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March 26, 2004, 1:19 pm
POLICIES AND CODES OF CONDUCT
POLICIES AND CODES OF CONDUCT

The Club Committee wishes to make it clear that it values greatly the Colts Section of the Club and is committed to providing the very best facilities for all our youngsters.

We believe that the colts will be more likely to enjoy their cricket and have more fun if they are well managed and receive top quality coaching.

As part of our continuing drive to develop these arrangements, the Club has produced a Preston Nomads Cricket Club - Policy for Colts, to inform the colts and their parents (or guardians) what they can expect of the Club. This is set out below.

Underpinning this Policy, are the following codes of conduct, which are attached:

•    Code of Conduct for Colts;
•    Code of Conduct for Parents;
•    Code of Conduct for Coaches and Managers.

Also attached to this Policy are the following:

•    Club Equity Statement;
•    Guidelines for Dealing with an Incident;
•    Risk Assessment Form.


                 POLICY FOR COLTS

It is agreed that the Club will:

(i)ensure that all colts are provided with equal opportunities, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability or social status;

(ii)safeguard and promote the well being of all colts;

(iii)ensure that colts, their parents, the coaches and managers know that they are expected, at all times, to show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others;

(iv)ensure that colts, their parents, the coaches and managers are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about the Club, with the Colts Manager;

(v)ensure that all fixtures are properly arranged and that a match manager is available for each game;

(vi)ensure that all home matches are played on pitches that are safe for the age group concerned;

(vii)ensure that coaching/training is provided by qualified coaches;

(viii)ensure the suitability of all organisers, managers and coaches;

(ix)ensure that all organisers, managers and coaches are aware of and committed to the Club’s Child Protection Policy;

(x)supervise and monitor the access to and use of practice facilities by colts;

(xi)ensure that the bowling machine at Fulking is never used by a colt, but only by a designated coach or organiser;

(xii)ensure that first aid kits are available in the pavilion at Fulking and provided to every age group organiser;

(xiii)ensure that the colts wear cricket helmets when required to;

(xiv)ensure that colts bowl no more overs for the Club than is recommended by the ECB for their particular age group;

(xv)take all possible steps to supervise the taking of any prescribed medications, in accordance with the specific requests of the colt’s parent/guardian;

(xvi)deal with an emergency concerning the health or welfare of a colt;

(xvii)take all steps to restrict the carrying of drinks glasses outside the immediate pavilion area;

(xviii)carry adequate levels of insurance for public liability and personal accident cover.


               CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS

The following standards are expected from all PNCC Colts:

(i)matches will be played competitively and with full commitment;

(ii)the opposition should be respected and treated in a sportsmanlike way;

(iii)the umpire’s decision must be accepted at all times and their dissent should never be shown;

(iv)behaviour at any match, wherever played, should not cause offence to the ground authorities or any person.  Local rules must also be observed;

(v)it is unacceptable to use foul or abusive language;

(vi)it is unacceptable to intimidate or deliberately distract opponents orally, or by acts of gamesmanship or aggressive behaviour;

(vii)it is expected that all players will keep to agreed timings for coaching and matches, or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late;

(viii)it is unacceptable for players to smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs whilst participating in a PNCC fixture;

(ix)it is expected that players will be dressed in smart cricket clothing, whilst playing in a match, as agreed with the team manager.


                  CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS

The Club appreciates greatly the contributions parents make to the organisation of the Colts section and it is hoped that parents will:

(i)remember that children play cricket for their own enjoyment, not yours;

(ii)encourage children to participate and not force them;

(iii)focus on the child’s effort and performance, rather than winning or losing, and never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes;

(iv)encourage children to participate according to the laws and etiquette of cricket;

(v)encourage children to play with the PNCC ethos (i.e. playing to win, in a sportsmanlike way);

(vi)discourage unfair play and arguing with officials;

(vii)set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all;

(viii)support all efforts to remove verbal abuse and dissent from cricket;

(ix)respect officials’ decisions and teach their children to do likewise;

(x)provide the age group organiser or Colts Manager with details of any illness which a colt has (e.g. diabetes, asthma, epilepsy) and what medication may need to be supervised;

(xi)ensure that adequate arrangements are made for the safe collection and transportation of the colt to and from matches/practice;

(xii)supervise any siblings/friends of the colt at matches/coaching and practice sessions;

(xiii)exercise strict control of their dogs at matches/practice sessions;

(xiv)be careful when driving their car at Fulking;

(xv)instruct the colts that they must never go behind the pavilion bar, unless strictly supervised by a Club official;

(xvi)support the team manager in whatever way you can.


                CODE OF CONDUCT FOR COACHES
           (Based on ECB Coaches Code of Conduct)

1.  RIGHTS OF COLTS

Coaches should:
•assist in the creation of an environment where every colt has the opportunity to participate in coaching and matches;

•create and maintain an environment where colts are free of fear and harassment;

•recognise the rights of all colts to be treated as individuals.

2. RELATIONSHIPS WITH COLTS

Coaches:
•should develop a working relationship with players, based on mutual trust and respect;

•must not engage in behaviour that constitutes any form of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, bullying);

•should promote the welfare and best interests of the colts;

•never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward;

•never condone violations of the laws of cricket, rough play or use of prohibitive substances;

•must avoid sexual intimacy with colts;

•must take action if they have a concern about the behaviour of an adult towards a colt;

•should empower colts to be responsible for their own actions/decisions.

3. RESPONSIBILITIES – PERSONAL STANDARDS

Coaches:
•must be fair, honest and considerate to colts and their parents/guardians;

•should protect the image of health, cleanliness and functional efficiency;

•must be positive role models for colts at all times;

•should display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance.

4. RESPONSIBILITIES – PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Coaches shall:
•provide a safe environment that maximises benefits and minimises risks to colts in achieving their goals;

•promote the positive aspects of cricket (e.g. fair play and respect for others);

•promote the execution of safe and correct practice, appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part;

•be professional and accept responsibility for their actions;

•hold the appropriate, valid qualifications and insurance cover;

•make a commitment to providing a quality service to those colts they coach;

•follow all guidelines laid down by the ECB and the Club;

•gain ECB coaching qualifications appropriate to the level at which they coach;

•have responsibility for ensuring that they have been individually checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.


The above Code of Conduct will also apply, as appropriate, to all PNCC age group and match managers.



                   EQUITY POLICY


Preston Nomads Cricket Club hereby declares that it is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development.

In doing so, it acknowledges and has adopted the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

“Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities, and taking steps to address them.  It is about changing the culture and structure of sport, to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society”.  

Preston Nomads Cricket Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every player, coach, manager and parent, and will treat everyone equally, within its activities, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy the game of cricket, in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

The Club accepts that all its members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

The Club will deal with deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour in a very serious manner.



           GUIDELINES FOR DEALING WITH AN INCIDENT

The person who observes or receives a report of an injury to a player should:

•Stay calm, but act swiftly and observe the situation;

•Assess the nature of the injury and the likelihood of further injuries;

•Listen carefully to what the injured person is saying;

•Alert the first aider, whenever possible, who should take appropriate action for minor injuries;

•If in any doubt about the seriousness of the injury, straight away call, or ask someone else, to call the emergency services on 999;

•Do not move the person if in any doubt about the seriousness of the injury(s); wait for the ambulance to arrive;

•Deal with the remainder of the team/group and ensure that they are adequately supervised;

•Contact the injured person’s parent/guardian;

•Complete an incident/accident report form (as attached).


 

             INCIDENT/ACCIDENT REPORT FORM

Please complete this form for any untoward incidents and accidents and send it to the Colts Manager.  If in doubt about what constitutes an untoward incident, play safe and complete the form.

1. Site of incident/accident…………………..………………………………………..

 2. Name and position of person in charge of session/match ………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………………

3. Name of injured person ……………………………………………………………

4.Address of injured person………………………………………………………….
………………………………………………………………………………………….

5. Date/time of incident/accident……………………………………………………..

6. Nature of incident/ accident………………………………………………………..

7. Nature of injury…………………………………………………………………….

8. Details of where the incident/accident took place…………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………………..

9. Details of what activity was taking place………………………………………….

10. Details of action taken (including any first aid/medical treatment and the name(s) of the first aider(s)……………………………………………………………
…………………………………………………………………………………………..

11. Details of what happened to the injured person following the incident/accident (e.g. went home, went to hospital, carried on with session/match)………………………………………………………………………….
…………………………………………………………………………………………..

12. Were the police, ambulance and/or parent/guardian contacted after the incident/accident (please specify)? …………………………………………………...

I declare that all of the above details are a true and accurate record of the incident/accident.

Signed ………………………………………………..  Date …………………………

Name and position …………………………………………………………………….




                     RISK ASSESSMENT FORM

Venue/location of assessment …………………………………………………….…..

Name/position of assessor …………………………………………………………….

Date of assessment …………………………………………………………………….

1. Playing/coaching area

•Is the area and surroundings safe and free from obstacles, stones, etc? ……….

•Is the area fit and appropriate for the designated activity?  ………………….. (If “No”, please outline the hazard(s); identify who may be at risk and any action taken/to be taken ………………………………………………………

2. Equipment

•Is the area fit and sound for the designated activity and for the age group/ability? …………………………………………………………………..

•Is the equipment safe and appropriate for the designated activity? ……………
            (If “No”, please outline unsafe equipment; identify who may be at risk and any action taken/to be taken ………………………………………………………...

•If the item of equipment is specified as needing to be used under the supervision of a designated adult, is it being thus supervised? ………………...

3. Performers

•Is the attendance register up-to-date, with medical information and contact details? …………………………………………………………………….
      (If “No”, please outline its current state and any action taken/to be taken)

………………………………………………………………………………………..

•At the time of assessment, were the performers appropriately attired for the activity, in accordance with the Club’s standards? …………………………….
            (If “No”, please outline inappropriate attire) …………………………………...

4. Emergency Points

•Can emergency vehicles gain access to the ground quickly and easily?……….
      (If “No”, please specify what corrective action is necessary)…………………..
      …………………………………………………………………………………..

•Is a working telephone available? ……………………………………………...
(If “No”, please record to whom this deficiency has been reported) …………..
…………………………………………………………………………………..


5. Safety Information

•Have evacuation procedures been published and posted somewhere for all to see? ……………………………………………………………………………..

•Do the team managers and coaches have access to information relating to Health & Safety? ……………………………………………………………….
If “No” to either of the above, please outline the action that needs to be taken …………………………………………………………………………………..

6. Other Action

During the assessment, you may have identified other risk issues that need attention.  Please list these below:

a)…………………………………………………………………………………

b)…………………………………………………………………………………

c)…………………………………………………………………………………



Signed …………………………………………………….  Date …………………….

Name and position …………………………………………………………………….


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