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CNW Codes of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT

SENIOR COMPETITIONS


The Association expects the highest standard of conduct from its players and officials, consistent with the Laws, the traditions, and the spirit of the game of cricket. 


Players and/or officials in breach of this Code of Conduct will be subject to penalties.  Offences are categorised from Level 1 to Level 6, with applicable penalties ranging from a warning, to suspension, and for serious offences, a possible life ban.


A summary of the offences and penalties are listed below.  The full Code of Conduct is contained within the Senior Rules Handbook, available on the Cricket North West website.  The Code of Conduct is supported by Cricket North West’s Member Protection Policy, which outlines our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment, and procedures for handling complaints.  


CODE OF CONDUCT


Level 1

Players and/or officials must not:

  • Abuse cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings;
  • Show dissent at an umpire’s decision;
  • Use language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or the making of an obscene gesture;
  • Engage in excessive or unnecessary appealing;
  • Point or gesture towards the pavilion in an aggressive manner upon the dismissal of a batsman;
  • Fail to ensure the condition of the ball is not changed, in breach of Law 42.3.

 

Level 2

Players and/or officials must not:

  • Show serious dissent at an umpire’s decision;
  • Engage in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with other players or officials;
  • Charge or advance towards the umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing;
  • Deliberately and maliciously distract or obstruct another player or official on the field of play;
  • Throw the ball at or near a player or official in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner;
  • Use language that is obscene, offensive or of a generally insulting nature to another player, official or spectator;
  • Change the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3. 
  • Attempt to manipulate a match in regard to the result, net run rate, bonus points or otherwise.

 

Level 3

Players and/or officials must not:

  • Intimidate or attempt to intimidate an umpire, whether by language or conduct;
  • Threaten to assault another player, Team official or spectator;
  • Use language or gestures that offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent, sexuality or national or ethnic origin. 


Level 4

Players and/or officials must not:

  • Threaten to assault an umpire;
  • Physically assault another player, umpire, official or spectator;
  • Engage in any act of violence on the field of play;
  • Use language or gestures that seriously offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies a person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent, sexuality, national or ethnic origin.

 

Level 5 – Laws of Cricket and Spirit of the Game

  • Players and officials must obey the Laws of Cricket and play within the spirit of the game.  The captain and Team coach must use their best efforts to ensure that their Team and individual members of the Team complies with this rule.

 

Level 6 – Unbecoming Behaviour

  • Without limiting any other rule, players and officials must not at any time in a cricket related situation engage in behaviour unbecoming to a player or official that could bring them of the game of cricket into disrepute, or be harmful to the interests of cricket. 

 

PENALTIES


Level 1

Minimum ban of 1 Two-Day match and/or 1 One-Day match.

Level 2

Minimum ban of 1 Two-Day match and/or 2 One-Day matches.

Level 3

Minimum ban of between 2 Two-Day matches and/or 4 One-Day matches, up to 4 Two-Day matches and/or 8 One-Day matches

Level 4

Minimum ban of between 5 Two-Day matches and/or 10 One-Day matches, up to a life ban.

Level 5

At the discretion of the CNW Tribunal.

Level 6

At the discretion of the CNW Tribunal

 

ALCOHOL AND ILLICIT DRUGS


Cricket North West strongly encourages the responsible service and consumption of alcohol.  We also condemn the use of illicit and/or performance enhancing substances.  It is the responsibility of players/coaches/officials to report suspected illegal or inappropriate use or distribution of alcohol or drugs to their Club and/or Cricket North West.  All Cricket North West clubs are encouraged to sign up for Good Sports accreditation, providing them with the knowledge and skills to keep all members safe. 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

JUNIOR COMPETITIONS


Cricket North West is committed to providing a positive experience for all involved with our junior competitions. 


The guidelines below outline the Association’s expectations for the behaviour of coaches, players, parents and umpires. 


All junior competition players and officials are also subject to the Senior Competitions’ Code of Conduct, under which there are prescribed penalties for instances of inappropriate behaviour.   The Code of Conduct is supported by Cricket North West’s Member Protection Policy, which outlines our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment, and procedures for handling complaints.  


COACHES

  • ·         Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
  • ·         Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience.
  • ·         Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • ·         Never ridicule or yell at a young player for making a mistake
  • ·         Operate within the rules and Spirit of Cricket and teach your players to do the same.
  • ·         Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the players’ skill development.
  • ·         Avoid overplaying the talented players—all young players need and deserve equal time, attention and opportunities.
  • ·     Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals within the context of Cricket and not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnic background or special ability.
  • ·         Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest cricket coaching practices and principals of growth and development of young people.
  • ·         Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players.
  • ·         Display and foster the respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, parents and spectators.

 

PLAYERS

  • ·         Play by the rules.
  • ·         Never argue with an umpire. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the umpire in an appropriate manner
  • ·         Work equally hard for yourself and your teammates. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you. Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether made by your team or the opposition.
  • ·      Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging of other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted behaviour in cricket.
  • ·         Cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • ·         Treat all participants in cricket as you would like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage.
  • ·         Be a good sport yourself—actions speak louder than words.

 

PARENTS

  • ·         Do not force an unwilling child to participate in cricket.
  • ·         Remember, children are involved in cricket for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • ·         Encourage your child to play by the rules.
  • ·         Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  • ·         Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • ·         Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performance and skillful plays by all participants.
  • ·         Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • ·         Respect officials and teach children to do likewise.
  • ·         Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not compete.
  • ·         Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

 

UMPIRES

  • ·         Place the safety and welfare of participants above all else.
  • ·         In accordance with Cricket Australia, modify rules and regulations to match the skill levels and needs of young people.
  • ·         Compliment and encourage all participants.
  • ·         Be consistent, objective when making decisions.
  • ·         Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respects for all opponents.
  • ·         Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors.
  • ·         Encourage and promote rule changes which will make participation more enjoyable
  • ·         Be a good sport yourself, actions speak louder than words.
  • ·         Keep up to date with the latest available resources for umpiring and the principals of growth and development of young people.
  • ·         Remember, you set the example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
  • ·         Give all young people a ‘fair go’ regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

COACHES

Whilst the Laws of Cricket are silent about coaches, it is understood they have considerable responsibilities as well as an important role to play in ensuring the game is played fairly and in accordance with the Laws and Spirit of the Game.

 

Further to the CNW Senior Competitions’ Code of Conduct:

  • As a coach and mentor, I will instruct players to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Laws of Cricket, Spirit of the Game and CNW By-Laws and Playing Conditions without exception.
  •   I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals within the context of my involvement as a club coach, including refraining from    any discriminatory practices on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnic background, special ability/disability or sexual orientation,  preference or identity.
  •   I will display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, other officials, parents and spectators.
  •   I will be reasonable in the demands I make on time commitments of the players in my care, having due consideration for their health and  well-being.
  •   I will be supportive at all times and refrain from any form of personal abuse or unnecessary physical contact with players in my care.
  •   I will have due consideration for varying maturity and ability levels of my players when designing practice schedules, practice activities and  involvement in competition to ensure maximum participation and enjoyment of all players under my care.
  •  I will promote and monitor safety always and in recognising the significance of injury and sickness, I will seek and follow the physician’s advice concerning injured and ill players returning to training / playing.
  •  I will endeavour to keep informed regarding sound principles of coaching and skill development and of factors relating to the welfare of my players.
  •  I will ensure that developing players are involved in a positive environment where skill learning and development priorities are not  overshadowed by a desire to win.
  •  I reject the use of performance enhancing substances in sport and will abide by the guidelines set forth in Cricket Australia’s DRUG POLICY.

 


CODE OF CONDUCT

CAPTAINS

The Laws of Cricket place a significant responsibility on captains to ensure that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws. 

 

Further to the CNW Senior Competitions’ Code of Conduct:

  • In accepting my appointment as Captain, I hereby commit to perform the role to the best of my ability.

 

  • I understand that as Captain I am responsible for the conduct of my team and that it is my responsibility to ensure that every player maintains a standard of behaviour and conduct consistent with the Spirit of Cricket explained in the Preamble to The Laws of Cricket (2000 Code – 5th Edition 2013).

 

  • I recognise that failing to understand my responsibilities provides me with no defence and therefore will endeavour to keep myself informed regarding the Laws of Cricket and any CNW playing conditions which affect matches in which I am involved.

 

  • I will lead by example and urge players to demonstrate respect for our opponents, the umpires, ourselves and the game.

 

  • I will not condone or engage in sledging or any other conduct that constitutes personal abuse.

 

  • I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of all players in my team and as a leader, encourage and support members of the team so that they can enjoy their cricket and play to the best of their ability.

 

  • As a leader, I will conduct myself and make decisions having regard for equity, safety and the enjoyment and dignity of players in the team.

 

  • I will display and foster respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, administrators, other officials, parents and spectators.

 

  • I will provide positive and constructive feedback as required. 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

UMPIRES

The Laws of Cricket determine umpires the sole judges of fair and unfair play, and charge them with ensuring play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game.


Further to the CNW Senior Competitions’ Code of Conduct:

  •  I shall endeavour to officiate in all matches with complete impartiality, respecting and abiding by the Laws and rules which govern them, in  the true spirit of sportsmanship.
  •  I understand that an integral component of my role is that I need to maintain a standard of behaviour and conduct that best serves the  interests of the game and its participating players.
  •   I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of all players, coaches and others present at each match regardless of race, religion, gender,  ethnic background, special ability/disability or sexual orientation, preference or identity.

  • I will officiate at matches in a positive and constructive manner seeking to maximise the enjoyment of players whilst upholding the Laws and the Spirit of the game.
  • I will learn and understand the Laws, rules and by-laws applicable to matches and endeavour to remain abreast of issues and events which have the potential to influence how the game is played.
  •  I will ensure when at all possible to make decisions with regard to the safety of players, so as not to detract from their enjoyment of the game.
  •  While acknowledging the important role ascribed to captains in The Laws of Cricket, I will recognise each player as an individual and treat  all players equally.
  •  As an official I will at appropriate times endeavour to be approachable by players, coaches, parents and others involved in a game.
  •  I will be punctual, properly prepared, motivated and suitably attired at all times.
  •  I accept the process of reporting inappropriate behaviour as an essential part of upholding the Laws of Cricket.