Junior Players - Code of Conduct
As a Boroondara Cobra’s junior cricketer your conduct reflects on yourself, your family and our club and so the Club requires to conduct yourself within the following code of conduct:
Play within the Rules
- Play with the laws of cricket and within the spirit of the game
Be a good sport
- Recognise good play wherever it may occur
- Respect decisions made relating to the game
Be a good team mate
- Work equally hard for yourself and your teammates and your team’s performance will benefit and so will you.
Show respect and gratitude for the opportunity to play
- Respect the people creating the opportunity for you to play cricket – coaches team managers, umpires and club volunteers work tirelessly to enable you to play – repay that with your respect and gratitude
- Treat all players in cricket as you like to be treated
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion
Never argue with an umpire
- If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the umpire during a break or after the game for an explanation or clarification
Consequences of failing to comply with this Code of Conduct are set out below.
Parents & Guardians – Code of Behaviour
As a parent or guardian of a Boroondara Cobra’s player, you must always conduct yourself within the following parents and guardians code of conduct:
Player must want to play
- Do not force an unwilling player to participate. Player should be involved in cricket for their enjoyment, not their parents or guardians.
Play within the laws and spirit of the game
- Encourage your child to play by the rules at all times
- Teach your child that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment
- Encourage your child to participate in a safe manner
- Refrain from negative, aggressive or derogatory comments or behaviour whilst spectating
Focus on participation being more important that winning
- Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing
- Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game. Positive comments are motivational.
- Children learn best by example – so appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants
- Encourage your child to be a good team member and try the best for the team
Show respect and gratitude for the opportunity of your child to play
- Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators.
- Support and respect officials’ decisions and teach children to do likewise. If you disagree with an umpire or coach raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question their judgement
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
- Be a positive role model to players by behaving appropriately while spectating
- Assist team officials where possible and contribute to match-day responsibilities as requested
Never argue with an umpire
- If you disagree, have your child’s team coach or manager approach the umpire during a break or after the game for an explanation or clarification
Consequences for failing to comply with this Code of Conduct are set out below.
Consequences & Process for Breach of the Codes
For the purpose of this section the Junior Player, the Parents & Guardians Code of Conduct and the Social Media Code will be referred to as the (Code or Codes)
In the event that circumstances occur that could give rise to a potential breach of the Codes, then any person may lodge a complaint to the BCC or the BCC may investigate any conduct it believes could give rise to a potential breach of either Code (Complaint).
Specifically, complaints can be made to:
- Club President
- Junior Coordinators
- Each of the Age Group Coordinators
- Child Safety Officer
Contact details for all these people can be found on the clubs website.
Within 5 days from receipt of a complaint, a committee consisting of one or more of the following: the Club President, Junior Co-ordinators and the Child Safety Officer (Conduct Committee), will convene to decide whether to conduct an investigation into a complaint.
Where the Conduct Committee has determined that it will investigate a Complaint, the following will occur:
- Conduct Committee shall consult with parties impacted by the behaviour that has given rise to a potential breach of either Code;
- Conduct Committee will notify the player, parent or guardian about whom the complaint relates and stipulate the seriousness of the Complaint and seek their response to the Complaint; and
- If, the Conduct Committee deems necessary, hold a disciplinary hearing to investigate the matter, where:
- If the matter relates to a player, request the player attend the hearing (but only with a parent or guardian present)
- If the matter relates to a parent or guardian, request that the parent or guardian attend the hearing
- Conduct Committee shall then meet and decide on the outcome of the complaint and determine any actions that are required to be undertaken including the imposition of any sanction, open to the committee.