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Code of conduct

 
Code of Conduct
 
Marshall Cricket Club
 
 
Introduction
 
The Marshall Cricket Club (MCC) is an organisation which values behaviour that is in
 
compliance with the laws, regulations and general expectations of Geelong Cricket
 
Association (GCA), Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria and the wider community to which it
 
renders its services and provides its function.
 
This code of conduct is designed to inform all MCC members, players, officials and visitors of
 
the values which guide the club and to allow it to provide a service to the community by
 
providing the opportunity to any and all persons to be involved in the participation in,
 
management of, and general support of the sport of cricket.
 
As a community organisation the MCC wishes to build and maintain a positive reputation
 
within the wider community and it is expected that all members will assist in this endeavour
 
through maintaining the highest levels of behaviour at all times where they represent the
 
club or may be seen to be representing the club.
 
The club accepts that the behaviour of its members can impact upon the reputation of the
 
GCA, Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia, and the sport in general. As such it will, at all times,
 
be seen to be acting in the best interests of all the aforementioned parties.
 
*Note that this is a living document and may be updated by the executive committee at any
 
time. As per the MCC Constitution, the Executive Committee comprises the Club President,
 
Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and another member of the Committee as nominated.
 
Purpose
 
To meet agreed principles to ensure standard requirements of the club are known and met.
 
It also guarantees club safety, efficiency and sociability.
 
IT IS EXPECTED THAT EACH PLAYER WILL SIGN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE CODE OF
 
CONDUCT PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF EACH SEASON.
 
EXPECTED BEHAVIOURS
 
ON-FIELD BEHAVIOUR
 
Traditionally, cricket has been the one sport to maintain and promote the highest level of
 
conduct and sportsmanship. Whilst still a competitive sport, it's continued strength relies on
 
the preparedness to play within the spirit of the game as defined by Cricket Australia's Spirit
 
of Cricket expectations.
 
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The club does not wish to reduce the level of competitiveness or intensity with which
 
members play the game however, it is expected that members in no way engage in conduct
 
which may negatively impact on the reputation of the MCC.
 
The Player/Official Specific Rules and Guidelines have been established to provide a
 
comprehensive (but not limited) set of expected behaviours on the field.
 
Where a member is deemed to have engaged in conduct that has "brought the club in to
 
disrepute" the executive committee may, at their discretion impose a penalty upon that
 
player as outlined later in this document.
 
Match Uniform and Dress
 
All players, where practicable, must wear a white shirt with collar, white pullover (if worn),
 
long white trousers, white socks and white footwear, which may include coloured stripes.
 
For one day games where nominated, the required uniform will be the MCC Blue Tops with
 
Blue pants.
 
The Club colours are Navy and Gold- only these colours may be worn on clothing and only
 
official Club caps (BAGGY OR PEAK) or white hats are to be worn. The Club uniform is
 
expected to be worn by all teams.
 
No trousers are to be tucked into socks while in the field (aside from the Wicketkeeper).
 
Shirts must remain tucked into trousers at all times where practicable (i.e. bowling or
 
wicket-keeping).
 
Caps when worn must have the peak protruding over the face.
 
 
OFF-FIELD BEHAVIOUR
 
The expected behaviours of members are not limited to that of players who are
 
participating in an official club fixture.
 
The conduct of members is expected to be at the highest level at any time they are
 
representing or may be seen by members of the community to be representing the MCC.
 
Where any members engage in conduct which is seen to have "brought the club in to
 
disrepute" the executive committee may, at their discretion impose a penalty upon that
 
member as outlined later in this document.
 
Registration/Game Fees
 
Registration fees are due by the predetermined date for each season. This date will be
 
publicised and available to all.
 
Players will not be placed in teams unless a deposit for the registration fee is paid prior to
 
the season start.
 
Fill in players will be required to pay game fees for each day of play and will not be allowed
 
to take the field until these fees are paid prior to the start of the days play.
 
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Training Uniform and Dress
 
Where practicable, all players must train in a white shirt (including MCC training singlets or
 
tops) with navy or black track suit trousers or shorts. No street clothes are to be worn.
 
 
Training Attendance
 
Attending training means participating and responding to any requests made by the
 
coaching panel, training supervisor, team captains or selectors. There will be no player idle
 
at practise and everyone is expected to participate.
 
Players are NOT to smoke during practise.
 
The bar NOT will open and serve drinks until the completion of a training session.
 
Attendance and performance at practise will come into consideration at selection (this
 
includes pre-season).
 
Alcohol and Drugs
 
The MCC supports efforts to improve awareness around the adverse effects of overconsumption
 
of alcohol and encourages its members to drink responsibly. It is expected that
 
MCC members will monitor their own behaviour when consuming alcohol at any club
 
function, or function where that member’s conduct has the ability to impact on the
 
reputation of the MCC.
 
Where the consumption of alcohol is involved or contributes to un-savoury behaviour by
 
any of its members, or club visitors, that has the potential to damage the public reputations
 
of the club, the MCC reserves the right to impose penalties against that member/membersor visitors, as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee.
 
Where members or visitors are consuming alcohol during a club function or on the club
 
premises, the MCC reserves the right to refuse sale to persons deemed to be unduly
 
intoxicated, and/or be asked to leave the club premises.
 
No alcohol shall be consumed by a player during the hours of play.
 
The MCC in no way condones the use of illicit drugs; any members found to be in possession
 
or under the influence whilst at the club, a club function or in any capacity as a club
 
representative will at the discretion of the Executive Committee face a penalty outlined
 
later in this document.
 
Respect for Persons
 
Members of the MCC are expected to show due respect for all other individuals with the
 
club and externally to the club when representing the MCC. Examples of behaviour that will
 
not be tolerated by the club include:
 
• Verbal or physical assault against another individual (including sexual assault)
 
• Harassment (including sexual)
 
• Racial vilification in any form and
 
• Defaming remarks of any sort against any individual
 
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DISCIPLINARY POLICY
 
Where a member of the MCC is found to be in breach of this code of conduct that member
 
may be required to provide an explanation in writing to the executive committee, and in
 
some cases asked to appear in person before a disciplinary team comprising at least three
 
(3) members of the Executive Committee.
 
The MCC may impose such penalty as it sees fit based upon the breach of this code-ofconduct.
 
Members should also be aware that where they are charged by, or found to be in
 
breach of GCA, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia regulations that member may face
 
additional disciplinary requirements from the MCC Executive Committee.
 
 
Grievances
 
For any grievances, the matter should be referred to the team captain. If it is unresolved the
 
next level of referral will be the Executive Committee.
 
Penalties
 
In the event the Executive Committee decides that any person is guilty of breaching any of
 
the rules of this Code of Conduct, they will normally apply a penalty within the normal range
 
of penalties for each level of offence set out in the table below.
 
However, the Committee may also apply any or all of the penalties set out in this section
 
where circumstances require a greater penalty due to:
 
• The player having been found guilty of a previous offence or offences (whether in
 
this or other competitions) or,
 
• Where the offence is particularly serious.
 
When imposing a penalty upon a person who has breached this Player Code of Conduct, the
 
Executive Committee may take into account any circumstance it considers relevant,
 
including:
 
• The seriousness of the breach;
 
• The harm caused by the breach;
 
• The person’s seniority and standing in the game;
 
• Remorse shown by the person and the prospect of further breaches;
 
• The person’s prior record; and/or
 
• The impact of the penalty on the person.
 
Level of Offence Penalty Range
 
1 Official reprimand and/or a ban of 1 multi-day match and/or 2 one-day
 
matches
 
2 Ban of up to 2 multi-day matches and/or 4 one-day matches
 
3 Ban of up to 4 multi-day matches and/or 8 one-day matches
 
4 Ban of 5 or more multi-day matches and/or 10 one-day matches or a life
 
ban
 
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Player / Official Standards - Rules and Guidelines
 
As a playing member or official of Marshall Cricket Club you must adhere to the following Player/Official Standards. Each Rule below has
 
a Guideline . The guidelines are intended as an illustrative guide only. If there is doubt as to the interpretation of any rule, the provisions of the
 
rule itself shall take precedence over the provisions of the guidelines. Rule interpretations are ultimately decided by the Executive Committee.
 
Player Specific Rules and Guidelines
 
Rule Guideline
 
Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing,
 
ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.
 
Includes actions outside the course of normal cricket play such as deliberately hitting or kicking
 
the wickets and actions which intentionally or negligently result in damage to advertising boards,
 
boundary markers or any part of, or contents of, any building or structure at the ground.
 
Use language or gestures that offend,
 
insult, humiliate, intimidate or threaten.
 
Use language that is obscene, offensive or
 
insulting and/or the making of obscene
 
gestures of a seriously insulting nature to
 
another player, official or spectator.
 
This includes swearing and offensive gestures which are not directed at another person such as
 
swearing in frustration at one’s own poor play or fortune.
 
The extent to which such behaviour is likely to give offence shall be taken into account when
 
assessing the seriousness of the breach.
 
Use language or gestures that offend,
 
insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten,
 
disparage or vilify another person on the
 
basis of that person’s race religion, colour,
 
descent or national or ethnic origin.
 
This includes mimicking another player with the intention to insult, belittle, denigrate,
 
intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify them on the basis of that person’s race religion, colour,
 
descent or national or ethnic origin.
 
Point or gesture towards the pavilion, or
 
behave aggressively or derisively towards
 
Includes charging or running towards any batsman and getting “in his/her face”.
 
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either batsman, upon the dismissal of a
 
batsman.
 
Threaten to assault another player, umpire,
 
team official or spectator. Engage in
 
inappropriate and deliberate physical
 
contact with other players, umpires or
 
officials in the course of play.
 
Without limitation, players will breach this rule if they deliberately walk or run into, or shoulder
 
another player, official or match official.
 
Deliberately and maliciously distract or
 
obstruct another player or official on the
 
field of play.
 
Players will breach this rule if they deliberately attempt to distract a striker by words or gestures
 
while a bowler is running in, or deliberately shepherd a batsman while running or attempting to
 
run between wickets.
 
Umpire Specific Rules and Guidelines
 
Rule Guideline
 
Show excessive dissent at an umpire’s
 
decision by action or verbal abuse.
 
Includes excessive, obvious disappointment with any umpires’ decision and obvious delay in
 
resuming play or leaving the wicket.
 
This rule does not prohibit a bowler or team Captain involved in the decision from asking an
 
umpire to provide an explanation for a decision. Further, it does not prohibit the Captain from
 
commenting on the umpires’ performance in the Captains’ Report.
 
Show serious dissent at an umpire’s
 
decision by action or verbal abuse.
 
Dissent should be classified as serious where the dissent is expressed by a specific action such as
 
the shaking of the head, snatching cap from the umpire, pointing at pad or bat, other displays of
 
anger or abusive language directed at the umpire or excessive delay in resuming play or leaving
 
the wicket.
 
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This rule does not prohibit a bowler or team Captain involved in the decision from asking an
 
umpire to provide an explanation for a decision. Further, it does not prohibit the Captain from
 
commenting on the umpires’ performance in the Captains’ Report.
 
Engage in excessive appealing. Excessive shall mean repeated appealing when the bowler/fielder knows the batsman is not out,
 
with the intention of placing the umpire under pressure.
 
This rule is not intended to prevent loud or enthusiastic appealing. However, the practice of
 
celebrating or assuming a dismissal before an umpires’ decision may also come within this rule.
 
Intimidate an umpire whether by language
 
or conduct. Charge or advance towards the
 
umpire in an aggressive manner when
 
appealing.
 
This rule is not intended to prevent loud or enthusiastic appealing. However, a player should not
 
aggressively approach an umpire on appeal.
 
Players must obey the laws of cricket and play within the ‘spirit of the game’.
The Captain and Coach must use their best efforts to ensure that team members comply with this rule and all above.