The Country Rugby League (CRL) and Wellington PCYC Cowboys’ Junior Rugby League club (JRL) are becoming very serious with stamping out the negative interaction in the game of league.
This program “Tough Love in League” is designed with four key objectives in mind; to reduce the amount of violence in the grassroots of the game, to take pressure off young and inexperienced referees and match officials, to make the junior league experience safe, fair, and fun for all, and to encourage increased participation in the game.
The program will be enforced for ages between 13 and 18.
The desire of the program is to achieve outcomes to reduce field violence, remove offenders and spectators, elimination of unsavoury behaviour towards referees, educate players at a young age that violence will not be tolerated and more.
The CRL Referee development officer “Willie” Barnes, will be present at Kennard Park at 4pm on Tuesday to discuss with players, committee, officials, parents and anyone else who would be interested in understanding the new rules of the game.
The Wellington PCYC Cowboys’ JRL club is becoming very serious with negative behaviour at training and game days.
The JRL club will be endorsing this program with the CRL supporting the game with an automatic send-off for punching with minimum suspension being given, etc.
The club invites all to come along to build their understanding of the new rules being enforced and will be looking for people who are interested in becoming a referee.
For the “Tough Love in League” program regulations to be successful, they will require the complete co-operation from
all involved in the game at grassroots level. There will be pain before there is gain.
If our game is to grow, we need to rid it of the element that ruins the enjoyment that so many kids get from it week in and week out.
We need to make it fair, safe and enjoyable for all.