Code of Conduct (Parents)

Watching Matches – Guidance for Parents

Parents are welcome to come and watch matches, in fact we positively encourage you to do so. However, there are a few dos and don’ts for you too – so please take note of the guidance below.

Watching junior cricket can be an extremely pleasant way to spend a warm Summer morning, afternoon or evening, especially when your child is representing the club. They will appreciate your support and we think you will be impressed at how well they perform as individuals and as a team. They may not always win, but they always give 100 per cent effort and we are very proud of our junior players; we hope you will be too.

Parents are always welcome to spectate at matches but there a few do’s and don’ts we would ask you to observe:

Do:

  • be careful not obscure the view of official scorers;
  • park vehicles in designated areas – if in doubt ASK and be wary of risk of damage to your vehicle from a cricket ball (e.g. if hit for six over the boundary);
  • speak to a club official before using video or photographic equipment;
  • encourage your children appropriately; and
  • show good sportsmanship by applauding the opposition as well as your own side.

Do Not:

  • shout instructions or behave in such a way as to distract players and officials or use profane language;
  • use camera or video equipment without permission;
  • question or challenge the decisions of umpires – save it for football matches; and
  • be partisan – always show respect for the opposition.

Protecting children is the responsibility of us all, please consider this when watching matches and enjoy the game in the spirit in which cricket is meant to be played.

Experience tells us that children rarely perform at their best when they feel under pressure from their parents.  We like to win our matches – but not at any price – it is important to us that our juniors enjoy playing cricket at Lilleshall.