As a parent you will no doubt want your son/daughter to enjoy their involvement in rugby union in a safe enjoyable environment where there are opportunities to learn and develop rugby skills and also have fun. This guide suggests questions you might ask when choosing a club for your son/daughter before making that final decision.
The qualifications and experience of the coaches. All coaches should hold an RFU qualification.
The ratio of adults to young people.
Ratio for Under 8s should be a maximum of 1:8
Under 12s 1:12
Under 13s-u18s 1:15.
The club has clear codes of conduct stating expected behaviour of members, player and coaches.
What happens if there is an accident. The club has a documented procedure
The club has a Safeguarding Officer who is in attendance at the club on Sunday mornings.
It is a requirement of the RFU Child Protection Policy that all clubs have an Safeguarding officer.
Questions to ask
1. My son/daughter has never played rugby before; can they come along and try out a couple of sessions?
2. When is training?
3. When are the matches?
4. What kit do we need?
5. Does the club have a Safeguarding Policy?
6. How does the club manage any issues, which may arise?
7. Are the coaches RFU qualified and CRB checked?
8. Are the adults helping with the teams also CRB checked
9. Does my son/daughter have to share changing facilities with adult players?
10. How much does it cost to be a member of the club?
11. Is there a first aider on site?
The club will expect you to:
Ensure that your son/daughter is dropped off and picked up from the club and matches and in the case of younger children there will be an expectation that a parent or designated adult remains throughout the session. This responsibility can be delegated but the club must be aware.
Adhere to the codes of conduct within the club,in particular the Parents Code of Conduct. This highlights the positive aspects of being a part of the club and supporting both your own child and all the other young people within the club.
Become as involved in the club as much as possible. This provides your son/daughter with the support to enjoy their rugby. Clubs are dependant on volunteers.
Support the coaches by ensuring your son/daughter enjoys their rugby and plays within the laws of the game. It is crucial to develop a positive relationship with the coaching team and to support them. If an issue does develop then manage this through the Safeguarding Officer.
There is a guide for young people which details the club's expectations which include:
Listening to the coaches.
Adhering to the codes of conduct.
Adhering to the laws of the game and rules of the club.
Having fun and enjoying playing rugby.
Please click on thne Fair Play/Conduct menu tab for more detail
A friendly welcome, an opportunity to meet new friends and watch rugby.
Opportunities to be involved in all aspects of club life and use your own expertise.
Opportunities for your son/daughter to have fun and develop their game as much as they want to.
A safe environment.
Qualified coaches and responsible volunteers.
Relationships based on trust, honesty and respect where your son/daughter are valued and listened to and where their welfare is paramount.
Child Protection Policy available for you on request.
Clear lines of communication with you about your child, fixtures, training and events.
The club will alays need to ensure they can contact you and keep you informed. It is part of the club's philosophy that you are involved in your child's rugby development. Please ensure that you build a relationship with the coach/administrators and support the club by completing all paperwork required. If you have a concern relating to the welfare of your son/daughter always contact the club welfare officer.
Running a successful mini/junior section involves numerous tasks both on match/training days and other days during the week. The more parents who are involved the better as it eases everyones work load and provides cover when there are times you are unavailable.
The club therefore likes you to support your child by becoming involved with your child's activities as much as possible. There are many areas within the club which rely on volunteer help to make the mini/junior section a success. Without parent support it would not run. There is nearly always a job to suit you and the time you have to spare. You will be surprised how often its a rewarded use of your time. Some parents can give up more time than others depending on circumstances and above all we still want you to able to watch and support your child playing. Being involved with the club also brings an opportunity to meet and socialise with other parents and means you too can have fun and share the enjoyment with your child. Please try and help if you possibly can.
We can always provide opportunities for those who want to get involved beyond spectating and our committee members are always keen to include anyone with time and skills to offer. We encourage people to pair-up and share tasks so you would not be on your own.
Matches and Training
When watching your child training or playing in a game there are times when the coaches need help especialy on dates when one of the coaches are away or at a festival. You can alays help a coach by running the line, helping to put tag belts on, making sure the children have water to drink or keeping note of the scores and who scores. During training sessions coaches often neeed help from the parents eg holding tackle bags, help set up training equipment, organising players into groups and helping with certain training drills. At the start and end of sessions please try and help the coach returning any equipment into the storage containers. Just ask the coaches if they want any help with the session.
Now we are running Under 7's, 8's, 9's,10's and 11/12's competitive matches plus the juniors under 13's to under 17's we need additional volunteers to help write up a match report for each age group. Ideally we require one person for each age group and a couple of additional people to cover for weeks when people are away or to work a rota system. At present we need some help with the under 7's, under 14's, 15's and under 16's, ideally we need 2 volunteers for each age group.
All we require are the try scorers, match award winners plus the squad list so that everyone gets a mention in the local paper and on the web site. If you wish to add extra comments about the game so much the better. The reports can then be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Match reports need to reach the Evening Courier by Tuesday lunch time to meet the deadline for Thursdays Junior Sports Section.
Reporting on the games in the Evening Courier gives us a source of recruiting more players and spreading the word around Halifax about the minis and junior rugby at the club. Also the players like to see their names and photos in the local paper.
We always need coaches for the mini/juniors. Our aim is to have 4-5 coaches per age group. Any parent who would like to try coaching should start by working with a qualified coach then apply to attend the appropriate course. The club will cover the cost of any chargeable courses. There is a web page listing all the courses available see the follwing link View Courses and the parent should discuss with Glen Cockroft our coaching co ordinator which courses are most appropriate depending on which age group they are working with.
No game can be played without a referee. If you are interested in trying yor hand at being a referee contact Glen Cockroft our referee co ordinator. Its best if you start to referee mini games at under 7/8's and progress through the age groups to referee the junior games.
If refereeing is not for you or you may be interested in refereeing but not sure try running the line first. Having 2 linesmen is a big help to the referees. Just have a chat with your childs coaches and they will explain whats required to be a linesman.
Dave Butler curently runs the club shop but needs help. Contact Dave if you can help him on a Sunday.
If you have a medical background eg doctor, nurse or a physio we do need your expertise on training/match days in case there are any injuries.