- It is compulsory to attend all practices. However it is realised that this is sometimes not possible. If players are unable to attend practice they must tell their Head Coach as soon as they find out they cannot attend to notify the staff of their absence and reasons.
- This is also true for lateness and injury. With regards to injury; players should keep the head coach informed each week of their rehabilitation progress so that the team may plan ahead in its best interests.
- It is vital that injured players (if mobile) still attend practice. This allows them to still be part of the team, possibly help out at practice and of course learn vital tactics that they would miss if absent.
- It is not acceptable to get another player to relay a message of absence.
- Players are expected to be at the venue ready to start for the time specified.
ATTIRE + EQUIPMENT
- Players are expected to prepare their uniform/kit in advance of games (not the night before).
- Players must look after their uniform/kit as instructed on receiving it.
- Players must take pen and paper to all practices and games.
- Players should have a folder for their playbooks and any info/letters they are given (this should also be taken to every practice).
- Players must have footwear that conforms to the rules set down by the governing body.
- Gum-shields are mandatory at all practices and games!
- Players must remove all jewellery before practices/games start!
- Plan ahead, manage your time and be organised
- Be responsible for your learning/revision/exams. Don’t leave things until the last minute!
- No overly loud, public swearing
- No Alcohol/drugs/smoking in or around practices or games
- Do not participate in any team activity whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Do not purchase or consume alcohol, tobacco products, solvents, illegal drugs of any kind or purchase dangerous articles i.e. knives whilst representing the club or on the club premises
- Members shall not promote, give or sell any drugs to another member whilst participating on the team premises or participating in any team activity
- Seat belts must be worn on away trips
- Be respectful to coaches and staff
- Be helpful (help with equipment etc)
- Be supportive of team mates
- Be a good example on and off the field
- Never walk on the practice/game field
- Learn the playbook
- Obey the rules of the Inverness Blitz Fair Play Statement
- Co-operate fully, respecting all requests and decisions made by the coaches, helpers, officials and administrators
- Be on time for practices, training sessions and games
- Players must control their tempers and avoid behaviour which may inconvenience or upset others
- Treat opponents and team mates with respect at all times (on and off the field)
- Be considerate to others and work as a team
- Accept success and failure in a noble / selfless way
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
- Facebook and Twitter are used as examples however these points apply to all social media.
- As an organisation our online reputation is important to us
- Your facebook and twitter page and what you post on it is a direct reflection on our club
- As a team we tend not to get involved in arguments or debates on facebook or twitter. Only in certain circumstance will we respond to any criticisms and this will be done through a member of staff or discussed with a member of staff prior to posting.
- In no situation is it acceptable to bad mouth another player or organisation/team on facebook or twitter
- Be supportive and active on facebook and twitter about our organisation or other teams and governing bodies!
- Keep everything positive.
- Share and promote links posted on the HACL and Highland Wildcats facebook page.
- Promote and retweet @H_Wildcats on twitter.
- Share, like and tweet articles from the the Wildcats and HACL website.
- Be active on your teams secret group page.
SPORTSMANSHIP (taken from the BAFRA Rule Book)
No player, substitute, coach or other person subject to the rules shall use abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures, or engage in such acts that provoke ill will or are demeaning to an opponent, to game officials or to the image of the game, including but not limited to:
- Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or imitating the slashing of the throat.
- Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent verbally.
- Inciting an opponent or spectators in any other way, such as simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition.
- Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves).
- An unopposed ball carrier obviously altering stride as he approaches the opponent’s goal line or diving into the end zone.
- Removal of a player’s helmet before he is in the team area (Exceptions: Team, media or injury timeouts; equipment adjustment; through play; between periods; and during a measurement for a first down).
- Punching one’s own chest or crossing one’s arms in front of the chest while standing over a prone player.
- Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the waist after a good play.