CODE OF CONDUCT, PLAYER BEHAVIOUR, & DISCIPLINE MANAGEMENT
The League's Code of Conduct and Behaviour
1.1 The League's Commitment.
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",
which has been adopted in Rule 2.3, and reproduced at the end of this publication.
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
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.
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.
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 adequate steps to
ensure the good behaviour of all their members towards players and umpires.
Breaches of the Code of Conduct
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.
Management and Reporting. The Responsibilities of Captains and Umpires
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.
Must 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.
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 of the Disciplinary Sub Committee. He in turn will
seek as much detail from the parties involved as is practicable and urgently examine
this with the assistance of the DSC. The Disciplinary sub-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 have been appointed by the league's committee at its December
meeting and may be formed from any eligible members of the league.
communication with the Chairman of the DSC, 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;
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
3.3.3 to refer
the matter for a Disciplinary Hearing having carried out the detailed investigation
of the facts referred to in 3.1.
4. Disciplinary Hearing
4 1 In any case
which is referred for a Disciplinary Hearing, the Hearing shall be convened as
soon as practicable after the detailed investigation of the facts by the DCS,
which could include written evidence by any parties the DSC may feel have relevant
information. 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. 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 3.1 above.
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:
In the case of a player:
5.2.1 to require the player to submit appropriate
letter(s) of apology within a specified time:
5.2.2 to record a reprimand and
to give a warning as to future conduct;
5.2.3 to impose a fine;
suspend the player for one or more matches, or for a stated period of lime:
to deduct League points from the player's team;
5.2.6 to expel the player from
the League. to require the Club to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within
a specified time;
5.2.7 to record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future
5.2.8 to impose a fine; or, 5.3.4 to deduct League points from the
5.2.9 to relegate the club to any lower division of the League:
to expel the Club from any cup competition of the League;
5.3.1 to recommend
the expulsion of the Club from the League, in accordance with Paragraphs 9.0 and
10.00 of the League's Rules.
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.
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 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 Paragraph 7(a) of the Constitution.
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 Disciplinary Hearing.
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)
ABUSE OF CRICKET EQUIPMENT, CLOTHING, GROUND EQUIPMENT OR FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
knocking of stumps, 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
A2. i 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
A2. ii 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.
period of two weeks.
A3. ABUSE OF AN UMPIRE
A3. i Deliberate violent physical
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).
A3. ii Threatening behaviour.
Suspension: MINIMUM period of six weeks
A3. iii Verbal Abuse (inclusive
of language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or the making of obscene
Suspension: MINIMUM period of three weeks.
A3. iv Dissent is
any action that seeks to question or undermine the authority of an umpire.
aggravated dissent would include the use of foul or threatening language.
MINIMUM period of one week. Aggravated offences will attract more severe penalties,
with prior record being taken into account.
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.
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
B. ACCUMULATED BAD BEHAVIOUR (Category B Offences)
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
Suspension: MINIMUM period of one week on the first occasion;
two weeks for the second; four weeks for the third, etc.
involving a particular team will lead to charges against the Captain concerned.
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.
the "totting-up" process will not be carried over from one season to
NOTIFIABLE OFFENCES (Category C Offences)
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
CI. OFFENCES REQUIRING MANDATORY REPORTS UNDER THE LAWS OF CRICKET.
Deliberate short runs or run stealing.
o Dangerous and unfair bowling, including
"bouncers" and "beamers".
o Ball tampering.
and malicious distraction/obstruction on the field of play. Distracting an opponent.
Deliberate time wasting.
o Damaging the pitch.
C2. OFFENCES CLASSED AS "GENERAL
MISCONDUCT" - MANDATORY REPORT REQUIRED
a) Excessive, ridiculous, and
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.
NOTE 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, Secretary or League Contact,
with the knowledge of the club's committee).