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Birkby Rosehill CC

Cricket Club Disciplinary Rules

 

  1. BASIC PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES

a)      BRHcc shall operate a Disciplinary Policy in accordance with the current Disciplinary Rules operating  by the ECB and YCB  except where modified below.

 b)      The ECB “Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket” statement shall operate throughout the Club at all levels junior to senior.

2.    MAINTENANCE OF DISCIPLINE

a)      The Club Committee is the authoritative body in respect of discipline within the Club and shall take whatever measures required to maintain an acceptable standard of behavior

b)      Subject to committee agreements a  separate Disciplinary Panel  will be appointed  to deal with any complaint or incident.

3.    CODE OF CONDUCT

a)      All players, officials and supporters are bound by the Club Disciplinary Rules and shall conduct themselves accordingly.

b)      Unsatisfactory conduct shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Dissent at an umpire’s decision or reaction in a provocative or disapproving manner, whether verbal or written.
  • Physical abuse, intimidation, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, official, player or spectator.
  • The use of crude, foul or abusive language or the making of offensive gestures or hand signals whether directed at an individual or otherwise.
  • Sledging or deliberate distraction of an opponent and persisting appealing in order to pressurise an umpire or opponent.
  • Any form of abuse or discrimination relating to race, religion, creed or any other nature.
  • Wilful damage to property, equipment or playing surface.
  • The use or distribution of illegal drugs or substances.
  • Conduct unbefitting of a gentleman or any other action that is likely to bring the Club or Game of Cricket into disrepute or prejudice its good name or interests.
  • Repeated infringements of the Spirit of the Game, either by an individual or a team where each infringement in itself does not merit any immediate disciplinary action. Such instances will result in a Disciplinary Hearing and the Captain will be held responsible for the conduct of his team.
  • Unacceptable behavior, by word or action, at any function organised by the Club.
  • Mistreatment or harassment of an individual, club officer or group either in person or via electronic equipment including, but not limited to, mobile phones, email and social networking sites.

4.    RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAINTAINING DISCIPLINE

a)      Club

The Club has the overall responsibility for the behavior of its members and maintaining discipline.

b)      Captain / Team Manager

The Captain and, in the case of junior teams the Manager of the team, is responsible at all times for ensuring play is conducted within the spirit of the game and within the laws. The Captain or Team Manager can instruct a BRHcc player to leave the field of play and take no further part in the game or make a complaint against a player after the game to the club secretary.

5.    ACTION TO BE TAKEN FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT

In the event of an incident occurring, BRHcc will instigate an investigation and take appropriate action against offenders, irrespective of whether the incident has been reported to the League, The Captain, Team Manager or officials of BRHcc.

7.    REPORTING AN INCIDENT

a)      Any complaint about incidents of misconduct or improper behavior must be notified in writing or by email to the Club Secretary no later than five days following the incident. With evidence and witnesses. Verbal complaints will not be accepted.  Any complaints reported outside this time will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Club Chairman.

b)      Upon receipt of such a complaint, the Club Secretary shall give notice to the Respondent and copy the evidence in support.

8.    CONVENING A DISCIPLINARY HEARING

The Club shall convene a Disciplinary Hearing within 14 days of receipt of the complaint and shall notify the Complainant and the Respondent of the date, if the incident occurred on the field of play then the Captain or Team Manager shall also be notified. It is the responsibility of the Complainant and the Respondent to present evidence, including arranging the attendance of witnesses, at the Disciplinary Hearing. The club can proceed with matters if the respondent fails to attend unless a valid reason is given and accepted.

9.    DISCIPLINARY HEARING

a)      The hearing is not a Court of Law but an enquiry into the circumstances giving rise to the complaint. No legal representation will be allowed. The Disciplinary Committee shall comprise of three members of the Cricket Committee. The Chair shall appoint one of the members to make a written note of the Disciplinary Hearing. The decision, penalty and other matters arising for determination at the Disciplinary Hearing shall be on the basis of a simple majority vote. In the event of a split decision, the Chair shall have the casting vote.

b)      No person who is connected in any way with the complaint shall be involved in convening or officiating at the Disciplinary Hearing or on an Appeal.

c)       The decision of the Disciplinary Committee shall be given at the meeting, will be confirmed in writing as soon as possible thereafter by the Club Secretary and will be put into effect at the date thereof subject to any possible appeal. In the event of an appeal being lodged, the penalty shall be suspended until determination. No further discussion or submissions will be taken at the meeting.

d)      The Chair shall determine the conduct of the hearing which shall be in accordance with the procedures laid down hereafter.

10.    PENALTIES

            1st instance caution, fine, up to 3 match suspension.

            2nd instance fine up to 6 match suspension.

            3rd instance season suspension up to immediate transfer out and notification to the league.

11.    APPEAL PROCEDURE

a)      The Complainant and the Respondent may appeal the decision of the Disciplinary Committee providing new evidence is forthcoming.

b)      Upon receipt of an Appeal within 7 days of initial decision, the Secretary shall convene a meeting of the Disciplinary Appeal Committee and give no less than seven days notice to the complainant and the Respondent.

c)       The Appeal is also not a Court of Law and no legal representation shall be allowed. The Disciplinary Appeal Committee shall comprise of five members of the Club Committee. The original disciplinary committee panel members are excluded. The Chair if at the original hearing shall appoint one of the new members to chair and make a written note of the appeal hearing.

d)      The Disciplinary Appeal Committee shall have the power to uphold or vary the decision and to uphold, increase or decrease the penalties (if any) imposed or to order a fresh hearing.

e)      The decision of the Disciplinary Appeal Committee shall be final and binding on all parties and shall be confirmed in writing by the Club Secretary as soon as possible thereafter.

f)       The Chair shall determine the conduct of the appeal which shall be in accordance with the procedures laid down hereafter.

12.    LEAGUE DISPINARY PROCEDURES

If action is taken by YCB, Huddersfield League or any other league, the Secretary will ensure all procedures are adhered to and will accompany the Club player to a hearing

NOTE: THIS IS AN OFFICIAL POLICY DIRECTLY ADOPTED IN ACCORANCE WITH ECB AND YCB GUIDELINES