Updated: September 2021
SMCA PROTESTS AND DISPUTES BY-LAWS
a. The umpire(s) may issue a caution to any player who has committed a minor breach of the code of conduct, spirit of cricket or the playing rules of the SMCA in a club competition match.
b. The umpire shall notify the captain, club official or the player at the time of the offence. The umpire shall request the notified person to sign the Player Caution Form to signify his notification of the caution. The charges and By-laws will be listed on the Caution Form.
c. Refusal to sign the Player Caution Form will invoke an immediate four (4) playing date suspension on the player cautioned and the offending player’s team captain.
d. The umpire shall submit the Player Caution Form to the Umpires Advisor by email or verbal notification before 9pm on the day of play. The Umpires Advisor shall advise the Association Administrator who will register the caution and confirm to the offending players club of that registration.
e If a player receives a second caution within a period of 12 months from the date of a previous caution the player will be suspended from the next four playing date competition matches for which he is eligible. Any player receiving a third caution within a period of 12 months will automatically receive a doubling of the previous four playing date penalty and a doubling of any penalty for each subsequent caution received.
f. Any appeal is subject to appeal conditions in the By-Laws (67.a through to and including 67.h)
g. At the completion of the match where a player has been issued with a second caution, the player and or his club must advise the umpire of their intent to defer the matter to the P&D or have the automatic four playing date penalty apply. The umpire is to record this advice on the Player Caution Form and notify the Umpires Advisor. If the player or his club does not advise the umpire, the Association Administrator will apply the automatic four playing date penalty. Any player receiving a third caution during the same season will automatically receive a doubling of the previous four playing date penalty and a doubling of any penalty for each subsequent caution received.
This does not dilute the right of the association to reject this acceptance and have the matter heard by the P&D if it deems appropriate to have the matter heard.
h. The Caution system applies only to matches that have an official SMCA sanctioned umpire appointed by the Umpires Advisor and does not dilute the umpire’s ability to report a player for any offence as deemed outside the spirit of the match and the laws of cricket.
i. Where there is no official umpire/s and the two participating teams provide their own umpires the Caution system does not apply.