Code of Conduct

Background
The fundamental principles outlined in this Code of Conduct are intended to guide all people associated with the club to act in a safe, fair and ethical manner for the benefit of the club. Every person connected to the club is expected to comply with this code. This Code of Conduct provides guidance to all persons to:

  • establish a standard of behaviour to be followed by the club
  • reflect the beliefs, objectives and vision of the club
  • promote desirable and appropriate behaviour, and
  • ensure that all interactions with both children and adults at the service appropriate.

NCCC Mission

We are a community club that will provide the best environment to encourage and develop our junior cricketers in reaching their potential.

We will provide:

  • A respectful environment;
  • Safe opportunity for all;
  • Fun, enjoyable, inclusive participation; an
  • Opportunity for players of all ages to find the development pathway

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS
Everyone is responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate roles, relationships and boundaries with children and other adults. All people attending the club are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with being a positive role model to children while displaying support for the club, staff, volunteer and families. All people associated with the club will:

  • Adhere to the N&CCC Child Safe Policy
  • Uphold a commitment to child safety at all times
  • Take all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse and report any allegations of suspected child abuse
  • Accept and embrace cultural differences, differing needs and personal ability
  • Contribute to a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all children and families
  • Listening and respond to the views and concerns of children
  • Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children
  • Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Promote the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability, and
  • Ensure as far as practicable, ensure that adults are not left alone with a child while at the club.

PARENT AND SPECTATORS OF JUNIOR CRICKET CODE OF CONDUCT

In addition all parents and spectators will:

  • Encourage children to participate if they are interested. However, if a child is not willing, do not force them.
  • Focus upon the child’s effort and performance rather than the overall outcome of the event. This assists the child in setting realistic goals related to their ability by reducing the emphasis on winning.
  • Teach children that honest effort is an important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always to play by the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at children for making a mistake or losing the competition.
  • Remember children should be involved in cricket for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Remember children learns best by examples. Applaud good play by both your team and by members of the opposing team.
  • If there is a disagreement with an official or umpire raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than questioning the official’s judgment and honesty in public. Remember, most officials give their time and effort for children’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from junior sporting activities.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for children and deserve your support.
  • Support your club officials in maintaining the highest standard of behaviour both on and off the field for the betterment of the league and every family. Offer your assistance to the team that your child is playing in so that every opportunity is being provided for the very best supervision and support. Your involvement will give both yourself and your child far more satisfaction.
  • Never use derogatory language based on gender, ability, race or religion.
  • It is a local law  ( Local Law Number 8 ) of the City of Greater Geelong that NO alcohol be consumed on or at a Public Reserve, as all Junior Matches played in the City of Greater Geelong are played on Public Reserves and or School or Private land there shall be no consumption of alcohol  at Junior matches.

In addition, Junior Coaches will:

  • Be familiar with the Laws of cricket and abide by the rules and conditions of your Association and club.
  • Teach players that rules of the game are mutual agreements, which no player should evade or break.
  • Group players according to age, height, skill and physical maturity whenever possible in any competitive practice session.
  • Avoid over-playing the talented players. The “just average” players need and deserve equal time, if not more.
  • Remember that the players involved play for fun and enjoyment and that winning is only part of it. Emphasise the importance of the learning and development of skills and positive attitudes. Never ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or losing the competition.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate for the age and ability of the players.
  • The scheduling and length of practise times and competitions should take into consideration the maturity level of the players.
  • Develop team respect for the ability of opponents, as well as for the judgment of umpires and opposing coaches.
  • Follow the advice of a qualified person when determining when an injured player is ready to play or train again.
  • Make a personal commitment to keep yourself informed of sound junior coaching principles and developments. Endeavour to attend coaching accreditation and to become an active member of your local branch of Cricket Coaches Association.
  • Never use derogatory language based on gender, ability, race or religion.
  • Ensure that all players can compete in a safe and happy environment free of any type of harassment.
  • No alcohol is allowed at junior matches.
  • Smoking whilst actively engaged in junior activities is prohibited.

 JUNIOR PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Abide by the rules of the game and rules set down by your coach, club and league.
  • Never argue with an official or umpire. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or team manager approach the official during a break or after the competition.
  • Control your temper. Verbal or physical abuse of officials, umpires, spectators or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted.
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team. Your team’s performance will benefit, so will you.
  • Be a good sport. Applaud all players whether they are on your team, opponent or the other team. Be proud to walk off the ground after each game knowing that you have given your best effort and never involve yourself in an argument with opposing players, umpires or officials.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player. Your involvement to play is for fun and enjoyment and winning is only part of it.
  • Co-operate with your coach and teammates, and respect the ability of your opponent. Without them there would be no game.
  • Play for the ‘fun of it’ and not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Never use derogatory language based on gender, ability, race or religion.
  • Smoking and/or consumption of alcohol is totally forbidden by Juniors whilst involved in any Junior Cricket competition.

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