TEAM SIDELINE BEHAVIOR (from USAR)

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015 4:45 PM, Richard Every <revery@usarugby.org> wrote:

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We had a situation in the NYAC v Mystic River match this past weekend where the NYAC coach thought incorrectly that there was a knock missed that led to a try. The coach was then seen on the field behind the posts and after the conversion, he confronted the AR on the field.

If a coach walks onto the field during the game, unless the referee allows the coach to enter the field, the coach should be sent off the field and warned ONCE. If they repeat the offense or any form of abuse toward the officials, then EJECT them from the grounds. This is not acceptable behavior and will not be tolerated.

Please review the following and apply strictly:

REFEREE ABUSE

Verbal abuse by team coaches, team staff or team substitutes directed at match officials or players should not be tolerated and the following process should be followed:

  1. The referee will ask the identified person to refrain from their behavior.
  2. On the second occasion the referee will EJECT the person from the grounds.
  3. Zero tolerance approach should be applied and if the person refuses to leave the referee should request that team’s captain to assist.
  4. Failing compliance the referee may abandon the match.

NOTE: The referee then restarts the game according to the latest stoppage and should NOT award a penalty due to the sideline behavior.

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