Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

League Abuse Falls; Junior Game Benefits from Zero-Tolerance Policy

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

League Abuse Falls; Junior Game Benefits from Zero-Tolerance Policy

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Byline: CHRIS GARRY chris.garry@qt.com.au

VIOLENCE and abuse in Ipswich Junior Rugby League games has halved in the past year after the league's zero-tolerance policy produced better than expected results.

The policy was brought in last season after years of unruly spectator and player behaviour at Ipswich Junior Rugby League (IJRL) matches.

The IJRL was one of the first junior sporting organisa- tions to introduce a zero- tolerance policy.

The policy will now be copied by the NSWRL, which is dealing with an onslaught of abuse in its junior ranks.

The sudden drop in players and spectators found guilty of abuse in IJRL competitions is astounding.

During the first half of last season, to the end of June, 17 subordinates (parents, officials or spectators) were found guilty on charges of verbal and physical abuse towards players, referees or spectators.

One of the charges was a life-time ban, another a five-year ban.

Seventeen players were also found guilty in the first half of 2009, with one of those banned from the game for five years. …

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