North Kildare Cricket Club - LCU Code of Conduct

LCU Code of Conduct

APPENDIX 3

Code of Conduct for players in matches played under the ages of the Leinster Cricket Union


Introduction The Laws of Cricket, code 2000, has a preamble, The Spirit of Cricket, which sets out a model of how the game should be played. Central to that model is that “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.” Also, “in the event of a player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, or criticising by word or action the decisions of an umpire, or 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 players captain, and instruct the latter to take action.”

General Conduct A Players and/or Team Officials shall at all times conduct play within the spirit of the game as well as within the Laws of Cricket and the Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that this is adhered to (Rules 5.1-3 deal with the application of and penalties for breach of this Rule).

General Conduct B Players and/or Team Officials shall at no time engage in conduct unbecoming to their status which could bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute (Rules 5.1-3 deal with the application of and penalties for breach of this Rule).

The LCU Disciplinary Code sets out four levels of offence, the lowest of which are basic contraventions of the Spirit of Cricket. The other three levels contain successively more serious offences, with progressively greater sanctions. Any breaches of this code will be reported by the umpires to the LCU whose Disciplinary Committee will review the offence and take appropriate action as outlined beneath. The LCU Disciplinary Committee may take note of any disciplinary actions taken independently by the players club.

Code of Conduct Level 1 Offences The offences set out in 1.1 to 1.5 below are Level 1 offences. The penalty for a Level 1 offence shall be a reprimand, either verbal or written being issued to that player.

1.1 Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings. 1.2 Showing dissent at an umpires decision by action or verbal abuse. 1.3 Using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or the making of obscene gestures. 1.4 Excessive appealing. 1.5 Pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion in an aggressive manner by the bowler or other member of the fielding side upon the dismissal of a batsman.

Level 2 Offences The Offences set out in 2.1 to 2.9 below are Level 2 offences. The penalty for a Level 2 offence is a one- or two-match suspension.

2.1 Showing serious dissent at an umpires decision by action of verbal abuse. 2.2 Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play. 2.3 Charging or advancing towards the umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing. 2.4 Deliberate and malicious distraction or obstruction on the field of play. 2.5 Throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner. 2.6 Using language that is obscene, offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player, umpire, team official or spectator. In this instance, language will be interpreted to include gestures.

2.7 Changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3.

2.8 Any attempt to manipulate a match in regard to the result, net run rate, bonus points or otherwise.

2.9 Repeat of any Level 1 offence within 12 months.

Level 3 Offences The offences set out at 3.1 to 3.4 below are Level 3 offences. The penalty for any of these offences is a suspension of four to eight matches.

3.1 Intimidation of an umpire whether by language or conduct. 3.2 Threat of assault on another player, team official or spectator. 3.3 Using language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that persons race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

3.4 Repeat of any Level 2 offence within 12 months.

Level 4 Offences The offences set out at 4.1 to 4.5 below are Level 4 offences. The minimum penalty for any of these offences is a suspension of 10 matches.

4.1 Threat of assault on an umpire. 4.2 Physical assault of another player, umpire, official or spectator. 4.3 Any act of violence on the field of play. 4.4 Using language or gestures that seriously offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that persons race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

4.5 Repeat of any Level 3 offence within 12 months

Breaches of General Conduct

5.1 Where the facts of, or the gravity or seriousness of the alleged incident are not adequately or clearly covered by any of the above offences, the person laying the charge may allege one of the following offences:

Breach of General Conduct A - conduct contrary to the spirit of the game: or

Breach of General Conduct B - conduct that brings the game into disrepute

The person laying such a charge must specify the level of breach to accompany the charge: for example, “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game Level 2” or “conduct that brings the game into disrepute Level 1”.

5.2 In deciding penalty, the adjudicator is entitled to and should take into account the prior record of the person charged.

5.3 If damage has been caused to any property, the adjudicator may order compensation to the aggrieved party as part of the penalty.

GUIDELINES

The following guidelines are intended as an illustrative guide only and in the case of any doubt as to the interpretation of the Code, the provisions of the Code itself shall take precedence over the provisions of the guidelines. The guidelines should not be read as an exhaustive list of offences or prohibited conduct.

1.1 Abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.

Includes actions outside the course of normal cricket actions such as hitting or kicking the wickets and actions which intentionally or negligently result in damage to the advertising boards, boundary fences, dressing room doors, mirrors, windows and other fixtures and fittings.

1.2 Showing dissent at an umpires decision by action or verbal abuse

Includes excessive, obvious disappointment with an umpires decision or with an umpire making the decision. Obvious delay in resuming play or leaving the wicket.

1.3 Using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or the making of an obscene

gesture.

This includes swearing and obscene gestures which are not directed at another person such as swearing in frustration at ones own poor play or fortune. This offence is not intended to penalise trivial behaviour. The extent to which such behaviour is likely to give offence shall be taken into account when assessing the seriousness of the breach.

1.4 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. It is not intended to prevent loud or enthusiastic appealing. However, the practice of celebrating a dismissal before the decision has been given may also constitute excessive appealing.

1.5 Pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion in an aggressive manner by a bowler or other member of the fielding side upon the dismissal of a batsman.

Self-explanatory.

2.1 Showing serious dissent at an umpires 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 umpire, pointing at pad or inside edge, other displays of anger or abusive language directed at the umpire or excessive delay in resuming play or leaving the wicket.

2.2 Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between Players in the course of play.

Without limitation, players will breach this regulation if they deliberately walk or run into or shoulder another player.

2.3 Charging or advancing towards the umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.

Self-explanatory

2.4 Deliberate and malicious distraction or obstruction on the field of play.

Self-explanatory

2.5 Throwing the ball at or near a Player, umpire of official in an inappropriate and/or

dangerous manner.

This regulation will not prohibit a fielder or bowler from returning the ball to the stumps in the normal fashion.

2.6 Using language that is obscene, offensive or of a generally insulting nature to another

Player, umpire, Referee, Team Official or spectator.

This is any language or gesture which is directed at another person or persons. In exercising his judgement as to whether the behaviour has fallen below an acceptable standard, the umpire seeking to lay a charge shall be required to take into account the

context of the particular situation and whether the words or gesture are likely to:

 be regarded as obscene; or

 give offence; or

 insult another person.

This offence is not intended to penalise trivial behaviour. The extent to which such behaviour is likely to give offence shall be taken into account when assessing the seriousness of the breach.

2.7 Changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3

Deliberately throwing the ball into ground for the purpose of roughening it up and the application of moisture to the ball save for perspiration and saliva shall not be permitted.

2.8 Any attempt to manipulate a match in regard to the result, net run rate, bonus points

or otherwise. The Captain shall be held responsible.

Self-explanatory

3.1 Intimidation of an umpire whether by language or conduct.

Includes appealing in an aggressive or threatening manner

3.2 Threat of assault on another Player, Team Official or spectator.

Self-Explanatory

3.3 Using any language or gesture that offends, insults, humiliates,intimidates, threatens,

disparages or vilifies

In assessing the seriousness of a breach, the degree to which the behaviour was likely to give offence (to the ordinary person) and whether it was directed specifically towards any person or persons shall be taken into account.

4.1 Threat of assault on an umpire.

Self-explanatory

4.2 Physical assault on another Player, umpire, official or spectator.

Self-explanatory

4.3 Any act of violence on the field of play.

Self-explanatory

4.4 Using any language or gesture that seriously offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that persons race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

See comments under 3.3 above in relation to the seriousness of the breach.

General Conduct A: Conduct Contrary to the Spirit of the Game

This is meant as a general catch all clause. Conduct which will be prohibited under the clause includes

using an illegal bat or illegal wicket keeping gloves, time wasting, cheating during play (includes

deliberate attempts to mislead the umpire), and any conduct which is considered “unfair play” under Law 42.

General Conduct B: Conduct unbecoming their status or which brings the game into disrepute

This is another catch all clause and is intended to include serious or repeated criminal conduct, public

acts of misconduct or unruly public behaviour.