SRU Long Term Player Development - Mini/Micro Guidance
FAO Mini / Micro Players and Parents
Please see pages 12-15 of the SRU Long Term Player Development document which can be downloaded below:
SRU LTPD - PDF (4MB)
SRU Guidance - Coaches Code of Conduct
The following is an extract from Scottish Rugby`s Code of Conduct and Protocols for Clubs, Coaches, Players
and Match Officials. Code of Conduct for Game 2010: 12/1/10. The full document is available to download from
- must ensure that the game is played and conducted in accordance with disciplined and sporting behaviour and must
acknowledge that it is not sufficient to rely solely upon the match officials to maintain those principles;
- shall co-operate in ensuring that the spirit of the Laws of the Game is upheld. Clubs shall refrain
from selecting players guilty of foul play;
- shall not repeatedly breach the Laws of the Game;
- hall accept and observe the authority and decisions of referees, assistant referees, other match officials and all
rugby disciplinary bodies, subject to the International Rugby Board’s Regulation 17 (Illegal and / or Foul Play and
- shall not publish or cause to be published criticism of the manner in which a referee or assistant referee handled a match;
- shall not publish or cause to be published criticism of the manner in which Scottish Rugby handled or resolved any dispute
or disciplinary matter resulting from a breach of the Bye-Laws, Rules and Regulations, or Laws of the Game
- shall not engage in any conduct or any activity on or off the field that may impair public confidence in the honest and
orderly conduct of a match, tour, tournament or series of matches (including, but not limited to, the supply of information
in relation to the game, directly or indirectly, to bookmakers) or in the integrity and good character of any person;
- shall promote the reputation of the game and take all possible steps to prevent it from being brought into disrepute;
- shall not commit a doping offence as defined in IRB Regulation 21 (Anti-Doping);
- shall not abuse, threaten or intimidate a referee, assistant referee or other match official, whether on or off the field of play;
- shall not use foul or abusive language or gestures towards referees, assistant referees or other match officials, players or
team personnel or spectators;
- shall not do anything which is likely to intimidate, offend, insult, humiliate or discriminate against any other person on the ground
of religion, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, sex or sexual orientation.
- shall not do anything which adversely affects the game of rugby football, Scottish Rugby, any member club or Union or any
commercial partner of the Game.
Every person is under an obligation to comply with this Code of Conduct.
Scottish Rugby is under an obligation to adopt procedures to monitor
compliance with and impose sanctions for breaches of the Code of Conduct by persons under its jurisdiction.
For breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Discipline Panel of Scottish Rugby may impose such penalties as
it deems appropriate, subject to the list of recommended sanctions published in the Rules of Disciplinary Procedures,
copies of which are with the clubs.
SRU Guidance - The Role of the Parent
The environment that the child is brought up in has a massive influence on who they become. Parents are the single
biggest influence in this, and therefore we value them and the positive role that they can play in developing the young
We understand that, in the heat of the moment on the touchline, many people may have an opinion on what the coach and
players are doing, but it is important to realise that such decisions are done for reasons that are not always obvious to all.
We have provided a few suggestions that parents can adopt to assist the coaches in developing children towards excellence -
not just in the rugby context but also in terms of life skills.
||Before your child`s match / training session -
- Help your child to get their kit ready - it is their responsibility, not yours, but they need to learn how to do this.
- Provide an environment where you praise effort and reinforce commitment - a young player choosing to do something will, if praised, seek to do something well if they enjoy it. This is the basis for developing commitment in players
- Help your child to fuel correctly - a balanced diet is as important to their health as it is to a successful training session
- Ask your child if they have packed their water bottle - the best way to get players drinking enough is to have a drink available to them at all times. Educate your child to take responsibility for this important piece of kit!
- Help your child to get enough rest
- Help your child go to play and practice in a positive frame of mind. (This includes things such as educating them to clean their boots and their gumshield after games and training sessions)
||During your child`s match / training session
- Work with the coach to praise effort _ this will encourage every player to try their best at executing skills, discipline and sportsmanship. This will lead to players who are willing to try things, take responsibility for making decisions and will ultimately make the players real winners!
- Remember that the game is about more than the result _ it is part of the learning process of the player and it is about the players having fun
- The coach is responsible for how the team and the players develop. They will make decisions that are part of the coaching plan - please support the coach in the decisions made, even if you don’t understand them at the time .
- Make sure your body language is positive at all times.
- Represent your child in a positive manner. The players and coaches will deal with their decisions and those of others - you should respect this Your child will thank you for praising effort and not criticising mistakes - children must not be frightened to try things and learn from their actions .
- Don’t shout at the player with the ball - he / she is busy!
- Make sure your child is as proud of your touchline behaviour as you are of their playing
| ||After your child`s match / training ||
- Provide praise for the effort your child has given. Praising effort encourages the child to work harder - focusing on ability encourages the child to carry on doing what they currently do!
- Provide them with unconditional support and encouragement.
- Identify with the child the things that they can learn from this match / practice and use this to help them improve.
- Engage with the coach to identify things that you can encourage your child to practice away from the rugby club.
- As a parent, you are not just a transport manager but part of the rugby community and the social network of the club.
- Mix with other parents, especially after the game. Support the rugby club as a vibrant community that is trying to provide many people with the opportunity to play and develop through sport