The NSWRL's #RESPECT Program aims to promote a positive environment for all Rugby League participants and spectators and discourages negative behaviours. Through showing #RESPECT both on and off the field we can encourage more people to enjoy the greatest game of all.
In 2020 the NSWRL is calling on players to give the "thumbs up" before the start of play.
The #RESPECT campaign started in 2016 with about 16,000 pledges being made online and a push to reintroduce shaking hands before games in line with the NSWRL’s vision to eliminate poor behaviour and promote a positive environment for all players, coaches, referees, volunteers and families.
Since the implementation of the #RESPECT campaign and upgrades to the Tough Love in League initiative, there has been a significant reduction in dismissals and offences in NSWRL Conference Competitions.
In the past two seasons, the total number of offences charged by the judiciary dropped 41.7 per cent; and among those, the number of charges for offensive language towards a match official, dropped by 42.4 percent.