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1. Fair Play Code

The Fairplay Code has been prepared to ensure that London Irish Junior/Mini Rugby is conducted in a sensible and fair manner. The Fairplay Code is part of our statement of direction and is incorporated into the Rules of Junior/Mini Rugby as an appendix to those rules. The objectives of the Fairplay Code are summarised as follows:


  • Remember, play for the ‘fun of it’, NOT just to please your parents or the coaches.
  • Play by The Laws of The Game.
  • Never argue with officials’ decisions. Let your Captain or coach ask any necessary questions.
  • Control your temper – no ‘mouthing-off’ or bad behaviour. If you lose control you will not play well.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team – your team and your own performance will benefit.
  • Be sportsmanlike. Applaud all good play, whether by your team or by the opposition.
  • Treat all players, as you yourself would like to be treated. Do NOT interfere with, bully or take advantage of any player.
  • Remember that the objectives of The Game are to have fun, improve your skills and feel good in yourself. achieving these objectives will ensure that success will follow.
  • Co-operate with and respect your coaches, team-mates, opposition and officials: without them you do NOT have a game.


  • Remember that children play organised rugby for their own fun. They are NOT there to entertain you and they are NOT miniature professional athletes.
  • Be on your best behaviour and set a good example. DO NOT use profane language or harass players, coaches or officials.
  • Applaud good play by your own team and by the opposition.
  • Show respect for your team’s opponents and supporters. Without them there would be no game.
  • Never ridicule or admonish a child for making a mistake during the competition.
  • Condemn the use of violence in any form.
  • Respect the officials’ decisions.
  • Encourage players always to play according to The Laws of The Game.


  • Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
  • Remember children and youths are involved in organised sports for their enjoyment NOT yours.
  • Encourage your child always to play by The Laws of the Game.
  • Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Use defeat creatively by helping your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Never ridicule or harass your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good play by your team and by the opposition.
  • Do NOT publicly question the officials’ judgement and NEVER impugn their honesty. Remember they are volunteers.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the Junior Rugby activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of the volunteer coaches. They give their time and resources to provide recreational and educational activities for your child.


  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed on sound coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children and youth.
  • Ensure that you are physically fit enough to execute your duties.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on the young players’ time, energy and enthusiasm. Remember they have other interests.
  • Teach your players that the laws of the game are mutual agreements, which no one should evade or break.
  • Group players according to age, size, skill and physical maturity whenever possible.
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players. The ‘just average’ players need and deserve equal time.
  • Remember that children and youths play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it. Never ridicule or harass children for making mistakes or losing a competition.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age, size and ability of the players.
  • The scheduling, length and intensity of practice sessions should take into consideration the maturity and level of the players.
  • Develop team respect for the abilities of opponents as well as for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches.
  • Follow the advice of a doctor when determining when a player is fit to train or play after injury.
  • Remember that children and youths need a coach they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Make criticism constructive. Set a good example.