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Code of Behaviour

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General principles

These codes have been written for any player, coach, match official, parent and/or spectator participating in any England Touch membership or affiliated event.

These rules are designed to ensure that any member of England Touch or any associated individual understands and appreciates their role and the behaviour expected of them. England Touch wishes for all players to find enjoyment in the sport and fulfil their aspirations in a safe and positive environment which these rules and codes seek to set out.

Touch is an inclusive sport and England Touch is committed to its core values of:

Inclusive | Transparent | Ambitious | United | Respectful

All England Touch members will agree to:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their age, ethnic origin, gender, special needs, including learning and physical disabilities, class or social background, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, colour or political persuasion.
  • Discourage all instances of unsporting behaviour
  • Safeguard the wellbeing of children (those under 18) and protect them from abuse and poor practice

Breaches of this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action. 

Players

As a coach you should
  • Play for enjoyment with sportsmanship in mind at all times
  • Respect the referee at all times. Respect your opponent. Respect your teammates and respect your coach
  • Treat all other players as you yourself would wish to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any player
  • Shake hands with and thank the opposition players and officials after the game whatever the result
  • Observe the laws of the game and always respect the match official’s decision
  • Work as hard for your team as for yourself. Share failures and celebrate success
  • Encourage honest and open competition
  • Participate as a member of a team to achieve the ETA's goals and objectives
  • Control your emotions. Do not lose your temper
  • Safeguard your health
  • Be focussed and attentive at all training and coaching sessions
  • Care for and respect the facilities and equipment made available to you during training and competition
  • Adhere to the Core Values of the game at all times

Coach

As a coach you should
  • Lead by example
  • Insist on fair and disciplined play. Actively discourage foul play, unsportsmanlike behaviour, dissent or querying of referee decisions by players
  • Encourage players to respect and accept the judgement of the Match Officials
  • Create a safe and enjoyable environment in which to play and train
  • Treat all players as equals, regardless of their talent
  • Ensure all participants are given fair opportunities regardless of ability, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background or religion – condemning unsporting behaviour and promoting respect for all participants. Maximise participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability
  • Maintain appropriate, professional relationships with players at all times
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards of the age, sex and ability of your team
  • Ensure that you undertake all relevant training for your role and are up to date with all the relevant policies and procedures
  • Be reasonable in your demands on the players’ time, energy and enthusiasm
  • Ensure that all sick and injured players are given appropriate attention and do not play without them seeking advice of a doctor
  • Always ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of the players is paramount
  • At all times adhere to the Core Values of the game

Match officials

As a match official you should
  • Abide by the Referees Code of Conduct
  • Ensure that you undertake all relevant training for your role and are up to date with all the relevant policies and procedures
  • Discourage foul play and/or unsporting behaviour by players
  • Maximise participation and enjoyment for all players regardless of ability
  • Treat all players as equals, regardless of their talent
  • Always ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of the players is paramount
  • Maintain appropriate, professional relationships with players/referees at all times
  • Participate as a member of a team to achieve the ETAs goals and objectives
  • As a match official, conduct yourself at all times and in all situations, in a manner, that demonstrates leadership, respect for the game of Touch and respect for all those that are involved in the game – the players, coaches, supporters, the parents
  • At all times adhere to the Core Values of the game

Parents and spectators

As a parent or spectator you should
  • Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sport.
  • Always show RESPECT. Respect individual differences of people and treat others as you would like to be treated..
  • Remember that children participate in Touch for their own enjoyment, not yours!
  • Respect the match official’s decisions
  • Encourage players to play by the rules and to respect opposition players and officials.
  • Respect all players involved in a game and respect their efforts.
  • Participate in positive cheering that encourages all the players in the team
  • Share concerns, if they have them, with Club officials

Volunteers and administrators

All volunteers and administrators have a responsibility to
  • Ensure that clubs are managed and that all activities are supervised by appropriately qualified staff recruited through the appropriate process and selection checks
  • Ensure that you undertake all relevant training for your role and are up to date with policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all staff understand and adhere to the relevant Code of Conduct
  • Ensure that all equipment and facilities meet safety standards
  • Encourage all participants to remember that sport is enjoyed for its own sake
  • Participate as a member of a team to achieve the ETAs goals and objectives.
  • At all times adhere to the Core Values of the game

Children and Young People

Children and young people agree to
  • Do their best at all times
  • Encourage and support team mates who make mistakes
  • Never argue with the referee
  • Always listen to the coach
  • Play as a team
  • Welcome all new players, from all backgrounds, whether or not they have played before
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Never take part in any bullying

We are England Touch

We are the players. We are the supporters, willing us on. We are the medals, waiting to be won. We are the touchdowns, waiting to be scored. We are the men and women of all ages. We are the talent of today. We are the potential for tomorrow. We are one team. We are England Touch