The Rugby Season Starter information has been designed to support Clubs with your start of season activities by providing relevant information and resources to club administrators on the following area, including:
Please read the information below and distribute to relevant club officials. The club administrators checklist is provided for quick reference to see what your club need to do for the upcoming Rugby season.
All Rugby clubs are responsible for the registration of their players and members, which is a necessity for coverage under the ARU National Insurance Scheme.
The ARU Code of Conduct seeks to establish standards of performance and behaviour to ensure that participants act in a professional and proper manner and to ensure that the game is played and conducted with disciplined and sporting behaviour.
All Participants and Rugby Bodies are bound by the ARU Code of Conduct, which seeks to deter all on-field and Rugby-related conduct that could damage the game of Rugby by impairing public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct of matches and competitions or in the integrity and good character of participants.
Further, the Code of Conduct outlines procedures for monitoring and disciplining breaches of the Code.
For more information on the ARU Code of Conduct visit www.tryrugby.com.au/policies
The expectations of behaviour guidelines are a simple outline for parents, teachers, coaches and players to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to maximise their enjoyment of the game. Rugby has always been a game that prides itself on fair play and enjoyment for all, so please adhere to these guidelines to ensure this continues.
For more information on the Expectations of Behaviour visit www.tryrugby.com.au/policies
The Laws of the Game are formulated by the International Rugby Board (IRB) and circulated by the Australian Rugby Union in the Laws of the Game, and include:
Kids Pathway (U6-U12) Law Variations
SmartRugby is Australia's Rugby occupational health and safety program for participants and is mandatory requiring qualification every two years. It is a compulsory minimum requirement for every coach and referee participating in Rugby where there is a tackling component.
The SmartRugby program, therefore, focuses on correct body position and correct technique in performing skills in a range of contact situations. These include Tackle, Ruck & Maul, Scrum, Lineout and Restart.
For more information on SmartRugby program and courses visit www.tryrugby.com.au/smartrugby
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and International Rugby Board (IRB) encourage clubs and schools to take recommended measures to ensure that the game of Rugby is both safe and enjoyable to play. The following medical and safety recommendations are in the interest of player safety.
For more information on ARU Medical and Safety Requirements visit www.tryrugby.com.au/policies
The Concussion Management Factsheet provides a summary of the key principles, signs and actions in the management of concussion, as outlined in the IRB Concussion Guidelines.
The IRB Concussion Guidelines ensure that Players suspected of or diagnosed as suffering concussion are managed effectively to protect their long term health and welfare. The guidelines are designed for use by medical practitioners and/or healthcare professionals, as well as, clubs/schools, coaches/teachers, team management/ support staff, match officials and players/parents.
For more information on IRB Concussion Guidelines, Factsheet and Education tools visit www.tryrugby.com.au/policies
The Serious Injury Protocol outlines the steps a club/school is to follow in the event of a serious injury to a player’s head or neck (i.e. suspected spinal injury) or fatality, including notifying the ARU Hotline on 1800 036 156.
The protocol ensures that each stakeholder is aware of their responsibility and is underpinned by the appointment of the ARU Serious Injury Case Manager to provide support for the injured player, their family and club/school during these difficult times.
A Serious Injury Report must be completed for the following match or training related injuries:
It is the responsibility of the team coach, manager, or designated club nominee to accurately record details on the Serious Injury Report and e-mail or fax within 48 hours of the time of the incident to the ARU and their State Union.
For more information on ARU Serious Injury Protocol & Report visit www.tryrugby.com.au/policies
The retention and recruitment of members is critical for all Rugby clubs. A planned approach in addressing retention and recruitment is essential, and the following includes some excellent tips and tools to assist clubs in this important function.
Check out the new customisable flyers and posters.
Detailed information on tips & tools
There are many opportunities for you to use media, public relations and marketing activities to help assist your Club with your start of season activities.
Further information on PR and Marketing
There are many opportunities for your club to let schools in your local area know about the Rugby season ahead and your club's sign-on day details.
Further information on contacting schools
The Australian Rugby Union has established the Member Benefits Rewards Program for all members of the Rugby family to reward and thank individuals and clubs for their ongoing participation and support in Rugby. These include opportunities to rub shoulders with the Qantas Wallabies at Fan Days & Open training sessions, even training with the team; playing a junior rugby match on the field before a test match; carrying the competing nation’s flags out before kickoff to name just a few. Additionally we have exclusive Test match ticket offers available and we encourage you to take advantage of these great deals.
Detailed information on the Rewards Program
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