By-Law 25 CODE OF CONDUCT
The following text should be implemented within all affiliated organizations rules forthwith.
The Code of Conduct (the Code):
25.1.1 The Code applies to all players, officials, office bearers, and members of clubs that
participate in any affiliated organisation competition or fixture of the IDCA. It applies to
all officials, office bearers and members of all affiliated Umpires Associations, and it
applies to any person listed above whether they are on or off the field or taking part in a
match or not.
25.2 RULES OF THE CODE
25.2.1 If the Code applies to a person, they must not assault or attempt to assault an Umpire,
another player or spectator; or abuse, either orally or physically, another player, Umpire
or spectator; or dispute, as distinct from question, an Umpire's decision or react in an
obviously provocative or disapproving manner towards an Umpire, their decision, or
generally following an Umpire's decision; or use crude and abusive language, hand
signals or other gestures, or refuse to supply their full name and registered address,
when required by a person eligible to lodge a report: or permit time wasting, conduct on
field coaching take any action likely to bring about a contrived result or undertake any
conduct that is against what is understood to be the commonly accepted 'Spirit of the
Game' (26.2.2). The IDCA expects umpires to act strongly and promptly to prevent the
use of foul language, either in general or directed specifically at individual players, and
to report players who express dissent from their rulings.
25.2.2 THE PREAMBLE — THE SPIRIT OF CRICKET
Cricket owes much of its appeal and enjoyment to the fact that it should be played not
only according to the Laws, but also within the Spirit of Cricket.
The major responsibility for ensuring fair play rests with the captains, but extends to all
players, umpires and especially in junior cricket, teachers, coaches and parents.
Respect is central to the Spirit of Cricket:
• Respect your captain, team-mates, opponents and the authority of the
• Play hard and play fair.
• Accept the umpire’s decision.
• Create a positive atmosphere by your own conduct, and encourage others to
• Show self-discipline, even when things go against you.
• Congratulate the opposition on their success, and enjoy those of your own
• Thank the officials and your opposition at the end of the match, whatever the
Cricket is an exciting game that encourages leadership, friendship and teamwork, which
brings together people from different nationalities, cultures and religions, especially
when played within the Spirit of Cricket.
25.3 WHO CAN LODGE A REPORT
An alleged breach of the Code may be reported by;
(a) any person in By-law 26.1.1 and any person who sees or hears the conduct that is
allegedly breaching the Code.
25.4 ALLEGED BREACHES OF THE CODE
25.4.1 An alleged breach of the code must be reported, and any such report must be in writing
setting out the full details of the alleged breach. Alleged breaches of the code arising
from matches conducted by the IDCA must be reported to the Secretary of the IDCA
and will be adjudicated by the IDCA.
24.4.2 If the alleged breach is reported by a person in 26.1.1, the Secretary of the IDCA or the
affiliated association must be informed as soon as possible after the alleged breach: but
not later than Five (5) days after the end of play for the day on which the said alleged
breach occurred. A written report setting out the full details of the alleged breach must
be given to the Secretary of the affiliated association. The person who is reported must
be informed that he/she is alleged to have breached the Code, that they are being
reported. The officials, office bearers of the offender's club must be informed that the
person has being reported.
NOTE: In the case of alleged breaches in the IDCA competitions, the offender's affiliated
organisation is to be advised accordingly.
(a) if a report of an alleged breach of the Code has been received by the affiliated
organisation, it must give the person who is subject of the report, a copy of that report
give that person's club or affiliated organisation a copy of that report; and give the
person who is the subject of the report, a written notice to appear before the judiciary.
(b) the time and place of such judiciary hearings must be set out in any notice and must be
at least five (5) days after the person receives such notice. Any notice is deemed to
have been sent and received as per By-Law 23 above.
(c) If the affiliated organisation or the IDCA deems it appropriate, it may ask the person
who reported the alleged breach to appear at the judiciary hearing, by giving notice in
accordance with 25.4.2 (b) above.
(d) If a person who was given notice under 25.4.2 (b) above, does not appear at the
hearing, the judiciary may, if it is satisfied that the person did not receive that notice, set
aside any order made in the absence of that person.
25.5 THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
(a) A Judiciary Committee should be appointed by the affiliated organisation, and will
comprise such persons, as the affiliated organisation deems fit. No person on that
committee shall sit in a hearing, which involves a person connected with the
organisation of which that person is a member. The IDCA shall appoint a Judiciary
Sub-Committee from its General Committee and the same conditions shall apply when
a member of that Sub-Committee shall stand aside in the event of an appeal being
submitted by an affiliated organisation, which he represents.
(b) If the Constitution/Rules and By-Laws of the affiliated organisation or the IDCA allow,
and the Judiciary is satisfied that a person has breached the Code, then without limiting
the range of penalties it may impose, the judiciary may reprimand that person; or fine
that person; or suspend that person; or fine and suspend that person; or suspend the
operation of any penalty on any terms that it sees fit.
(c) The Judiciary must report any action taken under 26.5 to the Committee of the affiliated
organisation, or the Executive Committee of the IDCA, as the case may be.
Provided that by-law 26.4.2 has been complied with, the Judiciary may conduct the proceedings
in the absence of the person who has been reported for an alleged breach of the Code, and the
person who reported the alleged breach. As soon as practicable after the hearing, the Judiciary
must tell the person who is the subject of the report; its decision, as well as giving written notice
of its decision to the person who is the subject of the report; that person's club; and the person
who lodged the report.
All appeals against decisions of the IDCA Judiciary will be heard by the full Executive
Committee of the IDCA. Any person found guilty of a breach of the Code by the Judiciary or
any person who lodged the report under by-law 26.4 may appeal against the decision of the
Any appeal must be made in writing and be lodged with the Secretary of the IDCA within seven
(7) days of being notified by the Judiciary of its decision, and must set out fully the grounds on
which the appeal is being made. The Executive Committee of the IDCA must consider the
appeal as soon as possible, and may, if it deems fit to confirm; or amend the Judiciary's
The Executive Committee of the IDCA must inform in writing the delegates of its decision. The
decision of the IDCA is final in all matter concerning this Code, however, unless it is on a point
of law, no further appeal may be made to the IDCA or to any other body or court. If an appeal
has been lodged, a person suspended by the Judiciary must not take part in any match until the
appeal has been determined.
25.8 FINES APPLICABLE
Any fine must be paid to the affiliated association or the IDCA, as the case may be, within seven
(7) days of the person being notified that a fine has been imposed. A person is ineligible for
selection in or appointment to any fixture set down by the affiliated organisation or the IDCA
until any fine imposed on them has been paid. If a person who lodged the report is not a
member of the affiliated organisation's Umpires' Association or the NSW Cricket Umpires'
Association Incorporated who officiated in the match, the Judiciary must give written notice to
the Local organisation or the Secretary of the IDCA, as the case may apply. A written notice
under this by-law must set out the details of the report and the Judiciary hearing including its
25.9 JUDICIARY RECORDINGS OF HEARINGS
All affiliated organisations must keep a register in which are to be recorded summaries of all
proceedings, including decisions, which have been dealt with by the Judiciary, and copies of
such proceedings must be submitted to the Secretary of the IDCA without fail.