All players within competitions run by or affiliated with the Sydney Cricket Association and NSW Cricket Association (the competitions in which we compete) are bound by the official Players’ Codes of Conduct, which are enforced by the Judiciary Committee of the NSW Cricket Association.
The current Code of Conduct is as follows:
(Incorporating the By-Laws of the NSW Cricket Association). No person bound by this Code of Conduct shall engage in disorderly or improper conduct or behaviour. Disorderly or improper conduct or behaviour includes, but is not restricted to, a person:
a) Assaulting or attempting to assault, or abusing, either orally or physically, an umpire, player or spectator;
b) Disputing, as distinct from questioning, an umpire’s decision, or reacting in an obviously provocative manner towards and umpire;
c) Using crude or abusive language, or hand signals or other gestures;
d) Engaging in any form of conduct or behaviour detrimental to the spirit of the game or likely to bring the game into disrepute; or
e) Refusing to supply that person’s name and that person’s address when required by another person who is lodging a report.
f) The captain of a team shall ensure that the players (including the person acting as 12th man) comply with the Code of Conduct. The captain of a team breaches the Code of Conduct if a player in that team engages in continuing disorderly or improper conduct or behaviour.
An adjunct to the SCA & NSWCA Code of Conduct is the Racial and Religious Vilification Code as follows:
No person who is participating in a match under the jurisdiction or auspices of the NSW Cricket Association or its affiliates shall engage in any conduct, act towards or speak to any other person in a manner which offends, insults, humiliates or vilifies such person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent or ethnic origin.
The captain of a team shall ensure that the players (including the person acting as 12th man) comply with the Racial and Religious Vilification Code.
EXPECTED PLAYER BEHAVIOUR
The Shires Competition has an enviable record before the Disciplinary Committee by reason of the willingness of Clubs to regulate themselves and prevent misconduct occurring. Consequently the Committee of the Georges River District Cricket Club will not only enforce the Codes of Conduct, but will enforce its own principles of behaviour expected of players. Players in breach of these guidelines can expect to receive penalties varying from a gentle reminder through to suspension, depending on the severity and the nature of the breach.
These guidelines apply to all members representing Georges River District Cricket Club, including spectators and officials:
1. Play hard, but fair:
All players are expected to give their best at all times on the field for the enjoyment of themselves, their team-mates and the opposition. We strive to win fairly as a benchmark of our success in perfecting our own game, our skills and character and not at the expense of the enjoyment of the game of the opposition or the umpires.
At all times players must show respect for their team-mates, their captain, the umpires and the opposition. By showing respect for your opposition you enhance your victory and by showing respect for yourselves you mollify your defeat. All players have a responsibility to protect the game from unseemly incidents and the Committee will act on the assumption, that it takes two sides to create an argument, no matter the provocation.
3. Umpiring Decisions:
The umpire’s decision is final and should be accepted immediately, whether batting or fielding. A player is entitled to politely ask the umpire why he turned the appeal down, but should accept this explanation, if one is given, and accept the umpires prerogative to decline to give a reason, if it is not, and immediately play on. The use of offensive language - generally in the form of a disparaging or abusive remark to an umpire is not acceptable. The conduct of our players should be such propriety, that there can be no misunderstanding by an umpire and no excuses of that nature will be acceptable.
When there are no neutral umpires, a batsman should walk if he is in no doubt that he has been dismissed fairly. Placing pressure on your team-mate, who is acting as umpire, can place doubt in his mind and lead to unnecessary friction between the teams. All Shires Clubs have agree to abide by the principle of ‘walking’ in such situations and consequently your application of this principle can be expected to be reciprocated by your opposition. If it is not, that is a matter to be taken up by the Committee with the responsible Club, not by individual players or teams. You should not descend to the level of any other team’s bad sportsmanship.
5. Upon being dismissed:
A dismissed batsman should promptly leave the field without comment or conduct able to be interpreted as a criticism of the dismissal. Whilst there will be occasions where a dismissed batsman may not agree with the umpires decision, actions of the dismissed batsman such as banging the bat on the ground or throwing the bat on returning to the pavilion or audible foul language, are unacceptable.
Players and Team Officials shall not use crude or abusive language (known as "sledging") nor make offensive gestures to opposition players. Similarly provocative or intimidatory conduct, however subtle or amusing at the expense of the opposition, shall not be acceptable.
7. Racial Vilification:
Please refer to the Racial and Religious Vilification Code outlined on page 1. Under no circumstances will the club tolerate such behaviour. The committee will deal with Georges River players if an official umpire’s report is not made. Likewise, if a Georges River player is subjected to such abuse, the club will take up the matter with the SCA, the NSWCA and the Club concerned and ensure the matter is dealt with in the appropriate manner.