Code of Conduct
As a member of Walthamstow Cricket Club and by taking part in activities organised by the club, you agree:
To comply with all reasonable instructions from your team manager and/or captain and/or coach;
To comply with all other reasonable instructions from senior members of the club including, but not limited to, any directives and instructions which may be displayed from time to time on club premises;
To refrain from using foul, abusive or inappropriate language at all times whilst on club premises or representing the club;
At Buck Walk ground, players shall refrain from spectating or taking part in any activity between the club premises and the cricket ground, so as to facilitate a clear view of the game by scorers and spectators within the confines of the pavilion area;
To respect the views and playing abilities of others, to encourage and assist younger or more inexperienced members;
To refrain from any intimidatory or bullying style of behaviour;
To refrain from smoking while on the field;
Be punctual for all club activities;
The club expects a high standard of on-field dress at all times, which includes cricket shirts being tucked in; no black socks or footwear.
By becoming a member of Walthamstow Cricket Club, you agree and accept to be bound by the club’s Codes of Conduct and the Code of Conduct of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). For guidance, the code of conduct of the ECB is reproduced below. 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.
England and Wales Cricket Board's Code of Conduct
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 .
The captains are responsible at all timed accept for ensuring that play is conducted within the 'Spirit of Cricket' as well as within the Laws of Cricket.
Players and team officials must at all times accept the umpires'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 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 or abusive language (known as 'sledging') nor make offensive gestures or hand signals or deliberately distract an opponent.
Players and team officials shall not make any racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and spectators. 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.
Responsibility of Captains
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the 'Spirit of Cricket' 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:-
(a) dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture;
(b) direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire;
(c) 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.
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.