Following a 33 per cent drop in judiciary charges and send-offs in 2016, NSWRL’s Respect Round returns this weekend (20-21 May) to continue the drive to reduce unacceptable behaviour on the field and the sidelines.
The NSWRL has introduced additional protocols in 2017 to build on the success of last year’s inaugural campaign.
These developments include 26 action cameras (Go Pros) strapped to ground managers across all districts throughout the season, Junior League coaches to wear a #letthemplay cap and captains to wear a yellow armband with the letter “R” in reference to “Respect” during NSWRL’s Respect Round.
Since NSWRL introduced the Respect campaign in 2016, the number of judiciary charges across all eight Junior Rugby League catchments decreased more than 33 per cent from 2015, with charges graded “high” and “serious” experiencing the most significant decreases (62 and 68 per cent respectively).
The under-19 age group saw the biggest drop in charges (75 per cent), proving that the campaign has been effective in changing the behaviours of participants of all ages.
NSWRL’s Respect Round focuses on coaches, referees and players demonstrating actions of “Respect”. They will all be required to shake hands on the field prior to the kick-off of all matches this weekend.
Clubs and teams are encouraged to take photos of their coaches, players and referees shaking hands, and use the hashtags #lethemplay and #respect.