Player & Parent Modified Game Education – The Safeplay Code “Palming”
There appears to be some confusion about “palming” in junior league matches though the NRL National Safeplay Code is quite specific in this regard –
- AGGRESSIVE PALM
The Code : THE BALL-CARRIER CANNOT “THRUST” OUT AN ARM TO CONTACT THE DEFENDER ON THE HEAD OR NECK.
Application : It is an infringement for the ball-carrier to thrust out an arm or use an outstretched stiff arm so as to make contact to the defending player’s head or neck. Regardless of point of contact, the palm must not be high, dangerous or unnecessary.
Acknowledgement – www.playnrl.com
The Safeplay Code was developed to emphasise safety and good conduct within the game of Rugby League by creating the best possible on-field environment and actively controlling undesirable actions. It applies to all players up to and including the Under 15 years age group.
All parents, players, coaches and referees should familiarise themselves with the “Safeplay Code” before the commencement of the season and subsequent matches.
The Referee’s total implementation of the Safeplay Code is the key to its success.
Download a copy of the Safeplay Code & take the opportunity to make yourself aware.