Player Acknowledgement of Player Code of Conduct
Coaches and Parents, it is worthwhile to print out this page and ask your players to read it and sign that they will abide by it. This is so that players are able to understand that such things as losing one's temper will incur a penalty such as a match suspension ahead of time. That way they can know the consequences of their behaviour and hopefully choose to act more calmly when upset.
Cricket is a game where we can learn to experience and deal with disappointment effectively which is a critical life skill.
Players Code of Behaviour
- Play by the rules;
- Never argue with an umpire. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the umpire in an appropriate manner during a break or after the game;
- Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in cricket;
- Work equally hard for yourself and your teammates. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you;
- Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition;
- Treat all participants in cricket as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor;
- Cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition;
- Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents, teachers or coaches;
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
Behaviour That May Result in Suspension From One or More Games Includes
- A breach of the code of conduct above including examples such as
- Throwing or abuse of cricket equipment such as one's cricket bat or helmet, after being given out for example.
- Arguing with the umpire
- Losing your temper, shouting, swearing
- Deliberately trying to upset the opposition
I agree that whenever I play cricket I will play with good sportsmanship and control myself if I get upset with myself or others.