Code of Ethics

The following Codes of Behavior identify a selection of key principles upon which coaches, teachers, umpires, parents and players should base their cricket involvement. The codes ensure that participants develop good sporting behaviours and an inherently positive cricket experience, which encourages them to remain involved in cricket throughout their lives. Colts Cricket Academy expects strict adherence to these codes of behavior in all activities conducted by Colts Cricket Academy or its subsidiaries. 


Coaches

  • Remember that young people participate for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a young player for making a mistake or not performing up to your expectations.
  • Be reasonable in your demands on players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Operate within the rules and spirit of cricket and teach your players to do the same.
  • Ensure that the time players spend with you is a positive experience.
  • Avoid overplaying the talented players; all young players need and deserve equal time, attention and opportunities.
  • Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all players.
  • Display control and respect to all involved in cricket. This includes opponents, coaches, umpires, administrators, parents and spectators. Encourage your players to do the same.
  • Show concern and caution toward sick and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
  • Obtain appropriate qualification and keep up-to-date with the latest cricket coaching practices and principles of growth and development of young people.
  • Any physical contact with a young person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill development.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Umpires

  • In accordance with umpiring guidelines, modify rules and regulations to match the skill levels and needs of young people.
  • Complement and encourage all participants.
  • Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions.
  • Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all participants.
  • Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than errors.
  • Encourage and promote rule changes which will make participation more enjoyable.
  • Be good sport – actions speak louder than words.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest available resources for umpiring and the principles of growth and development of young people.
  • Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.
  • Place the safety and welfare of participants above all else.
  • Give all people a “fair go” regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Parents

  • Remember, children are involved in cricket for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage your child to play by the rules of the game.
  • Focus on 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 performances and skillful play by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect officials’ decisions. Teach children to do likewise.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them your child could not participate.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

Players

  • Play by the rules all the time.
  • Never argue with an umpire. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the umpire in an appropriate manner during a break or after the game.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking and opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviours in cricket.
  • 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 they are made by your team or the opposition.
  • Treat all participants in cricket as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
  • Cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents, teachers or coaches.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

These codes of behaviour were developed by the Australian Sports Commission and have been adapted to reflect the values, ethics, and principles of Colts Cricket Academy.