GENERAL PRINCIPLES Rugby League prides itself on being a family game which is inclusive, uncompromising and passionate, and the principles of RESPECT, set out the obligations on all participants to maintain the game’s high standards. The game will take positive action to ensure that high standards of behaviour are maintained at all times in Rugby League.

RESPECT sets out all standards of behaviour which the game expects from the entire Rugby League family. Rugby League is passionate about, and prides itself, on its reputation as “The Family Game” and as such, will take responsibility to ensure that this reputation is maintained and improved. The Game is an all inclusive sport, is committed to the principles of equal opportunities and will not tolerate any form of discrimination. In order to uphold these values participants in the game of Rugby League – players, parents, spectators, coaches, match officials, other volunteers and administrators of all ages – should:

Discourage all instances of unsporting behaviour, foul or illegal play, or acts of violence, both on and off the field.

Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their age, ethnic origin, gender, special needs, including learning and physical disabilities, class or social background, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, colour or political persuasion.

Accept the moral and legal responsibility to implement procedures to provide a duty of care for children (under the age of 18), safeguard their wellbeing and protect them from abuse and poor practice. 

Condemn the use of recreational and performance – enhancing drugs and doping practices; their use endangers the health of players and is contrary to the concept of fair play. Important – Every person who attends a Rugby League match does so with the permission and licence of the home club &/or league.

Breaches of this Code of Conduct may result in penalties up to and including a fine, loss of team match points and suspension.