Overview of junior game modifications

Play by the Rules

Our vision:

A safe, fair, inclusive environment in sport and recreation.

Our purpose/mission:

To build the capacity and capability of sport and recreational clubs/associations to prevent and deal with discrimination, harassment and child safety issues in sport.

What we do:

We harness the combined strength and knowledge of the human rights and sports and recreation sectors to promote and provide information, tools and resources that will influence attitudes and change behaviours, leading to cultural change in sporting and recreational environments.

"Don't be a Duck" - continuing to improve the junior rugby environment at Noosa Dolphins

To all junior clubs and visitors to the Noosa Dolphins, Rugby Club,

The Dolphins are known for creating a welcoming, enjoyable, calm and safe environment for junior rugby, and as part of continually improving what we do, we have implemented Don’t be a Duck.

What is Don’t be a Duck?Don’t be a Duck is a simple message that we can use with each other to remind each other about expected behaviour when at Noosa Rugby. You’ll see signs around our ground reminding you – Don’t be a Duck.

We all have permissionIf someone is not behaving in an appropriate manner, we all have permission to tap each other on the shoulder and say “Don’t be a Duck”.

What DO we expect?> Smile and say “hello”> Enjoy watching your child play> Applaud and cheer good play> Enjoy something from our canteen > Enjoy good conversation and a bit of banter with other supportersQuick tip: sometimes the best support is to say and do nothing at all – we call it 'silent support' – just watch and enjoy

We DO NOT have time for…> Applauding player errors> Taunting and jeering and intimidating players> Yelling at the referee> Intimidating music> Abusive language

Stuff this! I’ll do what I want!If supporters (or coaches for that matter) can’t behave in an appropriate manner then expect consequences ranging from a tap on the shoulder – “Don’t be a Duck” – through to the match being halted, rescheduled and groups being banned from Noosa Dolphins.

Visiting coaches and visiting officials have a special role to play in creating the right environment in that they are responsible for the behaviour of their team and their team’s supporters; coaches should expect to manage the behaviour of their supporters.

We look forward to welcoming all guests to enjoy junior rugby with us.


About Positive or it's pointless

When was the Positive or it's pointless campaign introduced?

The Positive or it's pointless campaign is an initiative originally developed by the Australian Football League (AFL) under the banner "Positive or Pointless".

The four Brisbane based junior football codes (AFL Brisbane, Brisbane Junior Rugby Union, Football Brisbane and Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League) got together in 2008 to address shared problems and adapted the campaign for a wider audience.

An extended Positive or it's pointless campaign was rolled out in 2009, funded by the Queensland Government.

What are the aims of the campaign?

The campaign aims to reduce poor and unacceptable player, spectator and parent behaviour. The basic principles reinforced through Positive or it's pointless are:

  • sport for children is a vital part of their growing up
  • children like to win, but more importantly, they want to have fun
  • parents need to set the right example at the sports ground, not just at home
  • parents should be proud of their child's effort, irrespective of the result
  • sport is important to children's self esteem.