Codes of Behaviour


Players Code of Behaviour


  • Play by the rules.
  • Never argue with an umpire. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the umpire in an appropriate manner
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your teammates. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you. Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether made by your team or the opposition.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging of other players, deliber-ately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted behaviour in cricket.
  • Cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Treat all participants in cricket as you would like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coach(es).
  • Be a good sport yourself—actions speak louder than words.

Coaches Code of Behaviour


  • Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a young player for making a mistake
  • Operate within the rules and Spirit of Cricket and teach your players to do the same.
  • Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the players’ skill development.
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players—all young players need and deserve equal time, attention and opportunities .
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all individuals within the context of Cricket and not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnic background or spe-cial ability.
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up to date with the latest cricket coaching practices and principals of growth and development of young people.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players.
  • Display and foster the respect for umpires, opponents, coaches, parents and spectator(s).

Parents Code of Behaviour


  • Do not force an unwilling child to participate in cricket.
  • Remember, children are involved in cricket for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage your child to play by the rules.
  • Focus on your 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.
  • Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performance and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect officials and teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not compete.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gen-der, ability, cultural background or religion.

Umpires Code of Behaviour


  • Place the safety and welfare of participants above all else.
  • In accordance with Cricket Australia, modify rules and regulations to match the skill levels and needs of young people.
  • Compliment and encourage all participants.
  • Be consistent, objective when making decisions.
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respects for all opponents.
  • Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than the errors.
  • Encourage and promote rulechanges which will make participation more enjoyable
  • Be a good sport yourself, actions speak louder than words.
  • Keep up to date with the latest available resources for umpiring and the principals of growth and development of young people.
  • Remember, you set the example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
  • Give all young people a ‘fair go’ regardless of their gender, ability, cultural back-ground or religion.

Adapted by Cricket Australia from the Australian Sports Commision Codes of Conduct