Code of Conduct for Reigate Priory Cricket Club Members and Guests*
1. Members and Guests of Reigate Priory Cricket Club are required to abide by the provisions of this Code of Conduct and any subsequent updates as may be in force from time to time, and by their presence on club premises or at club events or activities are deemed to have accepted and to abide by the provisions of this Code and any other relevant Codes of Conduct, Rules or Regulations the Club has adopted.
All Members and Guests of Reigate Priory Cricket Club will:
• Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket
• Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief
• Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed
• Display high standards of behaviour
• Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. fair play
• Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials
• Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials
• Recognise good performance not just match results
• Place the well-being and safety of children above the development of performance
• Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual
• Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket
• Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with children in the Club.
• Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club
• Follow ECB guidelines set out in the ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued
• Report any concerns in relation to a child, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB
• In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:
o Have been appropriately vetted, if required, before taking on their role
o Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance
o Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)
o Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket
o Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’
o Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect
o Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval
o Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines which recommend the principle - “People in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16-17 year olds in their care”
o Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially that relating to the Safeguarding of children
* Members and Guests include all members and officers of the cricket club and all guests of those members and officers, as well as all individuals who watch/attend/participate/officiate in matches hosted by the club in whatever capacity
• If a breach of the provisions or principles of this Code occurs or is reasonably suspected to have occurred the Club reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to asking the person responsible for the breach to leave the Club premises. Any disciplinary or complaint hearings in connection with a breach of these rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure as set out in the Club constitution or Cricket Section Regulations as may be amended from time to time.
Youth Section Rules
Reigate Priory CC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all its members. We are a Clubmark
club and adhere to the ‘Safe Hands’ Policy: http://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding of the ECB. A hard copy of ‘Safe
Hands’ is maintained in the clubhouse for reference. The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches,
administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect, be encouraged to be open at
all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the Club with Jim Harmer,
Director of Youth Cricket and Welfare Officer, Vicki Howard or Mr Ewan McDowall, joint Welfare Officers. Youth members
are expected to abide by the following rules:
- Play within the Laws of Cricket, respect officials and their decision
- Respect opponents and their club facilities
- Keep to timings for training and matches or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late
- Wear suitable kit as agreed with the team coach or manager. Protective helmet, pads, ‘box’ and gloves are
- compulsory when batting and when ‘keeping up to the wicket
- Junior members are not allowed to smoke or consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or
- whilst representing the Club
- Abide by a separate set of rules to be provided relating to conduct at home grounds.
Code of Conduct for Parents
- Encourage your child to learn the Laws and play within them
- Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
- Recognise fair play
- Help your child to recognise good performances by all and not just results
- Never force your child to take part in sports
- Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
- Publicly accept officials judgements
- Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
- Use correct and proper language at all times
- Assist the Club in enforcing a separate set of rules to be provided concerning conduct at home grounds
- Subscriptions should be paid promptly.
Away Fixtures (relating to fixtures as provided by the Club’s fixture list or as subsequently arranged)
- A fixture card will be provided to all members. Details of arrangements for each match will be provided later.
- Parents should be aware of the ECB ‘Safe Hands’ guidelines in relation to away fixtures at ‘Safeguarding
- resources’ under the above link).
- Parents should consent to their child taking part in the away fixtures and acknowledge that the Club will be
- liable in the event of any accident only if they have failed to take reasonable steps in their duty of care
- during the away fixture. If a parent does not take their own child(ren) to matches, they consent to another
- parent or, if there is no feasible alternative, a club volunteer transporting him/her
- Parents agree to be at the pick-up/drop off point (usually the Clubhouse) or away ground at the agreed time
- Parents confirm to the best of their knowledge that their child does not suffer from any medical condition
- other than detailed in the Pitchero Registration Form and consent to him/her
- receiving medical treatment which, in the opinion of a qualified medical practitioner, be necessary.
- Transport to Matches and Practice Sessions (See ‘Safe Hands’ as above, at ‘Safeguarding resources’).
- The Club’s policy is that parents (or other responsible adults authorised by parents) should transport players to and
- from all matches and practice sessions and therefore the Club will not be registering private vehicles for this purpose.
- This policy is not intended to exclude any player from participation and in the event of any problem with
- transportation, you should contact your age group manager.
Use of Photography and video camera (see ‘Safe Hands’ as above, ‘Safeguarding resources’)
We wish to promote positive images of young people playing cricket but we will take steps in an effort to avoid
inappropriate photos or film footage being taken. By completing the Pitchero Registration Form you will give the Club permission to use images in newsletters,
newspapers, the Club’s website etc. promoting and celebrating the activities of the Club. We will avoid using a name
and photo together. Occasionally we use video recording to analyse performance. Care will be taken in the storage
of videos and by completing the Pitchero Registration Form you are giving consent to such
use. Please email [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you wish any image to be removed from the website.
Particularly when older boys play in senior sides, there may be circumstances under which players under the age of
16 years find themselves changing clothes in the presence of persons over 18 years. If any parent or player is not
comfortable with this arrangement then it is their responsibility to ensure the following:
- Young players who do not wish to change or shower with adults are under no obligation to do so and are
- advised to change and shower at home
- Parent consent must be given if young players are to share changing facilities with adults
- It is the responsibility of the parent concerned to ensure that their child does not enter changing facilities at
- any time if consent is not given.
Junior players playing adult (‘open age’) cricket
Any player in the Under 13 age group must have explicit written consent from a parent or guardian before
participating in open age cricket. Written consent will be deemed as given if the Pitchero Registration Form has been
completed. No junior cricketers younger than Under 13 can play in open age cricket with or without written consent,
except in the case of a player selected in a County u/12 team who is eligible to play open age cricket with written
parental and coach permission in exceptional circumstances with prime consideration being the child’s safety and wellbeing.