Emerging Players Behaviour Policies

Participation Agreement

CRICKET VICTORIA EMERGING PLAYERS PROGRAM

1. INTRODUCTION

Cricket Victoria (State) offers talented pathway players the opportunity to represent the State in competitions and participate in various high performance coaching programs and squads.

The information contained within this document clearly outlines:

  • the expectations of you, as a player and as a member of the State emerging players program; and
  • the associated benefits and services you will receive.

By signing this participation agreement, you are agreeing to abide by the terms and requirements, as identified within this document, that govern your involvement as a player in the emerging players program.

This participation agreement commences on acceptance of the terms and conditions of this agreement (including with parental consent for any player under 18 years)and concludes when all player obligations have been satisfied at the conclusion of the 2020/21 cricket season and/or emerging players program or as otherwise notified in writing by the State (excluding any period where you are selected to represent either Cricket Australia (CA) XI or Northern Territory teams), unless terminated earlier in accordance with its terms (Term).

2. STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR

While representing the State as a player and participating as a member of a State emerging players program, there is an expectation that you will at all times conduct yourself in a manner that is reflective of the standards of behaviour expected of representative players. These standards (to the extent they expressly apply to players) are set out in Appendix B and are binding on you as a player.

3. PLAYER BENEFITS

Subject to the terms of this participation agreement and payment of any applicable player levy, the State will provide to you the benefits listed in Schedule 1 (Benefits).

4. PLAYER COMMITMENT

As a member of a State emerging players program you are required to undertake the following:

4. 1 GENERAL

As a member of a State emerging players program I agree to:

  • 4.1.1 at all times, participate in all program/squad related activities to the very best of my skill and ability. This includes but is not limited to: individual and program/squad training activities; development camps; team functions; education sessions; team meetings;
  • 4.1.2 at all times, comply with the directions of program/team management. This includes Coaching staff, Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) staff and/or the program/team manager;
  • 4.1.3 notify the Head Coach as soon as possible if I am unable to attend a training session;
  • 4.1.4 achieve and maintain the fitness level specified and expected by the Head Coach and Physical Performance staff;
  • 4.1.5 notify the Head Coach if I agree to participate in a formal high performance program of another sport and fully cooperate with Coaching staff, Physical Performance staff and SSSM staff to minimise the impact of participation in such a program on my participation in the State emerging players program. If I am selected during the Term to play for a State team, I will make myself available to play for the State team despite any conflicting obligations to the other sport’s program;
  • 4.1.6 at all times, work diligently towards the attainment of my full cricketing potential;
  • 4.1.7 at all times, maintain personal habits of health and behaviour conducive to sporting excellence and not bring the State or the sport of cricket into disrepute;
  • 4.1.8 contend that if I am over the age of 18, whilst a member of this program I may consume alcohol but must do so responsibly and in keeping with program/squad/team guidelines. Players under the age of 18 are, under no circumstances, permitted to consume alcohol while participating as a member of the State emerging players program;
  • 4.1.9 wear the appropriate uniform at all sessions and official player functions, as directed by program/team management. I acknowledge that uniforms are not to be worn outside of competition, official training sessions and player functions;
  • 4.1.10 at all times, refrain from speaking to representatives of the media unless expressly authorised to do so by the State’s Communications Manager and program/team management.
  • 4.1.11 at all times, demonstrate appropriate and responsible use of social networking sites and ensure I have read, understood and at all relevant times, comply with any applicable State Social Media Policy. Types of communication that will not be tolerated on social networking sites is any form of communication that refers to the State, CA, sponsors, players, coaches, State staff, training or playing grounds or associated programs/competitions that is inappropriate or might bully, harass or discriminate. As a player I acknowledge that I am not to post defamatory comments, disclose confidential information, share intellectual property or make unauthorised statements that could be perceived to be on behalf of the State. Examples of social networking sites include but are not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, blogs etc.;
  • 4.1.12 consent to the royalty-free use of my name as well as photographic, sound and video images of me for the purpose of promoting the State and/or any of its programs and/or any CA National Underage Championship; and
  • 4.1.13 to utilise the “GER AMS” application for schedule familiarisation/changes as well as for the input of individually specific information relevant to performance loads, personal wellness, injury, medication and supplements etc. as directed by SSSM staff.

4.2 PLAYER BEHAVIOUR

As a member of a State emerging players program I agree to:

  • 4.2.1 conduct myself in accordance with the Spirit of Cricket (as outlined in Appendix A);
  • 4.2.2 attend on time and participate, to the best of my skill and ability, in any education sessions as directed by the State including, without limitation, those designed to educate me on matters related to the Codes referred to in Appendix B and clause 4.2.3;
  • 4.2.3 ensure I have read, understood and at all relevant times, comply with the following codes and policies (available online at cricketaustralia.com.au/cricket/rules-and-regulations):
    • (a) CA Code of Conduct;
    • (b) CA Anti-Corruption Code;
    • (c) CA Anti-Doping Code;
    • (d) CA Illicit Substances Rule;
    • (e) CA Anti-Racism Code;
    • (f) CA Anti-Harassment Code;
    • (g) CA State Clothing and Equipment Regulations; and
    • (h) Australian Cricket Supplement Policy and CA Concussion and Head Trauma Policy;
  • 4.2.4 ensure I have read, understood and provided a signed copy of a Player Integrity Declaration, as provided to you by the State, to the program/team manager prior to representing the State as a player and/or as a member of a State emerging players program; and
  • 4.2.5 Without in any way limiting clause 4.2.3, I undertake not to directly or indirectly:
    • (a) bet on or in relation to any cricket match or series of cricket matches or any cricket-related function or event (Event), regardless of whether the Event relates to an Australian, State Association or W/BBL team or any other cricket team playing in or outside Australia;
    • (b) be a party to fixing or contriving the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of an Event; or
    • (c) disclose inside information to any person (with or without reward) before or during any Event where I might reasonably be expected to know that disclosure of such information in such circumstances could be used by any person in relation to betting. “Inside information” means any information relating to any Event that comes into my possession by virtue of participating in a State emerging players program under this participation agreement.

4. 3 COMPETITION/CHAMPIONSHIPS AND OTHER RESIDENTIAL CAMPS

When representing the State as a member of a State team or when involved in any residential camp associated with the emerging players program I agree to:

  • 4.3.1 adhere to all meeting times such as bus departures, program/team meetings, arranged meeting points and curfews;
  • 4.3.2 gain permission from program/team management to leave the program/team on any occasion during the championship or camp;
  • 4.3.3 refrain from inviting guests or visitors to program/team accommodation without prior permission from team management; and
  • 4.3.4 follow all reasonable direction from program/team management and abide by any program/squad/team rules that program/team management might reasonably impose.

When representing the State as a member of a State team I acknowledge that:

  • 4.3.5 I must hand my mobile phone in to team management upon arrival at the match day venue. Phones will be returned upon the completion of cricket related commitments. Emergency contact during these times is to be made through team management;
  • 4.3.6 mobile phones are to be switched off at team meetings and official functions. Emergency contact during these times is to be made through team management; and
  • 4.3.7 smoking is prohibited at playing/training venues, at accommodation or any time players are in official uniforms or representing the State.

5. INJURY AND MEDICAL

5. 1 DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

As a member of a State emerging players program I acknowledge and agree that:

  • 5.1.1 I have completed the AMS online medical history form/questionnaire in each year in which I am a member of a State emerging players program to the best of my knowledge and in doing so have disclosed any known medical conditions and injuries;
  • 5.1.2 I will report any injury/illness/wellness matter that may affect my ability to meet the participation requirements of the program to the program/team physiotherapist and/or State medical staff at the first available opportunity;
  • 5.1.3 State medical staff may collect details pertaining to injury, medical conditions or wellbeing that may impact on my ability to meet training/playing requirements and disclose this information to:
    • (a) the Head Coach, program/team management and other State or CA medical staff (including for the purpose of making public injury status updates with the consent of the player); and
    • (b) researchers to conduct research on an anonymised basis (with any publication of results to be done on an anonymised basis); and
  • 5.1.4 State medical staff may consult with my own personal doctor/physiotherapist or other health professional to obtain information relevant to my health and wellbeing as it relates to my involvement in this program.

5.2 INJURY MANAGEMENT

As a member of a State emerging players program I acknowledge and agree that:

  • 5.2.1 I will communicate any injuries, illnesses or wellbeing matters that may affect my ability to train to the Head Coach and/or State medical staff as soon as possible and prior to my arrival at training;
  • 5.2.2 The State has recommended sports medicine (physiotherapy, nutrition and medical) service providers for the emerging players program and it is the expectation that wherever possible I will utilise the services of these recommended providers for any treatment of injuries and I will communicate to State medical staff any instances where I consult with a medical practitioner other than a CA or State medical officer while a member of a State emerging players program;
  • 5.2.3 I will participate in any medical screening processes recommended by State medical staff;
  • 5.2.4 I am responsible for covering all out of pocket medical expenses associated with my health, wellbeing and injury management. This excludes any eligible claims through the Cricket Australia National Club Risk Protection Program and the State’s Personal Accident and Travel Insurance policy; and
  • 5.2.5 The State recommends that all players have top cover private health insurance.

6. DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

The initiation of a disciplinary process may occur if a player breaches one or more of the terms and conditions identified within this document.

6.1 GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION

  • 6.1.1 Disciplinary action may be warranted in a range of different circumstances including, but not limited to:
    • (a) illegal or otherwise unacceptable conduct or behaviour;
    • (b) failure to follow a reasonable direction;
    • (c) policy breach; and/or
    • (d) serious misconduct.

The nature and/or frequency of the issue will generally determine which level of disciplinary action (if any) will be appropriate.

  • 6.1.2 Where it is identified that disciplinary action is required, a number of factors will be considered, including, but not limited to:
    • (a) the gravity of the matter and, where relevant, whether the conduct is isolated or repeated;
    • (b) the player’s history;
    • (c) the risk to people, assets or environment;
    • (d) the age and level of experience of the player;
    • (e) whether there are any mitigating factors; and/or
    • (f) the context of the incident.

6.2 THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

  • 6.2.1 The appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against a player will depend on all of the circumstances. Disciplinary action could include any one of the following outcomes:
    • (a) verbal warning;
    • (b) a written warning;
    • (c) a directive to undertake further education and/or counselling;
    • (d) termination of involvement with the program; and/or
    • (e) player being sent home (during championships).
    • (f) In the first instance, disciplinary matters will be dealt with by the program/squad/team Head Coach, and program/team management (if appropriate). Matters may be escalated to the High Performance Program Manager, General Manager of High Performance or the Chief Executive Officer if the severity of the misdemeanour warrants.

    7. STATE & W/BBL PLAYER CONTRACT

    To the extent that there is any inconsistency between the terms of a State Player Contract and/or W/BBL Contract to which you are or become a party (if any) and the terms of this participation agreement, the terms of your State Player Contract and/or W/BBL Contract prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.  Subject to the foregoing, your obligations to the State under this participation agreement continue in effect throughout the Term.

    8. POSSIBLE IMPACT OF PANDEMIC OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND CONTROL

    The player acknowledges that the delivery of the State emerging players programs, State program/squad/team schedule, championships or competitions and delivery of Benefits to players may be interrupted, changed or varied due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other circumstances beyond the control of the State.

    8.1 INABILITY TO DELIVER BENEFITS

    • 8.1.1  The player acknowledges and agrees that the State may not be able to deliver any or all of the Benefits outlined in or associated with this participation agreement due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other circumstances beyond the State’s control. The player acknowledges and agrees the State will be subject to direction or recommendations from regulatory authorities and cricket authorities and accordingly the player acknowledges and agrees:
      • (a)   the State may need to make decisions and changes quickly and unexpectedly in relation to the player, team, squad, championships, competitions or State emerging players program due to directions or recommendations from regulatory authorities or cricket authorities or in the State’s discretion having regard to all the circumstances;
      • (b)   the State will use all reasonable endeavours to communicate any such changes or inability to deliver the Benefits or any such other obligation, matter or thing under or associated with this participation agreement in any such circumstances; and
      • (c)   the State shall not be liable to the player or any third party for any costs, loss or damage incurred by or in relation to the player as a result of any such changes or inability to deliver the Benefits or any such other obligation, matter or thing under or associated with this participation agreement in any such circumstances.

    8.2 ADDITIONAL PLAYER OBLIGATIONS

    • 8.2.1  Arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic or other circumstances beyond the control of the State, the player will be required to comply with such additional obligations as may be reasonably imposed by the State and notified to the player in writing or as directed by program/team management from time to time, including in particular as they relate to any associated health and wellbeing matters and protocols (including additional medical testing). The player acknowledges and agrees that:
      • (a) observance of any such obligations are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of you and all members of and staff associated with the emerging players program; and
      • (b) any failure to strictly comply with these additional obligations may result in disciplinary action and/or immediate dismissal from the emerging players program, squad, team, championships or competition.
    • The player will be responsible for all costs, loss or damage associated with the player’s non-compliance under this clause

Player Benefits

SCHEDULE 1

The State will provide the following services and benefits to the Player:

  • (a) Coaching
    • (i)High performance coaching from accredited specialist coaches
    • (ii)Training schedule including both skills training and physical conditioning
  • (b)State training/playing uniforms and team equipment if player is selected in the final State squad
  • (c)Education and support services (as deemed appropriate) from State Support Staff across the following areas:
    • (i) Strength & Conditioning
      • Provision of a strength and conditioning program
      • Supervised implementation of strength and conditioning program
    • (ii) Nutrition
      • Initial anthropometric screening and ongoing anthropometric monitoring
      • Group education sessions
    • (iii) Psychology
      • Group workshops
    • (iv) Physiotherapy
      • Education
      • Provision of recommended medical service provider for injury assessment and treatment
    • (v) Medical
      • Assessment of online AMS medical screening form/questionnaire
      • Provision of recommended medical service provider for injury assessment and treatment
    • (vi) Personal and Professional Development
      • Group workshop – Cricket Australia compliance
      • Other State facilitated group workshops as required
  • (d) Airfares, accommodation and meal expenses for the duration of the Championships if player is selected as a member of the State’s Championship playing squad

Spirit of Cricket

APPENDIX A 

The laws of cricket clearly explain the expectations of how participants will behave on the field, and they also outline sanctions should these expectations not be met. The below explanation is taken from the MCC Laws of Cricket, which is universally applied across all countries and cultures.

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.

  1. There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the captain.

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.

Player’s conduct
In the event of a 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. 

  1. Fair and unfair play

According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.

  1. The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:
  • Time wasting
  • Damaging the pitch
  • Dangerous or unfair bowling
  • Tampering with the ball
  • Any other action that they consider to be unfair
  1. The Spirit of the Game involves respect for:
  • Your opponents
  • Your own captain and team
  • The role of the umpires
  • The game and its traditional values
  1. It is against the Spirit of the Game:
  • To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
  • To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire
  • To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:
    (a) to appeal knowing that the batsman is not out
    (b) to advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
    (c) to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side
  1. Violence

There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.

  1. Players

Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every player is expected to make an important contribution to this.

The players, umpires and scorers in a game of cricket may be of either gender and the Laws apply equally to both.

(www.cricketaustralia.com.au/about/mission-and-values/spirit-of-cricket)

State Standards Of Behaviour

APPENDIX B – PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT

ZERO TOLERANCE BEHAVIOUR POLICY

Introduction: Cricket Victoria offers talented cricketers the opportunity to participate in various competitions and coaching programs every season. Players pay very little, if any levy or fee for the opportunity to participate in emerging players program activities. With this in mind please read carefully the following player behaviour policy that sets out the following minimum standards in relation to player behaviour.
NB. Cricket Victoria adopts a zero tolerance approach to behaviour.


Player Codes of Behaviour

‘As a player associated with Cricket Victoria and its programs, in addition to complying with the following Rules of Behaviour, you must meet the requirements of the Cricket Victoria:

Rules of Behaviour

  • Players must play the game in accordance with the Laws of Cricket and adhere to the ‘Spirit of the Game’.
  • Players must not argue, dispute or intimidate an umpire and must accept all decisions.
  • Players are to treat teammates, coaches and opponents with respect at all times and display good sportsmanship.
  • All facilities and equipment are to be used in a careful manner. Deliberate or negligent damage will be seen as an act of vandalism.
  • Swearing, sledging and intimidating behaviour are not acceptable forms of behaviour.
  • Emerging players program participants staying at accommodation during the championships must obey the specific rules of each accommodation venue as outlined upon arrival.
  • Consumption of alcohol during any championship, training or camp is strictly prohibited.
  • Smoking is not permitted at venues or accommodation or in official uniform.
  • Players are to refrain from any conduct or behaviour that would reflect poorly on the emerging players program or squad (including social media) – please refer to next page for social media policy

Penalties: Any player who is in breach of any section of the Cricket Victoria Pathway Code of Behaviour could face any or all of the following penalties.

  • Suspension from some or all remaining fixtured matches and/or removal from the emerging players program and future programs
  • Player(s) to be collected from accommodation premises immediately by parent or guardian or transported home from accommodation at the expense of their parent or guardian.
  • A player’s parent or guardian will be responsible to pay for any damage caused by their child including emergency services charges.
  • Exclusion from all future Pathway Programs up to and including the Victorian Under-age teams’ female & male programs.
  • Suspension from any Cricket Victoria, Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union and or Victorian Country Cricket League official fixtures for a period deemed necessary by a Cricket Victoria tribunal.

General Code of Behaviour

You must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during or in any way associated with Cricket Victoria or any program, activity or event held or sanctioned by or under the auspices of Cricket Victoria:

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
  2. Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others.
  3. Be professional in, and accept responsibility for, your actions.
  4. Make a commitment to providing quality service.
  5. Operate within the rules of the sport including state guidelines which govern Cricket Victoria programs.
  6. Do not use your involvement with a Cricket Victoria program to promote your own beliefs, behaviours or practices where these are inconsistent with those of the Cricket Victoria program.
  7. Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility especially when dealing with persons under 18 years of age, as your words and actions are an example.
  8. Avoid unaccompanied and unobserved activities with persons under 18 years of age, wherever possible.
  9. Refrain from any behaviour that may bring the sport of cricket or a Cricket Victoria program into disrepute.
  10. Provide a safe environment for the conduct of the activity.
  11. Show concern and caution towards others who may be sick or injured.
  12. Be a positive role model.
  13. Where required or appropriate, ensure proper recording and documentation procedures are undertaken and completed.
  14. Understand the repercussions if you breach, or are aware of any breaches of, this Code of Behaviour.
  15. Act at all times to protect and promote the sport of cricket in accordance with the Spirit of Cricket.

General Junior / Senior Code of Behaviour

JUNIOR PLAYER CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

As a player under 18 years of age associated with Cricket Victoria and its programs, you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during or in any way associated with any program, activity or event held or sanctioned by or under the auspices of Cricket Victoria’s:  

  • Play by the rules and within the Spirit of Cricket.
  • Never argue with an umpire. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the umpire during a break or after the game.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an 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 and coaches.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Participate because you enjoy it, not just to please parents and coaches.
  • Participate fairly and safely.
  • Do not engage in practises that affect sporting performance (alcohol, tobacco and drug use.)
  • Respect and acknowledge the contribution of those who create the opportunity for you to play.
  • Respect your coach and train and play to the best of your ability and develop your participation in accordance with the Spirit of Cricket.

SENIOR PLAYER CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

As a player 18 years of age or over associated with Cricket Victoria and its programs, you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during or in any way associated with any program, activity or event held or sanctioned by or under the auspices of Cricket Victoria’s:  

  • Play by the rules and abide by the Spirit of Cricket.
  • Never argue with an umpire. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the umpire during a break or after the game.
  • Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials and sledging other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an 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.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of fellow players, coaches, officials and spectators.
  • Refrain from conduct which could be regarded as sexual or other harassment.
  • Respect the talent, potential and development of fellow players and competitors.
  • Care and respect the uniform and equipment provided to you.
  • Be frank and honest with your coach concerning illness and injury and your ability to train and play fully.
  • Conduct yourself in a responsible manner relating to language, temper and punctuality.
  • Maintain a high standard of personal behaviour at all times.
  • Be honest in your attitude and preparation to training. Work equally hard for yourself and your team.
  • Cooperate with coaches and staff in relation to programs that adequately prepare you for competition.
  • Do not engage in practises that affect sporting performance (alcohol, tobacco and drug use.)

Parent/Guardian Codes of Behaviour

As a parent/guardian associated with Cricket Victoria and its programs, you must meet the requirements of Cricket Victoria’s:

You must also meet the additional requirements for representative and residential programs, as they apply to parents/guardians:

  1. In the event of your child being involved in any suspected or alleged breach of the Codes of Behaviour applicable to players, you agree to immediately collect your child or agree to transportation home at your expense.
  2. You accept full responsibility for any applicable cost or damage caused by your child, including but not limited to emergency services charges.
  3. You acknowledge and accept that your child’s behaviour while involved in or associated with the program may have longer term impacts on future cricketing opportunities that may be offered to your child.

In addition to any penalties available for breach of the codes outlined above, penalties and consequences applicable to parents/guardians may include any or all of the following:

  1. Suspension from attendance at some or all remaining program matches.
  2. Removal from any relevant venue or accommodation venue.
  3. Suspension from attendance at any Cricket Victoria, Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union and/or Victorian Country Cricket League fixture for a period deemed appropriate by a Cricket Victoria tribunal.

General Parent/Guardian Code of Behaviour

As a parent/guardian of a player in any activity held by, sanctioned by or under the auspices of Cricket Victoria you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any such activity or event:

  • Do not force an unwilling Child to participate in Cricket.
  • Remember, Children are involved in Cricket for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Encourage your Child to play by the rules at all times.
  • Focus on the 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. Positive comments are motivational.
  • Remember that Children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skilful plays by all participants.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect officials’ decisions and teach Children to do likewise. If you disagree with an umpire or coach raise the issue through the appropriate channels rather than question their judgement and honesty in public.
  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your Child could not participate.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  • Teach your Child that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse.
  • Be a model of good sports behaviour for Children to copy.
  • Be courteous in communication with administrators, coaches, players and umpires. Teach Children to do likewise.
  • Support the use of age appropriate development activities and modified rules.
  • Do not undermine the efforts of coaches.
  • Encourage junior players to participate in the sport of cricket in a safe manner.

Social Media Code of Conduct

  1. Cricket Victoria recognises that social media is an important part of the way members communicate. Cricket Victoria actively encourages members to participate in social media and share their experiences in cricket. Cricket Victoria recognises the importance of the internet to improve and increase the flow of information, shaping public thinking about our organisation, members, sponsors and stakeholders. Accordingly, Cricket Victoria will look to develop and maintain its own online social media presence through which it hopes to deliver content to its members and the public to develop and increase opportunities in cricket at all levels in Victoria.
  2. However, Cricket Victoria’s public reputation is valuable and so are the reputations of Cricket Victoria’s members, sponsors and stakeholders, so Cricket Victoria prohibits any communication on social media that is defamatory, obscene, proprietary, and misrepresentative of Cricket Victoria or for commercial purposes.
  3. Social media is a broad and changing concept. It generally refers to interactive electronic forums or online media where people are communicating, posting participating, sharing, networking or bookmarking. For the purposes of this by-law, social media extends to:
  4. electronically communicated material, whether written, photographic, video, or audio, which is accessible by more than the member alone;
  5. Facebook, YouTube, twitter, My Space, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Flickr and related domains;
  6. Blogs; social networking sites; instant messaging; social bookmarking, media sharing and collaborative editing websites;
  7. Any other forum which might reasonably be classified as social media as that term is generally understood; and
  8. Any other forum for public comment

Prohibitions 

  1. When using social media, a person must not:
  2. Abuse others or expose others to content that is offensive, inappropriate or for an illegal purpose;
  3. Impersonate or falsely represent any other person, including Cricket Victoria or another member;
  4. Abuse, harass or threaten any other person, including Cricket Victoria or another member;
  5. Make defamatory or libellous comments;
  6. Use obscene, offensive, insulting, provocative or hateful language;
  7. Post material that infringes the intellectual property rights of others;
  8. Intrude upon the privacy of other members of Cricket Victoria without the consent of such members;
  9. Interfere with the conduct of any event run by Cricket Victoria or with the role and responsibilities of Cricket Victoria as the peak body for the sport of cricket in Victoria;
  10. Violate security measures instituted at any facility of Cricket Victoria;
  11. Comment in a way that may be construed as harming the reputation of him or herself, another member, or Cricket Victoria, including its sponsors and stakeholders; and related to Cricket Victoria’s social media platforms only:
  12. Make excessive postings on a particular issue or post multiple versions of the same opinion or information on social media platforms operated by Cricket Victoria;
  13. Promote commercial interests in social media platforms operated by Cricket Victoria;
  14. Without authority, post internet addresses, links to websites, email addresses or other personal information on social media platforms operated by Cricket Victoria.

Consequences

  1. Cricket Victoria and its Members continually monitor online activity in relation to the social media of Cricket Victoria and Members. Cricket Victoria encourages Members to report detected breaches or suspected breaches of this Policy to Cricket Victoria, and any use of Social Media which is likely to harm Cricket Victoria’s reputation.
  2. In circumstances of a breach or suspected breach of this Code of Conduct, Cricket Victoria may:
  3. make a necessary public comment such as a correction, clarification, contradiction or apology;b. issue a formal warning;
  4. report any breach of any law to any local authority or wronged party;
  5. take any disciplinary action available to it under this Member Protection Policy;
  6. exercise any of its available rights at law.
  7. Cricket Victoria expressly reserves the right to take any action, including dealing directly with Social Media providers, to remove any posted material that it considers to be in breach of this By-law.

Terms and conditions of participation in program

Parent/Guardian declaration and consent

I am the parent/guardian of the player. I authorise and consent to the player undertaking the relevant Cricket Victoria program.  In consideration of Cricket Victoria accepting the player’s participation in the program, I expressly agree to be responsible for the player’s behaviour and agree to accept, in my capacity as parent/guardian, the terms and conditions set out in this declaration, including the provision by me of a release and indemnity in the terms set out below.

  1. Cricket Victoria as supplier: “CV” and “Cricket Victoria” for the purposes of this declaration means Victorian Cricket Association ABN 28 004 128 812 trading as Cricket Victoria.
  2. Compliance: While participating in or associated with the program I agree to be bound by and to comply with and procure the player’s compliance with all applicable Cricket Victoria codes of conduct, rules, by-laws, directions or other authorised instructions and these terms and conditions and accept all consequences of the player’s participation including fees and costs.  I make this declaration on my own behalf (as parent/guardian of the player) and on behalf of the player.
  3. Acceptance: If accepted, the player will be permitted to participate in the program subject to the player and me complying with the terms and conditions of participation in the program contained in this declaration and any reasonable direction issued by Cricket Victoria or its representatives.
  4. No amendment: These terms and conditions of participation cannot be amended. If amended, the player’s application to participate in the program will be null and void and cannot be accepted by Cricket Victoria.
  5. Insurance: Insurance is in place that may provide limited cover to the player while participating in the program. I understand that this insurance may not cover the player for all injury, loss or damage sustained and I acknowledge that Cricket Victoria does not make any representations about the suitability of any insurance. I also understand I can (or the player can), in my own interests (and those of the player) and at my own expense, seek and obtain personal insurances over and above the cover provided by Cricket Victoria.
  6. Effect of consent: This declaration comprises a contract between me and Cricket Victoria which is necessary and reasonable in order to provide the program.
  7. Exclusion of Implied Terms: I acknowledge that where I am (or the player is) a consumer of recreational services, as defined by any relevant law, certain terms and rights usually implied into a contract for the supply of goods or services may be excluded. I acknowledge that these implied terms and rights and any liability of Cricket Victoria flowing from them are expressly excluded to the extent possible by law. To the extent of any liability arising, the liability of Cricket Victoria will, at its discretion, be limited in the case of goods, to the replacement, repair or payment of the cost of replacing the goods, and in the case of services, the resupply of the services or payment of the cost of having the services supplied again.
  8. WARNING UNDER THE FAIR TRADING ACT 1999: Under the Fair Trading Act 1999 (Vic) several statutory guarantees apply to the supply of certain goods and services. These guarantees mean that the supplier named on this form is required to ensure that the recreational services it supplies to you are: rendered with due care and skill; are reasonably fit for any purpose which you, either expressly or by implication, make known to the supplier; and might reasonably be expected to achieve any result you have made known to the supplier.
    Under section 32N of the Fair Trading Act 1999 the supplier is entitled to ask you to agree that these statutory guarantees do not apply to you.  If you sign this form, you will be agreeing that your rights to sue the supplier under the Fair Trading Act 1999 if you are killed or injured because the services provided were not in accordance with these guarantees, are excluded, restricted or modified in the way set out in this form.

NOTE: The change to your rights, as set out in this form, does not apply if the death or injury is due to gross negligence on the supplier’s part.  “Gross negligence” is defined in the Fair Trading (Recreational Services) Regulations 2004 (Vic).

  1. Release and Indemnity: In consideration of Cricket Victoria accepting this application to participate in the program, I, to the extent permitted by law, (a) release and will release Cricket Victoria from all Claims that I or the player may have or may have had but for this release arising from or in connection with the player’s participation in the program; and (b) indemnify and will keep indemnified Cricket Victoria in respect of any Claim by any person including another person participating in the Program arising as a result of or in connection with the Player’s participation in the Program. In this clause 9 “Claim” means and includes any action, suit, proceeding, claim, demand, damage, penalty, cost or expense however arising including but not limited to negligence but does not include a claim in respect of any action, suit, etc. made by any person entitled to make a claim under a relevant insurance policy.
  2. Fitness to Participate:  I declare that the player is medically and physically fit and able to participate in the program.  The player is not and must not be a danger to themself or to the health and safety of others. I or the player will immediately notify Cricket Victoria in writing of any change to the player’s medical condition, fitness and ability to participate. I understand and accept that Cricket Victoria may continue to rely upon this declaration as evidence of the player’s fitness and ability to participate in the program. I also agree that the player may be prevented from participating in the program where Cricket Victoria, upon any grounds, deems that the player is not fit to participate in the program.
  3. Medical Treatment: I consent to the player receiving any medical treatment that Cricket Victoria reasonably considers necessary or desirable for the player during their participation in the program.  I also agree to reimburse Cricket Victoria for any costs or expenses incurred in providing the player with medical treatment.
  4. Right to Use Image: I acknowledge and consent to the recording of my and the player’s likeness and/or voice (together, images) during or associated with the player’s participation in the program.  I acknowledge and agree that such images are owned by Cricket Victoria and that Cricket Victoria, its commercial partners and authorised third parties may use my and the player’s names and images for commercial, promotional or other purposes throughout the world by any means (including broadcast, telecast or print) in perpetuity without my further consent being necessary and without compensation.
  5. Severance:  If any provision of these terms and conditions is invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, the phrase or clause is to be read down for the purpose of that jurisdiction, if possible, so as to be valid and enforceable.  If the phrase or clause cannot be so read down it will be severed to the extent of the invalidity or unenforceability. Such severance does not affect the remaining provisions of these terms and conditions or affect their validity or enforceability in any other jurisdiction.
  6. Warranty: I warrant that all information provided by me is true and correct.
  7. Use of email address:  I consent to receiving electronic material from Cricket Victoria or its authorised representatives.
  8. Responsibility for property: I am fully responsible for the security of the player’s personal property while participating in the program. Cricket Victoria will not be liable for replacement of any personal property.
  9. Privacy: Cricket Victoria has a Privacy Policy and the information provided with this application is necessary for participation in the program (refer Collection Statement). I acknowledge and agree that the information provided in this form will be used by Cricket Victoria to facilitate participation in the program.  I acknowledge and agree that the information provided may be used for marketing purposes by a third party unless I nominate not to be included in any such activity. I understand that I will be able to access my information through Cricket Victoria. If the information is not provided, the player’s application to participate in the program may be rejected.

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