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Posted by Admin on 06/02/2017 20:29


(1) Abuse of cricket equipment, clothing,ground equipment or fixtures and fittings

The knocking of stumps or the throwing or kicking of a bat, ball, helmet, boundary flag, rope or any equipment on the field of play or within the cartilage of the club premises of ground.

Suspension – MINIMUM period of one game.

(2) Abuse of a player

(a) After any warnings due from the captain, whether or not initiated by the umpires, a player found guilty of any form of abusive behaviour towards

one or more members of the opposing team or of making gestures to one or more members of the opposing team or any act of violence on the field of play.

Suspension – MINIMUM period of two games.

(b) The guilty player’s captain is liable to be suspended for a MINIMUM period of two games if it is found that reasonable steps were not taken

to ensure good behaviour from the player.

(c) Deliberate violent physical contact on a member of the opposing team.

Suspension – MINIMUM period of five games.

The severity of the violencewill influence the appropriateness of the length of sentence to be imposed.

(3) Abuse of an umpire (inclusive of intimidation whether by language or conduct)

(a) Dissent by action or verbal.

Suspension – MINIMUM period of one game.

(b) Dissent by action and verbal.

Suspension – MINIMUM period of two games.

(c) Verbal or written abuse (inclusive of using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or the making of an obscene gesture.

Suspension – MINIMUM period of three games.

(d) Deliberate violent physical contact or threat of assault.


The severity of the violence will influence the appropriateness of the length of sentence to be imposed.


(4) Social Media

It shall be considered a disciplinary matter should any individual or club be found to have posted items considered to be:

1. Indecent or

2. Grossly offensive or

3. Conveying threat or

4. False and intending to cause distress to the recipient

5. Inappropriate or threatening in nature


(5) Racial Abuse

Any racially abusive comment or action will result in suspension; i.e. using

language or a gesture that offends, insults, humiliates, threatens, disparages,

or vilifies another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, colour,

descent or national or ethnic origin.

Suspension – PERIOD will be decided by the League’s Disciplinary Panel.

(6) Accumulated Bad Behaviour (as laid down in ECB guidelines)

(a) Repeated infringements (3) or the Spirit of Cricket by an individual, where it is decided that each infringement in itself does not merit any

immediate action, will result in a Disciplinary Hearing. 

(b) Repeated infringements by a team are likely to result in the captain being held responsible for the conduct of his team (whether or not

individual players are also identified for disciplinary action) and being called before a Disciplinary Hearing.

(c) The penalties available include suspension.When issuing the penalty, the Disciplinary Panel may take account of instances of poor team discipline

in previous years, particularly where the on-the-field captain is the same and the prior period of any individual charged.

(d) Captains should ensure they understand their responsibility for the “on the field” behaviour of themselves and their team members.

Umpires will report the items listed in the Appendix to these guidlines. If the suspension is a penalty, this will normally take place immediately.


Suspension – MINIMUM period of two games. (The ECB guideline for such an instance is four weeks which will be noted by the Disciplinary Panel in

making a decision, having taken account of any suspension imposed, and served, or suspended suspensions currently in force which have been

previously imposed by a player’s club.) 

Note: Following two incidents being dealt with by a club, a third incident regarding a player at that club will automatically cause the Disciplinary Panel to be called.


(7) Mandatory Reporting under the Laws

The umpires after consultation are instructed to report transgressions under the following headings:

Law 18.5 – Deliberate short runs

Law 24(c) – Fair delivery – the arm

Law 42.3 – Changing the condition of the ball

Law 42.4 – Deliberate attempt to distract striker

Law 42.5 – Deliberate distraction or obstruction of batsman

Law 42.6, 7 & 8 – Dangerous and unfair bowling

Law 42.9 – Time wasting by the fielding side

Law 42.10 – Batsman wasting time

Law 42.11, 12, 13 & 14 – Bowler, fielder or batsman damaging the pitch

Law 42.16 – Batsman stealing a run

Law 42.18 – Players conduct

Players failing to comply with the above Laws:

Suspension – MINIMUM period of one game.

The guilty player’s captain is liable to be suspended for a period of a MINIMUM of one game if it is found that reasonable steps were not taken

to ensure compliance by the player. 


1. Excessive appealing.

2. Pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion in an aggressive manner by a bowler or other member of the fielding side upon the dismissal of a


3. Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play.

4. Charging or advancing towards an umpire or player in an aggressive manner when appealing.

5. Deliberate and malicious distraction or obstruction on the field of play.

6. Throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner.

7. Using language that is obscene, offensive or of a seriously insulting nature to another player, umpire, team official or spectator.

N.B. It is acknowedged that there will be verbal exchanges between players in the course of play. Rather than seeking to eliminate these exchanges entirely, umpires will look to lay charges when this falls below an accepted standard. In this instance, language will be interpreted to include gestures.

8. Threat of assault on another player, umpire, team official or spectator.

9. Separate incidents in the course of a match will mean umpires will lay separate charges. If the Disciplinary Panel find the person charged to be guilty of more than one offence, they will impose separate penalties in respect of each offence. Penalties are cumulative and not concurrent.



1. Following an offence, the captain will be advised by the umpires at the end of the match of their intention to submit a written report under the terms of the Ribblesdale Cricket League Disciplinary Procedure.

2. Clubs are expected to convene an internal club enquiry WITHIN FIVE DAYS from the day of the match where the incident took place.

3. In the event of a club failing to take appropriate action (which should be agreed with the League Chairman [or Hon. Secretary in his absence]),

all clubs will be asked to appoint their own disciplinary officer to represent their club and liaise with the RCOA Disciplinary Officer should any disciplinary issues arise.The disciplinary secretary will also be the point of contact for all disciplinary officers. The idea of each club having their own officer dealing with the RCOA disciplinary officer means there should be more consistency when in dealing with disciplinaries. Also any 3 of the clubs’ disciplinary officers together with

the ROAC disciplinary officer would make up any panel for any appeals that may arise.The RCOA would also like a representative of the RCL (not

attached to the RCOA) to be present at each monthly meeting. A Discipline Panel hearing will be set up.All costs of the hearing will be the

responsibility of the club concerned.

3. (a) A club or player may appeal against the decision of the Disciplinary Panel hearing. A new Panel will hear such appeal. In the case of an

appeal the RCOA displinary officer will notify all parties involved with details of the new hearing.

4. (a) An Appeal should be made in writing to the League Secretary within five days of the original decision, accompanied by a cheque for £25 payable to the Ribblesdale Cricket League which amount will be refunded in the event of such Appeal being successful.

(b) The club is responsible for the cost of the appeal hearing.In the event of the Appeal not being correctly received within the five day period,

the decision of the Disciplinary Panel will stand.

5. The Appeals Panel has the power to reduce or increase penalties and to uphold or set aside the decision of the Disciplinary Panel.

6. (a) An Umpire requested to attend a Disciplinary Hearing will receive expenses of a similar amount payable under playing conditions (a)(ii)

– such sum being the responsibility of the club concerned.

(b) In the event of more than one club being involved in the Hearing, the cost will be equally shared.

(c) The relevant club will pay the travelling expenses of the three members of the Hearing if it produces no change relative to the

Disciplinary Panels initial response.

(d) The Ribblesdale Cricket League will pay these expenses if the Hearing finds in favour of the player.

(e) In the event of an appeal, the travelling expenses of the three members of the Appeal Committee will be the responsibility of the

player’s club.

(f) The Ribblesdale Cricket League will pay these expenses if the appeal finds in favour of the player.

7. Suspensions will be imposed in games.

8. All matches within the auspices of the ECB or Ribblesdale Cricket League (including the LCB Knockout) during such period will apply.

With regard to matches in the Ribblesdale Cricket League should a player be suspended for one game or more, then the suspension period should be served in THE COMPETITION THAT THE OFFENCE HAS TAKEN PLACE.

T20 fixture = Suspension for x amount of T20 games

League fixture = Suspension for X amount of league games (senior or junior)

Cup Fixture = Suspension for x amount of cup games

9. Clubs and/or Disciplinary Panel will take into account the past history of a player’s behaviour in deciding appropriate suspension, etc.

10. Suspensions imposed for a period which extends beyond the end of the season will continue into the following season with specific dates

defined as in 2 above.

11. The Disciplinary Panel will call on umpires, players, independent witnesses and any other person(s) whom they may consider to be of

assistance in their enquiries. The League Umpires is to encourage its members to include details of independent witnesses within their report

wherever possible.

12. These guidelines and penalties apply equally to all games of cricket within the Ribblesdale Cricket League.

13. If a player is suspended under the Code of Conduct, his club will notify the League of the date(s) of the game(s) when the suspension will take

place. If any game(s) does not START for ANY reason it will not count towards the suspension.



1. In all cases and for all offences, an admission of guilt will almost certainly result in a lesser sentence being imposed than if the matter is contested

– credit being given for an admission.

2. Suspensions of four weeks games duration will be reported by the League to the Lancashire Cricket Board for national circularisation. Such

suspensions will normally apply to all cricket played under the auspices of the ECB.

3. In relation to any penalty imposed by this clause or elsewhere in these rules, the club or the League Management Committee shall have the

power in appropriate circumstances to suspend any or the entire penalty imposed.