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Club Rules

Oundle Town Cricket Club is fully committed to safeguarding, and promoting the well-being of all its members.  The Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect.  You are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with;


As a member of OTCC you are expected to abide by the following:

·         All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.

·         All members must respect opponents.

·         Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their Coach / Team Manager / Captain if they are going to be late.

·         Members must wear suitable kit – White shirt & trainers – for training, white shirt, white trousers, trainers or cricket boots for matches, and other such items as agreed with the Coach / Team Manager / Captain.

·         Members must pay fees promptly for training, playing or attending events.

·         Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.

·         Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.



Membership Fees

Levels of Membership Subscriptions and Fees are published in the Club Handbook and on the Club Website each year.


Annual Membership

The Club operates a Family Membership scheme which applies to all Juniors and their parents. All Junior Memberships must be accompanied by a Parental Membership.


In the interests of fairness and also as a condition of our insurance, the cut off date for payment of subscriptions is 31st May. After this date any Juniors or Seniors that have not paid will not be allowed to train or play in matches at OTCC.




Match Fees

All senior matches where a tea is provided will attract a match fee in addition to any annual membership payments. The Match Fee levels are be published in the Club Handbook and on the Club Website each year.


NB.  Juniors members who are selected to play in senior matches are required to pay the match fee. Parents are asked to ensure that the match fee is brought to the match so it can be paid on arrival.



Parents / Carers Code of Conduct

·         Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.

·         Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.

·         Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.

·         Never force your child to take part in sport.

·         Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all.

·         Never punish or belittle a child for loosing or making mistakes.

·         Publicly accept officials judgements.

·         Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.

·         Use correct and proper language at all times. 



Players & Guests Code of Conduct

All Members and Guests (those who watch / attend / participate / officiate in matches) of Oundle Town Cricket Club will:

·         Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of Cricket

·         Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief

·         Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed

·         Display high standards of behaviour

·         Promote the positive aspects of Cricket e.g. fair play

·         Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, respecting the decisions of match officials

·         Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials

·         Recognise good performance not just match results

·         Place the well-being and safety of children above the development of performance

·         Ensure that activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual

·         Respect children’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in Cricket

·         Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with children in the Club

·         Not provide children with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club

·         Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued

·         Report any concerns in relation to a child, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB

In addition to the above, all Club Officers and Appointed Volunteers will:

·         Have been appropriately vetted if required, before taking on their role

·         Hold relevant qualifications and be covered by appropriate insurance

·         Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment)

·         Inform Players and Parents of the requirements of Cricket

·         Know and understand the ECB’s ‘Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’

·         Develop an appropriate working relationship with young players, based on mutual trust and respect

·         Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval

·         Not engage in any form of sexually related contact with a young player. This is strictly forbidden as is sexual innuendo, flirting or inappropriate gestures and terms. The ECB adopts the Home Office guidelines which recommend the principle -“People in positions of trust and authority do not have sexual relationships with 16-17 year olds in their care”

·         Attend appropriate training to keep up to date with their role, especially that relating to the Safeguarding of children



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.


1.There are two Laws which place 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 decision 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 at any time and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.


3. 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


4. The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:

·         Your opponents

·         Your own captain

·         The roles of the umpires

·         The game's traditional values


5. 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


6. Violence

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


7. Players

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



Transport Policy

Parents/carers are responsible for the safe delivery and collection of their child for matches or training.  It is not the responsibility of the Coach or Team manager to transport, or arrange to transport children to and from the club, matches or training.  This policy is not intended to exclude any player from taking part and parents/carers should contact the Club Welfare officer if they have any problems with the transportation of their children to matches or practice sessions.


Coaches and team managers will be responsible for the children in their care when on the club premises or on arrival at opponents cricket grounds. With regard to Wednesday evening sessions this is qualified in that any child under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult throughout. Team managers can provide directions to opponents’ cricket grounds.



Changing Rooms Policy

·         Adults must not change, or shower, at the same time using the same facility as Children.

·         Adults should try to change at separate times to children during matches, for example when children are padding up.

·         If adults and children need to share a changing facility, the club must have consent from parents that their child(ren)can share a changing room with adults in the club.

·         If children play for adult teams, they, and their parents, must be informed of the club’s policy on changing arrangements.

·         Mixed gender teams must have access to separate male and female changing Rooms.

·         Mobile phones must not be used in changing rooms.  If children are uncomfortable changing or showering at the club, no pressure should be placed on them to do so. Instead suggest they change and shower at home.



Photography & Video Policy

OTCC will from time to time take photographs or video at matches or training to aid in coaching or to publicise the cricket activity at the club in the press or within club communications such as newsletters or the club website.

The club will seek the permission to capture and use such photographs / video from parents and members when they join the club and complete an annual membership form. If no consent has been given for a child or member, then this will be made known to the relevant person of the team (e.g. coach/team manager) so the appropriate persons taking photographs for OTCC and any opposition clubs are aware and can avoid taking photographs of that particular child or member.


Senior Captains Charter

It is a condition when standing for a senior captain position that the candidate should read, understand and accept this charter. These are the minimum requirements the club demands of a senior captain and that they will be held accountable to.



Captains should:

-          make every effort to attend training/nets even if they are not able to take part themselves

-          actively encourage their team members to attend training/nets

-          make a note of who is and is not attending nets to be taken into account at selection



Captains should:

-          attend the weekly selection meeting or make sure the vice-captain is present

-          make sure they have asked players for availability in advance of selection meetings

-          abide by the published selection guidelines of the Club

-          consult the Club Captain on team changes & player requirements following the selection meeting


Leading By Example

Captains should at all times:

-          wear an OTCC shirt and cap and encourage team members to do likewise

-          as appropriate, organise & take part in a pre-match warm up

-          not use foul language or make derogatory personal comments to opposition team members

-          not smoke on the field of play



Captains are responsible for:

-          registering players with leagues and letting leagues know of match results

-          arranging teas

-          arranging scorers and umpires

-          collecting match fees & making sure teas are paid for

-          collecting annual subscriptions

-          paying umpires (where appropriate) before a match commences

-          making sure all jobs are done before departing Milton Road on match days

-          closing all windows and locking up the pavilion on match days

-          posting match results on the OTCC website & to the relevant league

-          attending Committee Meetings



Senior Teams Selection Guidelines 

All Senior and Junior teams must work towards supporting the club’s 1st XI.


First XI Team Saturday

·         The best, balanced team of available players

·         Take in consideration

                                -      Opposition

                                -      Type of wicket


Second Team Saturday

·         Next best, balanced team of available players

·         Liaise with first team captain to give potential first team players ultimate opportunities when possible.

·         Opportunities for junior players


Third Team Saturday

·         Next best, balanced team of available players

·         Emphasis on opportunities for junior players


Sunday Team

·         The best, balanced team of available players

·         Take in consideration

                                -      Opposition

                                -      Type of wicket

                                -      Development opportunities for junior players


Selection Evening

·         Captains must select all 11 players at the meeting when possible

·         A list of reserve players to be selected for potential non availability or late withdrawals

·         Scorebooks / stats must be available at meeting

·         Selections to be made on performance and potential

Junior players

·         Make sure they do not play too many matches in any given week

·         If possible one senior match per weekend

·         Junior County Players’ matches must be taken into consideration