Coaches & Officials Code of Conduct


Rugby Manitoba / Westman Youth Rugby Association and Member Clubs



In an effort to raise the standards of play and to improve the image of the sport of rugby, every coach and referee in Manitoba is asked to abide by the following Code of Conduct.


I. The Coach/Officials and Athlete Relationship


The coach/official and athlete relationship is a privileged one. Coaches and officials play a critical role in the personal, as well as, athletic development of their athletes. They must understand and respect the inherent power imbalance that exists in this relationship and must be extremely careful not to abuse it. Coaches and officials must also recognize that they are conduits through which the values and goals of a sport organization are channelled. Thus, how an athlete regards his/her sport is often dependent on the behaviour of the coach and officials. The following Code of Conduct has been developed to aid coaches and officials in achieving a level of behaviour which will allow them to assist athletes in becoming well-rounded, self-confident, and productive human beings.


II. Coaches and Officials Responsibilities


1. Treat everyone fairly within the context of their activity, regardless of gender, place of origin, colour, sexual orientation, religion, political belief, or economic status.

2. Direct comments or criticism at the performance rather than the athlete.

3. Consistently display high personal standards and project a favourable image of their sport and of coaching;

4. Refrain from public criticism of fellow coaches and officials.

5. Abstain for the use of tobacco products while in the presence of his/her athletes and discourage their use by athletes.

6. Abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages when working with athletes.

7. Discourage the use of alcohol in conjunction with athletic events and enforce compliance of Alcoholic Beverage Policies of the governing Unions.

8. Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing, or otherwise offensive language or behaviour in the conduct of his/her duties and enforce compliance of

student/athlete Code of Conduct Policies of the governing Unions.

9. Ensure that the activity being undertaken is suitable for the age, experience, ability, and fitness level of the athletes, and educate athletes as to their responsibilities in

contributing to a safe environment.

10. Encourage compliance by the Clubs, Rugby Manitoba and officials that established “Recommended Safety Precautions” are followed, including, but not limited to the

presence of a proper medical kit and medically-trained personnel at practices, scrimmages and matches.

11. Coaches should communicate and cooperate with registered medical practitioners in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of their athletes’ medical and

psychological problems. Consider an athlete’s future health and well being as foremost when making decisions regarding and injured athlete’s ability to continue

playing or training.

12. Coaches should recognize and accept when to refer athletes to their doctor or sport specialists. Allow athletes’ goals to take precedence over their own.

13. Coaches and Officials should seek ways of increasing professional development and awareness.

14. Coaches and officials should treat each other with due respect, and encourage athletes to act accordingly. Actively encourage athletes to uphold the rules of their

sport and the spirit of such rules.

15. Be aware of the academic pressures placed on student-athletes and conduct practices and games in a manner so as to allow academic success.


III. Coaching and Officiating Expectations


Coaches and officials must:


1. Ensure the safety of the athletes with whom they work.

2. At no time become intimately and/or sexually involved with their athletes.

3. Respect athletes’ dignity; verbal or physical behaviours that constitute harassment or abuse are unacceptable.

4. Never advocate or condone the use of drugs or other banned performance enhancing substances.


IV. Agreement of the Coaches and Officials


The coach/official should have read and understood the above statements and agree to conduct him/her self in a manner that demonstrates the standards established in the Code of Conduct. An agreement with each club, coach and official is a bond to guarantee the compliance with this Code of Conduct.


Rugby Manitoba and its Sub-Unions endorse the IRB Playing Charter and the Laws of the Game.

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