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Code of Conduct


1. Lapworth Cricket Club is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct, both on and off the field, including online. This Code of Conduct incorporates the Spirit of Cricket and applies to all actions directly linked to Lapworth Cricket Club.

2. The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted with the spirit of cricket as well as within the laws of the game and their decisions are final.

3. 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 an umpire at any time.

4. Player and Team Officials shall not intimidate, assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another player, or a spectator.

5. Players and Team Officials shall not use crude and /or abusive language nor make offensive gestures or hand signals. Nor shall they deliberately distract an opponent.  No derogatory comments, inflammatory remarks or threats shall be made directly to an opponent in any attempt to intimidate or distract.

6. Players and Team Officials shall not make racially, religious or homophobically abusive comments nor indulge in racially, religious or homophobically abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters. Lapworth Cricket Club operates an active open door membership policy, respecting player qualification regulations and welcome players and members irrespective of ethnic origin, religion or sexuality.  Players will not take sexually explicit photographs or use photographic equipment of any kind in the dressing rooms.

7. Players and Team Officials shall not use or in any way be involved in the use or distribution of illegal drugs.

8. Lapworth Cricket Club will take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of members, visitors and supporters towards players and umpires.

9. Lapworth Cricket Club has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding, ensuring that children, young people and vulnerable adults grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and enabling them to have the best outcomes and requires that all members, visitors, partners and volunteers share this commitment.  This is everyone's responsibility and the safety and welfare of children and young people is paramount.

10.  Anyone with any concern relating to any of the above points must pass on their concerns, as soon as possible, to either a Captain, Vice Captain or the Club Welfare Officer.  These concerns will be taken seriously and investigated by the Committee as soon as possible.

11.  Lapworth Cricket Club Committee will take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of members and spectators towards players and umpires and are mindful of the sanctions available to the League by way of point’s deduction and fines if offences occur.  The Committee are also mindful of other agencies it may refer to, including Police, Children's Services and the ECB, and will refer as appropriate in the best interests and safeguarding of everyone involved if any of the above expectations are contravened.