Young rugby players are impressionable and their behaviour will often reflect that of adults around them.
At Ballymoney we welcome spectators on our touchlines who embrace the ethos of the game as one of FUN, ENJOYMENT and SKILL DEVELOPMENT.
At Ballymoney all spectators are encouraged to:
- Act as positive role models to all young players.
- Be familiar with, and abide by, the club’s child protection guidance in relation to verbal and emotional abuse.
- Acknowledge good individual and team performance from all youngsters irrespective of which team they play for.
- Respect match officials’ decisions.
- Remember, they are volunteers providing an opportunity for your youngsters to play rugby.
- Abstain from verbal abuse of young players, match officials, fellow spectators or coaches.
- Play their part in creating a positive environment for young players.
- Acknowledge effort and good performance rather than the “win at all coasts” ethic.
- Verbally encourage all youngsters in a positive way.
- If you do want to shout make sure it is “for”, not “at”, the players.
- Condemn bad language, rude behaviour and violence.
- Encourage all youngsters irrespective of their ability– never ridicule any individual player, regardless of the team they play for.
- Applaud good play by both teams.
If your behaviour does not meet the high standards required by our children, you should expect a club official to ask you to cease or leave.
All spectators are requested to abstain from the consumption of alcohol at Mini Rugby events (including training sessions) until 12.30 pm at the earliest.
Tea, coffee and juice will usually be available at a nominal cost.
Obviously, we will rely heavily on your co-operation in this instance. MANY, MANY THANKS!