Cricket NL Code of Conduct
Approved by:

Board of Directors, 2020

Last reviewed : 2020


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1. Preamble

1.1. Cricket NL is committed to providing a sport environment that is characterized by excellence, fairness, integrity, open communication, and mutual respect.

1.2. Cricket NL believes these values and ideals should guide all our communications and actions, and that such conduct is in the best interest of all who participate in the sport of cricket in Newfoundland & Labrador.

1.3. Cricket NL believes members who enter the sport of cricket, either on a professional or volunteer basis, shall advocate these standards and supplement Cricket NL’s ethical framework with their own moral conduct and behaviour.

2. Purpose

2.1. The purpose of this Code of Conduct (the “Code”) is to ensure a safe and positive environment (within Cricket NL’s programs, activities, and events) by making Individuals aware that there is an expectation, at all times, of appropriate behaviour consistent with Cricket NL’s core values. Cricket NL supports equal opportunity, prohibits discriminatory practices, and is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect.

3. Definitions

3.1. The following terms have these meanings in this Code:

  1. a) “Individuals” – Individuals employed by, or engaged in activities with, Cricket NL including, but not limited to, players, match officials (umpires and scorers), coaches, volunteers, managers, committee members and board members of Cricket NL.

4. Application

4.1. This Code applies to Individuals’ conduct during Cricket NL business, activities, and events including, but not limited to, competitions, training camps, travel associated with Cricket NL’s activities, Cricket NL’s internal communications, and any meetings.

4.2. This Code also applies to Individuals’ conduct outside of Cricket NL’s business, activities, and events when such conduct adversely affects relationships within Cricket NL (and its work and sport environment) or is detrimental to the image and reputation of Cricket NL. Such applicability will be determined by Cricket NL at its sole discretion.

5. Violation

5.1. An Individual who violates this Code may be subject to sanction(s) pursuant to Cricket NL’s Discipline Policy. In addition to facing possible sanction(s), an Individual who violates this Code during a competition may be ejected from the competition or the playing area, and the Individual may be subject to any additional discipline associated with the particular competition.

6. Responsibilities

6.1. Individuals have a responsibility to:

a) Maintain and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of Cricket NL members and other Individuals by:

  • Demonstrating respect to any person regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, economic status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation;
  • Focusing comments or criticism appropriately and avoiding public criticism of players, match officials, coaches, organizers, volunteers, or board members;
  • Consistently demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship, sport leadership, and ethical conduct;
  • Acting, when appropriate, to correct or prevent practices that are unjustly discriminatory;
  • Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably; and
  • Ensuring adherence to the laws of cricket and the spirit of those laws.

b) Refrain from verbally or physically abusing opponents, match officials, spectators, or volunteers;
c) Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language in the conduct of his/her duties;
d) Abstain from the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance-enhancing drugs or methods. More specifically, Cricket NL adopts and adheres to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. Cricket NL will respect any penalty enacted pursuant to a breach of the Canadian Anti- Doping Program, whether imposed by Cricket NL or Cricket Canada or any other organization;
e) Refrain from associating with any person for the purpose of coaching, training, competition, instruction, administration, management, athletic development, or supervision of the sport, who has incurred an anti-doping rule violation and is serving a sanction involving a period of ineligibility imposed pursuant to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and/or the World Anti- Doping Code and recognized by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES);
f) Refrain from the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another person to engage in inappropriate activities;
g) Refrain from consuming alcohol, tobacco products, or recreational drugs while participating in Cricket NL programs, activities, or competitions;
i) Respect the property of others and not willfully cause damage;
j) Promote cricket in the most constructive and positive manner possible;
k) Adhere to all federal, provincial, municipal and host country laws;
l) Comply, at all times, with Cricket NL’s bylaws, policies, procedures, and rules and regulations, as adopted and amended from time to time; and
m) Conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the highest standard of behaviour arising within the business, activities or events of Cricket NL.

7. Cricket NL Board of Directors and Committee Members


7.1. In addition to Clause 6 (above), Cricket NL’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), and Committee Members will have additional responsibilities to:

  1. Function primarily as a member of the Board, and/or committee(s) of Cricket NL; not as a member of any other particular member club or constituency;
  2. Act with honesty and integrity and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the nature and responsibilities of Cricket NL’s business and the maintenance of Individuals’ confidence;
  3. Ensure that Cricket NL’s financial affairs are conducted in a responsible and transparent manner with due regard for all fiduciary responsibilities;
  4. Conduct themselves openly, professionally, lawfully and in good faith in the best interests of Cricket NL;
  5. Be independent and impartial and not be influenced by self-interest, outside pressure, expectation of reward, or fear of criticism;
  6. Behave with decorum appropriate to both circumstance and position and be fair, equitable, considerate, and honest in all dealings with others;
  7. Keep informed about Cricket NL’s activities, the provincial sport community, and general trends in the sectors in which they operate;
  8. Exercise the degree of care, diligence, and skill required in the performance of their duties pursuant to the laws under which Cricket NL is incorporated;
  9. Respect the confidentiality appropriate to issues of a sensitive nature;
  10. Ensure that all Individuals are given sufficient opportunity to express opinions, and that all opinions are given due consideration and weight;
  11. Respect the decisions of the majority and resign if unable to do so;
  12. Commit the time to attend meetings and be diligent in preparation for, and participation in, discussions at such meetings;
  13. Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of all Cricket NL governance documents; and
  14. Conform to the bylaws and policies approved by Cricket NL.

Directors or committee members who do not follow this code may be removed from their positions of responsibility by the Board.

8. Athletes (Provincial Squad Players)

9.1. In addition to Clause 6 (above), athletes who were selected by the selection committee to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in cricket tournaments of that particular year, will have additional responsibilities to:

  1. Report any medical problems in a timely fashion, when such problems may limit their ability to travel, practice, or compete;
  2. Participate and appear on-time, well-nourished, and prepared to participate to their best abilities in all competitions, practices, training sessions, tryouts, tournaments, and events;
  3. Properly represent themselves and not attempt to participate in a competition for which they are not eligible by reason of age, classification, or other reason;
  4. Adhere to Cricket NL’s rules and requirements regarding clothing and equipment;
  5. Never ridicule an athlete for a poor performance or practice;
  6. Refrain from abusing cricket facilities or equipment;
  7. To meet reasonable requests for interview by the media, and provide the utmost in good manners toward sponsors and media personnel;
  8. Act in a sportsmanlike manner and not display appearances of violence, foul language, or gestures to other athletes, officials, coaches, or spectators;
  9. Dress in a manner representative of Cricket NL; focusing on neatness, cleanliness, and discretion; and
  10. Act in accordance with Cricket NL’s policies and procedures and, when applicable, additional rules as outlined by coaches or managers

9. Match Officials (Umpires and Scorers)

Cricket NL recognizes the importance of officials to its provincial programs and the development of cricket in general. For their part, officials must understand their responsibilities to those involved in a match and ensure they act in a respectful and professional manner.

Cricket NL is committed to delivering technically and ethically sound training for its officials.

Cricket NL officials have the responsibilities of:

  • Performing their duties with integrity.
  • Acting in a respectful manner toward players, coaches and other officials.
  • Abstaining from alcohol and other intoxicating substances before and during the performance of their duties.

Cricket NL officials must:

  • Consider the safety and well being of those involved in a match.
  • Treat players, coaches and other officials with dignity and in an unbiased manner.
  • Not engage in harassing behavior toward others.
  • Never abuse their power (by requesting special treatment, sexual favours, etc.) or threaten reprisal.
  • Never counsel or condone the use of doping practices or illegal substances by athletes.


Cases where Cricket NL officials do not adhere to their responsibilities may be reported under the Cricket NL Discipline policy, and face sanctions.

10. Volunteers

11.1. Volunteers play a critical role in the operation of Cricket NL and their activities. Through their responsibilities the volunteer receives rewards such a personal development, recognition, feedback, a tie to family and community, and the personal satisfaction of helping others. In return the volunteer must be expected to conduct their efforts in a manner that will allow the values and goals of Cricket NL to be achieved.

11.2. In addition t0 Clause 7 (above), Cricket NL volunteers have a responsibility to:-

  1. Consistently display high personal standards and project a favourable image of cricket and volunteering;
  2. Abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages or consuming tobacco products when performing your volunteer duties;
  3. Regularly seek ways of increasing professional development and self-awareness of cricket ;
  4. Treat members of other sport organizations with respect, both in victory and defeat;
  5. Attend to your volunteer duties, as directed, in a timely manner; and
  6. Ensure the safety of the people with whom they volunteer.

Social Media

All those covered by this Code of Conduct should:-

  • Only connect and communicate with others through Social Media in a positive manner.
  • Ensure comments may not be interpreted as slurs, demeaning or inflammatory, etc.
  • Comply with applicable privacy, confidentiality and intellectual property laws.
  • Refrain from the use of Social Media for the purposes of fraud and/or impersonation.
  • Refrain from uploading, posting, emailing or otherwise transmitting:
    • Any content that is offensive, obscene, unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory,
    • hateful, invasive of another’s privacy or otherwise objectionable.
    • Material which is designed to cause annoyance, inconvenience, or needless anxiety to others;
    • Infringes the patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary right of any other party;
    • Any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or commercial material, “junk mail”, “spam”, “chain letter”, “pyramid scheme” or any other form of solicitation.
    • Any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, file or program designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or telecommunications equipment

11. Review and Approval

12.1. Cricket NL’s Board of Directors shall review this Code annually.


Adopted by the Cricket NL’s Board of Directors on:

Date: November — 2020


Cricket Newfoundland and Labrador