Cricket West Code of Conduct
by Gary Hartman
Cricket owes much of its appeal and enjoyment to the fact that it should be played not only according to the Laws, but also within the Spirit of Cricket.
The major responsibility for ensuring fair play rests with the captains, but extends to all players, Match Officials and, especially in junior cricket, teachers, coaches and parents.
Respect is central to the Spirit of Cricket.
- Respect your captain, team-mates, opponents and the authority of the umpires.
- Play hard and play fair.
- Accept the umpire’s decision.
- Create a positive atmosphere by your own conduct, and encourage others to do likewise. V. Show self-discipline, even when things go against you.
- Congratulate the opposition on their successes, and enjoy those of your own team.
- Thank the officials and your opposition at the end of the match, whatever the result.
In addition to the above the following procedures should be considered for all community cricket clubs for the upcoming season;
a. Clubs to address their players outlining the standards of behaviour they expect (can use the list of Level One Offences in By Laws or Laws of Cricket)
b. Where games have an appointed umpire, the umpire addresses both Captains as normal but also addresses the two teams prior to match.
c. Where games have no umpire, two captains meet prior to game to discuss the tone/spirit with which they want the game to be played
d. Two teams to line up before the game and either shake hands, fist touch or elbow touch (optional decided by Captains)
e. Umpires Manager to reinforce the points around Player Management
Cricket is an exciting game that encourages leadership, friendship and teamwork, which brings together people from different nationalities, cultures and religions, especially when played within the Spirit of Cricket.