OUR CODE OF CONDUCT
Open to any person who expresses a desire to further the aims of Rugby Union Code and the spirit of the constitution of this corporation and upon the payment of an annual due to the club Rugby Alberta and Rugby Canada that places them in good standing with all three corporations.
Notwithstanding the above, membership may be denied to any persons, who in the act contrary to the good of the Corporation, the Union or the sport of Rugby by means of the following process:
With the exception of life members who will need to apply only once; annually, each returning member or prospective member will complete an application form, that will include a commitment to follow the club code of conduct and a confirmation that they are in good standing with the Corporation and all other rugby clubs.
Applications will be reviewed by the registrar and club executive to determine eligibility for membership and will be subject to the process outlined below
If the Registrar and or the Club Executive have reason to believe that a perspective new or returning member’s behavior or actions have been contrary to the club code of conduct or contrary to the good of the Corporation, the Union or the Sport of Rugby, the application of the returning or prospective new member will be subject to further review by the Executive.
If upon further review the Executive has sufficient reason to believe that a prospective new or returning member’s behavior or actions have been contrary to the club code of conduct or contrary to the good of the Corporation, the Union or the Sport of Rugby the prospective new or returning member will be asked to attend a meeting of the Membership Committee to support their application for membership. The Membership Committee will be comprised of the Executive and an adult member representing each of the club teams.
The meeting will offer the opportunity for the Membership Committee to discuss its concerns with the prospective new or returning member who will be given the opportunity to support application for membership.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Membership Committee will conduct a vote to determine if membership of the prospective new or returning member will be rejected. A two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Membership Committee will be required to reject the membership application. This vote may be taken as a secret/written ballot if 2/3 vote in favor. Only at this time if an application is rejected by the corporation will their dues paid be refunded.
A membership in the Corporation is not transferable and automatically terminates if the Member resigns or such membership is otherwise terminated in accordance with the Act.
Disciplinary Act or Termination of Membership for Cause
Upon 15 days’ written notice to a Member, the Board may pass a resolution authorizing disciplinary action against any member of the Corporation for actions contrary to the club Code of Conduct and or the laws and spirit of Rugby Union Football, or which are considered detrimental to the Corporation and the Union code.
The notice shall set out the reasons for the disciplinary action. The Member receiving the notice shall be entitled to give the Board a written submission appealing the disciplinary action not less than 5 days before the end of the 15-day period. The Board shall consider the written submission of the Member before making a decision regarding disciplinary action. Disciplinary action will be progressive in nature, up to and including the termination of membership and expulsion from the Club. The process will be detailed in the Club Discipline policy and Rugby Alberta’s Discipline [TP2] policy will be used as a guide/reference.
THE COACHES CODE
Be reasonable in your demands on your young player's time, energy and enthusiasm--remember that they have other interests.
Consider the wellbeing and safety of players before development of performance.
Develop an appropriate working relationship with players based on mutual trust and respect.
Teach your players that the laws of the game are mutual agreements which no one should break.
Avoid over-playing the talented players - the "just average" players need & deserve equal time and may well become the star players of tomorrow if encouraged and nurtured correctly.
Children play for fun - winning is only part of it - never yell at or ridicule children for making mistakes or losing. Encourage them to value their performances, win lose or draw and their behavior.
Follow the advice of a Doctor in determining when an injured player is ready to play again.
Gain respect by being generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example in every way.
Improve your players through coaching - frequent match play or long practice sessions do not guarantee development.
Do not shout continually.
Ensure you always work within the AJRU Continuum (minis/youth)
Points for Sportsmanship and good behavior (for both players and parents) should be awarded at Mini rugby festivals. Fair play must be highly valued by the players.
Avoid mismatches --it benefits neither side if one team runs up a "cricket score" - stop the game and even up the teams.
Be fully aware of your responsibilities with regard to the club (CRU) Child Protection Policy and guidelines.
Assign a 'mentor' player to new players and make positive efforts to integrate them into the team.
Hold current and appropriate coaching qualifications and insurance (through the club) and be CRB checked.
Never encourage rule violations, rough play or use of prohibited substances.
Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
Display consistently high standards of behavior and appearance.
Never exert undue influence over players to obtain personal benefit or reward.
The Referees Code
Behave and dress smartly - in a manner becoming your responsibility.
Know the laws and regulations - apply them to the skill level of the players--be fair regardless of circumstance.
Vary the tone of your whistle and voice --seek to control with enjoyment rather than dominate sternly.
Play advantage whenever possible - keep the game flowing.
Ensure that you are fit - keep up with play - be at the right place, at the right time, to make the right decision.
Explain your decisions - be consistent, objective and unfailingly courteous.
Penalize deliberate foul play as being unsportsmanlike - reinforce the player's respect for fair play.
Compliment players on good play when deserved - compliment both teams at the end of the match.
Keep up to date with law changes - especially those applying to mini/midi rugby - check the continuum annually as rules frequently change.
Join your Regions Referees Society and become a qualified referee - the more you do, the easier it is to cope.
You must report and the player sent off to the Edmonton Rugby Union Disciplinary Committee.
The Players Code
Play the game for the fun of it - not to please your parents/guardians or coach.
Learn the laws of the game and play by them.
Accept the referees' decision - even when he's wrong, he's right, it's the 'rugby way'.
Control your temper - indiscipline lets both you and your team down. Rugby is a game of controlled aggression, channel it in a positive way, not negative.
Keep trying - even when it seems hopeless don't let your head drop. Play as well as you can until the final whistle.
Be a good sport - recognize good play whether by your own team or the opposition. You can learn valuable lessons by being self-critical when the opposition are playing better than your own team.
Learn how to lose with dignity - Valuable life skills are learned in taking defeat in a dignified way, you can't win them all so hold your head up and congratulate the opposition. You can't win them all (and it would hardly be worth playing if you did for there would be no sense of achievement!)
Treat all players as you yourself would like to be treated - don't harass, bully or take unfair advantage of any other player.
Remember - as well as enjoyment, the aims of the game are to improve your skills and feel fit and healthy.
Cooperate with your coach, referee, teammates and opponents - without them you don't have a game.
Don't over-celebrate after scoring.
Never demean the opposition by ridicule either by words or actions when you are in the ascendancy. You wouldn't like it if someone did it to you!
When you get to know the opposition players (at regional level or beyond) you will realize they are no different to you, they just wear a different colored shirt. Many of them will be friends you will keep throughout your life even if you never play for the same club.
Hosting your opponent -As the host club, it is your responsibility to make your opponent's feel welcome and comfortable when they are at your facility. Hosting your opponents and treat them the way you would wish to be treated when at their club's facility.
Be proud of your club and remember that your actions don't just reflect on you, they reflect on your club so make sure that they are positive ones, not negative.
The Parent's and Spectators Code
Do not force or cajole an unwilling child to participate in rugby.
Teach the child to always know and play by the Laws of the Game.
Instil in the child an understanding and enjoyment of the value of coaching - always keep off the pitch and let the coach 'call the shots'
Recognise the efforts and importance of coaches and referees - they give freely of their time to provide rugby for the children.
Learn that children play rugby for their own fun, not to entertain you. They are not miniature internationals.
Stress the need to respect referees - Don't abuse them yourself by publicly questioning their honesty or decision-making.
Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake - Always offer positive support and encouragement.
Applaud good play by both teams (they will hear this) - Don't shout continuously (they won't be listening).
Encourage honest effort -Teach children that this is as important as victory.
Set a good example to everyone else by YOUR behavior - Always condemn the use of bad language.
Mini and Youth Section Club Rules
Strathcona Druids RFC is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with their team manager or the Director of Mini and Youth rugby as applicable.
As a member of Strathcona Druids RFC you are expected to abide by the following mini/youth section rules:
All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
All members must respect their opponents.
Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
Members must wear a suitable kit including rugby or football boots with either molded rubber studs or kitemarked rugby studs for safety. Mouthguards are recommended for all age groups but compulsory for all contact groups for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly or arrange an alternative method of payment with your team manager.
Mini/Youth members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions. Smoking (by adult or youth) is not allowed in the clubhouse at any time. The Club is subject to the smoking bylaw for Strathcona County
Junior members under the age of 18 are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.
Complaints should be catalogued with a date, time, infraction, names of abusers, name of complainer, and reported to the President at