Players Code of Conduct

  • Play the game for the fun of it – not to please your parents, guardians or coaches
  • Learn the laws of the game – and play by them
  • Accept the Umpire’s decision – even when they are wrong, they are right! It is the “Cricket Way!”
  • Keep trying – even when it seems hopeless, never let your head drop! Play as well as you can until the final ball is bowled
  • Be a good sport – recognise good play, whether it is by your team or by the opposition. You can learn valuable lessons when the opposition are playing better than your own team
  • Learn how to lose with dignity – valuable life skills can be learnt by taking defeat in a dignified way. Hold your head up high and congratulate the opposition on their victory
  • You cannot win them all – if would hardly be worth playing if you did, as there would be no sense of achievement
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated – do not harass, bully or take an unfair advantage of any other player
  • Remember – as well as enjoyment, the aims of the game are to improve your skills, and to keep you fit and healthy
  • Co-operate – with your coach, manager, captain, team mates and opposition. Without them you do not have a game
  • Do not over celebrate – after hitting a boundary, taking a wicket or after the match
  • Never demean or ridicule the opposition – either by words or actions when you are in the ascendency. You wouldn’t like it to happen to you!
  • Get to know your opposition – you will realise they are no different to you, they just wear different shirts!

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Coaches / Managers Code of Conduct

  • Be reasonable in your demands on your players time, energy and enthusiasm; remember that they have other interests too
  • Consider the well being and safety of players before development of performance
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with players based on mutual trust and respect
  • Teach your players that the Laws of Cricket are mutual agreements that no one should break
  • Children play for fun – winning is only part of it
  • Never yell or ridicule children for making mistakes or losing. Encourage them to value their performance (win or lose) and their behaviour
  • Gain respect by being generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example in every way
  • Do not shout continually
  • Be fully aware of your responsibilities with regard to children safeguarding
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part

Parent / Spectator Code of Conduct

  • Do not force or cajole an unwilling child to participate in cricket
  • Teach the child to know and always play the Laws of Cricket
  • Instil in the child an understanding of the value of coaching
  • Always keep OFF the ground and the Manager / Coach / Captain ‘call the shots’
  • Recognise the effort and importance of coaches and umpires – the greater majority of them give freely their time
  • Learn that players play cricket for their own fun, not to entertain you!
  • Stress the need to respect umpires. DO NOT abuse them publicly yourself by questioning their honesty or decision-making
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake – always offer support and encouragement
  • Applaud good play by both teams – they will hear this
  • Do not shout continuously – they will not be listening
  • Encourage honest effort – teach players that this is important as victory
  • Set a good example to everyone else by YOUR behaviour
  • Always challenge the use of bad language and behaviour
  • Parents should be responsible for the behaviour of their children at matches and at training and be there to supervise – the club does not act as a babysitting service