North Shore Rugby Code of Conduct

Rugby is more than a game; Rugby is an experience. Rugby is mentally demanding and a competitive contact sport. It is a sport where you have no enemies, only competitors. After the match, rugby players join with the opposing side for fun and fellowship. We honor the opposing team because without them we have no game. It is the truest form of sportsmanship played in more than 110 countries and is the second most popular sport played in the world.

We, as members of North Shore RFC, will make sportsmanship and fellowship our number one goal.

Mission: (Our purpose) Our mission is to introduce boys and girls to the game of rugby union, teach the basic concepts, play attractive rugby and be competitive in the Minnesota Youth Rugby league while making all aspects of the game enjoyable.

Guiding principles: (How we will conduct ourselves). Rugby's traditions of camaraderie, associating with the opposition after games, fair play and sportsmanship attracts athletes to the game.  While players take up rugby for different reasons, emphasis on tradition and teamwork creates a need for players and coaches to have the same vision in how we play the game; and conduct ourselves on and off the field.  

Our conduct and behavior can positively or negatively affect the reputation of rugby in the community.  North Shore Rugby's presence affects the opportunity for others to participate in rugby and receive support from the community, schools and sports authorities.


The game is above our individual attitudes, values and motivation for playing it.  Therefore, behavior or conduct that reflects negatively on rugby and the North Shore jersey will not be tolerated.

Conduct and attitude during match play

Don't talk back to the ref.

Referees call the game as they see it and will sometimes make bad or marginal calls. However, we do not debate the merits of a referee's call.  He/she cannot and will not change a call - the team captain only is allowed to ask for clarifications. The referee is addressed as Sir or Madame.

No swearing.

Minimize talk and discussions to necessary communications only.  

Be responsible, do your job and never give up.

We turn up on time to practice and games.  We let the coach know when we are not available.

Every player wears the full clean uniform at every game.

The Team Captain makes all tactical decisions on the field.

There is no dissension or arguing among team members during a game.

We do not trash talk, taunt or show un-sportsmanlike conduct towards opposing players, coaches and supporters.  

Dirty or dangerous play is not part of the game and not tolerated by our team nor retaliated against if perpetrated by the opposition.

Meet and talk to the opposition after the game. We shake hands with opponents and coaches after the game.  We thank referees and other officials.  

We are good hosts when we play home games.  

Show class in winning and losing.

We do not whine during or after the game. Whatever the outcome, we will not act victimized.

All good plays are appreciated by all the team members - self-congratulating, preening, showboating etc. has no place in rugby.

We are respectful of our hosts, their property and reputation when we are the visitors.

We strive to improve the image of rugby and rugby players at every opportunity.

Measuring success and progress in how we play:
There are many ways to be winners in a rugby match other than scoring the most points. Here are some of the ways we will set our goals and measure our playing success:

First time tackling - get your opposing player down - minimize missed tackles.

First to line outs & scrums.

First to get possession of the loose ball.

Quickly into attacking or defending position at all times.

Get all scrum balls and line outs that we put in.

Only pass the ball to a player in a better position to take it and who is moving forward.

Number of times we get the ball (all possessions)

Number of times we cross the gain line whenever we get the ball.

Amount of “good ball” we get from set pieces, second/ third phases etc. vs. “bad” ball.

Quickly pass off “good ball” we get from set pieces, second/ third phases etc…and suck up “bad” ball.

Number of caught passes are a higher ratio than dropped passes.

Number of penalties conceded vs the opposition. (Fewer penalties at each game as we progress through the season).

Line outs won/lost on our line out throw.

Line outs won/lost on their line out throw.

Scrums won/lost on our put in.

Scrums won/lost on their put in.

Conversion and penalty kicks at goal percentage.

Time of ball possession vs. the opposition.

Time in the opponents half

It’s not about rugby. It’s about young men.

It’s not about making a championship team.

It’s about making championship boys.

Boys that will be forever strong.
                                              - Larry Gelwix