Country Rugby League has teamed up with the NSW Office of Sport to promote positive sideline behavior at junior sporting events through Shoosh for Kids Week.
CRL will combine will join with six major codes to encourage clubs in supporting the cause and helping creat a positive environment for juniors in grassroots sport.
CRL CEO Terry Quinn believes Shoosh for Kids Week provides an opportunity to send a consistent message.
“The campaign reminds people of all ages to bring their best behaviour to children’s sport and to remember that it’s all about the kids having a positive and encouraging experience,” said Quinn.
“There’s no place in our game, or any other game, for negative comments directed at players and officials and it’s great to see the codes working together.”
Shoosh for Kids was introduced in 2015 by Newcastle Rugby League and has grown since then.
Office of Sport Chief Executive Matt Miller hopes the campaign will help to ensure that all players’ officials and spectators have a positive experience in sport.
“Most people do the right thing. However, the sports we are working with want to remind spectators that there is no place for negative comments in local sport,” Mr Miller said.
CRL, Aussie rules, basketball, soccer, hockey, rugby union and netball governing bodies are all getting on board.
The ‘rules’ of the week are simple: If your comment is negative, then SHOOSH; If your comment is directed at a player, then SHOOSH; If you comment is directed at a referee or match official, then SHOOSH; Reward good play by both teams with applause; if you can’t then SHOOSH; and show respect to players and game officials. Remember it’s their game.