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League Rules are in blue
Appendix A is in brown
Appendix B is in green
TITLE The League shall be called the Parker Building Supplies East Sussex Cricket
League (hereinafter referred to as "the League").
2.0 OBJECTS The
objects of the League are:
2.1 To promote, encourage and foster the playing
of cricket, interest in cricket generally and in particular in the County of East
2.2 To organise cricket on a competitive basis within the spirit of
2.3 To ensure that the ECB 'Code of Conduct' and the MCC 'Spirit
of Cricket' be observed at all times and these shall be deemed to be incorporated
into these rules.
3.1 Membership of the League shall be
open to all clubs whose grounds are within the County of East Sussex or adjacent
thereto which meet the criteria for membership laid down from time to time.
3.2 Any club who plays in the first division shall be a member of the Club Cricket
3.3 All clubs must at all times have a Club Welfare Officer and
must adopt and comply with 'Safe Hands' and all child welfare policies laid down
by the ECB and/or the Sussex Cricket Board.
3.4 All clubs shall be affiliated
to the E.C.B. and the Sussex Cricket Board.
4.0 ELECTION TO MEMBERSHIP Application
for membership of the League shall be made to the Hon. Secretary, in writing,
not later than July 1st, in any year and shall be considered by the Committee
as soon as is practicable thereafter. The Committee shall either approve, reject
or defer the application without being obliged to give any reason for such decision.
Any club whose application is approved shall be eligible for election at the AGM
5.0 OFFICERS The Officers of the League shall be the
Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Fixture
Secretary. The officers (except for the Vice-Chairman) shall be elected at the
Annual General Meeting from amongst members of member clubs and shall be eligible
for re-election. No member club shall have more than one individual member as
an officer. There shall also be a Results Secretary who shall be appointed by
6.1 The affairs of the League shall be governed
by a Committee which shall consist of the officers elected at the Annual General
Meeting and six elected members from whom the Vice-Chairman shall be elected by
the Committee at their first meeting after the Annual General Meeting. The six
elected members shall serve for a period of two years, three retiring each year
by rotation but those retiring shall be eligible for re-election. No member club
may have more than one individual member as an elected member or as an officer
on the Committee.
6.2 The Committee shall meet regularly to ensure the efficient
administration of the league, four members to form a quorum.
6.3 All decisions
by the Committee shall be by a majority vote with each member (including the Chairman
or his deputy) having one vote, in the event of a tie the Chairman shall have
a second casting vote.
6.4 The Committee shall have the power to co-opt any
person or persons either generally or for a specific purpose, or for a specific
meeting or meetings, either as a voting or a non-voting member. The Committee
shall further have power to fill any casual vacancy arising during the year and
to appoint sub-Committees (except as set out in sub-paragraph 5 hereof).
There shall be elected at the AGM a playing conditions sub committee (hereafter
referred to as "The PCSC") consisting of not more than ten elected members
who shall come from different clubs plus the league Chairman and league Hon. Secretary.
The elected members shall be elected for two years, half retiring each year by
rotation, but shall be eligible for re-election. The PCSC shall elect a chairman
and vice-chairman and shall meet as often as is required. The PCSC shall consider
any proposals for altering Appendix A and any other matters referred to it and
shall report its findings and make such recommendations as they think fit to the
clubs with the notice of the AGM or any SGM.
7.1 The Annual
General Meeting of the League shall take place in November of each year. The Honorary
Secretary shall give not less than five weeks' notice, by email, of the meeting
to member clubs. Any individual member of member clubs may attend. The meeting
shall transact the annual business of the League, consider any alterations to
the rules and Appendix A, deal with any financial matters, including the fixing
of the annual subscriptions, and consider any other matter submitted to the Hon.
Secretary not later than the 1st September. No proposal for the alteration of
Appendix A shall be considered at the AGM or any SGM unless it has been discussed
by the PCSC and they have reported thereon.
7.2 A Special General Meeting
may be summoned at any time by the Committee, or on application to the Hon. Secretary
in writing, signed by at least four member clubs. The application shall state
the motion or motions to be submitted to the Special General Meeting which shall
be held within six weeks of the receipt of the application. No other business
will be discussed at such Special General Meetings.
7.3 A quorum at any General
Meeting shall be two thirds of the member clubs and all clubs will receive one
vote. In the event of a tie the resolution shall be deemed to be lost. Resolutions
altering the Rules (including Appendix A) or for admitting a Club to membership
of the League shall require a vote in favour of 60% of those member clubs present.
In the event of a quorum not being present at a Special General Meeting, the resolution
or resolutions shall be deemed to be lost.
7.4 All clubs shall provide The
Hon. Secretary with an email address and any notice required to be given to a
club under these rules or Appendix A shall be deemed to be given if either sent
by post to the nominated League Contact or by email to the email address provided
by that club.
8.0 FORM OF LEAGUE
8.1 All games shall be played according
to the Laws of Cricket, save where the same are inconsistent with the playing
8.2 The organisation and playing conditions are as set out in
Appendix A which shall form part of these rules.
8.3 The League tables shall
be compiled in accordance with Appendix A. In the event of two or more sides having
the same number of points, the position shall be decided by the greater number
9.0 WITHDRAWAL AND EXPULSION FROM LEAGUE
9.1 A member club may
give notice, in writing, to the Hon. Secretary of its intention to cease to be
a member of the League. Such member clubs shall cease to be a member as from the
31st day of October, immediately following the receipt by the Hon. Secretary of
10.0 Code of Conduct, Player Behaviour, & Discipline Management
The Code of Conduct, Player Behaviour and Discipline Management of the league
is set out in Appendix B, which shall form part of these rules.
Each member club shall be required to pay such Annual Subscription as is fixed
by the Annual General Meeting, on or before January 1st in each year. An audited
account for the year ended 30th September shall be prepared and presented to member
clubs at the Annual General Meeting. An Honorary Auditor shall be elected at the
Annual General Meeting.
12.0 DISSOLUTION In the event of the League being
dissolved any funds held by the League shall be paid to the benefit of cricket
to such organisation or organisations as the Committee holding office immediately
prior to dissolution shall in their discretion think fit.
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1.0 All games shall be played in accordance with the Laws of Cricket save
where the same are inconsistent with the provisions hereof.
The League shall be divided into such number of divisions with such number of
Clubs as may be decided from time to time. No division shall consist of more than
Each Club shall play such number of matches as may be decided by the Committee
provided that each Club shall play every other club in its division at least once.
The fixtures shall be played on such dates and at such venues as are fixed by
the League Fixture Secretary unless prior approval of the Committee has been obtained.
Such approval will only be given if the Committee consider that there are special
circumstances and the Clubs have agreed the variation. If a Club's normal ground
is not available on any specific date, then that Club shall notify the League
Fixture Secretary as soon as possible and in any case prior to the A.G.M. in the
previous year. In the event of a breach of the above the Committee will deduct
such number of points as they consider appropriate.
For clarification the 1st half of the season relates to the 1st scheduled fixture
played between teams and the 2nd half of the season fixture relates to the 2nd
Ground fitness before the start of play shall be the responsibility of the home
5.0 All matches in the first half of the season shall commence
at 1.30 p.m. and shall continue for a maximum of 93 overs. The side batting first
shall not bat for more than 48 overs. At any time, the captain of the side batting
first may declare his innings and any unused overs in that innings become available
to the side batting second. Any part over shall count as a completed over (e.g.
46.4 overs shall be treated as 47 overs.)
In the event of the start of the match being delayed for 30 minutes or less owing
to ground and/or weather conditions then there shall still be a maximum of 93
If the delay is more than one hour then, unless the provisions of 5.5 apply, the
maximum number of overs available in the game shall be reduced in accordance with
the time available as shown in the accompanying chart.
(NOTE: examples of the calculations are set out on page 17)
In the event of play being interrupted due to ground or weather conditions the
following should apply:
the interruption or interruptions total less than 30 minutes, then the length
of the game should not be reduced.
the interruption or interruptions total more than 30 minutes, then the reduction
of overs should be four for each 15 minutes or part of 15 minutes lost. There
shall be no reduction in the number of overs the side batting first may receive
- i.e. the side batting first can still bat for 48 overs.
suppose the interruptions total 90 minutes. The game now becomes a 77 over game
(60 minutes lost reduces the number of overs by 16. The side batting first could
bat for 48 overs and the side batting second 27 overs. When such interruption(s)
occur the captains and umpires should agree the maximum number of overs that remain
in the game.
is impossible to legislate for all contingencies and on occasions common sense
and realism should prevail.
THUNDER & LIGHTNING: Cricketing Officials (including those who may only umpire
for a few overs at a time) have a duty of care towards those who are taking part
in any activity that is under their control. If an umpire feels that it is dangerous
to continue because of a thunderstorm, then he should call "Time" and
retreat to the pavilion rather than risk serious injury. In all East Sussex Cricket
League Matches the 30/30 rule will be adopted: - If thunder follows a lightning
flash by 30 seconds or less, people in the open are at risk of being struck by
lightning. In these circumstances play must cease immediately. All players and
umpires must immediately leave the field and must not return to the field until
30 minutes after the last lightning flash.
If at any time after 7:30 p.m. (7:00 p.m. on the last two Saturdays in August;
6:30 p.m. in September) should play not be in progress due to weather or ground
conditions then the game shall be at an end.
overs games - 1st half of the season
Where play cannot start before 4.50 p.m. a limited overs game will be played.
If a toss has been made on the basis of a normal timed game this toss and any
decision made thereunder shall be of no effect and another toss shall take place.
The limited overs game shall be of 20 overs per side.
Bowlers shall be limited to 5 overs.
The side which scores the greater number of runs shall be the winners. In the
event of both sides scoring the same number of runs the side losing fewer wickets
shall be the winners. In the event of the scores being level with each side losing
the same number of wickets the game shall be a tie.
The winning side will receive 18 points and the losing side 9 points. For a tie
each side shall receive 14 points.
In the event of a game not being able to be completed due to weather or light
the match shall be treated as abandoned.
(i) the regulations for playing a limited overs game shall only apply if it has
not been possible to start the normal game even if there has been a minimal amount
There will be no reduction of overs if a limited over game is interrupted or unable
to be completed due to weather.
Normally the tea interval shall be taken between the innings, unless the captains
otherwise agree. If at the end of the first innings 35 overs or fewer have been
bowled then, tea shall be taken in the 93 over games after 48 overs have been
The following points shall be awarded: - ALL MATCHES
30 points for a win. Bonus Points only apply to a losing team or a drawn game.
In a tied game each side will receive side will receive 20 points. Neither side
will receive any bonus points (A tied game is where both sides are all out for
the same score, OR where a reduced target is set owing to the inclement weather
the side batting second is all out 1 run short of the revised winning target)
The batting side shall receive 1 bonus point when it reaches 120 and one further
point for every ten runs up to a maximum of 10 points on reaching 210.
The fielding side shall receive 1 bonus point for every wicket taken. A retirement
out shall always count as a wicket for the purposes of this sub-paragraph. Whenever
the fielding side bowl out the opposition they will receive ten bonus points regardless
of the number of players in the batting side. A batting side with less than eleven
players, including sides who have nominated eleven players but where one or more
of their players have not arrived at the ground at the time will not be permitted
to declare their innings closed at the fall of a wicket if there are no further
batsmen available. In such circumstances the batting side will be deemed to be
all out and the fielding side will receive ten bonus points.
9 points or bonus points obtained whichever is the greater for an abandoned match.
7.6 In the event of a side being unable to fulfil a fixture its opponents
shall receive 30 points and the side unable to fulfil the fixture shall be deducted
8.0 Each side shall make every effort provide a competent Umpire
and Scorer unless an umpire is appointed by the League.
8.1 Umpire's fees
and expenses wil be paid by the clubs to the League within 14 days of being invoiced
by the League.
9.0 The Home side must provide a new ball for the start of
each innings. The Club playing at home shall be responsible for providing any
spare or replacement balls
9.1 The team bowling first shall use a new ball
provided as in 9.0
9.2 The team fielding second may use a new ball as in 9.0
at any time
in second half of 2018 season (limited overs 90/80) a new ball shall be used in
The League tables shall be drawn up in accordance with the scoring system in 7
hereof. In the event of an equality of points the side winning the most matches
will take precedence. If still equal, precedence shall be decided by the side
gaining the more points in the match or matches between the sides and if still
equal by the side losing the fewer matches.
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OF CONDUCT, PLAYER BEHAVIOUR, & DISCIPLINE MANAGEMENT
The League's Code of Conduct and Behaviour
1.1 The League's Commitment.
The East Sussex Cricket League ("the League") is committed to maintaining
the highest standards of behaviour and conduct of those subject to its jurisdiction.
In pursuance of these standards all individuals and Clubs shall comply with the
following Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct incorporates the 'Spirit of Cricket",
as set out in the preamble to the laws of cricket.
1.2 The Responsibilities
of Clubs and Captains
Clubs and Captains have the primary responsibility for
ensuring proper behaviour by their players, officials and other Club members.
Captains in particular are reminded of their responsibilities for ensuring that
play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws. Clubs
and Captains are also reminded that comments by captains, players or club officials,
which result in media material that brings the League into disrepute and (particularly)
casts doubt on the actions (or otherwise) of Umpires will be treated as a breach
of this Code.
1.3 Code of Conduct
1.3.1 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.
1.3.2 Players and team officials shall not intimidate,
assault, or attempt to intimidate or assault, an umpire, another player or a spectator.
1.3.3 Players and team officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language
(known as "sledging") nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor
deliberately distract an opponent.
Players and team officials shall not make
racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially abusive actions against fellow
players, officials, members and supporters. Clubs must operate an open door membership
policy whilst respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players/members
irrespective of ethnic origin.
1.3.5 Players and team officials shall not
use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.
1.3.6 Clubs must take all reasonable and proper steps to ensure the good behaviour
of all their members towards players and umpires.
1.4 Breaches of the Code
Failure to comply with the provisions of this Paragraph 1 may lead
to disciplinary action, irrespective of an alleged breach being related to a match
not under the jurisdiction of the League.
2. Discipline Management and Reporting.
The Responsibilities of Captains and Umpires
(to be read in conjunction with
the Disciplinary Offences and Suspension Guidelines - see Annex)
The responsibilities of Captains are clearly defined in Paragraph 1.2 above. Umpires
are responsible for ensuring that matches are conducted in accordance with the
Laws of Cricket and the Regulations of the League, and in their discharge of these
duties the League will always give them the fullest possible support. Between
them, Captains and Umpires set the scene for the establishment of proper behaviour
and the maintenance of discipline throughout the match.
ensure that they and their players at all times comply fully with the Code of
Conduct, and throughout the match behave in accordance with the requirements of
both the Code of Conduct and the Spirit of Cricket. In addition, before each match
they must act to satisfy themselves that their team members are aware of the League's
policy on behaviour and discipline, and that all concerned understand the way
in which the Code and the associated Discipline reporting procedures operate.
Captains are themselves entitled to draw the attention of their Club managements
to instances of misbehaviour that they would like to see reported independently
from any action taken by the umpires.
Umpires must always
accept their responsibility to ensure that the requirements of the Code of Conduct
and the Disciplinary Offences and Suspension Guidelines (see Annex) are met. They
must always report major disciplinary (Category A) offences. They must also use
their report cards to notify Category C offences even where they may feel that
such matters have been dealt with satisfactorily at the time they occurred. When
such reports are made Umpires must ensure that the player(s) concerned and the
relevant Captains are properly notified.
3. Disciplinary Procedure
be read In conjunction with the Disciplinary Offences and Suspension Guidelines
- see Annex)
3.1 Any alleged breach of Paragraph 1 above (to be known as 'a
Complaint") shall be notified in writing to the Secretary of the League,
who will inform the Chairman. Immediate action shall be taken to form a special
Sub Committee (the "Disciplinary Committee") to consider the Complaint.
The Disciplinary Committee shall consist of not less than three persons, none
of whom shall be connected with the player, team official, or Club concerned or
their opponents; at the time of the alleged breach. Members of the Disciplinary
Committee (one of whom shall be nominated as Chairman) will normally be drawn
from the League's Executive Committee members: when this is not possible suitable
persons shall be co-opted.
3.2 The Secretary shall immediately refer any
such Complaint to a responsible officer (normally the Chairman or Secretary) of
the relevant Club or Clubs (with a copy to the League Contact). The Club shall
take steps without delay to deal with the complaint in accordance with its responsibilities
(at the same time notifying the player/team official concerned that formal Disciplinary
Procedures have been commenced). The Club must then within three days notify the
Chairman of the League Disciplinary Committee as to the action taken, penalties
3.3 The Disciplinary Committee shall, as soon as reasonably
practicable, consider the Complaint and the action taken by the relevant club
and resolve either:
3.3.1 to take no action, except to record the Complaint;
3.3.2 or to endorse the disciplinary action taken by the club, in which case the
action will be regarded as action formally taken by the League: or
to refer the matter for a Disciplinary Hearing.
4 Disciplinary Hearing
4 1 In any case which is referred for a Disciplinary Hearing, the Hearing shall
be convened as soon as practicable. At least seven days' notice in writing of
the Hearing and of the offence(s) alleged shall be given to the player or team
official, or in the case of a Club, its Secretary. Notice to a player or team
official shall be deemed to be given if sent to the address of the Secretary or
League Contact of his club as set out in the League Directory and in the case
of a club to such League Contact or Secretary. Any adjournments may be granted
at the discretion of the Chairman of the Disciplinary Hearing.
4 2 The player
and/or Club shall be entitled to attend the Hearing (in the case of a Club by
the Secretary or other official). to state their case, to be supported by a Club
colleague and to call witnesses. Any umpire called to attend a hearing may also
be supported by a colleague.
4.3 The Hearing shall be conducted by the Disciplinary
Committee of the League, with membership formulated as provided for in paragraph
(to be read in conjunction with the Disciplinary
Offences and Suspension Guidelines - see Annex)
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:
5.2 In the case of a player:
require the player to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified
5.2.2 to record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct;
5.2.3 to impose a fine;
5.2.1 to suspend the player for one or more matches,
or for a stated period of lime:
5.2.5 to deduct League points from the player's
5.2.6 to expel the player from the League.
5.3 In the case of a
Club or team official:
5.3.1 to require the Club to submit appropriate letter(s)
of apology within a specified time;
5.3.2 to record a reprimand and to give
a warning as to future conduct;
5.3.3 to impose a fine; or
5.3.4 to deduct
League points from the Club's team(s);
5.3.5 to relegate the club to any lower
division of the League:
5.3.6 to expel the Club from any cup competition of
5.3 7 to recommend the expulsion of the Club from the League,
in accordance with the Rules of the League.
5.4 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.
6. Appeals Procedure
(These procedures apply to Disciplinary cases and
certain other decisions - see Paragraph 10 of the Rules).
6.1. A player or
Club shall have the right of appeal. Notice of any such Appeal, setting out the
grounds, must be given in writing to the Secretary of the League within seven
days of the decision of the Disciplinary or other Committee, together with a deposit,
in the case of a player, of £50 and in the case of a Club, of £100.
No Appeal shall be allowed if this condition is not complied with.
the event of such an Appeal the Chairman of the League shall appoint an Appeals
Committee consisting of not less than three members, drawn from the Executive
Committee, or suitable Club Chairmen or other officials, or other such persons
as are deemed to be suitable. One Member shall be designated as Chairman. No member
of the Appeals Committee shall have any connection with the Club or players involved,
nor with their opponents at the time of the alleged breach/incident: neither shall
they have formed part of the Committee that considered the original case.
6.3. If Notice of Appeal is properly given, together with the required deposit,
the penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the Appeal, which shall
take place as soon as is practicable. An Appeal, once made, shall not be withdrawn.
6.4. The Appeal shall be by way of a re-hearing before a different Committee,
established as set out in Paragraph 6.2 above. The player or Club shall have the
same right of attendance and representation, and to call witnesses, as they had
before the original Committee.
6.5. The Appeals Committee may confirm, vary
or reverse the decision of the original Committee and it shall have the power
to increase the penalty and make decisions as to the costs of the appeal hearing.
If the Appeal is successful the Committee will return some or all of the deposit.
7.1. Decisions of the Disciplinary or Appeals Committee (a finding
that a Complaint is proved or not proved, a decision as to penalty, or any other
consequent action) shall be by majority vote, where necessary the Chairman of
the Committee shall have a casting vote.
7.2. Decisions made by the Appeals
Committee, or if no appeal, by the Disciplinary or other relevant Committee, shall
be final and binding, in accordance with the Rules of the League.
OFFENCES AND SUSPENSION GUIDELINES
Annex to Code of Conduct
The League's Code of Conduct and Behaviour makes it clear that the
primary responsibility for discipline lies with Clubs and Team Captains. The League
expects this responsibility to be properly discharged. If it is not, the League
will take action against the Club and Captain concerned.
Captains are expected
to address incidents promptly and take appropriate action. If they do not they
are also liable to be charged with the offence.
The Code also places a duty
on Clubs to take immediate action when notified of a disciplinary complaint. Such
action will be taken into account by the League Disciplinary Committee and may
be accepted as appropriate. Alternatively, the Complaint may be referred to a
In all cases the following guidelines will be followed
by the Disciplinary Committee, as well as by umpire;
The guidelines specify
suspensions for a period. The Disciplinary Committee will normally assess the
period so as to cover a given number of scheduled League matches. The suspension
will then be notified as "being up to and including a certain date."
Clubs and players should be aware that any suspension by the League applies not
only to matches under the control of the League but also to all matches played
under the auspices of the ECB or an ECB affiliated Club during the period of suspension.
A. MAJOR OFFENCES (Category A Offences)
(Umpires will make formal and full
reports in all cases and disciplinary charges will be laid.)
A1. ABUSE OF
CRICKET EQUIPMENT, CLOTHING, GROUND EQUIPMENT OR FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
knocking of slumps, or the throwing or kicking of a bat, ball, helmet or any cricket
attire, boundary marker, rope or any match or ground equipment. Suspension: MINIMUM
period of one week.
A2. ABUSE OF A PLAYER
Deliberate violent physical
contact on a member of the opposing team or a fellow team member.
MINIMUM period of six weeks. (The severity of the act will influence the length
of the penalty imposed. Indefinite or life bans may be appropriate in certain
Threatening behaviour. Includes threats of assault. Also,
serious and persistent verbal abuse (sledging) using comments or language designed
to denigrate, intimidate or provoke the recipient.
Suspension: MINIMUM period
of two weeks.
A3. ABUSE OF AN UMPIRE
Deliberate violent physical contact.
Suspension: MINIMUM period of twelve weeks. (The severity of the act will
influence the length of the penalty imposed. Indefinite or life bans may be appropriate
in certain circumstances).
period of six weeks
Verbal Abuse (inclusive of language that is obscene, offensive
or insulting and/or the making of obscene gestures).
period of three weeks.
Dissent - any action that seeks to question or undermine
the authority of an umpire. Aggravated dissent would include the use of foul or
Suspension: MINIMUM period of one week. Aggravated
offences will attract more severe penalties, with prior record being taken into
NOTE: In dealing with the above offences, where it is apparent that,
following the intervention of an umpire, the offending player's captain failed
to take action to control the offending player, the captain will himself be subject
to a MINIMUM suspension of one week.
A4. RACIAL ABUSE
Any racially abusive
comment or action, i.e. using language that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates,
threatens, disparages, or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's
race, religion, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin. Suspension: PERIOD
to be decided by the Disciplinary Committee.
B. ACCUMULATED BAD BEHAVIOUR
(Category B Offences)
This relates to repeated offences that are reported
by umpires under the Laws of Cricket or as General Misconduct (as set out in the
Section C of these Guidelines). Although the individual infringements may not,
on their own, merit disciplinary action they will in all cases be recorded and
notified to the Club(s) concerned. A second report relating to the same player
will likewise be recorded and notified: a third or subsequent report will automatically
attract a Disciplinary charge, leading to penalties:
Suspension: MINIMUM period
of one week on the first occasion; two weeks for the second; four weeks for the
Repeated offences involving a particular team will lead to charges
against the Captain concerned.
In these cases the MINIMUM suspension will
be two weeks and/or a deduction of match points. Such action will take into account
previous disciplinary problems.
NOTE: the "totting-up" process will
not be carried over from one season to the next.
C. NOTIFIABLE OFFENCES (Category
The League's Umpires are REQUIRED to report each and every incident
under this heading. This applies even where the umpire considers that the incident
has been "dealt with" at the time. Such reports may be brief, and umpires
will normally use their standard reporting cards for such incidents. Category
C1 offences are, in general penalised under the Laws. For the remainder (the Category
C2 offences) disciplinary action will not necessarily flow from individual reports
but each one will be recorded and repeated offences will be dealt with under the
procedure relating to ACCUMULATED BAD BEHAVIOUR.
CI. OFFENCES REQUIRING MANDATORY
REPORTS UNDER THE LAWS OF CRICKET.
o Deliberate short runs or run stealing.
o Dangerous and unfair bowling, including "bouncers" and "beamers".
o Ball tampering.
o Deliberate and malicious distraction/obstruction on the
field of play. Distracting an opponent.
o Deliberate time wasting.
C2. OFFENCES CLASSED AS "GENERAL MISCONDUCT" - MANDATORY
a) Excessive, ridiculous, and orchestrated appealing.
b) Charging or advancing towards the Umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.
c) Premature "celebrations", before an umpire's decision is made.
d) Persistent questioning of umpires' decisions/actions. (Where this falls short
of actual dissent - see Cat A3).
e) Pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion
in an aggressive manner upon the dismissal of a batsman.
f) Throwing the
ball in a careless manner at or near a player, umpire, team official or spectator.
g) Making comments or gestures that are obscene, offensive, insulting or
deliberately provocative to another player, team official or spectator.
1. The above constitutes a MAJOR offence when directed at an umpire - see A3 -
ABUSE OF AN UMPIRE
NOTE 2. It is acknowledged that there will be verbal exchanges
between players during the course of play. Rather than seeking to eliminate these
exchanges entirely, umpires will look to make a report when this behaviour falls
below an acceptable standard.
h) Failure of a Captain to take appropriate
action to control players' conduct/behaviour.
i) Any unsavoury action or
event, which in the opinion of the Umpire should be reported as being contrary
to the Spirit of the game.
D. SPECTATORS' BEHAVIOUR
Clubs are responsible
at all times for the conduct of all their members, even where they are merely
spectators. In the event of such a member's conduct being reported as offensive,
abusive, etc (whether to players umpires, officials or other spectators), clubs
will be liable to fines and/or points deductions, or such other penalty as the
Disciplinary Committee shall deem appropriate.
Umpires will normally report Category A, C and D offences. However, individual
Clubs may also make reports if they wish. Such reports must be made by a responsible
Club Official. (Normally this will be the Chairman or Secretary).
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