Club Documents & Forms
Hythe & Dibden Cricket Club
Spirit Of Cricket
Hythe & Dibden Cricket Club - fully supports the Spirit of Cricket principles and reflects this in its own disciplinary code and practices. Whilst we are confident that all of our players will act in accordance with these standards and principles whenever and wherever they are representing the club, we also wish to promote these values whenever we can and so would ask all players and club members to look at this document.
ECB Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket
1 The ECB is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct. This
Code of Conduct incorporates the Spirit of Cricket, as set out below. It applies to all
matches played under the auspices of the ECB and may be applied to cricket in general.
2 The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the
Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.
3 Players and team officials must at all times accept the umpire’s decision. Players must not
show dissent at the umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner
towards an umpire at any time.
4 Players and team officials shall not intimidate assault or attempt to intimidate or assault an
umpire, another player or a spectator.
5 Players and team officials shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as sledging)
nor make offensive gestures or hand signals nor deliberately distract an opponent.
6 Players and team officials shall not make racially abusive comments nor indulge in racially
abusive actions against fellow players, officials, members and supporters. Clubs must
operate an active open door membership policy whilst respecting player qualification
regulations and welcome players/members irrespective of ethnic origin.
7 Players and team officials shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or
distribution of illegal drugs.
8 Clubs must take adequate steps to ensure the good behaviour of their members and
supporters towards players and umpires.
The Spirit of Cricket
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not
only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse
this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of
fair play rests with the captains.
There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the
1. Responsibility of captains
The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the
Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
In the event that any player failing to comply with instructions by an umpire, or criticising
by word or action the decisions of an umpire, or showing dissent, or generally behaving in
a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the
first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player’s captain, and instruct
the latter to take action.
2 Fair and unfair play
According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play.
The umpires may intervene