Macquarie University Cricket Club

PLAYER BEHAVIOUR GUIDELINES

Season 2018/19

INTRODUCTION

Cricket has traditionally been the sport to maintain and promote the highest levels of conduct and sportsmanship. We are all familiar with the saying “It's not cricket” which implies that a certain type of behaviour is unacceptable in an ethical sense, even if it might be strictly within a set of rules. Cricket is more than a game; it is an education in character as well as skill. Macquarie University Cricket Club plays cricket for enjoyment and all the qualities able to be learned from the game, rather than in order to win for winning’s sake or other self-promotion. But we do like to win too!

This document is a set of guidelines to provide the players with an understanding of the expectations the club has of each and every player. These guidelines are relevant when players represent the club on match days (on and off the field), at training, or at a club functions. In addition, they provide an indication of the commitment to the Club expected of every player.

OBJECTIVE

Our objective is to ensure that all players, when representing Macquarie University Cricket Club, play cricket in the true spirit and traditions of the game so that the game can be enjoyed by all, including spectators, opposing players and umpires. The Club seeks to obtain from each player a commitment to the game, the team and the Club.

SYDNEY CRICKET ASSOCIATION & NSW CRICKET ASSOCIATION CODE OF CONDUCT

All players within competitions run by or affiliated with the Sydney Cricket Association and NSW Cricket Association (the competitions in which we compete) are bound by the official Players’ Codes of Conduct, which are enforced by the Judiciary Committee of the NSW Cricket Association.

The current Code of Conduct is as follows:

(Incorporating the By-Laws of the NSW Cricket Association). No person bound by this Code of Conduct shall engage in disorderly or improper conduct or behaviour.  Disorderly or improper conduct or behaviour includes, but is not restricted to, a person:

a)   Assaulting or attempting to assault, or abusing, either orally or physically, an umpire, player or spectator;

b)   Disputing, as distinct from questioning, an umpire’s decision, or reacting in an obviously provocative manner towards and umpire;

c)   Using crude or abusive language, or hand signals or other gestures;

d)   Engaging in any form of conduct or behaviour detrimental to the spirit of the game or likely to bring the game into disrepute; or

e)   Refusing to supply that person’s name and that person’s address when required by another person who is lodging a report.

f)    The captain of a team shall ensure that the players (including the person acting as 12th man) comply with the Code of Conduct. The captain of a team breaches the Code of Conduct if a player in that team engages in continuing disorderly or improper conduct or behaviour.

An adjunct to the SCA & NSWCA Code of Conduct is the Racial and Religious Vilification Code as follows:

No person who is participating in a match under the jurisdiction or auspices of the NSW Cricket Association or its affiliates shall engage in any conduct, act towards or speak to any other person in a manner which offends, insults, humiliates or vilifies such person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent or ethnic origin.

The captain of a team shall ensure that the players (including the person acting as 12th man) comply with the Racial and Religious Vilification Code.

EXPECTED PLAYER BEHAVIOUR

The Shires Competition has an enviable record before the Disciplinary Committee by reason of the willingness of Clubs to regulate themselves and prevent misconduct occurring. Consequently, the Committee of the Macquarie University Cricket Club will not only enforce the Codes of Conduct, but will enforce its own principles of behaviour expected of players. Players in breach of these guidelines can expect to receive penalties varying from a gentle reminder through to suspension, depending on the severity and the nature of the breach.

These guidelines apply to all members representing Macquarie University Cricket Club, including spectators and officials:

1.         Play hard, but fair:

All players are expected to give their best at all times on the field for the enjoyment of themselves, their team-mates and the opposition. We strive to win fairly as a benchmark of our success in perfecting our own game, our skills and character but not at the expense of the enjoyment of the game, of the opposition or the umpires.

 

2.         Respect:

At all times players must show respect for their team-mates, their captain, the umpires and the opposition. By showing respect for your opposition you enhance your victory and by showing respect for yourselves you mollify your defeat. All players have a responsibility to protect the game from unseemly incidents and the Committee will act on the assumption, that it takes two sides to create an argument, no matter the provocation.

 

3.         Umpiring Decisions:

The umpire’s decision is final and should be accepted immediately, whether batting or fielding. A  player is entitled to politely ask the umpire why he turned the appeal down, but should accept this explanation, if one is given, and accept the umpires' prerogative to decline to give a reason, if it is not, and immediately play on. The use of offensive language - generally in the form of a disparaging or abusive remark to an umpire is not acceptable. The conduct of our players should be such of such propriety, that there can be no misunderstanding by an umpire and no excuses of that nature will be acceptable.

4.         Walking:

When there are no neutral umpires, a batsman should walk if he is in no doubt that he has been dismissed fairly. Placing pressure on your team-mate, who is acting as umpire, can place doubt in his mind and lead to unnecessary friction between the teams. All Shires Clubs have agree to abide by the principle of ‘walking’ in such situations and consequently your application of this principle can be expected to be reciprocated by your opposition. If it is not, that is a matter to be taken up by the Committee with the responsible Club, not by individual players or teams. You should not descend to the level of any other team’s bad sportsmanship.

5.         Upon being dismissed:

A dismissed batsman should promptly leave the field without comment or conduct able to be interpreted as a criticism of the dismissal. Whilst there will be occasions where a dismissed batsman may not agree with the umpire's decision, actions of the dismissed batsman such as banging the bat on the ground or throwing the bat on returning to the pavilion or audible foul language, are unacceptable.

6.         Sledging:

Players and Team Officials shall not use crude or abusive language (known as "sledging") nor make offensive gestures to opposition players. Similarly, provocative or intimidatory conduct, however subtle or amusing at the expense of the opposition, shall not be acceptable.

7.         Racial Vilification:

Please refer to the Racial and Religious Vilification Code outlined on page 1. Under no circumstances will the club tolerate such behaviour. The committee will deal with Macquarie University players if an official umpire’s report is not made. Likewise, if a Macquarie University player is subjected to such abuse, the club will take up the matter with the SCA, the NSWCA and the Club concerned and ensure the matter is dealt with in the appropriate manner.

COMMITMENT

Players can expect from the Club Committee, their Captain and the Selection Committee to be treated in a manner commensurate with the level of commitment shown by them to the Club. The Club expects as a minimum from every player the following commitment:

Player Availability: All players are expected to be available for all games throughout the season. Exceptions can occur, but wherever possible, plans involving weekends without cricket, should be scheduled outside the cricket season. Where a player does make himself unavailable for selection, he should not expect to be selected as soon as he makes himself available in the same team or in any grade, if teams are winning, and players making themselves available are performing. Preference in selections shall always been given to players, who show commitment to the Club and their team-mates by being available and/or participating in training or other functions of the Club.

Social Functions: Throughout the season there will be several functions organised by the Social Committee. It is expected that players will make every effort to attend club functions, and where appropriate, invite as many of their friends as possible.

Covers: Players are expected to put the covers out on the evening before home match days. Generally speaking, this occurs at about 5:45 pm on Friday evenings. Your captain will ask you to complete this task once or twice a season, and if you are not able to complete this task, you must find a replacement or inform your captain as soon as practical to ensure it is done. It is compulsory that each home pitch is covered on a Friday evening.

Training Sessions: Players are expected to assist with the set-up of the nets and other training equipment at the commencement of a training session, as well as putting all gear away at its conclusion.

Match Days: Players are to arrive at the ground at least one hour before the commencement of play, or at a time instructed by their captain, dressed in their MUCC clothing.  Players are expected to take the field in appropriate club headwear, either club baseball-style cap, club floppy hat or non-logo white floppy hat. Non-club caps are not permitted to be worn on the playing field for any reason.

At home games there are various duties that need to be done on the match day. These include laying out boundary markers, removal of covers from the playing area and setting up of the scoreboard, and preparing the canteen and drinks. All players at home games are required to supply an adequate afternoon tea. 

When using club equipment, it is expected you will treat it with respect and use it for the purpose it was designed for. Cricket balls must also to be returned to the team kit after a day's play, so they can then be reused at training sessions. Club cricket balls should never be taken away as part of a players personal kit.

After play, the covers need to be put away properly and no member of the home team should leave until this task is completed, unless with the consent of your captain. Players should also ensure that rubbish is always disposed in of in the correct manner, including rubbish left in dressing rooms.