ECB Coaches Code of Conduct

Cricket coaches play a crucial role in the development of the game and in the lives of the players they coach. Good cricket coaches ensure that individuals in cricket have positive experiences and are therefore more likely to continue in the game and achieve their potential.

Coaching, as an emerging profession, must demonstrate at all levels, a high degree of honesty, integrity and competence. The need for cricket coaches to understand and act on their responsibilities is of critical importance to the game, as is the concept of participation for fun and enjoyment as well as achievement. This is implicit within good coaching practice and promotes a professional image of the good practitioner. This Code of Conduct sets out the standards that coaches are required to meet.

Good cricket coaching practice needs to reflect the following key principles:

Rights

Cricket coaches must respect and champion the rights of every individual to participatein the game.

Responsibilities – personal standards

Cricket coaches must demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times.

Relationships

Cricket coaches must develop a professional relationship with players (and others) based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect.

Responsibilities – professional standards

To maximise the benefits and minimise the risks to players, coaches must attain a high level of competence through appropriate qualifications and a commitment to ongoing training that ensures safe and correct practice.

Implementation issues

This code sets out the standards that coaches are required to meet. It reflects BEST PRACTICE in coaching across the broadest spectrum of roles and responsibilities and the ECB recognises that the extent to which coaches are required to comply with all the content of this code may be considered by reference to the nature of the coaching role.

All coaches holding recognised ECB qualifications are required to abide by this code.

This code:

  • is a constituent part of a policy and procedure for dealing with allegations and complaints
  • is used as the definitive guide and benchmark measure of coaching practice in determining any need for sanctions against a coach
  • is fully integrated into the cricket and coach education process
  • is assessed as part of the cricket coach accreditation process
  • is supported by the appropriate training and resources.

ECB has developed a training resource that underpins many of the concepts contained within this Code of Conduct. They include the integration of safeguarding throughout the ECB coaching training for both the children’s and young people and adults’ coaching pathways, and the online safeguarding module:

  • Safeguarding Young Cricketers

Club Members & Guests

Members and Guests of Grayshott Cricket Club are required to abide by the provisions of this Code of Conduct and any subsequent updates as may be in force from time to time, and by their presence on club premises or at club events or activities are deemed to have accepted and to abide by the provisions of this Code and any other relevant Codes of Conduct, Rules or Regulations the Club has adopted.

All Members and Guests of Grayshott Cricket Club will;

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket.
  • Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status,religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief.
  • Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed.
  • Display high standards of behaviour.
  • Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. fair play.
  • Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them,respecting the decisions of match officials.
  • Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials.
  • Recognise good performance not just match results.
  • Place the well-being and safety of children above the development of performance.
  • Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual.
  • Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket.
    Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with children in the Club.
  • Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club.
  • Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued.
  • Report any concerns in relation to a child, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB.
  • In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:
  • Have been appropriately vetted if required, before taking on their role.
  • Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance.
  • Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment).
  • Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket.
  • Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children.’
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval.
  • Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines which recommend the principle -“People in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16-17 year olds in their care.”
  • Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially that relating to the Safeguarding of children.

If a breach of the provisions or principles of this Code occurs or is reasonably suspected to have occurred the Club reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate, including but not limited to asking the person responsible for the breach to leave the Club premises. Any disciplinary or complaint hearings in connection with a breach of these rules shall be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary procedure as set out in the Club constitution or Cricket Section Regulations as may be amended from time to time.

Version – November 2014

Parents & Legal Guardians

GRAYSHOTT CRICKET CLUB is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members and promoting the spirit of cricket.

  • The club believes that as a parent or legal guardian of a junior member you have a key role to play in this regard and expects you to abide by the following code of conduct;
  • Encourage your child(ren) to learn the laws of cricket and play within them.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child(ren) to recognize good performance,not just results.
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgments whether it be an umpire or your team’s coach.
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances to all.
  • Set a good example by not cheering or applauding at mistakes made by a member of an opposing team.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  • Help promote the club ethos, by making every effort to ensure your child(ren) does not wear other clubs/schools/district kit for Grayshott matches.
  • Pay membership and coaching fees promptly.
  • Help the Team manager by notifying availability as early as possible.
  • Take an active role in supporting the club.

Junior Members

GRAYSHOTT CRICKET CLUB is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing 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 aspectof the club with: SRI SRIHARAN, CLUB CHAIRMAN.

  • As a member of GRAYSHOTT CRICKET CLUB you are expected to adopt the following Code of Conduct.
  • All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • All members must play within the laws of the game and respect officials and their decisions, together with respecting our opponents.
  • All members must respect the Club’s equipment and facilities.
  • Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
  • Junior Members must wear suitable kit for training sessions and in matches are expected to wear both club caps and shirts.
  • Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
  • Junior Members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
  • Junior Members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.

REMEMBER MEMBERSHIP OF
GRAYSHOTT CRICKET CLUB
IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT

Club Policies

Changing Room & Showering

  • If children are uncomfortable changing or showering with at the Club, no pressure will be placed on them to do so. Children should be encouraged to this at home in these circumstances.
  • Adults will not change or shower at the same time using the same facility as children.
  • Adults will try to change at separate times to children during matches i.e.when padding up.
  • If Adults and children need to share a changing facility, the Club must have consent from the Parents that their child(ren) can share a changing room with adults in the club.
  • If children play for Adult Teams,they and their Parents must be informed of the Club’s policy
    on changing arrangements.
  • Mixed gender teams must have access to separate male and female changing rooms.
  • Mobile phones must not be used in changing rooms.

Transport to/fro Matches

This policy on transport applies to/fro matches (including adult matches)and training

  • Details of all Coaching Sessions both Winter and Summer are available from the Club’s website in order that Parents/Carers have an opportunity to make appropriate arrangements.
  • Details of all Fixtures are published on the Club’s website and in a Fixture booklet at the beginning of the season in order that Parents/Carers have an opportunity to make appropriate arrangements.
  • Parents/Carers should be aware that youth fixtures are sometimes re-arranged at short notice for a variety of reasons. The Club website is updated on a daily basis so parents/carers are encouraged to view the website regularly during the season.
  • Coaches and Club Staff will be responsible for the Children in their care at Coaching sessions organised by the Club or on arrival at the ground for both home and away fixtures.
  • It is not the responsibility of the Coach or Team Manager to transport, or arrange to transport, the children to and from the Club for matches or training.
  • By completing the Junior Membership form, Parents/Carers have agreed that their child can participate in away fixtures if selected. In the event of circumstances changing the parent/carer must notify the club in writing.
  • The official pick up/drop off point for the Club is at the Pavilion at the Sportsfield in Grayshott off the Headley Road.
  • In the event of an emergency issue at an away game the point of contact at the club is either the Club Welfare Officer or if not contactable the Youth Manager. Their contact numbers are available in the Club’s fixture booklet and on the Club’s website.

Antibullying

Statement of Intent

Grayshott Cricket Club is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our children so they can train and play in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club.

If bullying does occur, all children should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt
with promptly and effectively.

We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected
to tell the coaches and officials.

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. Bullying can be:

  • Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding kit, threatening gestures)
  • Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting,punching or any use of violence
  • Racist: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
  • Homophobic: because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality
  • Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm,spreading rumours, teasing
  • Cyber: All areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse. Mobile threats by text messaging and calls.
  • Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video facilities.

Club Procedures

  • Any bullying incidents should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer. The Club Welfare
  • Officer’s telephone number is shown on the Club notice notice board and on the Club’s website.
  • In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be reported to the
    ECB Child Protection Team for advice via the County Welfare Officer.
  • Parents will be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem.
  • If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted.
  • The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying will be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly.
  • An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour. In cases of adults reported to be bullying cricketers under 18, the ECB will be informed and will advise on action to be taken.

Use of Cameras & Videos

  • By signing and completing the Club’s Junior Membership form parents/carers agree to the club’s policy on use of cameras/video equipment during matches and at training.
  • Representatives from the Club will only take photographs at matches/training sessions for the purpose of promoting the game and the club in the local press or on the Club’s website.
  • Any photographs shown on the Club’s website or released to the press will not show the names of children unless prior agreement has been obtained from the parents/carers.
  • In the event that a member of the press is present to take photographs the children and parents/carers will be informed in advance of the activity and their agreement sought.
  • The children should be informed that if they have concerns they can report these to the coach or team manager.
  • As the Sportsfield at Grayshott is a Public Recreation Ground and is used by other sports clubs and members of the public, it is not possible for the club to police the use of cameras and video equipment. If however, any child or parent has concerns regarding inappropriate or intrusive photography, they should inform the Coach/Team Manager in the first instance or at a later date to the Club Welfare Officer.
  • Cameras or other photographic equipment (including video recorders/camera phones) are not permitted in toilets or areas where children are getting changed for activities.
  • The club uses video equipment for the purpose of coaching. In such instances the club will seek agreement from the parent/carer that they agree to the use of this equipment for this purpose for their child.

Safeguarding Policy Statement

Grayshott Cricket Club (The Club) is committed to ensuring that all children(*) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. (*The word “children” should be taken to mean all persons under the age of 18.) We will do this by:

  • Recognising that all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation,ability or disability) have a right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment.
  • Ensuring that individuals working within cricket at or for our club provide a safe,positive and fun cricketing experience for children.
  • Adopting and implementing the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB)“Safe Hands–Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children”and any future versions of the policy.
  • Appointing a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring that they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB & the NSPCC, so that they have the necessary skills to be able to undertake their role effectively.
  • Ensuring that all people who work in cricket at or for our club, (such as Staff, Officials, Volunteers, Team Managers,Coaches etc.) understand that the Safe Hands Policy applies to them according to their level of contact with children in Cricket.
  • Ensuring that all individuals working within cricket at or for the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines.
  • Ensuring that all individuals working within cricket at or for the club are provided with support through education and training so that they are aware of and can adhere to good practice and code of conduct guidelines defined by both the ECB, and by the club.
  • Ensuring that the name & contact details for the Club Welfare Officer is available – as the first point of contact for parents, children & volunteers / staff within the club;

1.As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee & its members,
2.As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer and the ECB Child
Protection Team, and
3.As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child welfare.

  • Ensuring that correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing safeguarding and child protection concerns. Such procedures recognising the responsibility of the statutory agencies and in accordance with pre defined safeguarding and child protection procedures as defined by the ECB, Statutory agencies and Local Safeguarding Children Board LSCB guidelines and policies.
  • Providing everyone connected with the club (including parents, children and volunteers) with the opportunity to voice any concerns which they have (about possible suspected child abuse, and/or
    about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer.
  • Ensuring that all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and
    appropriately.
  • Ensuring that access to confidential information relating to child welfare matters is restricted to the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities as specified within ECB Safeguarding and child protection procedures.

Diversity & Inclusion Policy

Grayshott Cricket Club in all its activities, is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity in cricket, and to ensuring that its employees, members and all other individuals working or volunteering for Grayshott Cricket Club, and participating in or watching Grayshott Cricket Club’s activities are treated fairly and are able to conduct their activities free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation.

  • Grayshott Cricket Club in all its activities will not discriminate, or in any way treat anyone less favourably against on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation.
  • Grayshott Cricket Club will not tolerate harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of individuals.
  • Grayshott Cricket Club will endeavour to create access and opportunities for all those individuals who wish to participate, and are lawfully eligible to participate, in its activities.
  • Grayshott Cricket Club will ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that its employees, members and volunteers adhere to these requirements and this policy.
  • This policy is fully supported by the Grayshott Cricket Club’s officers and management committee who are responsible for the implementation of this policy.

Grayshott Cricket Club is committed to the investigation of any claims when brought to its attention, of discrimination, harassment, bullying, abuse or victimisation of an individual, and reserves the right to impose such sanction as it considers appropriate and proportionate, where such is found to be the case.

  • In the event that any employee, member, volunteer, participant or spectator feels that he has suffered discrimination, harassment, bullying,abuse or victimisation, they should report the matter in writing to the secretary of the management committee of Grayshott Cricket Club
  • Any such report should include: details of what occurred; when and where the occurrence took place; any witness details and copies of any witness statements.
  • If the accused individual is an employee, the club’s management committee will regard the issue as a disciplinary issue and will follow Grayshott Cricket Club’s employment disciplinary procedure.
  • If the accused individual is a non – employee, the management committee:
    – may decide (at its sole discretion) to uphold or dismiss the complaint without holding a hearing;
    – may (at its sole discretion) hold a hearing at which both parties will be entitled to attend and present their case;
    – will have the power to impose any one or more of the following sanctions on any person found to be in breach of any policy:
    (a) warn as to future conduct;
    (b) suspend from membership;
    (c) remove from membership;
    (d) exclude a non-member from the facility, either
    (e) temporarily or permanently; and
    (f) turn down a non-member’s current and/or future membership/application; and
    will provide both parties with written reasons for its decision.
  • A party may appeal a decision of the management committee to the relevant County Cricket board by writing to the relevant County Cricket Board within 3 months of Grayshott Cricket Club’s decision being notified to that party.
  • If the nature of the complaint is with regard to the [management committee] of the Grayshott Cricket Club the complainant may report the complaint directly to the relevant County Cricket Board.

This policy will be reviewed periodically by Grayshott Cricket Club in consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board Limited.

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Updated  – November 2014

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