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FDCC Policies

This page list the club's policies on a range of topics. Click on a button below to go to the relevant section. 

Coaches Code of Conduct

Cricket coaches play a crucial role in the development of the game and in the lives of the players they coach. Good cricket coaches ensure that individuals in cricket have positive experiences and are therefore more likely to continue in the game and achieve their potential. Each coach, volunteer or official for FDCC will:

  • Abide by the ECB code of conduct (found on club noticeboard or on the ECB website)

  • Ensure that their DBS, First Aid and Safeguarding and protection certificates are valid by renewing them every 3 years

  • Respect every child’s need for, and rights to, a play environment where safety, security, praise, recognition and opportunity for taking responsibility are available

  • 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, sexual preference or political belief.

  • Not condone, or allow to go unchallenged, any form of discrimination if witnessed.

  • Show appreciation of others by acknowledging individual qualities, contributions and progress Recognise good performance; not just match results.

  • Place the wellbeing and safety of young people above the development of performance.

  • Ensure the activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of the individual.

  • Encourage all participants to learn the rules, play within them and respect the decisions of match officials.

  • Actively discourage unfair play, rule violations and arguing with match officials.

  • Report accidents.

  • Not smoke, drink or use banned substances whilst actively working with young people in the club.

  • Not provide young people with alcohol, nicotine or banned substances.

  • Always work in an open environment, i.e. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment.

  • Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out within recommended guidelines with the young player’s full consent and approval.

  • Coaches & volunteers cannot direct message anyone under 18 years old via email, text or social media platforms. Messages should be directed to the parents AND the young person or via open forums with appropriate language & content.

  • Report any concerns in relation to a young person to the Club Safeguarding Officer

Parents and Guardians Code of Conduct

FDCC is committed to ensuring that all Juniors (persons under the age of 18) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience. We expect parents/guardians to do the following:

GENERAL

  • Encourage children and provide a positive stimulation.

  • 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, sexual preference or political belief.

  • Respect the coaches, match and club officials – we are volunteers.

  • Please arrive on time for training and matches.

  • The club will use the app ‘Spond’ to arrange fixtures, please confirm availability as soon as possible. If circumstances change, please keep Spond updated. WhatsApp will also be used for general communications.

  • To pay registration fees by the given deadline.

  • Do not smoke/vape inside the boundary fence during junior training/ matches, if you need to, please move to a discreet location.

 

MATCHES/ TRAINING

  • Support and encourage the team.

  • Recognise the performances of both teams and congratulate all good play.

  • Refrain from communicating with players and especially no shouting of advice or criticism to any player of either team.

  • Respect the views of captains, coaches and officials.

  • Listen to advice and instructions from coaches and try to support.

  • Remember that cricket is a team game, we win and lose as a team.

  • The club cannot accept responsibility for getting your child to and from away matches.

  • If there is anything you may be unhappy about, please contact the coach afterwards and away from the team.

  • Parents/guardians must stay on-site during junior training sessions for children up to U11. If you are unable to stay for the duration then you must name a representative and give details to the coach.

  • Parents/guardians must pick up on time and collect your child from their coach.

  • We expect that the highest levels of discipline are exercised by parents and will not accept lapses below such standards. Should acceptable standards not be met, we will ask that parents not to attend.

  • Please use the bar/ BBQ. We want the club to be a place for families, if you are able to volunteer, please get contact a member of the club.

 

RAISING ISSUES

  • If possible and unless the issue is of a very serious nature requiring immediate action, we ask that issues should be raised outside of a training session or match.

  • If the issue is of a more serious nature or is unable to be resolved, then parents can contact a different coach, the Junior Co-Ordinator, Child Welfare Officer or member of the main club committee and the matter will follow the club’s overall code of conduct and ECB Safe Hands guidelines. Contact details are available at the club house and on the website.

Juniors Code of Conduct

Juniors being persons under the age of 18. FDCC is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect, be encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of FDCC with the Club Welfare Officer. As a member of FDCC you are expected to abide by the following:

  • All junior members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions

  • Junior Members agree to do their best at all times to improve their cricket skills and maximise their own potential, at whatever level of playing ability that may be.  Any conduct by a Junior Member or Parent that prevents a Junior Member from doing the same is unacceptable.

  • All junior members must respect each other and opponents regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion

  • Respect the views of captains, coaches and officials

  • Foul, abusive and inappropriate language on or off the field of play is unacceptable.

  • Remember that cricket is a team game, we win and lose as a team

  • Junior members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late

  • Junior members must wear suitable kit, (helmets, boxes, pads, gloves, shoes, whites) for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager

  • Junior members are not allowed to smoke/ vape 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

  • Junior Members, under no circumstances, must make contact with a coach directly by email, text or call.

  • Failure to follow instruction from a club coach or representative will result in an initial warning, escalating with further instances, ultimately leading to being asked to leave the club

Photography and Filming Policy

FDCC promotes the appropriate use of photography and filming of children participating in cricket, however, it’s important to be aware of the potential child protection and safeguarding issues that arise when people take photos or film children in relation to sporting activities. The potential for misuse of images can be reduced if we are all aware of the potential risks and dangers and put appropriate measures in place to reduce these risks.

Potential Risks:

  • Children may be identifiable when a photograph is shared with personal information

  • Direct and indirect risks to children and young people when photographs are shared on websites and in publications with personal information that may identify and locate the child

  • Inappropriate photographs or recorded images of children

  • Inappropriate use, adaptation or copying of images

 

The following guiding principles from the ECB Photography and Video Camera Guidelines will be implemented by FDCC:

  • Photographs/images are not to be taken at matches or training without the prior permission of the parents/carers of the child. This permission can be given by proxy by the coach of each team only after parental consent for this has been granted. The coach will arrange this prior to attending matches.

  • If no consent has been given for a child on the player registration & consent form, then it is to be made known to the relevant person of the other team (e.g. Coach / Team manager) so that the appropriate person/s taking photos for the other team is aware and can avoid taking photos of that particular child.

  • The children should be informed that a person will be taking photographs.

  • The children should be informed that if they have concerns they can report these to the Coach, Team Manager.

  • Concerns regarding inappropriate or intrusive photography should be reported to the FDCC Child Safeguarding Officer and recorded in the same manner as any other child protection concern.

 

The following guiding principles will be adopted for the publishing of images:

  • Ask for parental permission to use their child’s image and wherever possible show the image to the parents and child in advance. This ensures that they are aware of the way the image will be used to represent cricket and Middlesex.

  • Ask for the child’s permission to use their image. This ensures that they are aware of the way the image will be used to represent cricket and FDCC.

  • If the player is named, avoid using their photograph. In cases where the player, parent / carers wish for the players name and photograph to be used, direct written consent will be required for each publication.

  • If the photograph is used, avoid naming the child. In cases where the player, parent / carers wish for the players name and photograph to be used, direct written consent will be required for each publication.

  • Don’t use player profiles with pictures and detailed personal information on websites. In cases where the player, parent / carers wish for the players name and photograph to be used, direct written consent will be required for each publication.

  • Don’t use an image for something other than that what it was initially intended and agreed.

  • Don’t allow images to be recorded in changing rooms, showers or toilets. This includes the use of mobile phones that record images.

  • Focus on the activity rather than the individual.

  • Only use images of children in appropriate kit (training or competition) to reduce the risk of inappropriate use, and to provide positive images of the children.

  • Aim to take pictures which represent the broad range of youngsters participating safely in cricket e.g. boys and girls, disabled people, ethnic minority communities.

  • Encourage the reporting of inappropriate use of images of children to FDCC Safeguarding Officer.

 

Using video as a coaching aid:

FDCC may use video equipment as a coaching aid as and when appropriate. Players and parents/carers may view the footage and know that the material taken in connection with coaching will be stored securely and will be deleted / destroyed upon requests, or when the material is no longer needed.

All players and their parents / carers will be asked each year to either; accept and adhere to the above policy in their registration process or to not accept the policy to refuse any use of photography in their cricket while playing at FDCC.

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