Code of Conduct

Introduction

The Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club Code of Conduct was first introduced in September 2018 by the chairman Dave Robertson. Much of what we do as players, administrators, coaches, or supporters is subjected to close scrutiny by others, in particular in these days of social media influence and advanced technology. This policy formalises expected behavioural standards for all club members, as well as procedures for disciplinary matters requiring action by the club. The Executive Committee seeks to provide a guiding document for all participants, and to work with all parties to ensure the game is played in the right spirit, and that our people, facilities and equipment are respected so that cricket can be enjoyed by everyone.

Regards,
BWCUCC Committee

General Guidelines

The following codes of conduct (reflecting the different ways people are involved with sports clubs) form the basis for the expected behaviour of all people associated with Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club. They are designed for all persons associated with the club, including:

  1. Players
  2. Coaches and team managers
  3. Parents, guardians, and supporters
  4. Administrators and Committee members

Playing Members (Junior & Senior)

As a Player I will:

  • Always play by the rules
  • Control my temper (I understand that verbal abuse of officials and other players or deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted behaviour in any sport).
  • Work equally hard for myself and my team.
  • Be a good sport and applaud all good plays whether they are made by my team or the opposition.
  • Treat all players in my sport as I like to be treated.
  • Cooperate with my coach, teammates and opponents.
  • Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat.
  • Participate for my own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents, supporters, coaches and managers.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Thank the opposition and officials at the end of the game.
  • Comply with applicable anti-doping policies.

I will not:

  • Bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
  • Argue with officials. If I disagree with a decision, I will inform my captain, coach or manager at an appropriate time.
  • Damage, neglect or fail to properly care for Club property or facilities.
  • Arrive at the venue or play sport while intoxicated

Coaches and Managers

As a Coach and/or Team Manager, I will:

  • Be reasonable in demands on my players’ time, energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of cricket and teach players to do the same.
  • Ensure that each player in my team has a positive experience.
  • Ensure that team members receive equal attention and opportunities.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities are safe and are appropriate to the age and ability of my team.
  • Display self control, respect, and professionalism to all involved with the sport including opponents, umpires, coaches, officials, administrators, the media, parents, and spectators and teach players to do the same.
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players and follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Obtain appropriate cricket coaching and/or team management qualifications.
  • Keep up to date with the latest cricket coaching practices and principles of growth and development of young players.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in the game, regardless
  • of their gender, ability or cultural background.

And I will not:

  • Ridicule or shout at players for making a mistake or for not winning.
  • Damage, neglect, or fail to properly care for club property or facilities.
  • Arrive at playing venues intoxicated, or drink alcohol at matches.
  • Allow the unlawful supply of alcohol at training, games, or club functions.
  • Use offensive language at training, games, or club functions.
  • Harass club or opposition players, officials, spectators or other coaches.

Parents, Guardians, and Supporters of Junior Members

As a Parent, Guardian, & Supporters of Junior Members I will:

  • Encourage all junior members to play within the rules of spirit of the game.
  • Respect the decisions of officials and coaches.
  • Teach junior members to respect the efforts of their opponents.
  • Applaud good play and performances by both the club’s and the opposition club’s players.
  • Give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort.
  • Support junior members’ efforts and performance.
  • Thank coaches, officials and other volunteers who give up their time to allow junior members to participate in cricket and cricket related events at the club.
  • Provide help when required by a coach or official.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people involved in the game, regardless of their gender, ability or cultural background.

I will not:

  • Pressure junior members in any way.
  • Arrive at the venue intoxicated, or drink alcohol at junior matches.
  • Use offensive language, or harass players, coaches, officials, or other spectators.
  • Criticise or ridicule my child’s or other children’s performance at or after the game.

Club Administrators and Committee Members

As an Administrator and/or committee member, I will:

  • Comply with and respect the objectives of the club (as outlined in the club Constitution & Rules):
    • To foster and preserve the playing of cricket within the club.
    • To raise and preserve the standards of cricket within the club.
    • To raise and preserve standards of conduct within the club.
    • To take all necessary steps to support the authorities controlling provincial and New Zealand cricket.
    • To promote, develop, manage and control the club facilities for the benefit of the club and to develop their utilisation by other local organisations.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation in respect of club facilities.
  • Create pathways for club members to participate as players, coaches, umpires, scorers, and administrators.
  • Ensure quality supervision and coaching for playing members.
  • Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development, and help to improve the standards of coaching and officiating.
  • Ensure that everyone involved in cricket emphasises fair play.
  • Distribute a Code of Conduct document to all players, coaches, officials and parents and encourage them to follow it.
  • Respect the rights, dignity, and worth of all people involved with the club, regardless of their gender, ability or cultural background.

And I will not:

  • Damage, neglect or fail to properly care for club property or facilities.
  • Arrive at the venue intoxicated or drink alcohol at junior matches.
  • Allow the unlawful supply of alcohol at training, games, or club functions.

CMCA Code of Conduct

All Senior members, including coaches & managers of senior teams, and members of the executive committee are also required to comply with the rules of the CMCA Handbook & Code of Conduct policy. All Incidents occurring on the field of play or associated to Christchurch Metropolitan Cricket Association (CMCA) matches will be dealt with by CMCA under their Code of Conduct provisions. The CMCA handbook can be accessed via their website.

The CMCA handbook outlines the Laws of Cricket, local playing conditions and a wide range of matters relevant to Club cricket in Christchurch. It also contains the Code of Conduct – which outlines the rules of the code and procedures, both for reporting incidents and for the processing of them by the governing body.

Where allegations are made about BWCUCC members, the club will be advised of the details by CMCA. In all cases the club will provide support and advice to the member(s) concerned – whilst also ensuring that the CMCA processes in respect of complaints are followed.

Where a BWCUCC member is subjected to any disciplinary action or imposed sanction a representative of the club committee will meet with the member to discuss the matter. The club Executive Committee expects that any BWCUCC member subject to such action will comply with the direction of CMCA in that regard.

The Club Executive Committee will consider whether any further condition or restriction should be placed on the club member as a result of the incident.

CJCA Code of Conduct

All Junior members, including parents, guardians, supporters, coaches, and managers of Junior members are required to comply with the rules of the CJCA Handbook & Code of Conduct policy. Incidents occurring on the field of play or associated to Christchurch Junior Cricket Association (CJCA) matches will be dealt with by CJCA under their Code of Conduct provisions.
The CJCA handbook can be accessed via their website www.cjca.org.nz.

UCSA Clubs Code of Conduct

As a officially affiliated club of the UCSA, BWCUCC is required to comply with the terms of the UCSA Clubs code of conduct. The latest version is available by contacting the UCSA .

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