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The Heidelberg Cricket Club has codes of conduct for players & parents to ensure that all members and those associated with the club conduct themselves in an acceptable manner, show good sportsmanship, and respect the game

These codes help ensure everyone enjoys their cricket and has a positive experience
Cricket is a wonderful game and can teach our youth many valuable life skills


Player Code of Conduct

As a player at Heidelberg Cricket Club, each player agrees to:
  • Play by the rules of cricket, and within the ‘Spirit of the Game’, and be a good sport
  • Give their best at all times
  • Treat all players, as they would like to be treated. Do not bully, interfere with or take unfair advantage of another player
  • Cooperate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them, there would be no competition.
  • Control your temper and don’t abuse or argue with either officials or other players.
  • Avoid the use of derogatory language based on gender, race or ability.
  • Treat all equipment, whether it belongs to our club, another club, or a player with care and respect. Do not take another’s equipment without permission.
  • Attend training regularly, and remain within the bounds of the grounds, nets and clubroom.
  • Attend matches for which you are selected. If an absence is planned, team managers are to be informed by the training session prior to the first day of a match if the player cannot attend one or both days of play.
  • Behave in a manner that reflects positively on the game of cricket, the Heidelberg Cricket Club, and the Diamond ValleyCricket Association.

Parent Code of Conduct

As a parent of a player at Heidelberg Cricket Cricket Club, each parent agrees to the following conditions.

  • If children are interested, encourage them to play cricket. However, if a child is not willing to play, do not force him or her.
  • Win or lose, heroic or scared, talent or clumsy, make sure your children knows you love them and appreciate their efforts. Positively reinforce, rather than criticise.
  • Be objective and honest about your child’s sporting capability, their appetite for competition, their sportsmanship and actual skill level.
  • Be helpful, but don’t become their coach on the way to the oval, on the way back or at breakfast. It’s difficult not to, but it’s more difficult for children’s minds to be crowded with advice, pep talks and often critical instruction.
  • Teach children that an honest effort is as important as victory, so the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Encourage children to always play according to the rules.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.
  • Avoid the use of derogatory language based on gender, race or ability.
  • Remember that children learn best from example. Applaud good play by both teams.
  • Remember, children are involved in organised sports for their enjoyment.
  • If you disagree with an official, raise the issue through appropriate channels, rather than question the official’s judgement and honesty in public. Remember most officials give their time and effort voluntarily for your child’s involvement.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Coaches are often heroes to young players so get to and support them rather than compete with them.
  • Ensure that your child attends matches for which they are selected. If an absence is planned, team managers are to be informed by the training session prior to the first day of a match if the player cannot attend one or both days of a match