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ECA Fixed Penalties for season 2023/24

REASON

Default

PENALTY/ACTION

Previous Good Behaviour applies

PENALTY/ACTION

Level 1

Wilfully mistreating any part of the cricket ground, equipment or implements used in the match.

1 Match Fixed

Formal Caution & 1 Match Suspended*

Showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action.

2 Match Fixed

1 Match Fixed & 1 Match Suspended*

Using language that, in the circumstances, is obscene, offensive or insulting.

2 Match Fixed

1 Match Fixed & 1 Match Suspended*

Making an obscene gesture.

2 Match Fixed

1 Match Fixed & 1 Match Suspended*

Appealing excessively.

1 Match Fixed

Formal Caution & 1 Match Suspended*

Advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing.

1 Match Fixed

Formal Caution & 1 Match Suspended*

Any other misconduct, the nature of which is, in the opinion of the umpires, equivalent to a Level 1 offence.

1 Match Fixed

Formal Caution & 1 Match Suspended*

Level 2

Showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action.

3 Match Fixed

2 Match Fixed & 4 Match Suspended*

Making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player.

Disciplinary Committee.

Not available

Throwing the ball at a player, umpire or another person in an inappropriate and dangerous manner.

Disciplinary Committee.

Not available

Using language or gesture to another player, umpire, team official or spectator that, in the circumstances, is obscene or of a serious insulting nature.

3 Match Fixed

2 Match Fixed & 4 Match Suspended*

Or any other misconduct, the nature of which is, in the opinion of the umpires, equivalent to a Level 2 offence.

3 Match Fixed

2 Match Fixed & 4 Match Suspended*

Level 3

Intimidating an umpire by language or gesture.

Disciplinary Committee.

Not available

Threatening to assault a player or any other person except an umpire. See 42.5.1.

Disciplinary Committee.

Not available

Level 4

Threatening to assault an umpire.

Disciplinary Committee.

Not available

Making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire.

Disciplinary Committee.

Not available

Physically assaulting a player or any other person.

Disciplinary Committee.

Not available

Committing any other act of violence.

Disciplinary Committee.

Not available

ECA

Breaching the code of conduct.

1 Match Fixed

Formal Caution & 1 Match Suspended*

Captains failing to control players.

1 Match Fixed

Formal Caution & 1 Match Suspended*

Racial vilification

Mediation as per VMCU Policy

Not available

Good Behaviour Penalty/Action can be requested by the club by 8pm on the day after the match. The following conditions must be met in full for the ECA Disciplinary Officer to consider the request.

  1. The player has not been reported and found guilty (including accepting fixed penalty) in the past three seasons.
  2. The player has not received an official caution in the last two seasons.
  3. The players club has had no more than 2 players found guilty (or accepted default/Good Behaviour fixed penalty) in the current season
  4. The player provides a signed letter of regret (or apology if the incident is against an umpire or player)

If either the Default Penalty/Action or the Good Behaviour Penalty/Action is not requested by the club by 8pm on the day after the match, then it will be assumed that a fixed penalty will not be accepted and the matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee.

Suspended* - All suspended sentences will be for a period of 12 months from the date of the incident. If in that time any of the following occur:

  • a player receives a caution,
  • a player is reported and accepts a fixed penalty
  • a player is reported and found guilty by disciplinary committee
  • a player is suspended by either the Executive or an investigation committee

Then the full suspended sentence will be added onto the end of any addition penalty.

ECA – Breaching the code of conduct

Where a captain is automatically reported for Breaching the code of conduct, (due to a player in the same game being reported), if it is determined (between the umpire and/or ECA Disciplinary Officer) that the captain could not have reasonably stopped the player from committing the breach, then the acceptance of a good behaviour fixed penalty will not count towards 1c above.

Disciplinary Committee

A minimum of 1 Match is to be added to the Default Penalty/Action if a player is found guilty by the disciplinary committee.


Advice to Secretaries on Administrative Requirements

Item

Relevant Rule or Clause

Action to be taken

Affiliation Fees

C9

Announced at the AGM and to be paid by no later than 1 November each season.

Annual Meeting ECA

C10

Has to be held no later than the 2nd Wednesday in August.

Averages for each team

R15

April 5 cut off date.

Balls

R3.14

Only ECA Kookaburra stamped balls to be used.

Delegates Meetings

C23

Normally 2, Wednesday before start of season and Wednesday before finals.

Drinks

R3.10

Clean drinking vessels must be available for each session.

Executive Positions

C27

Applications to join the Executive need to be with Secretary Manager by June 30.

Fines

C42

Generally have to be paid within 14 days of the issue of the fine. If disputing the imposition of the fine then payment is made first.

First Aid Kit & Safety

R3.13

Clubs to provide a first aid kit and have nearest doctor/ambulance/dentist/hospital in front of scorebook.

Forfeits

R2.2

Inform oposition club and ECA by Friday 8pm.

Presentation Night (ECA)

Normally in April/May.

Qualifications for Finals

R11.8

See Rule 11.8. Need to lodge final side(s) to Grade Secretary by Wednesday before any finals match.

Professional Overseas Player(s)

R11.7

Any player receiving consideration for playing (professional) or a player using a VISA to enter the country (Overseas) needs to be approved by Executive before they play.

Registrations

R11.1

Web Lodgement by Tuesday following conclusion of match, except final h/w match.

Reporting of player

R12

See Rule 12. Fixed penalties are distributed in Fixture book

Rule Changes

C63

To be with Operations Manager by April 30.

Results Entry into MyCricket

R9.3

Teams scores for each day of play must be entered into MyCricket by 7pm of the day of the match.

Full Scorecards need to be entered into MyCricket by Tuesday following the conclusion of the match.

Team Entry

C4

Before August 1, each season.

Umpire Fees

R10.6

Each club to pay half no later than 15 minutes after the end of the day’s play.

Umpires Reports

R9.4

All teams need to lodge their Captain's Reports on Umpire(s) into MyCricket by 8pm on Tuesday following the conclusion of the match.


EASTERN CRICKET ASSOCIATION INC
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR 2023/24

As part of a player and club’s registration with this association is the requirement that all clubs, their registered players and members adhere to the following Code of Behaviour

ROLE OF CLUBS

  1. Clubs shall exercise great care in the selection of captains.
  2. Clubs shall closely monitor and fully support the efforts of captains in regard to the maintenance of the Code of Behaviour.
  3. Clubs shall be responsible during matches for the maintenance of order by their members and any other person with whom a relationship of affinity exists.

ROLE OF CAPTAINS

  1. Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the spirit of the game as well as the Laws of Cricket.

ATTITUDE TOWARDS UMPIRES

  1. Recognise that the umpire is in charge and has the final say.
  2. Courtesy and respect should be shown at all times.
  3. If, in anyone’s opinion, an umpire misinterprets a rule, avoid heckling or arguing with him or opposition players. Any registered player of club official disputing an umpire’s decision, using abusive, threatening or language, during or after a match, within or outside the playing field, is liable to be reported.
  4. If clubs are unhappy with an umpire’s performance, the correct procedure is to make a constructive report to the Umpires’ Officer.

ROLE OF PLAYERS

  1. Avoid making uncomplimentary or unnecessary remarks to opponents.
  2. Opposition players are guests and should be treated as such.
  3. Avoid becoming involved in discussions between an umpire and your opponents.
  4. Praise for good play of an opponent is a sign of sportsmanship.
  5. Out-going and in-coming batsmen should cross on the field.
  6. Bowlers should return to the start of their run-up without delay and should be ready to bowl without wasting time.
  7. Players should assist captains and umpires in the smooth running of the game.
  8. Fielders should move quickly between overs and when required to change their fielding positions.
  9. The setting and changing of the field should be undertaken without delay.
  10. Alcohol or other illegal substances should not be utilised by players whilst the game is in progress.
  11. Use social media with discretion and whilst using this do not abuse others or expose others to content that is offensive, inappropriate or for an illegal purpose.
  12. Adhere to Member Protection Policy & Child Safety Policy as adopted by Cricket Victoria.

Suspensions, Cautions, Bonds (as at 10th January 2024)

Current Suspensions

Bipanpreet Singh (Glen Waverley) - Showing Dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action.

  • 1 Match Suspension (suspended until completion of MacGibbon Shield Round 10 and untilmidnight 20th January 2024)

Current Cautions

Andrew Hansen (Canterbury) – until the completion of the 2023/2024 season

Randall Joseph (St Paul’s) - until the completion of the 2023/2024 season

Current Suspended Sentences

Matthew Holden (Northcote United) – Showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action.

  • 1 match suspended sentence – ending at the completion of the 23/24 season.

Ruben Muhunthan (Hartley) - Captain failing to control players.

  • 2 match suspended sentence – ending at the completion of the 23/24 season.

Tarek Ibrahim (Monash Uni) - using language that, in the circumstances, is obscene, offensive or insulting.

  • 2 match suspended sentence – ending at the completion of the 23/24 season.

Ben Raymond (Mazenod) – ECA Code of Conduct

  • 1 match until the conclusion of the 2023/24 season

Vivek Sreenivasan (Balwyn Saints) – ECA Code of Conduct

  • 1 match until the conclusion of the 2023/24 season

Vishal Mavani (Ashwood) – ECA Code of Conduct

  • 1 match until the conclusion of the 2023/24 season

Jathursan Nadesalingam (Hartley) - showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision by word or action.

  • 11 match suspended sentence – ending on 31st December 2024

Pasindu Wathudura (Melbourne Sixers)
- Threatening to assault a player (with a cricket stump and verbally)
- Misconduct which, in the opinion of the Tribunal, is of an inappropriate and dangerous
manner (grabbing a cricket stump out of the ground)
- Using language or gesture to another player that, in the circumstances, is obscene, abusive
or insulting.

  • 10 matches until 31st December 2024

Bipanpreet Singh (Glen Waverley) - Showing Dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action.

  • 1 match, suspended for 12 months. (Ending midnight on 6th January 2025).

Current Bonds

Richmond Union CC - $2,000.00 bond (expires the end of the 2023/2024 season.

  • $1000.00 of the bond is to be paid within 7 days of the date of this email and the balance is to be suspended for the period of the bond on the condition that there are no further behaviour issues and in particular if they relate to Mr Rainbow. Furthermore, if there is any such re-occurrence then the bond maybe forfeited.

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