Social Media Policy
STCC recognises that some members will make use of social networking in their own time. Whilst there is no intention to restrict any proper use or indeed infringe on any individual’s rights, it is expected that all members will conduct themselves in such a way to avoid bringing STCC into disrepute; or compromising its effectiveness.
Social media policy has been prepared to protect the privacy, confidentiality and interests of STCC and applies only to club related issues. However, all members are asked to respect the privacy, confidentiality and propriety of STCC and those working on their behalf by posting anything that might be considered in breach of this. Members should take care when discussing information relating to the affairs of STCC as these discussions are often misinterpreted.
If you are a member who believes that you are being harassed, bullied or victimised as a result of any form of social media, please take necessary action by contacting immediately a committee member for support or guidance.
Code of Conduct
Spalding Town Cricket Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members.
Spalding Town Cricket Club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents, carers or guardians associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the Chairman, Club Welfare Officer, or Academy Director.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person within the context of cricket.
- Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background.
- Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed.
- Display high standards of behaviour.
- Promote the positive aspects of cricket (e.g. fair play).
- Encourage all participants to learn the Laws and rules and play within them, always respecting the decisions of match officials.
- Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials.
- Recognise good performance not just match results.
- Place the well-being and safety of young people above the development of performance.
- Ensure that all activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual.
- Respect young people’s opinions when making decisions about their participation in cricket.
Additional Junior Code of Conduct
As a member of Spalding Town Cricket Club you are expected to abide by the following junior code of conduct:
- All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
- All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
- Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
- Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
- Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.
- Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
- Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.
STCC Young Player in Senior Teams Policy
This policy apply to girls and boys, and any reference to he/his should be interpreted to include she/her.
All teams must recognise that they have a duty of care towards all young players who are representing the club. This duty of care also extends to Leagues that allow the participation of young players in adult teams in their League. The duty of care should be interpreted in two ways:
- Not to place a young player in a position that involves an unreasonable risk to that young player, taking account of the circumstances of the match and the relative skills of the player.
- Not to create a situation that places members of the opposing side in a position whereby they cannot play cricket as they would normally do against adult players.
In addition, the following specific requirements apply to young players in adult matches:
- All young players who have not reached their 18th birthday must wear a helmet with a faceguard when batting and when standing up to the stumps when keeping wicket. Parental consent not to wear a helmet should not be accepted in adult matches. A young player acting as a runner must also wear a helmet even if the player he is running for is not doing so.
- The current ECB fielding regulations (see below) must be adhered to and enforced by the umpires and captain. The umpires are empowered by these fielding regulations to stop the game immediately if a young player comes within the restricted distance.
- The umpires and the opposing captain must be notified of the age group of all players participating in an adult match who are in the Under 19 age group or younger even if the player is not a fast bowler. This requirement also covers any young player taking the field as a substitute fielder. The ECB Team Sheet cards are freely available to facilitate this.
- Any player in the Under 13 age group and younger must have explicit written consent from a parent or guardian before participating in adult matches. Clubs must ensure that their player registration procedures ensure that consent is obtained. The guidance related to changing and showering (see ‘Safe Hands’ – Cricket’s Policy for safeguarding Children) must be adhered to.
- Any club wishing to play a player in the Under 11 age group in an adult League or Cup match must obtain the explicit prior approval of the League or Cup management before the player can play. Approval should only be given to exceptionally talented players. It is recommended that advice is sought from the County Age Group Coach or other ECB Level 3 coach as appropriate. Current ECB guidelines concerning fielding are:
- No young player in the Under 15 age group or younger shall be allowed to field closer than 8 yards (7.3 metres) from the middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played at the ball.
- For players in the Under 13 age group and below the distance is 11 yards (10 metres).
- These minimum distances apply even if the player is wearing a helmet.
- Should a young player in these age groups come within the restricted distance the umpire must stop the game immediately and instruct the fielder to move back.
- In addition any young player in the Under 16 to Under 18 age groups, who has not reached the age of 18, must wear a helmet and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box) when fielding within 6 yards (5.5 metres) of the bat, except behind the wicket on the off side. Players should wear appropriate protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a position where they feel at risk.
SPALDING TOWN CRICKET CLUB CONSTITUTION
1. The name of the Club is Spalding Town Cricket Club.
2. The object of the Club is to provide facilities for and promote participation of the whole community in the sport of cricket.
3. The Club is committed to developing and implementing policies and procedures which everyone knows and accepts their responsibility in relation to a duty of care for young people. We adhere to the ECB cricket equity policy and adhere to its principals and quidelines.
It is committed to ensuring that there are correct and comprehensive reporting procedures, by promoting good practice and sound recruiting procedures for all individuals working within the Club.
4. Membership is open to all, irrespective of age, sex, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality or religion, except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of cricket as a particular sport. Spalding Town Cricket Club is committed to ensuring all children participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.
5. Admission: Anyone can apply to become a member of Spalding Town Cricket Club and membership will be decided by the committee. Until a candidate is accepted as a member he/she will not be entitled to any privileges of the Club.
6. The Club may refuse membership or expel from membership only for good or sufficient cause, such as conduct or character which is likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. An appeal against such a decision must be made to the Club Chairman, who will then inform a separate appeals panel of not less than three persons from the Committee and be decided by a majority vote.
7. The Officers of the Club shall be a President, a Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer, an Academy Director, an Academy Sub-Committee, a Child Welfare Officer, a First XI Captain, a First XI Vice Captain, a Second XI Captain, a Second XI Vice Captain, a Third XI Captain, a Third XI Vice Captain, a Sunday XI Captain, a Sunday XI Vice Captain and three nominated Committee members to represent Spalding Town Cricket Club on the Sports Club Board of Directors. They shall be Committee members of the Club and be proposed, seconded and elected by a ballot at each Annual General Meeting. Nominations for Officers shall be sent to the Secretary, at least 7 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. They shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting, when they shall retire, but be eligible for re-election, with no limit on years of service to the Club.
8. The management of the Club shall be entrusted to a General Committee consisting of the Officers of the Club both Senior and Academy levels. The General Committee has no limit on numbers and shall meet at least once a month throughout the year. November being the only month there will not be a Committee meeting.
9. A General Committee of seven shall form a quorum.
10. The General Committee shall have the power at any time and from time to time to fill any casual vacancy amongst the Officers and the General Committee. Any Officer or member of the General Committee so appointed shall hold office only until the next following Annual General Meeting but shall then be eligible for re-election.
11. The amount of the annual membership subscriptions for the classes of membership for the ensuing year will be fixed at the first General Committee Meeting after the Annual General Meeting. The Committee may decide special cases (such as taking into consideration hardship). Subscriptions shall be due on the 1st of April in each year and the subscriptions shall be deemed to be a debt due to Spalding Town Cricket Club for the time being.
12. Members and Officials of the visiting Clubs taking part in matches played on the grounds, shall be granted temporary members for the day of the match and such temporary members shall be allowed to purchase intoxicating liquor for their consumption (age dependant), on the Club premises.
13. The income and property of the club shall be applied solely towards promoting the Club’s objects as set forth in the Constitution and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly to the members of the Club.
14. Full accounts of the financial affairs of the Club audited by the Treasurer, who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting, shall be presented at the Annual General Meeting.
15. A General Meeting of the Club shall be held annually and 15 months shall not elapse without a General Meeting. A quorum at the General Meeting shall consist of ten persons.
16. An Emergency General Meeting may be convened at any time and shall be convened within 28 days of the requisition of 15 members of the Club. Such requisition must state the purpose of which such a meeting is required.
17. The Secretary shall at least 5 working days before any General Meeting send to every member a notice of the meeting, stating the time when and the place where it will be held and the business to be conducted.
18. At all meetings of the Club each member over the age of 16 years, shall have one vote. The classes of member shall comprise of Honorary Life Membership, full playing membership and youth and student membership. All of these classes of members shall be entitled to one vote at meetings.
19. The Club shall be open on days when cricket is being played on the ground.
20. The Secretary shall conduct the correspondence of the Club and shall have custody of all documents belonging to the Club. He/she shall keep full and correct minutes of all proceedings and records of all meetings of the Club.
21. Expenditure on behalf of the Club must be authorised by the Committee.
22. The Treasurer shall keep the accounts of the Club and shall make up the Annual Statement of Accounts and Balance sheet of the Club to the 29th October in each year.
23. On the recommendation of the General Committee an ordinary member may be elected a Life Member at any General Meeting of the Club and shall thereafter be entitled to all the privileges of membership without paying the annual subscription or any special payments for such life membership. A two thirds majority of those present shall be necessary at such election.
24. A resolution to dissolve the Club can only be passed at an Annual General Meeting or an Emergency General Meeting on a simple majority of the vote of the membership present and entitled to vote. In the event of the dissolution of the Club, any assets remaining after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities, shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Club, but shall be given or transferred to one or more of the following approved sporting or charitable bodies:
1. The Lords Taveners – Reg. charity number 306054
2. Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance – Reg. charity number 1017501
3. Spalding Grammar School – Reg. charity number 527293.