Bad Behaviour Disciplinary Measures
Thursday 12th April 2007

Following the pre season 2007 meeting of the MCUA member clubs should be aware of the guidance issued to MCUA umpires at this meeting by the Management Committee of the L&DCC in respect of Accumulated Bad Behaviour Reporting.

This follows from the L&DCC pre season SGM on the 3rd April 2007:

1.    Players should read though the section on page 43 in the 2007 handbook CODE OF CONDUCT AND SPIRIT OF CRICKET taking particular note of No.5 under the Disciplinary Suspension Guidelines.  

2.    The term 'Yellow Card' is often used in this context. It is an unfortunate short hand as it sends out the wrong message to players.  It is a Bad Behaviour Report and represents nothing new. It has been laid down in the ECB Guidelines 'The Spirit of Cricket' and been part of the L&DCC Disciplinary Guidelines for a number of years.

3.    The L&DCC Management Committee is now making sure that this section is brought properly into use following entirely warranted criticisms from spectators in previous seasons.

4.    If a player accumulates three Bad Behaviour Reports in one season he or she will then be subject to a one week Fri to Fri suspension. All the usual checks and balances though the Disciplinary Hearings and Appeals procedures will apply.

5.    The main use for Bad Behaviour Reports will be in the reporting of abusive language by a player when he or she calls out a loud crude language expletive. In situations such as this, a bad behaviour report is automatic and no warning will be given by the umpire.

6.    The reporting procedure will be very similar to that in current use. The player will be advised at the time or at the end of the game, as will the Fielding Captain and the Batting Captain as soon as practicable. The umpires together will enter the incident on the Umpire's Report Card at the end of match and such reports will be forwarded by the Club and Ground Chairman to Malcolm Barber who co-ordinates all Disciplinary Reports and simultaneously with a copy e-mail, to John Steel (MCUA) for record keeping purposes.

7.    Umpires will probably wish to remind the Captains of the last sentence of this section (No. 5 page 43) at the time of the toss, so that any Bad Behaviour Reports  come as no surprise to players

8.    Umpire Boundary Assessors will be aware of these procedures and will report any instances where Bad Behaviour is not but should have been acted upon. 

9.    Players within the L&DCC are recognised as having one of the best disciplinary records in the country and we strive continually to improve our standards.