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National Code of Conduct

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

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    National Code of Conduct
    ARL Development designed a National Code of Conduct in 2006 which covers all
    participants in the game including, players, coaches, match officials, parents/guardians
    and spectators.
    The Code of Conduct has three general principles. They state that every participant
    l Discourage all instances of unsportsmanlike behavior, foul or illegal play, or
    acts of violence, both on and off the field.
    l Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their
    gender, ability/disability, sexual orientation, cultural background or religion.
    l 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.
    The code also states that no person attending a rugby league match shall:
    l use offensive or obscene language to any player, coach, referee, touch judge, official or
    other spectator; and
    l act in such a way as to exhibit racial intolerance, by language or other conduct, to any
    other person/s.
    The player’s code states that participants should:
    l never engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, sledging,
    obscene gestures, offensive remarks, trash-talking, taunting or other actions that are
    demeaning to other players, officials or supporters; and
    l recognise that many officials, coaches and referees are volunteers who give up their
    time to provide their services. Treat them with the utmost respect.
    Coaches are required to actively discourage foul play and/or unsportsmanlike behaviour by
    players. And referees and officials must: condemn all and every instance of unsportsmanlike,
    foul or unfair play.
    Under the code, parents and spectators are required to:
    l respect the referee’s decisions – don’t complain or argue about calls or decisions during
    or after a game; and
    l behave! Unsportsmanlike language, harassment or aggressive behaviour will not be

    Every person bound by the Code of Conduct must also comply with the provisions of the
    NRL Anti Vilification Code, which states that they must not ‘speak or otherwise act in a
    manner which is likely to offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify
    another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent, nationality, ethnic
    origin, gender, sexuality, marital status, status as a parent, disability or HIV/AIDS status’.
    The NRL also has a Code of Conduct which covers NRL matches, and the ARL Referees’
    Association has adopted a uniform Code of Behaviour that applies to all affiliate refereeing


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