Respect in Cricket

Enjoying Cricket at Lilleshall

The emphasis is on enjoying the sport and developing cricketing skills through practice and competitive play. Cricket is not without risk and some injuries do occur. We take all necessary precautions to reduce the risks that are an inherent part of the game.

The coaches give their time freely because they enjoy what they do. So please:

  • respect your coaches;
  • listen when they are talking;
  • show them you understand by asking and answering questions;
  • be prepared to have a go at something new;
  • always follow the instructions of your coach; and
  • don’t give up if you can’t do something first time, some skills are difficult to master.

Coaches will take action against unacceptable behaviour and this will vary from:

  • short timeouts;
  • exclusion from team selection; and
  • exclusion from the club.

Lilleshall Cricket Club strongly endorses the new ECB Initiative: Play Hard, Play Fair and Stay in the Game which sets out a code of conduct for all junior players.  This includes a new set of non-negotiable standards of behaviour in all school and u15 age group cricket.  Please view the standards and sanctions that can be applied for more information and help us to uphold cricket’s enviable reputation for fair play.

In summary the six core standards are as follows:

It is unacceptable to:

  • Dispute a decision by an umpire by word, action or gesture.
  • Abuse equipment or the pitch.
  • Use abusive language towards an opponent.
  • Deliberately bowl fast high full pitched balls.
  • Deliberately attempt to distract the striker by word, action or gesture.
  • Advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.

This does not mean you cannot question an umpire about a decision – for example asking for clarification as to why a specific decision has or has not been given.  For example, for a not out lbw, the umpire may say if asked that the ball pitched outside the line of leg stump or hit the bat first.  However, once clarification has been given, that should be the end of the conversation.

If you have any questions, please ask one of the coaching staff.