1 Code of Conduct. The Worcestershire Sunday Club Cricket League is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct as set out in the “Code of Conduct” issued by The England and Wales Cricket Board; The following is an extract:
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 if the game.
Players and 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 an Umpire at any time.
Players and Team Officials shall not intimidate; assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an Umpire, another player, or a Spectator.
Players and Team Officials shall not use crude or abusive language (known as “sledging”) nor make abusive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
Players and Team Officials shall not in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.
Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and supporters towards opposing players and to the Umpires”.
2 A complaint may be made by an umpire, captain, player or an official. This can be against a player, a club or other person connected with a member club.
3 All complaints should be made as soon as possible by phone directly to the League Disciplinary Officer and be confirmed in writing within seven days.
4 Offences. Copies of the appropriate correspondence shall be sent to the club(s) involved in the alleged offence. The club(s) must give a written reply within seven days of receipt of the correspondence. The individual and/or club shall be told prior to
the hearing of the charge being made. The charge shall be one of the following:
(a). Gross misconduct,
(c). Abusive behaviour.
5 Definition of Offences.
Gross Misconduct. The type of offence shall include actual violence and repeat offences dealt with under other headings.
Abusive Behaviour. This type of offence shall include threatening behaviour, bad language, and crude gesticulations directed at players, umpires or spectators.
Misconduct. This type of offence shall include “Unfair Play” as described in Law 42.
6 Hearings shall be held within three weeks of the complaint and preferably as soon as possible. The clubs and individuals have the right to attend the hearing, to be represented and to call witnesses. Non attendance shall not stop the hearing taking place and where appropriate, disciplinary action being taken. Individuals or clubs who do not attend the hearing shall have no right of appeal.
7 Appeals. Where disciplinary action is taken, the individual club has the right of appeal. This shall be heard within three weeks of the appeal being lodged before the full Executive Committee which shall have the authority to vary the verdict penalty.
8 Penalties for Clubs may vary from expulsion from the League to fines or deduction of points.
9 Penalties for individuals may vary from banning sine die or suspension for specific periods or formal reprimand.
10 Banned Players from any leagues other than the WSCCL will NOT be allowed to play for member clubs in any other ECB competitions.