Eastwood Cricket Club - Spirit of Cricket

The Spirit of Cricket

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.

There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the captain.

Responsibility of captains

The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.

Player’s conduct

In the event that any player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, or criticising by word or action the decisions of an umpire, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player’s captain, and instruct the latter to take action.

Fair and unfair play

According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play.

The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.

The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:

Time wasting.

• Damaging the pitch.

• Dangerous or unfair bowling.

• Tampering with the ball.

Any other action that they consider to be unfair.

The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:

Your opponents.

• Your own captain and team.

• The role of the umpires.

• The game’s traditional values

It is against the Spirit of the Game:

• To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture.

• To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire.

• To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:

    (a) To appeal knowing that the batsman is not out.

    (b) To advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.

    (c) To seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side.


There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.


Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.

Junior Club Rules

Eastwood Cricket Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect, 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 the YouthCoordinator.

As a member of Eastwood CC you are expected to abide by the following junior club rules.

Play within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.

Abide by instructions given by the Team Manager / Coach.

To show respect to all coaches, coaching assistants and parents at all times.

To keep quiet and listen when a coach is talking, in particular during instruction and demonstration.


1. To obey coach's instructions at all times.

2. Do not misbehave in the nets: no throwing or playing with balls

3. No interfering with the nets themselves

4. No misbehaving or sabotaging equipment and set up during training drills

5. To show respect for all other players at all times

6. To include and encourage all other players at all times

7. Any bullying or victimisation of any other player will not be tolerated and will be dealt with by the coaches and parents.

8. Behave with self-discipline.

9. At all times accept the Umpire’s decision and never show dissent.

10. Not use foul or abusive language on or off the field.

11. Co-operate with Coaches, Team mates and Opponents – remember that without them there would be no game.

12. Dress in an appropriate manner for training and matches (as agreed with coach)

13. Remember that all fees must be paid promptly.

14. Never smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club.

15. Never consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on club premises or whilst representing the club.

16. Respect property that is not your own, e.g. equipment provided by the Club, and be responsible for it whilst it is in your control.

17. Respect grounds and pavilions. Leave changing rooms at least as tidy as you found them.


Disciplinary Action

Any player who is deemed as not behaving in an appropriate manner will be censored by the coach and/or coaching assistant and sent to the "sin bin" in the Sports Hall gallery for an appropriate time. Here they shall be supervised by a club representative until such a time that is agreed that they may return to the training. Their behaviour and the coach's action will be reported to their parents.

If a player's behaviour continues to be unacceptable, the club will reserve the right to ask them to leave the club.

Every player will be expected sign up to the club code of conduct,

Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians

Encourage your child to learn the laws of the game and to play within the spirit of those laws.

Discourage unfair play and disputes with officials/coaches.

Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.

Never force your child to take part in any sport.

Set a good example by recognising fair play and by applauding the good performances of all.

Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.

Publicly accept the judgement of officials without argument or comment.

Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy cricket and to develop within it.

Use correct and proper language at all times.

Do not forget, children are involved in organised sport for their enjoyment and not yours.

Match Play

The coaches/managers will endeavour to include all the players in the team to have a fair game of cricket. The team selection and players order of batting and bowling is the hardest job. Every effort will made to include everyone to either bat or bowl, but everyone must realise that this is not always possible. The players that don’t have a bat in a particular game will be pushed up the order in future games.

• For the sake of the team, the batting and bowling orders may be changed during the game.

This doesn’t mean that the player being changed is not able; the change may be tactical due to another’s players experience or style of play.

We ask you to respect the decisions of the coaches/managers