Code of conduct
Cricket has traditionally been one sport to maintain and promote the highest levels of conduct and sportsmanship. We are all familiar with the saying “It’s just not cricket” which implies that a certain type of behaviour is unacceptable.
The Marylebone Cricket Club, regarded by many as the “home of cricket” has produced a document titled the Spirit of Cricket. The summary is printed below:
The Spirit of Cricket
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action, which is seen to abuse this spirit, causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.
We go further, and say that it rests with all players alike.
This document is a set of guidelines to provide an understanding of the expectations the club has of each player. Where this document refers to players, it also refers to non-players, parents, spectators and other associated persons. While we acknowledge that our influence on such other parties is limited, we encourage them to respect the spirit of the game and what we are seeking to maintain.
These guidelines are relevant during match days (on and off the field), training, and club functions and at any other time when representing Mount Maunganui Cricket Club (MMCC), including social tours.
Players in breach of our Code may expect to receive penalties varying from a caution through to expulsion, depending on the severity and the nature of the breach, or frequency of breeches.
Our objective is to ensure that all players, when representing the MMCC, play cricket in the true spirit and traditions of the game so that the game can be enjoyed by all, including spectators, opposing players and umpires; and that the club is held in such high regard that former players and other supporters actively seek to maintain relationships with the MMCC.
SENIOR MEMBERS CODE OF CONDUCT
No person bound by this Code of Conduct (Code) shall engage in disorderly or improper conduct or behaviour. Disorderly or improper conduct or behaviour includes, but is not restricted to, a person:
- Assaulting or attempting to assault, or abusing, either orally or physically, an umpire, player or spectator;
- Appealing, when knowing the batsman is not out, or advancing towards an Umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing;
- Disputing, as distinct from questioning, an umpire’s decision, or reacting in an obviously provocative manner towards and umpire;
- Seeking to distract an opponent either verbally, or with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of ones own side. Using crude or abusive language (known as sledging), or hand signals or other gestures,
- Infringing the rules relating to advertising on cricket clothing or equipment.
- Engaging in any form of conduct or behaviour detrimental to the spirit of the game or likely to bring the game or sponsors of MMCC into disrepute, including the use or distribution of illegal drugs and acts of racism.
- Refusing to supply that person’s name and that person’s address when required by another person who is lodging a report
The captain of a team shall ensure that the players (including the person acting as 12th man) comply with the Code of Conduct. The captain of a team breaches the Code of Conduct if a player in that team engages in continuing disorderly or improper conduct or behaviour.
Racial and Religious Vilification Code:
No person who is representing MMCC shall engage in any conduct, act towards or speak to any other person in a manner which offends insults, humiliates or vilifies such person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent or ethnic origin.
EXPECTATION OF PLAYERS:
The Management Committee of MMCC has set down these guidelines for all players, including spectators, representing the MMCC.
The umpire’s decision is final and should be accepted immediately, whether batting or fielding. A bowler is entitled to ask the umpire why he turned the appeal down, but should accept this explanation, if one is given, and immediately play on. The use of offensive language-generally in the form of a disparaging and abusing remark to an umpire is not acceptable.
When there are no neutral umpires, a batsman must walk if he is in no doubt that he has been dismissed fairly. Placing pressure on your team-mate, who is acting as umpire, can place doubt in his mind and lead to unnecessary friction between the two teams.
Upon being dismissed:
The actions of the dismissed batsmen – in failing to leave the crease promptly on being given out and then banging his bat on the ground or throwing the bat on returning to the pavilion, including audible foul language, is unacceptable.
Subscriptions should be paid as soon as possible to the start of the season. Selection will be prioritised towards members who are up to date with their subscriptions.
All players for the purpose of selections are assumed to be available for all games throughout the season. If at any time a player is unable to make a game, they are to contact both their captain and the selector/s to inform them of their unavailability.
Where a player is unavailable for selection, they should not consider them self a certainty to be selected as soon as they make themselves available again. It is quite possible that they will not be selected in any grade upon their return.
MMCC is a family orientated club and as such excessive swearing will not be tolerated. Effort should be made to refrain from using poor language at all times.
Training is to be used to improve your game and those that you are training with. All players are encouraged to train at least once a week. It is understood that work and family commitments can clash with those of the cricket club. Your captain should be made aware if you are unable to attend training.
Players are requested to arrive at the ground, 40 minutes before the commencement of play for Premier and Reserve teams, 30 minutes for B Grade team. When playing away, car pooling is encouraged.
At home games there are various duties that need to be done. These include laying boundary markers and setting up the scoreboard. After play, all equipment needs to be placed away and the change rooms and surrounding areas are to be left clean at the end of the day.
JUNIOR CLUB CODE OF CONDUCT
The MMCC is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, junior club members and parents are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club to the Club President.
As a junior club member of the MMCC you are expected to abide by the following junior club rules and, where required, senior club code of conduct rules:
- All members must play within the rules and respect umpires and their decisions.
- All members must respect their opponents.
- Members should keep to agreed times for training and matches or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
- Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
- Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
- Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
- Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.
Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians
The MMCC is trying to ensure that your child’s time with the club will be both rewarding and fulfilling. The club, therefore, promotes and encourages the following codes of conduct for parents and guardians of all junior members and visitors.
- Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
- Discourage unfair play and arguing with umpires/officials.
- Publicly accept umpires’/officials’ judgements.
- Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
- Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performance of all.
- Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
- Never force your child to take part in cricket.
- Support your Child’s involvement and help them enjoy their sport.
- Use correct and proper language at all times.
BREACHES OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT
Any breach of this code can be reported to a member of the of the Management Committee who in turn will advise the Club President. An independent person, from within the Committee, will be appointed to investigate the breach and report to the Committee with recommendations of an appropriate penalty should the breach be proven to the satisfaction of the Committee