Members, Guests and players of Littleborough Cricket Club are required to abide by the provisions of this Code of Conduct and any subsequent updates as may be in force from time to time, and by their presence on club premises or at club events or activities are deemed to have accepted and to abide by the provisions of this Code and any other relevant Codes of Conduct, Rules or Regulations the Club has adopted.
- Members and Guests include all members, officers and volunteers of the Cricket Club and all guests of those members, officers and volunteers, as well as all individuals who watch/ attend/participate/officiate in matches hosted by the club in whatever capacity.
- All Members and Guests of Littleborough Cricket Club will:
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket
- Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief
- Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed
- Display high standards of behaviour
- Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. fair play
- Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials
- Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials
- Recognise good performance not just match results
- Place the well-being and safety of children above the development of performance
- Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
- Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket
- Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with children in the Club
- Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club
- Follow ECB guidelines set out in the ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued
- Report any concerns in relation to a child, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB
- In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:
- Have been appropriately vetted, if required, before taking on their role
- Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance
- Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)
- Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket
- Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’
- Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect
- Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval
- Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines which recommend the principle -“People in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16-17 year olds in their care”
- Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially that relating to the Safeguarding of children
If a breach of the provisions or principles of this Code occurs or is reasonably suspected to have occurred the Club reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to asking the person responsible for the breach to leave the Club premises.
Any disciplinary or complaint hearings in connection with a breach of these rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure as set out in the Club constitution or as agreed by the Management Committee.
Reviewed and updated June 2023
Cricket coaches play a crucial role in the development of the game and in the lives of the players they coach. Good cricket coaches ensure that individuals in cricket have positive experiences and are therefore more likely to continue in the game and achieve their potential.Coaching, as an emerging profession, must demonstrate at all levels, a high degree of honesty, integrity and competence. The need for cricket coaches to understand and act on their responsibilities is of critical importance to the game, as is the concept of participation for fun and enjoyment as well as achievement. This is implicit within good coaching practice and promotes a professional image of the good practitioner.
This Code of Conduct sets out the standards that coaches are required to meet.
Good cricket coaching practice needs to reflect the following key principles:
Cricket coaches must respect and champion the rights of every individual to participate in the game.
Cricket coaches must develop a professional relationship with players (and others) based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect
Responsibilities – personal standards
Cricket coaches must demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times.
Responsibilities – professional standards
To maximise the benefits and minimise the risks to players, coaches must attain a high level of competence through appropriate qualifications and a commitment to ongoing training that ensures safe and correct practice.
This code sets out the standards that coaches are required to meet. It reflects BEST PRACTICE in coaching across the broadest spectrum of roles and responsibilities and the ECB recognises that the extent to which coaches are required to comply with all the content of this code may be considered by reference to the nature of the coaching role.
All coaches holding recognised ECB qualifications are required to abide by this code.
- Is a constituent part of a policy and procedure for dealing with allegations and complaints
- Is used as the definitive guide and benchmark measure of coaching practice in determining any need for sanctions against a coach
- Is fully integrated into the cricket and coach education process
- Is assessed as part of the cricket coach accreditation process
- Is supported by the appropriate training and resources.
ECB has developed a training resource that underpins many of the concepts contained within this Code of Conduct. They include the integration of safeguarding throughout the ECB coaching training for both the children’s and young people and adults’ coaching pathways, and the online safeguarding module:
- Safeguarding Young Cricketers
All Littleborough CC qualified coaches are aware of and abide by the ECB Coaches Code of Conduct.
A copy of this Code of Conduct can be found in the club house or can be downloaded.
Failure to comply with this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action being taken in accordance with the Club’s Constitution.
Reviewed and updated 2023.
Littleborough Cricket Club (“the Club”) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being 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, be encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the Club.
The LCC Code of Conduct for Members and Guests should be used in conjunction with this additional junior player’s Code of Conduct.
A Junior Member is an individual under the age of eighteen and a member of the Club. A Parent is a Parent of a Junior Member.
As a junior member or a parent you are expected to abide by the following Junior Player’s Club Code of Conduct, which applies appropriately to Junior Members and/or Parents of Junior Members.
- Parents are expected to set a good example regarding their own behaviour (and those accompanying them) for the benefit of junior members.
- Junior players are expected to comply with all reasonable instructions from other members and officers of the Club including, but not limited to, any directives and instructions which may be displayed from time to time on Club premises;
This code of conduct applies to all matches played when representing the Club. It also applies to all training and practice sessions organised by the Club.
- Junior members and parents agree to respect, cooperate with and encourage their fellow junior members at all times, irrespective of their abilities. Persecution, humiliation or ridiculing of others will not be tolerated.
- Junior members, under no circumstances, must make contact with a coach directly by email, text or call.
- Behaviour and dress both on and off the field should be in keeping with the dignity and best traditions of the game of cricket.
- Foul, abusive and inappropriate language on or off the field of play is unacceptable.
- Intimidation, aggressive behaviour and deliberate distraction of opponents by words or actions are unacceptable.
- Dissent at umpiring decisions is unacceptable.
- The game should be played competitively, but the highest standards of sportsmanship must at all times be maintained. Recognise the achievements of both your team-mates and your opponents. Do not glory in their failures.
- Remember that your conduct is a reflection not only on yourself but also on the Club as a whole. Conduct which damages the reputation of the Club will not be tolerated.
- Junior members and their parents should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
- Junior members must wear suitable kit – (this must include a helmet, box, gloves and pads when a hard ball is being used) for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
- Junior members are not allowed to consume or purchase alcohol or drugs of any kind on the Club premises or whilst representing the Club.
- Junior members are not allowed to smoke on Club premises or whilst representing the Club.
- Junior members agree to do their best at all times to improve their cricket skills and maximise their own potential, at whatever level of playing ability that may be. Any conduct by a junior member or parent that prevents a junior member from doing the same is unacceptable.
Failure to comply with this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action being taken in accordance with the Club’s Constitution.
All junior members are expected to comply with the England and Wales Cricket Board code of conduct (see below) and that, by taking part in activities organised by the Club, junior members agree to comply with all reasonable instructions from team managers and/or captains and/or coaches;
England and Wales Cricket Board’s Code of Conduct
(Note: In junior cricket, team captains can be deputised by team managers)
The ECB is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct. The Code of Conduct incorporates the Spirit of Cricket as set out below. It applies to all matches played under the auspices of the ECB and may be applied to cricket in general.
- Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.
- Players and Team Officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision. Players must not show dissent at the Umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards an Umpire at any time.
- Players and Team Officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an Umpire, another player or a Spectator.
- Players and Team Officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as “sledging”) nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
- Players and Team Officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters. Clubs must operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.
- Players and Team Officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.
- Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and supporters towards players and Umpires.
- 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.
Responsibility of Captains
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
In the event that any player failing to comply with the instructions of the Umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the Umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other Umpire and to the player’s Captain requesting the latter to take action.
Fair and Unfair Play
According to the Laws, the Umpires are the sole judges of Fair and Unfair play.
The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the Captain to take action when required.
The umpires are authorised to intervene in the cases of:
- Time wasting
- damaging the pitch
- tampering with the ball, or any action that they consider to be unfair.
Spirit of the Game
The Spirit of the Game involves respect for your opponents, your own captain and team, the role of the umpires and the game’s traditional values.
It is against the Spirit of the Game to;
- dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
- direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
- seek to distract an opponent either verbally or with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side.
There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.
Players – Captains and Umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match and every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.
Reviewed and updated June 2023.
The ECB actively encourages clubs to use the Code of Conduct for Members and Guests as a starting point for producing an additional Children’s Code of Conduct.NSPCC research shows when children are empowered to create rules for themselves these rules are usually far more greatly respected, and often stricter, than those that adults responsible for supervising the groups might impose.
Children can feel empowered by the ability to voice their own opinion about what they feel is acceptable behaviour.
Coaches and the Club Safeguarding Officer should be facilitators for this additional code of conduct.
Club Safeguarding Officer(s) are encouraged to work with coaches, junior team manager, and children (preferably from a wide cross section of age and experience), to design something everyone signs up to.
Possible topics to discuss with children are:
- Why do they come to the club and what do they want to get from attending – for example, to have fun, to learn how to play, to take part in matches, to be with their friends, to keep fit.
- How do they want to treat, and be treated, by adults – for example, officials, adult members of the club and spectators.
- How do they want to treat, and be treated, by other children at the club
- How do they want to be able to raise any concerns they have
- What rules, or limits, do they think there should be
- How do they think any breaches of the code of conduct should be dealt with
It is important clubs draw attention to their codes of conduct and place them on all relevant notice boards in dressing room and club area.
Reviewed and updated 2023