Pitch Side Safety & Policy

Pitch Side Safety & Policy

Barriers at North Plaza Pitch
 
The Barriers are NOT for sitting on, neither should they be moved, tipped up, turned into assault courses or played on.  They are in place to protect the players from colliding with the wall (we have had a number of injuries due to barriers being out of place, some quite serious and resulting in stitches) and they are also an important part of the sponsorship package provided by the Club to our supporters.
 
“What can / should I do about it?” - if you see players messing around with the barriers or parents sitting on them please ask them not to, and if you see barriers tipped over please pick them up.
 
Rubbish at all Pitches
 
It is not up to the coaches or management to pick up rubbish, so please police your own paper cups, wrappers, water bottles, scooters, extra tops etc. Each weekend this takes our coaches up to half an hour after they have finished training, and it seems unreasonable that these volunteers have to tidy up after a few crewless (at best) or selfish (at worse) people.
 
“What can / should I do about it?”- very simply please, please take away your belongings and tidy up your own and any other rubbish that you may see or walk past.  
 
Out of Bounds Areas at all Pitches
 
Kids playing around the pitch areas could be at risk of injury. They could sustain serious injuries and impact the future availability of the pitch and its use by others.
 
“What can / should I do about it?”-  during training we ask that you help ensure:
·         children do not play between the barriers and the wall
·         they do not try and climb the retaining wall
·         they do not play on the concrete slope or go up the side of the pitch in line with road (as marked on the attached map) these areas are out of bounds.
 
Club Training
 
The Club cannot accept responsibility for mini players (up to the age of 13)  being abandoned at the pitch. It only takes a moment to ask someone to keep an eye on your child and to let the Head Coach know who is the responsible adult for the child while they are training.
 
This is critically important should an injury occur – whether during training or while the player is running around the pitch area. Should they be injured and nobody is responsible for them then imagine how that child will feel with nobody to take care of them.
 
“What can / should I do about it?”- All members are reminded that all mini players (up to the age of 13) should be accompanied by a parent or a nominated guardian when attending training and that the parent and / or guardian should remain at the pitch for the duration - it is not a drop off nor a Sunday creche facility.
 
Tournament Behaviour
 
While this particular request follows an incident before Christmas at a tournament, not involving the Pirates, this is basic code of conduct and respectful behaviour.
 
Heckling of the referees and unbecoming behaviour from the side lines is very much being scutinised by the HKRFU with clubs now having to impose bans on players and parents, and clubs potentially losing Sevens’ ticket allocations.
 
“What can / should I do about it?”- We would like to ask that all players and spectators show good sportsmanship when either on and off the field, and due respect to the referees who are giving of their time to manage the matches.  
 
The Pirates have one of the best reputations in the Hong Kong rugby for our sense of fair play and outstanding sportsmanship - with your help long may this continue.


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