COACH CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
In addition to the General Code of Behaviour set out in this By-law, you must meet the following requirements in regard to your conduct during any activity held by or under the auspices of a Community Cricket Peak Body, a Region or an Affiliated Club and Association and in your role as a coach of, a Community Cricket Peak Body, a Region or an Affiliated Club and Association:
- Operate within the rules and Spirit of
Cricket and teach your players to do the same.
- Remember that young people participate
for pleasure and winning is only part of the fun.
- Never ridicule or yell at a young
player for making a mistake or not coming first.
- Be reasonable in your demands on
players’ time, energy and enthusiasm.
- Avoid overplaying the talented
players; all young players need and deserve equal time, attention and
- Ensure that equipment and facilities
meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age and ability of all
- Display control and respect to all
those involved in Cricket. This includes opponents, coaches, umpires,
administrators, parents and spectators. Encourage your players to do the same.
- Show concern and caution toward sick
and injured players. Follow the advice of a physician when determining whether
an injured player is ready to recommence training or competition.
- Obtain appropriate qualifications and
keep up to date with the latest Cricket coaching practices and principles of
growth and development of young people. Be honest and ensure that
qualifications are not misrepresented.
- Respect the rights,
dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability,
cultural background or religion.
- Promote a climate of mutual support
among your players. Encourage players to respect one another and to expect
respect for their worth as individuals regardless of their level of play.
- Encourage and facilitate players’
independence and responsibility for their own behaviour, performance, decisions
- Determine, in consultation with the
players, what information is confidential and respect that confidentiality.
- Provide feedback to players in a
caring sensitive manner to their needs. Avoid overly negative feedback.
- Refrain from any form of personal
abuse towards your players. This
includes verbal, physical and emotional abuse.
Be alert to any forms of abuse directed toward your players from other
sources while they are in your care.
(Abide by Community Cricket Member Protection By-law).
- Refrain from any form of harassment
towards your players. Treat all players fairly within the context of their
sporting activities, regardless of gender, race, place of origin, athletic
potential, colour, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, socio-economic
status, and other condition. (Abide by Community Cricket Member Protection
- Be acutely aware of the power that you
as a coach develop with your players in the coaching relationship and avoid any
sexual intimacy with players that could develop as a result.
- Avoid situations with your players
that could be construed as compromising. Any physical contact with a young
person should be appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s
- At all times use appropriate training methods
which will benefit the players and avoid those which could be harmful. Ensure that the tasks, trainings, equipment
and facilities are safe and suitable for age, experience, ability and physical
and psychological conditions of the players.
- Ensure the players time spent with you
is a positive experience. All players
are deserving of equal attention and opportunities. Provide training and game
opportunities that ensure everyone has a reasonable chance to succeed and to
improve/acquire skills and develop confidence.
- Actively discourage the use of
performance enhancing drugs, the use of alcohol and tobacco and illegal
substance. (Abide by the Cricket Victoria Anti-Doping Policy).
- Recognize individual differences in
players and always think of the player’s long-term best interests.
- Set challenges for each player which
are both achievable and motivating.
- Respect the fact that your goal as a
coach for the player may not always be the same as that of the player. Aim for excellence based upon realistic goals
and due consideration for the participant’s growth and development.
- At all times act as a role model that
promotes the positive aspects of sport and of Cricket by maintaining the
highest standards of personal conduct and projecting a favourable image of Cricket
and of coaching at all times.
- Recognize your player’s rights to
consult with other coaches and advisers.
Cooperate fully with other specialists (eg. sports scientists, doctors,
- Do not exploit any coaching
relationship or information gained through Cricket Victoria Programs, to
further personal, political, or business interests.