoy their footy, but to learn about respect and how important that is in life,” he added.
Hunt was joined by fellow Dragons Ambassador Shaun Timmins, Dragons hooker Mitch Rein, NRL Development officer and former NRL referee Luke Potter, local junior referees and representatives from junior and senior clubs, for a photo shoot at WIN Stadium, which will be a key in promoting this new initiative.
NRL Development Officer Luke Potter also expressed his enthusiastic support for the ‘Shoosh Round’. “It’s pleasing to see all clubs within Illawarra, the Dragons, and CRL come together to get behind something that can have such a positive impact on all participants in our junior league,” he said.
The Illawarra Coal Junior Rugby League Shoosh Round on Saturday 16 July encourages all participants and spectators to show respect for players and match officials, with the following key messages;
- If your comment is negative – Then Shoosh
- If your comment is directed at a player – Then Shoosh
- If your comment is directed at a match official – Then Shoosh
- Reward good play by BOTH teams with applause, if you can’t - Then SHOOSH!
- Show Respect for players and match officials and remember its not all about you – its their game!!