Respect policy

All RFL clubs have signed up to the RFL’s RESPECT policy.

All participants in the game of Rugby League including players, parents, spectators, coaches, match officials, volunteers and administrators should:

    As a parent and/or spectator you have the responsibility to abide by the RESPECT Code of Conduct

    Do not force an unwilling child to participate in Rugby League Remember that children participate in Rugby League for their own enjoyment not yours

    Understand that rugby league is part of a total life experience, and the benefits of involvement go far beyond the final score of a game

    Condemn all violent or illegal acts, whether they are by players, coaches, officials, parents or spectators

    Discourage all instances of unsporting behavior, foul or illegal play, or acts of violence, both on and off the field.

    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, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, colour or political persuasion

    Respect the match official’s decisions - don’t complain or argue about decisions during or after a game

    Behave! Unsporting language, harassment or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated

    Encourage players to play by the rules and to respect opposition players and officials

    Never ridicule or scorn a player for making a mistake - respect their efforts

    Participate in positive cheering that encourages all the players in the team; do not engage in any jeering that taunts or intimidates opponents, their fans or officials

    At all times follow the directions of the Ground Manager and/or other match day staff

    Never arrive at a ground under the influence of alcohol, never bring alcohol to a game and only drink alcohol if it is available at the ground, in the designated licensed area

    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.

    Every person who attends a Rugby League match does so with the permission and license of the home club &/or league.

    Breaches of this Code of Conduct may result in penalties up to and including a fine, loss of team match points and suspension. Saddleworth Rangers Rugby League Club acknowledges its responsibility in line with the principles of RESPECT. If you have any concerns, please raise these with the clubs designated CWO;S Rachel Wood or Karen Wilson.
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