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Code of Conduct

The following Code of Conduct is in line with Rugby League Samoa, the National Rugby League, and the Queensland Rugby League. We encourage and expect all players, staff and family and friends of RLSQ to adhere to our basic principles of Alofa, Fa'aaloalo, Tautua.

The CoC is written below for all members, family and friends.


For the purpose of this document "RLSQ Members" means: a Coach and or Manager of any team, a Financial Member, Players, any Senior or Junior Committee Member or any other person(s) affiliated to Rugby League Samoa Queensland by payment of a subsidy or fee.

Rules of RLSQ

a) Treat others the same way you would like to be treated. This is Respect

b) Don’t do anything that will embarrass yourself, your family, or the RLSQ family. This is Pride

c) Each player must come to training motivated to learn and work. This is Desire

d) Each player is to always display good behaviour on and off the field, including coaches & parents. This is Sportsmanship

e) Personal belongings, money, jewellery, equipment is the responsibility of the individual.

f) Undisciplined and unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated. Failure to adhere to this code may result in a player being stood down or released.

The Role of the Management Committee, Managers and Administrators

a) Create pathways for members to participate as Players, Coaches and within the administration roles across all age groups and grades. b) Ensure that all the rules of RLSQ are followed and that all RLSQ members are made aware of these rules. c) Ensure the equipment required for the training of teams or the administrative running of RLSQ is available to RLSQ Members. d) Enforce the rules of RLSQ regarding the behaviour and standards required of spectators, parents, players, coaches and managers and their staff when at games. e) Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people(s) involved in the game, regardless of gender, ethnic and religious backgrounds. f) Ensure the future development of Coaches and Managers within the game. g) Maintain effective communication and relationships with all RLSQ Members and the Community. h) Encourage, promote and enforce zero tolerance to illegal drugs, on and off field violence or abuse.

The Role of the Coaches, Managers, On and Off Field Team Staff

a) Ensure the effective skills and knowledge of the game is passed on to players. b) Outline the standard of good behaviour expected from all spectators. c) Enforce any punishment as set out in "Rules of RLSQ for bad behaviour from spectator(s) and/or players and staff. d) Act as Ambassadors of RLSQ e) Respect all players and parents of all Teams. f) Ensure plans for personal development are communicated to RLSQ g) Ensure the wellbeing and welfare of injured or sick players are of priority. h) Ensure effective communication and relationships are maintained with RLSQ i) Enforce the alcohol ban on the side-lines and our zero tolerance against illegal drugs. j) Report all bad behaviour especially against Match Officials to RLSQ Board.

The Role of the Player

a) All players are to pay their fees as set out by RLSQ b) Learn and understand the rules of the game. c) Always play by the rules and spirit of the game. d) Show respect and compliance to all referees and RLSQ officials. e) Show respect to all Coaches, Managers and Spectators. f) Bullying will not be tolerated by RLSQ g) Will respect the Rules outlined by RLSQ h) Play hard but fair. i) Adhere to the rules against drinking in all Liquor Ban areas.


a) Social media can be fun, helpful, and dangerous.  Comments, notes, and photos posted on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and on-line forums are usually constructive and positive. But negative comments and images, bullying, criticism, and sexist remarks can be dangerous and harmful to people’s wellbeing and reputation and the image of the sport. b) Do not use social media to be critical of teammates, coaches, officials, administrators, volunteers, or spectators. c) Always assume the person you are talking/writing about will see what has been said/written. d) Use social media as a positive outlet to promote players, teammates, teams, RLSQ and others involved. e) Remember to show respect. f) If you are unsure if what you are posting on social media is appropriate, then it is best not to post it. When in doubt leave it out. g) Do not tolerate or condone poor social media behaviour or actions. h) Consider social media to be your personal brand.  Your Internet presence fuels any perception of your personal brand - whether you like it or not. 

Serious breach of the Social Media Code of Conduct will mean that the individual will be required to explain their behaviour to the RLSQ committee. It could also result in immediate expulsion from further RLSQ involvement.

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