The NSW Rugby League’s Junior Leagues, involving about 40,000 players, kick off this weekend, with the launch coinciding with the competitions’ #RESPECT Round campaign.
Junior League's #RESPECT Round will see a specific focus placed on the promotion of positive environments and supportive behaviours for all Rugby League participants and spectators.
As part of the #RESPECT Round, players from both teams at Junior League level will run out and enter the field of play together, before shaking hands and lining up for a group photo.
Individuals and clubs are encouraged to share these messages on social media using the #RESPECT hashtag - on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
#RESPECT Round is about paying respect for all participants, spectators, coaches, referees and officials.
Junior League clubs, players, administrators, coaches and spectators are also asked to take the #RESPECT pledge, which further aims to raise awareness in the Rugby League community of the #RESPECT program and the broader NSWRL values.
The three clubs with the highest percentage of members signing the online pledge will win a voucher to purchase training equipment, with one of those clubs’ teams selected to receive a training session with Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler.
Currently other NSWRL competitions including the Intrust Super Premiership NSW pay respect at the coin toss - captains shake hands in a symbolic gesture. Clubs from all competitions at all levels of the game are encouraged to show-off their respect this weekend and throughout the year using the #RESPECT hashtag on social media.