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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 both a Results Secretary and a Registration of
Players Secretary who shall be appointed by the Committee. These posts may be
held jointly by existing officers.
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).
6.5 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.
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, in writing,
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 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
games shall be played according to the Laws of Cricket, save where the same are
inconsistent with the playing conditions.
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 of wins.
9.0 WITHDRAWAL AND EXPULSION FROM
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 such notice.
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.
11.0 FINANCE 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 inspected account for the year ended 30th
September shall be prepared and presented to member clubs at the Annual General
Meeting. An Honorary Inspecting Accountant shall be elected at the Annual General
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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Games - Delayed Starts
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the start is delayed by 30 minutes or less then the overall length of the game
is still 93 overs.
If the start is delayed by more than 30 minutes then the
overall length of the game shall be reduced
according to the table above.
A limited overs game of 20 overs per side may commence after 3.00 pm
(2.30 pm in the last two weeks of August, 2.00 pm in September) onwards.
The length of the limited overs game shall be 20 overs per side.
Once a normal
game has commenced it is not possible to start a limited overs game.
1.0 All games shall be played in accordance with the Laws of Cricket
save where the same are inconsistent with the provisions hereof.
2.0 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 ten teams.
3.0 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.
4.0 Ground fitness before the start of play shall be the responsibility of
the home groundsman.
All matches shall commence at 1.30 p.m. (or 1.00 p.m. on the last two Saturdays
in August and 12.30 p.m. in September) 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.)
5.1 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 overs available.
5.2 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.
5.3 (NOTE: examples of the calculations are set out
on page 15)
Matches interrupted by weather
5.4 If at 7:30 p.m. (7:00
p.m. on the last two Saturdays in August; 6:30 p.m. in September) play is not
in progress due to weather or ground conditions then the game shall be at an end.
Limited overs games
5.5 Where play cannot start before 4.50 p.m. (4.20 p.m.
in the last two weeks in August, 3.50 p.m. in September) 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
5.5.1 The limited overs game shall be of 20 overs per side.
5.5.2 Bowlers shall be limited to 5 overs.
5.5.3 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.
5.5.4 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.
N.B. (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 of play.
(ii) There will
be no reduction of overs if a limited over game is interrupted or unable to be
completed due to weather.
6.0 Normally the tea interval shall be taken between
the innings, unless the captains otherwise agree. if at the end of the first innings
37 overs or fewer have been bowled then tea shall be taken after a total of 50
overs have been bowled.
7.0 The following points shall be awarded:-
7.1 20 points for a win plus bonus points under 7.4 if fielded first. 30 points
for a win if batted first.
7.2 20 points for a tie. In the event of a drawn
game where the scores are level the side batting second shall score 20 points
as if for a tie.
7.3 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.
7.4 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.
7.5 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 25 points and the side unable to fulfil
the fixture shall be deducted 5 points.
8.0 Each side shall provide a competent
Umpire and Scorer unless an umpire is appointed by the committee in which case
the Club to which such umpire is allocated shall be responsible for paying that
umpire's fees and expenses as fixed by the committee.
9.0 For each game each
club shall provide a ball as approved by the League Committee. 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
team fielding second may use a new ball as in 9.0 at any time
10.0 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.
Any club proposing to increase or decrease the number of its teams participating
in the League shall give the Hon. Secretary written notice (including all the
necessary details) to reach him prior to the Annual General Meeting the previous
11.1 Subject to sub- 2 to 5 hereof the bottom two teams in Divisions
1,2 & 3 and the bottom three teams in Divisions 4 and below will be relegated.
The top two eligible teams in Divisions 2, and the top two teams in Divisions
3 & 4 and the top three teams in Divisions 5 and below will be promoted.
11.2 In the case of any club being accepted as a member of the League the P.C.S.C.
shall decide in which Division its team(s) shall play and may as a consequence
of that decision resolve that, in order to maintain the number of teams in any
Division at ten, a team shall not be promoted despite finishing second or third
11.21 A new team entering the league following relegation
from the Sussex Premier Cricket League will from the 2017 season normally enter
directly into Division 1.
11.3 Only 1st and 2nd XIs of clubs shall be eligible
to play in Division 1.
11.4 Save in the bottom Division in no circumstances
shall a club have more than one team in the same Division or its 2nd/3rd/4th XI
in a higher Division than its 1st/2nd/3rd XI respectively.
no team shall be promoted if this would conflict with 11.4.
11.6 Where a
team is relegated to a Division in which another team of that club was playing
then that other team would also be relegated irrespective of its position in order
to comply with 11.4.
11.7 At the end of the first season in which a new team
plays in the league the P.C.S.C. shall have the authority to promote or demote
that club by more than the usual one division.
12.0 An individual must be
a bona fide member of the Club for whom he plays and no individual may play for
more than one league Club in Sussex (to include all competitions
organised by that league) in any season unless a transfer is agreed between all
leagues involved in that transfer. Players can only make one transfer a season
and no transfers will be allowed after 30th June each year. Further, no player
who has played in a competitive match for any Premier League Club can play in
the League except for that particular club. NOTE: For further information about
which clubs are on the ECB's Premier League list, refer to the PBSESCL Hon. Secretary.
12.1 An overseas player cannot play for any club in the League or in any competition
organised by the League unless the club has registered that player with the Hon.
Secretary before any match in which he plays but cannot play in the League or
in any competition organised by the League until he is so registered. No such
overseas player shall be registered after June30th except with the consent of
12.2 No team in the League shall have more than one overseas
player in any match.
12.3 A player is an overseas player unless he satisfies
one of the following conditions
a. He was born in the U.K.
b. He is a
British citizen or holds a U.K. passport.
c. He is and has been resident in
the U.K for at least 4 years.
d. He is under 18 years of age and is either
living with a parent who satisfies one of the above conditions or is receiving
full time education.
12.4 No person who is subject to a current suspension
imposed by any recognised cricketing authority, whether in this country or abroad,
shall be eligible to play in the league or any competition organised by the league.
12.5 Any team fielding an ineligible player in any game will not receive
any points from that game and in addition will forfeit 30 points. Its opponents
will receive 25 points or the points earned in the game whichever is the greater.
13.0 All clubs must report all their results (including cancelled and abandoned
games) in accordance with regulations for the time being in force laid down by
NOTE: The current regulations are:
(a) ALL SIDES are responsible
for reporting the result by 10.00 a.m. on the Sunday immediately after the game
using the reporting facilities on the Play-Cricket web-site.
(b) It is the
responsibility of both clubs that the information, league points and details are
14.0 All First Division clubs must have adequate sight screens at
14.1 Where a club is unable to fulfil all its fixtures on a particular
day then the higher rated team(s) must take preference.
15.0 The ECB Directives
as set out in the directory shall apply to all league matches and in all the other
competitions organised by the League. The League will adopt any subsequent amendments
made by ECB and it is therefore the responsibility of all clubs to make themselves
familiar with the latest versions of all ECB Directives.
16.0 Any dispute
or query under this Appendix shall be referred to the Committee whose decision
shall be final.
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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;
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.
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 3.1 above.
(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:
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;
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 team;
5.2.6 to expel the player
from the League.
5.3 In the case of a Club or team official:
require the Club to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified
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 the League;
5.3 7 to recommend the expulsion
of the Club from the League, in accordance with the Rules of the League.
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
apply to Disciplinary cases and certain other decisions - see Paragraph 10 of
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
6.2. In 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.
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.
DISCIPLINARY OFFENCES AND SUSPENSION GUIDELINES
Annex to Code of Conduct
THE LEAGUE'S POLICY
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.
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.
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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