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Information Booklet - 2014

Lake Macquarie Rugby Union Club – Information Booklet

Season 2014



Brief History of the Club

Club Rugby Structure

Club Personnel



We are a Family club

What is Good Sports

Alcohol Management Policy

ARU - Expectations of Behaviour Guidelines

Junior Age Limits

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Lake Macquarie Rugby Union Club – Information Booklet Season 2014 Welcome Welcome to the 2014 season, welcome back to current players and their families and also a special welcome to all our new players and their families.

This introduction booklet is designed to give you an overview of Lake Macquarie Rugby Union Club (LMRUC) as well as some information to assist you throughout the season.

Brief History of the Club LMRUC was founded in 1929 by Henry ‘Batch’ Jones who took a group of youngsters and entered a side, then known as Boolaroo Rugby Club, in the U16 Newcastle Rugby competition. Boolaroo moved to first in about 1934 and has been in and around the top grade ever since.

Back in those days the club colours were registered as Blood, Mustard with white shorts In the 1990’s the club changed its name to Lake Macquarie to capitalise on the area and to truly reflect the location and the people that play with the club.

These days the club colours are maroon, gold and navy blue, reflecting the past and the new.

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Fees This season the fees are $150.00 per player (Junior or Senior) with a family discount for more than one child.

What do you get for your fees?

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Parents of junior players – Please note:

A parent/guardian is expected to accompany their child to, during and from training. The club cannot and will not be responsible for the supervision of children before or after training.

We are a Family club Lake Macquarie Rugby Club prides itself on being a family orientated club and expects all our players and families to respect that value. Rugby is a game that can be played by all people regardless of their gender or size and there is always a grade to suit any player.

We invite all junior players and families to attend the senior matches at Walters Park. Look, see, feel and experience rugby at the senior level.

Lake Macquarie Rugby Club is also a level 3 rated ‘Good Sports Club’

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What is Good Sports Good Sports provides free support to sporting clubs to change their culture and reduce high risk drinking. Under the program, clubs will focus more on young people, families and sport participation and less on drinking alcohol.

The three-level accreditation criteria provide alcohol management standards for clubs that serve and / or consume alcohol. Clubs move through the levels over a period of 3 – 5 years, maintaining all standards from previous levels as they progress.

Good Sports’ major focus is to support sporting club committees progressively change the way alcohol is managed in all activities within the club’s grounds and associated functions.

For clubs that serve alcohol or allow members to bring alcohol to the facilities, Good Sports provides guidance to meet State / Territory laws. Many clubs benefit from access to Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training at a reduced cost. For clubs that host postmatch functions where alcohol is available, Good Sports provides support to reduce alcohol related risks and change binge drinking culture.

Good Sports Accreditation Level Summary

Level 1:

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Level 3:

Maintain Level 1 & 2 standards • Alcohol management policy • At each level of accreditation the club must promote their involvement to members • through signage, newsletters and social media as appropriate.

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Alcohol Management Policy This policy aims to provide a basis for the responsible use and/or non use of alcohol by the Lake Macquarie Rugby Club and is seen as fundamental to the aims of the club. It should be read in conjunction with the Club’s Alcohol Management Plan.

The club recognises the importance in holding a liquor license in the value it adds to the club, enabling it to generate income and hold social functions, but in doing so the club also accepts the responsibilities and expectations of the community in strictly adhering to the liquor licensing laws.

To ensure the aims of the club are upheld, and that alcohol is managed responsibly by the club and its members, the following requirements will apply when alcohol is served by the club at the club or during a club function.

Serving Alcohol Alcohol will be served according to the legal and moral requirements of the club’s Liquor License with the safety and well being of patrons the priority.

The Club maintains a current appropriate Liquor License • Only RSA trained servers will serve alcohol • Bar servers do not consume alcohol when on duty • The club does not encourage excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol • When serving non pre-packaged alcohol standard drink measures will be served at all • times Information posters about Standard Drink measures will be displayed in the bar • The Liquor License and all legal signage will be displayed at the bar • An incident register shall be maintained and any incident recorded • Intoxicated Patrons Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated or drunk • Servers will follow RSA training procedures when refusing service • Drunk patrons will be asked to leave the premises • Underage Drinking Alcohol will not be served to persons aged under 18 • Servers and committee members will ask for proof of age whenever necessary or • whenever in doubt Only photo ID’s will be accepted • Alcohol Alternatives The Club recognises that alcohol is not the only revenue stream available and actively encourages the sales of alternative products to that of alcohol.

Tap water is provided free of charge and bottled water at a reasonable price • At least four non-alcoholic drinks and one low-alcoholic drink option is always • available and are at least 10% cheaper than full strength drinks

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Substantial food is available when the bar is open for more than 90 minutes or more • than 15 people are present The club will avoid player prizes and raffle prizes that have an emphasis on alcohol • Non Compliance All club committee members will enforce the alcohol management policy and any noncompliance, particularly in regard to Licensing Laws, and will be handled according to the

following process:

Explanation of the club policy to the person/people concerned, including • identification of the section of policy not being complied with.

Continued non-compliance with the policy should be handled by at least two • committee members who will use their discretion as to the action taken, which may include asking the person/ people to leave the club facilities or function The club will monitor and ensure any club trips, particularly end of season player trips, strictly adhere to responsible behaviour and alcohol consumption in accordance with the principles of this policy and the aims of the club values.

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ARU Expectations of Behaviour Guidelines The Expectations of Behaviour Guidelines are a simple outline for parents, teachers, coaches and players to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to enjoy the game to the maximum level. Rugby has always been a game that prides itself on fair play and enjoyment for all, so please adhere to these guidelines to ensure this continues.

For further information, please go to www.rugby.com.au/communityrugby

These guidelines have been developed to:

Maintain the elements of enjoyment and satisfaction in Rugby;

• Make adults aware that young people play to satisfy themselves and not necessarily to • satisfy adults or members of their own peer group;

Improve the physical fi tness of youth by encouraging participation in Rugby by • making it attractive, safe and enjoyable for all young people; and Constantly remind administrators, coaches, teachers, referees and parents that • Rugby must be administered, taught and provided, for the good of those young people who wish to play the game. It is their game.


Play for enjoyment, not just to please your parents, teacher or coach.

• Play by the laws of the game.

• Never argue with the referee’s decision. Let your captain or coach ask any necessary • questions.

Control your temper – no ‘mouthing off’.

• Work equally hard for yourself and for your team. Your team’s performance will • benefit and so will your own.

Be a good sport. Applaud all the good play, whether it is done by your team or your • opponent.

Shake hands with all of the opposing team at the conclusion of the match, and clap • them off in the spirit of good sportsmanship.

Treat all players as you yourself would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully • or take advantage of any player.

Treat everyone equally regardless of sex, disability, ethnic origin or religion.

• Remember that the goals of the game are - to have fun, improve your skills and feel • good.

Co-operate with your coach, teacher, team mates, referee and opponents, for without • them you do not have a game.


Remember that young people are involved in Rugby for their enjoyment, not yours.

• Encourage your children to play by the laws.

• Teach young people that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of • each game is accepted without undue disappointment.

Remember that young people learn best by example. Applaud good play from both • teams.

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Do not publicly question the referee’s judgement and never his/her honesty.

• Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the game.

• Recognise the importance of volunteer coaches, teachers and referees. They give their • time and resources to provide a game for young participants.


Be reasonable in your demands on the young player’s time, energy and enthusiasm.

• Teach your players the laws of the game and for them to play within the laws.

• Ensure that all players get a game. The ‘just average’ players need and deserve equal • time.

Remember that young people play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only a • part of it. Never ridicule the players for making errors or losing a game.

Be professional and accept responsibilities for your actions.

• Display high standards in language, behaviour, manner, dress, punctuality and • preparation.

Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as the judgement of • referees and opposing coaches.

Discourage excessive talk on the fi eld.

• Insist on a disciplined approach by the players.

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Junior Age Limits A junior age rugby player must be younger than the age group in which he/she is playing as of the 1st January of the playing year.

For example: A player in the Under 15's must be under 15 years of age as of the 1st January, in the playing season.

2014 Year of Birth / Age Groupings

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Player born 1995 is U19 and belongs to Senior Rugby.

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