Disciplinary Guidelines for Players of Woking & Horsell Cricket Club
(hereinafter referred to as “the Club”)

Adopted May 2010

The Club shall appoint a Disciplinary Committee, comprising Cricket Chairman, Club Secretary, Cricket Committee Secretary and Cricket Committee member, who shall be empowered to deal with all disciplinary matters relating to the conduct of players.  The Club adopts the Disciplinary Regulations set out hereafter.

1.1    Players Code of Conduct

1.1.1    The Club is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct.  This Code of Conduct incorporates the Spirit of Cricket as set out below.  The Club is committed to ensuring that all sides representing The Club are aware of and abide by all playing regulations of the competitions in which the Club participates.

1.1.2    The team captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws. All of The Club’s players are expected to comply with the Spirit of Cricket, the Laws and their team Captain’s decisions.

1.1.3    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 another player or a spectator.

1.1.4    Players and team officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player or a spectator.

1.1.5    Players and team officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language, commonly known as “sledging”, nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.

1.1.6    Players and team officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters.  The Club will operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcomes players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.

1.1.7    Players and team officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.

1.1.8    The Club will take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of its members and supporters towards players and umpires.

1.2    Spirit of Cricket

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.

1.2.1    There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the captain.
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.

Player’s Conduct

In the event of any player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, 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. The Club expects all players to assist the Captain in performing his duties.

1.2.2    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 where required.

1.2.3    The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:

  • Time wasting
  • Damaging the pitch
  • Dangerous or unfair bowling
  • Tampering with the ball
  • Any other action that they consider to be unfair.

1.2.4    The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:

  • Your opponents
  • Your own captain and team
  • The role of the umpires
  • The game’s traditional values.

1.2.5    It is against the Spirit of the Game:

  • To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
  • To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
  • To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:

a)    appeal knowing the batsman is not out

b)    advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing

c)    seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side.

1.2.6    Violence
There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.

1.2.7    Players
Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match.  Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.

1.3    Failure to comply with the provisions of this Paragraph 1 may lead to disciplinary action.

2    Aims and Jurisdiction

These regulations shall apply to any player who plays for the Club.
It is intended that any breach of Paragraph 1 should be dealt with by the Club’s Disciplinary Committee.

3    Procedure

3.1    Any alleged breach of Paragraph 1 above shall be notified in writing (to be known as ‘a Complaint’) to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee.
3.2    Upon receipt of such complaint, and as soon as reasonably practicable the  Disciplinary Committee shall consider the complaint and resolve either:
3.2.1    To take no action except to record the complaint; or
3.2.2    To refer the matter for a Disciplinary Hearing which shall be convened by the Disciplinary Committee as soon as practicable.

4    Disciplinary Hearing

4.1    In any case which is referred for a Disciplinary Hearing, at least three days’ notice in writing of the hearing and of the offence(s) alleged shall be given to the player in writing.
4.2    The Disciplinary Committee shall convene a hearing as soon as is practicable but may allow reasonable time to explore possible agreement with the player and the complainant
4.3    All persons party to the Complaint shall be allowed reasonable time to provide a statement prior to the hearing.  The Disciplinary Committee shall distribute all statements to all parties in advance of the hearing.
4.4    The player shall be entitled to attend the hearing, state their case, to be supported by a colleague and to call witnesses.
4.5    The Hearing shall be conducted by the Disciplinary Committee which shall consist of not less than three persons.

5    Penalties

5.1    If at the hearing the Disciplinary Committee finds the alleged offence proved it shall have the power to impose one or more of the following penalties, together with such order as to costs as it deems appropriate:
5.1.1    To require the player to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time.
5.1.2    To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct.
5.1.3    To impose a fine.
5.1.4    To suspend the player for one or more matches, or for a stated period of time.
5.1.5    To expel the player from the Club.
5.2      The Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to suspend the operation of any part, or all, of the penalty it imposes for such period and subject to such terms and conditions it deems appropriate.
5.3    Decisions of the Disciplinary Committee (a finding that a complaint is proved or not proved or a decision on penalty) shall be by majority vote; where necessary the Disciplinary Committee Chairman shall have a casting vote.

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