Let Them Play - NSWRL Respect Round

In a bid to eliminate offensive behaviour on and off the field, the New South Wales Rugby League are implementing a Junior League ‘Respect Campaign’ across all 11 Districts in the Sydney region for 2016.
To ensure all players, volunteers and parents act in a manner that displays the core values of the game, every
Sydney Junior Rugby League competition, club and district will be involved in this great initiative through the
entire season.
From key off field messages like #letthemplay to on field coach arm-bands and player handshakes, all Junior Rugby League clubs and teams will have the opportunity to promote and be involved in this fantastic campaign.
1 in 9 Rugby League Match Officials have been lost to the sport as a direct result of verbal and/or physical abuse. 2015 saw an increase in the number of reported incidents on and off-field across all Junior Rugby League
NSWRL Participation numbers were down in 2015 - identified through the Gemba “Junior League Participation Research” in some part due to poor sideline and on-field behaviour
Coach and parent behaviour is a key driver of recruitment and retention of players , reflecting the poor retention rates in the NSWRL Junior Leagues
  1. To improve the Junior Rugby League environment at a grass root level 
  2. To compel participants , coaches, trainers, spectators and all club officials to take greater responsibility for their actions
  3. To promote the core values of Rugby League and to educate parents, coaches, players and officials on the true philosophies of grass roots footy
  4. To promote a greater level of compliance with the NRL Code of Conduct
  5. To recognise and reward junior league clubs which clearly demonstrate the highest standards of RESPECT and proper behaviour at matches
During the Respect Round, all coaches, referees and players will be demonstrating actions of “Respect” by wearing armbands and shaking hands before the start of matches during the NSWRL Junior League Respect Round.
Also during the Respect Round, all match officials and referees are required to meet on the field, alongside the players and shake hands with the coach prior to kick off. By doing this the referees and match officials are not only demonstrating their desire to adhere too and respect the game. All Referees are encouraged to take the "Referees Pledge" which is shown below:
I pledge to always display leadership, integrity, balance, respect and true sense of sportsmanship.
I pledge that I will always referee within the rules and not display any bias
I pledge to respect the rich history, traditions and spirt of Rugby League
I pledge to always respect the opinion of the captains and coaches
I pledge to display control and to respect the players, coaches and spectators
For more information on the NSWRL Respect Round, please click here for a link to the NSWRL Website. You can also read the attached Campaign Handbook and watch the attached Videos featuring many of the games former, current & future stars.
#respect #letthemplay


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