Youth Premier League Behaviour Policies

Coach & Manager Behaviour Policy

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it is to be played not only within the laws, but also within the spirit of the game. Any action seen as abusing this spirit cause’s injury to the game itself.  Embracing the spirit of the game means participating, either as a player or as an official, fairly and exhibiting respect for other players and officials and the game’s traditional values such as graciousness in defeat and humility in victory.

  1. Laws of Cricket and spirit of the game

    Officials and Players must obey the Laws of Cricket and play within the spirit of the game.

  2. Unbecoming behaviour

    Players and Officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could bring the game of cricket into disrepute or be harmful to the interests of cricket.
    Behaviour that may fall within the scope of this rule includes serious or repeated criminal conduct, public acts of misconduct, unruly public behaviour or cheating during play. This rule also applies to off field behaviour, inclusive of both the trials and pre-competition phase and championships.

  3. Intimidation of umpires and dissent

    Players and team officials must not intimidate and umpire and must accept the umpire’s decision. Players and team officials must not show dissent from the umpire’s decision.

  4. Crude or abusive behaviour and racial or religious vilification

    Players and officials must not use crude or abusive language or make crude or abusive gestures
    A player or official who is participating in a match under the jurisdiction or auspices of Cricket Victoria will not engage in any conduct, act towards or speak to any other player or official in a manner which offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies the other player or official on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

  5. Other requirements

    If your team is accommodated, it is important to be aware of the rules and regulations at the accommodation venue
    The team should be supervised by at least one team official and you must ensure each player adheres to the 10.30pm curfew each night.
    There should be no smoking in team uniform and whilst supervising the players and the Cricket Victoria Youth Premier League program is a non-alcohol event.

Player Behaviour Policy

Introduction: Cricket Victoria offers talented junior cricketers the opportunity to participate in various competitions and coaching programs every season. Players pay very small levies for the opportunity to participate in Youth Premier League 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.

Cricket Victoria adopts a zero-tolerance approach to behaviour.
Rules of Behaviour:

  1. Players must play the game in accordance with the Laws of Cricket and adhere to the ‘Spirit of the Game’.
  2. Players must not argue, dispute or intimidate an umpire and must accept all decisions.
  3. Players are to treat teammates, coaches and opponents with respect at all times and display good sportsmanship.
  4. All facilities and equipment are to be used in a careful manner. Deliberate or negligent damage will be seen as an act of vandalism.
  5. Swearing, sledging and intimidating behaviour are not acceptable forms of behaviour.
  6. Vilification of any type including racial and religious which offends, insults, intimidates, threatens or disparages another person will not be accepted and is subject to immediate expulsion.
  7. Youth Premier League participants staying at accommodation facilities during the championships must obey the specific rules of each accommodation venue as outlined upon arrival.
  8. Consumption of alcohol during any championship is strictly prohibited.
  9. Smoking is not permitted at venues, accommodation, in official uniform or in view of team members or team officials.
  10. Curfew at all accommodation venues is 10.30pm or earlier on all nights.
  11. Penalties: Any player who is in breach of any section of the Cricket Victoria Zero Tolerance Pathway Behaviour Policy could face any or all of the following penalties.

    1. Suspension from some or all remaining matches from the relevant Youth Premier League Program. Suspended players are not allowed to be replaced by a player from outside the nominated squad.
    2. 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.
    3. A player’s parent or guardian will be responsible to pay for any damage caused by their son or daughter including emergency services charges.
    4. Exclusion from all future Youth Premier League Programs up to and including the Victorian Under 19 program.
    5. 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.

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:
    1. electronically communicated material, whether written, photographic, video, or audio, which is accessible by more than the member alone;
    2. Facebook, YouTube, twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, Flickr and related domains;
    3. Blogs; social networking sites; instant messaging; social bookmarking, media sharing and collaborative editing websites;
    4. Any other forum which might reasonably be classified as social media as that term is generally understood; and
    5. Any other forum for public comment


  1. When using social media, a person must not:
    1. Abuse others or expose others to content that is offensive, inappropriate or for an illegal purpose;
    2. Impersonate or falsely represent any other person, including Cricket Victoria or another member;
    3. Abuse, harass or threaten any other person, including Cricket Victoria or another member;
    4. Make defamatory or libellous comments;
    5. Use obscene, offensive, insulting, provocative or hateful language;
    6. Post material that infringes the intellectual property rights of others;
    7. Intrude upon the privacy of other members of Cricket Victoria without the consent of such members;
    8. 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;
    9. Violate security measures instituted at any facility of Cricket Victoria;
    10. 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:
    11. 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;
    12. Promote commercial interests in social media platforms operated by Cricket Victoria; or
    13. Without authority, post internet addresses, links to websites, email addresses or other personal information on social media platforms operated by Cricket Victoria.


  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:
    1. make a necessary public comment such as a correction, clarification, contradiction or apology;
    2. issue a formal warning;
    3. report any breach of any law to any local authority or wronged party;
    4. take any disciplinary action available to it under this Member Protection Policy; or
    5. exercise any of its available rights at law.
  3. 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.

Parent Behaviour Policy

In addition to the General Code of Behaviour set out in this By-law, as a parent/guardian of a player in any activity held by or under the auspices of a Community Cricket Peak Body, a Region or an Affiliated Club and Association you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any such activity or event:

  1. Do not force an unwilling child to participate in Cricket.
  2. Remember, children are involved in Cricket for their enjoyment, not yours.
  3. Encourage your child to play by the rules at all times.
  4. Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
  5. Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game. Positive comments are motivational.
  6. Remember that children learn best by example. Appreciate good performances and skillful plays by all participants.
  7. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  8. 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.
  9. Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.
  10. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
  11. Teach your child that an honest effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  12. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse.
  13. Be a model of good sports behaviour for children to copy.
  14. Be courteous in communication with administrators, coaches, players and umpires. Teach children to do likewise.
  15. Support the use of age appropriate development activities and modified rules.
  16. Do not undermine the efforts of coaches.
  17. Encourage junior players to participate in the sport of cricket in a safe manner.

Parent/Guardian Consent

I am the parent or guardian of the Player. I authorise and consent to the Player undertaking the Victorian Cricket Pathway Program (“Program”).  In consideration of this application to participate in the Program being accepted, I expressly agree to be responsible for the Player’s behaviour and agree to accept, in my capacity as parent or guardian, the terms set out in this declaration, including the provision by me of a release and indemnity in the terms set out below. In addition, I agree to be bound by and to comply with Cricket Victoria rules or any rules or directions or other instructions from Cricket Victoria or any rules of the Program.  I make this declaration on behalf of myself (as parent or guardian of the Player) and on behalf of the Player.

  1. “CV” for the purposes of this declaration means Victorian Cricket Association trading as Cricket Victoria.
  2. I agree that the Player and I will abide by and comply with these terms and conditions at all times while participating in the Program.
  3. If accepted, the Player will be permitted to participate in the Program subject to him/her and me complying with the terms and conditions of the use of the Program contained in this declaration and any reasonable direction issued by CV or its representatives.
  4. This document cannot be amended. If it is amended the application to participate in the Program will be null and void and cannot be accepted by CV.
  5. Insurance is in place that may provide limited cover to the Player whilst he/she is 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 CV 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 CV.
  6. This declaration comprises a contract between me and CV 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 CV flowing from them are expressly excluded to the extent possible by law. To the extent of any liability arising, the liability of CV 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.
  9. Release and Indemnity:  In consideration of CV accepting this application to participate in the Program, I, to the extent permitted by law, (a) release and will release CV 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 CV 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 “Claims” 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.
  10. 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 his/herself or to the health and safety of others. I or the Player will immediately notify CV in writing of any change to the Player’s medical condition, fitness and ability to participate. I understand and accept that CV 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 CV, upon any grounds, deems that the Player is not fit to participate in the Program.
  11. Medical Treatment: I consent to the Player receiving any medical treatment that CV reasonably considers necessary or desirable for him/her during my participation in the Program.  I also agree to reimburse CV for any costs or expenses incurred in providing the Player with medical treatment.
  12. Right to Use Image: I acknowledge and consent to photographs and electronic images being taken of the Player during his/her participation in the Program.  I acknowledge and agree that such photographs and electronic images are owned by CV and that CV may use the photographs for promotional or other purposes without my further consent being necessary.  Further, I consent to CV using my name, image, likeness and also the Player’s performance in the Program, at any time, by any form of media, to promote CV or the Program.
  13. Severance:  If any provision of this application and declaration 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 this membership declaration or affect the validity or enforceability of it in any other jurisdiction.
  14. I warrant that all information provided is true and correct.
  15. Use of email address:  I consent to receiving electronic material from CV or its authorised representatives.
  16. I am fully responsible for the security of the Player’s personal possessions while participating in the Program. CV will not be liable for replacement of any personal possessions.
  17. CV has a Privacy policy and the information provided with this application is necessary for participation in the Program. I acknowledge and agree that the information provided in this form will be used by CV 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 CV. If the information is not provided, my application may be rejected.

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