When refereeing young players match officials should
Recognize the importance of fun and enjoyment when officiating young players.
Provide verbal feedback in a positive way during games.
Appreciate the needs of players.
Be a positive role model.
Recognize that safety is paramount.
Explain decisions as most young players are still learning.
Do not tolerate verbal abuse.
Officials should not
Change in the same area as young players.
Shower with young players and agree with coaches a timetable.
Be alone with young players at any time. If a player comes into the dressing room ensure another adult is present.
Check studs without the coach or other responsible adult being present.
Administer first aid.
Allow a young player to continue playing if there are doubts about their fitness.
Tolerate bad language from young players.
Engage in any inappropriate contact with young players.
Gift a lift to a young player unless there are other people or adults in the car and the parents are aware.
Take a young player to your home.
Overly criticize young players or use language which may cause the player to lose confidence or self esteem.
Make sexually explicit remarks to young people, even in fun.
Officials must always
Report, in writing, to the club or CB Welfare Officer and/or Society Secretary, behavior by adults which you feel contravenes RFU Child Protection Policy.
Verbal bullying by coaches/parents/spectators.
Physical abuse by coaches/parents/spectators.
Inappropriate or aggressive contact by an adult to a young person.
Verbal abuse directed to you by young people or adults.
"The welfare of all young people is paramount"