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The purpose of the Rugby League Codes of Conduct is to provide all participants with some simple rules concerning the standard of behaviour expected at all games, functions and events.
Clubs are responsible for the conduct of their players, parents/carers of players, coaches, officials and spectators.
1.1 No person/s attending a match shall:
1.1.1 Use offensive or obscene language to any player, coach, referee, touch judge, official or other spectator;
1.1.2 Enter the field of play during the course of a match without the prior approval of a Host Club Duty Official appointed by the home club and/or league;
1.1.3 Dispute the decision of a referee or touch judge either during or after a match;
1.1.4 Assault or act with aggression towards any person/s;
1.1.5 Behave in a way contrary to this Code of Conduct and/or the spirit of the game;
1.1.6 Behave in a way which disturbs the enjoyment of the match by any other person/s, or brings discredit to the home club and/or league;
1.1.7 Act in such a way as to exhibit racial intolerance, by language or other conduct, to any other person/s;
1.1.8 Refuse to accept the reasonable direction of the Host Club Duty Official and/or League, or official of the team/club that that person/s is supporting.
1.2 Any person/s contravening these Rules will be reported by the Host Club Duty Official to the Visiting Club Duty Official or Team Manager or other official of the team that person/s is supporting. Where a team does not have a Team Manager present, a request or direction from the Host Club Duty Official 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.
1.3 The Host Club Duty Official and/or Team Manager must advise the offending person/s of the relevant breach of the Code. The Host Club Duty Official must note the details of their report to the Team Manager on the reverse of the Match Report.
1.4 In the event that the inappropriate conduct continues, the Host Club Duty Official and/or Team Manager may request the offender/s to immediately leave the ground. 1`This should also be noted on the Match Report.
1.5 In the event the person/s refuses to obey the direction of the Host Club Duty Official and/or Team Manager, the Host Club Duty Official will direct the referee to terminate the match. In the event that the match is so terminated, the Rugby League Brisbane Manager may declare that neither side shall be awarded competition points for that match.
1.6 Clubs which do not exercise control over their players, parents/carers of players, coaches, officials and spectators may be called upon by the League to accept responsibility for their actions and penalties will apply (in addition to penalties which may be imposed by the League’s Disciplinary and Judiciary Tribunals) as per the following Suggested Penalty Table (4.2) for Officials and Spectator Misconduct.
1.7.5 Members of the general public attending as spectators.
Every participant should:
1.7.6 Know that children play sport for fun.
1.7.7 Discourage all instances of unsportsmanlike behaviour, foul or illegal play or acts of violence, both on and off the field;
1.7.8 Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability/disability, sexual orientation, cultural background or religion;
1.7.9 Condemn the use of recreational and performance enhancing drugs and doping practices; their use endangers the health of players and is contrary to the concept of fair play.
1.7.10 The Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League holds license from the QRL to administer the junior rugby league competition in the greater Brisbane area. Consequently, all persons appointed to a position within an affiliated club and all persons attending games controlled by the GBJRL, do so with the permission and license of the GBJRL.
1.7.11 All spectators at GBJRL sanctioned matches must abide by the Spectators Code of Conduct (available at all clubs) or face exclusion from the grounds at which the match is being played. Offenders can face long-term bans from all GBJRL affiliated club grounds.
1.7.12 All parents/carers of players who register with the GBJRL agree to abide by the Parent/Carer Code of Conduct.
1.7.13 All players, coaches and officials associated with clubs affiliated with the GBJRL must agree to abide by the appropriate Code of Conduct.
1.8 Code of Conduct - Player
1.8.1 Always play rugby league for your own enjoyment and development; never feel pressured to play just for your parents or for the coach.
1.8.2 Treat other players and officials, as you would want to be treated. Never engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, sledging, obscene gestures, offensiveremarks, trash talking, taunting or other actions that are demeaning to other players, officials or supporters.
1.8.3 Always respect the referee’s decision.
1.8.4 Avoid unnecessary confrontation and allow match officials to control the game rather than retaliate against foul play.
1.8.5 Never, under any circumstances, enter the field of play to join a fight or melee. Reserves off the bench and players who have been dismissed or sin-binned by the referee, who unlawfully enter the field of play, face maximum penalties under local league rules.
1.8.6 Always play the game within the rules and the true spirit of the game of rugby league. Never become involved in acts of foul play including fighting.
1.8.7 Care for and respect the facilities and equipment made available to you during training and competition.
1.8.8 Remember, you are a representative of the game of rugby league and of your club, both on and off the field. Never behave in a manner that would bring the game into disrepute.
1.8.9 Safeguard your health; do not use any illegal or unhealthy substances.
1.8.10 Recognise that most officials, coaches and referees in junior rugby league are volunteers who give up their time to provide their services for your enjoyment and development. Please treat them with the utmost respect.
1.8.11 Do not bet or otherwise financially speculate, directly or indirectly, on the outcome or any other aspect of a Rugby League match or competition in which you are involved.
1.9 Code of Conduct - Coach
1.9.1 Support all efforts to promote a positive and supportive sports environment and remove verbal, racist and physical abuse from junior rugby league.
1.9.2 Respect the rights of all players and treat them all equally and sensitively, regardless of their talent, gender, ethnic origin, physical capacity or cultural background.
1.9.3 Seek to maximise the participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability; avoid the tendency to over-use a talented player.
1.9.4 Teach players to play by the rules of rugby league and to follow fair play and ethical guidelines.
1.9.5 Teach players that an honest effort and competing to the best of their ability is more important than victory.
1.9.6 Maintain a thorough knowledge of the rules of the game and keep abreast of current coaching methods; maintain or improve your current accreditation level.
1.9.7 Promote the safety, well-being and protection of all players, ensuring that no training and playing demands are detrimental to the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the individual.
1.9.8 Encourage independence of the individual players in accepting responsibility for their own behaviour and performance within training and competition.
1.9.9 Remember, young people are involved in rugby league for their own enjoyment and development, not yours.
1.9.10 Ensure your coaching reflects the level of the competition being played; do not be a “win at all costs” coach.
1.9.11 Never ridicule, shout at or abuse any player for making a mistake. Remember, mistakes are part of the learning process.
1.9.12 Never abuse, verbally or physically, players, match officials or spectators in any way, shape or form. The Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League and its affiliate clubs have adopted a zero tolerance policy concerning this. Avoid confrontation, walk away and report breaches of this code to the relevant authority.
1.9.13 Remember that young people learn best by example.
1.9.14 Recognise the value of volunteer coaches, referees and officials. Conduct yourself at all times in a manner in all situations, that shows leadership, respect for the game of Rugby League and respect for all those involved in the game – players, officials, parents and supporters.
1.9.15 When publicly expressing an opinion on any aspect of the sport, have regard for the best interests of the game of rugby league. Always consider the wider picture in favour of self-interest.
1.9.16 Never manipulate rules and regulations solely for personal gain or to obtain an unfair advantage for your club.
NOTE: A coach’s behaviour at training and at every junior rugby league match must be above reproach and be a positive example to all others. All coaches have an added responsibility towards maintaining an acceptable level of conduct and behaviour by the players and all others associated with their team. Coaches are to make this position clear to all players, team officials and parents/primary care providers of the players within their team and seek the commitment of all involved in maintaining a positive and supportive atmosphere at all games.
1.10 Code of Conduct – Match Officials
1.10.1 Be impartial; also be consistent, objective and courteous.
1.10.2 Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else; be alert to minimise dangerous physical play, fair or foul.
1.10.3 Accept responsibility for all actions taken.
1.10.4 Avoid any form of verbal contact with coaches, team officials, parents and spectators during play.
1.10.5 Avoid any situation, which may lead to a conflict of interest, both on and off the field.
1.10.6 Maintain an appropriate level of fitness for the standard of the game at which you are officiating.
1.10.7 Condemn all and every instance of unsportsmanlike, foul or unfair play.
1.10.8 Set a good example by the way you dress, speak and act towards players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators.
1.10.9 Show concern and caution towards sick and injured players.
1.10.10 Officiate to the age and/or experience of the players.
1.11 Code of Conduct – Spectators and Parents/Primary Carers
1.11.1 Abuse, verbal or physical, of players, match officials and of other spectators in any way, shape or form, is not tolerated by the Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League, or its affiliated clubs.
1.11.2 Never, under any circumstances, enter the playing area.
1.11.3 At all times, follow the directions of duty officials and other game day officials.
1.11.4 Avoid confrontation with other spectators. If necessary, walk away and report any breaches of this code to the relevant authority.
1.11.5 Support all efforts to remove verbal, racist and physical abuse from rugby league.
1.11.6 Remember that young people learn best by example.
1.11.7 Encourage players to play by the rules and to respect opposition players and match officials.
1.11.8 Remember, young people are involved in the sport for their own enjoyment, not yours.
1.11.9 Never ridicule, shout at or abuse any child for making a mistake. Remember, mistakes are part of the learning process.
1.11.10 Encourage both teams for good play.
1.11.11 Emphasise the positives in your team's skills and play down any negatives. They will learn through the coaching process.
1.11.12 Recognise the value of volunteer coaches, referees and officials. They give up their time to provide recreational activities for your children.
1.11.13 Remember, breaches of the above Code of Conduct can result in expulsion from grounds where matches are in progress and offenders may be banned from all grounds under the control of affiliate clubs.
1.12 Code of Conduct – Club Officials
1.12.1 Accept the special role you have as a representative of your club and the Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League, by setting an exceptional standard of dress, behaviour and conduct at all times.
1.12.2 Establish an environment at your club for junior players that is safe, welcoming and fun.
1.12.3 Treat everyone equally and sensitively, regardless of his or her gender, ethnic origin, physical capacity or cultural background.
1.12.4 Help to establish a culture within your club that promotes fair play, good behaviour, and respect of opponents, team spirit and the development of technical skills.
1.12.5 Ensure that suitably qualified coaches and officials provide proper supervision.
1.12.6 Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of developments in sound administrative practices and encourage the growth and development of the skills of your club's other officials and coaches.
1.12.7 Encourage enjoyment of rugby league for fun and development and downplay the importance of awards.
1.12.8 When publicly expressing an opinion on any aspect of the sport, have regard for the best interests of the game of rugby league. Always consider the wider picture in favour of self-interest.
1.12.9 Never manipulate rules and regulations solely for personal gain or to obtain an unfair advantage for your club.
1.12.10 When developing policies for your club, including player recruitment, be aware of the impact those policies may have on the overall competition.
1.12.11 Promote a strong, zero tolerance policy within your club, against abuse, verbal or physical of players, match officials and other visitors to your club.
1.12.12 Where alcohol is available at your club, encourage responsible consumption and maintain a strict enforcement of licensing laws.
1.13 Code of Conduct – Social Networking Site Policy
Any player, official or anyone associated with the game including spectator, parent/guardian etc who is found to have improperly used any social networking site including Facebook, YouTube or Twitter which concerns Rugby League in general or the Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League (GBJRL) in particular, may be brought before the Disciplinary Tribunal.
Improper use of a social networking site includes:
1.13.1 Insulting any person involved in the GBJRL including but not limited to all on field match officials and players;
1.13.2 Partaking in bullying any person involved in the GBJRL by making offensive, racist, sexist or abusive comments about a person; or
1.13.3 Engaging in any other behaviour that the GBJRL decides in its discretion is improper use of a social networking site or brings the game of Rugby League into disrepute.
2.1 QRL Rule 96 (d) A coach or player shall not, without the approval of the Secretary of the relevant Executive or his nominee, write a column for publication in any newspaper provided that such approval shall not at any time be unreasonably withheld and shall be deemed to continue until withdrawn by the Secretary of the relevant Executive or his nominee.
2.2 QRL Rule 96 (e) a coach or player shall not, at any time, make any comment in any publication whether written, televised or broadcast, detrimental to the interests, welfare or image of the game.
Code of Conduct -GBJRL & BRLRA Joint Policy
‘BE POSITIVE OR BE QUIET’ - Conduct of players, Team Staff and Spectators
PLAYERS: Subject to the International Laws of the Game, Section 15 – Player’s Misconduct and in addition, any player striking another player during the game will receive a minimum penalty of ten (10) minutes in the sin bin.
Refer also to GBJRL Rule 39.25 - ‘Abuse of an Official by a player’ and 39.26 - ‘Violent conduct on or off the field by a player’.
Referees will enforce the following disciplinary procedure in relation to a player swearing throughout the 2015 Premiership and Finals Series games.
Level 1 If a player uses foul language near a referee in frustration that is not likely to be heard by other players nor spectators and is not threatening, the player will be cautioned. Any further similar offences will be penalised.
Level 2 If a player uses foul language loud enough for other players and/or spectators to hear, the player will be penalised and cautioned.
Level 3 If a player uses foul and/or threatening language or gestures to other players and/or spectators or uses nonthreatening foul language directed at any match official, the player will be penalised and sent to the sin bin.
Level 4 If a player verbally abuses or uses threatening language or gestures directed at a match official, duty official or ground manager the player is to be dismissed from the field.
The following rules and procedures will apply to all on field team staff; League Safe Officers (LSOs) and First Aid Officers (SPORTS TRAINERs) See GBJRL Rules Section 30 (coaches and league safe officers).
League Safe Officers must:
Consequences of breaches League Safe Officers:
Level 1 The referee will verbally instruct LSO of the breach, on the run if possible or use a regular stoppage in play to caution the LSO.
Level 2 The referee will stop play and explain the breach to the LSO and inform that person that a subsequent breach will result in them being removed from the field for the remainder of the match.
Level 3 The referee will stop the game, call the duty official onto the field and instruct the Duty Official to remove the LSO from the field and that they can take no further part in the game.
Level 4 If the LSO refuses to leave the field of play or subsequently re-enters the field of play after being directed to leave the referee will terminate the game and forward a report to the GBJRL.
Procedures for duty officials on spectator misconduct:
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the GBJRL determines a game has been terminated because of the conduct of a coach, team staff and/or spectators of a particular team, that team will be deemed to have forfeited the game irrespective of the score at the time. This will be applied for all Premiership and Finals Series games. In the Finals Series matches, this will have an influence on the makeup of remaining Finals Series matches.