Operational Rules


Section E17: Trialists Code of Conduct

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to protect the welfare of players in the game, particularly those that are identified a being talented, and to ensure that their treatment is in line with the RFL Safeguarding Policy.

E17:1 1. Professional clubs will contact the club secretary of the amateur club prior to approaching the player himself.
2. Amateur clubs will treat such contact in confidence and in particular will not inform any other professional club or journalist of the approach.
3. Professional clubs will respect the integrity of the amateur club competitions and encourage players to finish their amateur club season where appropriate.
4. Amateur clubs will confirm to players wishing to undertake trials that they will not be deemed to be ex-professional once they return to the amateur game because of the trial, nor will they be unavailable for BARLA honours. Clubs should allow players the freedom of choice in deciding whether to participate in trials.
5. Professional clubs will ensure that trialists complete the appropriate section of the Official Registration Form (PPI 1/04) and that the correct date for the end of the trial is entered on the form, a copy of which must be forwarded to the amateur club secretary, by the professional club, within 24 hours of the form being completed.
6. Professional clubs will ensure that if players are released prior to the end of the trial period that their name is struck off the register immediately and the amateur club secretary is informed in writing by the professional club within 24 hours of so doing.
7. Amateur clubs will not encourage trialists to leave that professional club prior to the end of trial period.
8. A trial should not normally exceed one calendar month (4 matches) unless it is an U18 three month trial which should not normally exceed three calendar months (8 matches). The player must state the termination date of the trial period on the registration form. If the trialist is injured in the stated period then the number of scheduled trial games missed in the injured period may be added to the trial period and a new form would be required completion, a copy of which must be forwarded to the amateur club secretary, by the professional club, within 24 hours of the form being completed.
9. Clubs may only trial an individual once in any given season.
10. An overage player may trial in the Reserve Academy in lieu of a first-team squad member.
11. Professional clubs will ensure that trialists are issued with a synopsis of the RFL’s personal accident policy and ensure that trialists are informed whether or not there is private medical cover in place.
12. Trialists will not receive payment over the legitimate expenses.

In addition please refer to Section C1 of these Operational Rules