Club Documents

  • Club Documents

    Polices and Procedures

Caddington Cricket Club takes it’s policies and procedures very seriously.  We aim to provide a full and transparent process for all of our club activities.  We hope that our club documents provide all the detail required to ensure that our members, guests and parents have clarity on how we function and the standards that we operate to and expect of our members.

All of our documents are available to download.  If you have any queries or suggestions regarding our policies, please feel free to get in touch and let us know.


Caddington Cricket Club – Mission Statement

Caddington Cricket Club aim to provide cricket for the local community, giving equal opportunities to all that want to play regardless of age, race, sex, religion or ability. We aim to provide the best available coaching and practice for all and encourage the best standards of behaviour and sportsmanship.

In our desire to compete we shall not only uphold the traditional values of cricket but also embrace the spirit of the game, while building sporting relationships with other clubs and drawing on the whole-life enjoyment of playing together as a team.

Achieved By:

  • Ensuring that all members have the opportunity to play in competitive and friendly matches, thus learning the art of sportsmanship, as well as testing their skills against their peers from other clubs.
  • Teaching our members about the spirit in which cricket is played as well as the techniques of the game.
  • Providing high quality practice facilities upon which members new to the game can learn the techniques and experienced members can hone their skills.
  • Delivering high quality coaching on a consistent basis to all members, regardless of ability.
  • Ensuring that all ability groups have a coaching plan and, as ability develops, members have the opportunity to test their ability in higher groups.
  • Ensuring that all potential members are encouraged to join, by us removing all the barriers that we can to encourage maximum participation and ensuring that existing members welcome new members fully into the club.
  • Providing a safe and secure environment in which members can both play and learn cricket and have fun, whilst mixing in a new and diverse environment.

Cricket is more than just a game. We believe that the phrase “its not cricket” empowers those of us who teach the game to stress the values of fairness, competition, inclusiveness, good sportsmanship and life long friendship that the game can bring. We want our members to take pride in winning, but also to recognise and applaud the victors when they have been beaten. We want our members to celebrate each other’s successes but also be supportive when others fail. In this way, we will teach our members not only cricket, but also skills that will serve them well throughout their life. This is why Cricket is more than just a game.

Respect:

  • Your opponents
  • Your captain, coach and team
  • The role of the Umpires
  • The traditional values of cricket
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Caddington Cricket Club – Code of Conduct for Players and Guests

Caddington Cricket Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members and guests.

Caddington 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.

Members and guests 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 Carl Beddard – Welfare Officer or Dale Skeath – Club President

As a member or guest of Caddington Cricket Club you are expected to abide by the following rules of conduct:

    • All players and officials must conduct themselves within the spirit of the game, the rules of the competition and respect all officials and their decisions.
    • The Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket as well as within the Laws.
    • The Umpire’s decision must be accepted at all times and no show of dissent or disagreement is to be made.
    • All members and guests must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
    • Members must abide by ‘Safety guidance on the Wearing of Helmets and faceguards by Young Players’
    • Members must pay any annual subscriptions and fees for training and matches promptly.
    • Members and guests must not smoke, drink or use banned substances while working with children or while in proximity of the club.
    • All players must arrive for fixtures at the time specified.
    • For home games all players will be expected to help with match duties: boundary rope/markers, wickets, scoreboard, sightscreens, scorers’ bench, umpiring, scoring, packing team kitbag, tidy changing rooms, tea duties (tea urn, clearing up, unpacking and in some instances serving)
    • All members and guests must pay attention to at all times to the coaches instructions especially when hard ball drills are taking place.
    • All players must assist the coaches and captains by returning all kit to the club house after matches and training, before leaving the ground.
  • Bad language will not be tolerated from members or guests.
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Caddington Cricket Club – Code of Conduct for Junior Players

Junior Players

Caddington Cricket Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members.

Caddington 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 Carl Beddard – Welfare Officer or Dale Skeath – Club President

As a member you are expected to abide by the following junior club rules:

    • All members must play within the spirit of the game, the rules of the competition and respect all officials and their decisions.
    • The Umpire’s decision must be accepted at all times and no show of dissent or disagreement is to be made.
    • All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
    • Members must abide by ‘Safety guidance on the Wearing of Helmets and faceguards by Young Players’
    • Members must pay any annual subscriptions and fees for training and matches promptly.
    • Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club.
    • Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.
    • Any player disrupting coaching sessions will be asked to sit out. Parents will be informed if the disruption continues.
    • All Players must pay attention to at all times to the coaches instructions especially when hard ball drills are taking place.
    • All players must assist the coaches and managers by returning all kit to the club house after matches and training, before leaving the ground.
  • Bad language will not be tolerated.
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Caddington Cricket Club – Selection Policy

Aim

The aim of this policy is to provide a consistent and transparent approach to the selection of all teams, both competitive and friendly so that:

  • Captains are aware of their rights and responsibilities when selecting teams.
  • Players are aware of their responsibilities to Caddington Cricket Club (CCC) and feel that their efforts/abilities are recognised and rewarded.

Fundamental Rules

  • Members of Caddington Cricket Club (CCC) shall have precedence over non-members.
  • Players shall be picked on merit taking into account:
    • Ability
    • Form
    • Potential
    • Contribution on and off the field to CCC
    • Team balance
  • Players who are currently up to date with their subscription should be given precedence and those more than one week behind should not be considered for selection in all but exceptional circumstances.

Selection for Competitive Fixtures

  • Team selection should be carried out by a three man person committee consisting of the 1st XI captain, the 2nd XI captain and an appointed member of the committee acting as a casting vote in case of disagreements.
  • The 1st XI captain will have first choice of all available players and should pick the strongest possible side (in accordance with points 3 & 4 below) with the 2nd XI captain selecting from the remainder (in accordance with points 3 & 5 below).
  • It is the responsibility of all captains to ensure that:
    • The make-up of their team is of a balanced nature with a variedthe strongest available bowling attack, and a good depth of batting and an overall, good level of fielding
    • Players are selected on merit
    • The player’s natural position is taken into account when selecting the team, attempting to place them as close to this as is reasonably possible and,Players selected are played in their natural position and, where possible and appropriate, ensure that they are given every opportunity to perform their discipline
    • Consideration should be given to the player’s wishes regarding the level of cricket at which they feel comfortable
  • It is the responsibility of the 1st XI captain to ensure that where possible a surplus of players in a certain discipline does not occur where there is a deficit of these in the 2nd XI
  • It is the responsibility of the 2nd XI captain to ensure that players who are consistently performing above the level of the team are brought to the attention of the 1st XI captain in orderprovide a verbal report of the previous week’s player performance for consideration by the 1st team captain of a promotion to the 1st XIat the time of weekly selection and that players are encouragedregularly encourage players to aim to play at the highest level within the club
  • It is the responsibility of the 2nd XI captain to actively pursue recruiting youth players and new players from outside the club in order to backfill and bolster the 2nd XI
  • Any player selected the previous week for the 1st XI but dropped for the current week’s game should be given preference in selection for the the 2nd XI, the player should also be contacted by the 1st XI captain to explain the reasons for their demotion
  • Captains should strive to work together and agree on a selection which conforms to the points above. If an agreement cannot be reached, then the appointed third party committee member should have the casting vote on the particular point of contention and that decision should be respected by both parties
  • Final selection should be reached by the Wednesday evening prior to the fixtures and passed to the Team Secretary in order for notification of the teams to be text out no later than midday on the Thursday
  • Any player not selected in the 1st or 2nd XI willmay be placed on standby for selection for the 2nd XI, subject to their agreement
  • A player selected in the 2nd XI player should be selected as 12th man for themay be promoted to the 1st XI at any time up until one hour before the start of the 2nd XI match, or the time it would take for a replacement to attend the 2nd XI venue (whichever is least). The 1st XI captain will pay due consideration to the balance of the 2nd XI team and their available replacements. and picked in the 2nd XI. Should the 12th man be needed in the 1st XI the 2nd XI 12th man will replace him
  • If a regular 1st XI player is demoted to the 2nd XI, the 1st XI captain should contact them to explain their reasons

Selection for Non-Competitive Fixtures (Sundays)

  • Any player who has made themselves available for Saturday and has not been selected or players who only wish to play on Sundays should have precedence when selecting the Sunday team
  • Where a junior player is available, they should then be selected
  • Saturday captains may request that players are selected to give them the opportunity to gain form/iron out issues and this should be taken into account
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Caddington Cricket Club – Club Development Plan

  • Club Background
    • Club Mission Statement
      • To foster and promote participation in the sport of cricket within the community of Caddington, providing facilities for playing cricket, opportunities for recreation, coaching and competition.
    • Aims and Objectives
      • Improve facilities for participation and skills improvement of all participants.
      • Continue investment in coaches and improve coaching structure for all age groups.
      • Integrate with, and educate the local community about Cricket.
      • Work closely with local schools to increase participation in, and standard of grass roots Cricket.
    • Club Structure
      • A management committee comprising Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer,Youth Development Officer, Club Welfare Officer, Social Secretary, Ground Liaison Officer, Fixture Secretary, Team Secretary and Club Captain (subject to change from time to time as provided for by The Constitution).
      • Two Saturday teams, each with their own captains (1st team captain usually occupying the Club Captain position on the management committee) and vice captains play competitive cricket in the Four Counties Cricket League.
      • The 1st XI is supported by the 2nd XI in order to maintain a high level of competition.
      • There is a Sunday, friendly side for players who wish to play cricket socially and for new players and youngsters to learn the game in an informal setting.
      • During the midweek there is a side playing 20 over, evening cricket in a friendly format.
      • Caddington have a burgeoning youth section incorporating coaching for children aged 6 – 16 and competitive playing sides (from 2014) at Under 12, and Under 14 level in the Bedfordshire Cricket Youth League.
    • Sports Development Partners
      • Bedfordshire Cricket (Governing Body)
      • Team Beds and Luton (County Sports Partnership)
    • Local Community Links
      • Caddington Recreation Association
      • Caddington Youth Football
      • Caddington Village School
      • Manshead School
      • Arnold Middle School
      • Barnfield West Academy
      • Beechwood Park
      • Bushmead Primary School
      • Putteridge High School
      • Ramsey Manor Lower School
      • Slip End Lower School
      • Stopsley High School
      • Sundon Park Junior School
      • Surrey Street Primary School
      • Warden Hill Junior School
      • Wigmore Primary School
    • School Partnerships
      • We intend to form partnerships with Caddington Village School and Manshead School following successful initial talks.
  • Facilities
    • An audit of the current outdoor and indoor facilities at the club and in its community cluster shows:
      • Dedicated grass cricket square
      • Multi-sport playing fields (outfield)
      • Maintenance equipment for mowing and marking and basic light rolling
      • Tea making kitchen area
      • Refreshment (teas) suite including balcony area
      • Mobile Sitescreens x2
      • Portable Scoreboards x2
      • Boundary rope
      • Mobile batting net
      • Mobile all-weather artificial batting mat
      • BOLA bowling machine
      • Stinger bowling machine
      • Full protective playing equipment u12’s
      • Full protective playing equipment u14’s
      • Coaching aids including batting stand, catching target, various cones and balls, quick cricket sets
  • Personnel
    • Current and required personnel at the club
      • Current personnel:
        • Committee; President, Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Fixture Secretary, Social Secretary, Ground Liaison Officer, Team Secretary, Youth Development Officer, Club Welfare Officer, Other Committee member(s)
        • Coaches x 7
      • Other personnel; Volunteer tea makers
      • No other personnel are actively sought at this time. PR duties and funding responsibilities are shared currently.
  • Recruitment
    • Recruitment of players will continue to be focused towards youth players by word of mouth and advertising and future partnership within local schools.
    • Players who have come through our youth system have traditionally remained at the club longer and been more proactive members of the club.
    • Other recruitment in to our adult teams occurs via our website (caddingtoncricketclub.co.uk) and by word of mouth but is not strategically sought.
    • All recruitment is in line with our ECB aligned Recruitment Policy document and we maintain an equitable pricing policy for juniors and guests.
    • Aware of the national trend for players to move away from youth cricket at age 15 we will continue to actively encourage youth players of this age to take part in adult cricket and to take up coaching roles, the training for which we may fund as agreed by the committee.
  • Club Teams
    • The current and planned age group teams at the club
      • Saturday 1st XI – Adult
      • Saturday 2nd XI – Adult
      • Sunday Team – Adult
      • Midweek 20 over team – Adult
      • Under 12 Youth Team
      • Under 14 Youth Team
    • We plan to add every age group of youth team permissible as participation increases, in order to provide full pathway from reception to men’s cricket at Caddington.
  • Schools Activity
    • The current and planned schools activity across the clubs community cluster
      • We intend to form partnerships with Caddington Village School and Manshead School following successful initial talks. Talks with Bedforshire Cricket have identified the potential to bring Chance to Shine and Satellite Club Link in partnership with Beds Cricket and Team Beds to the above local schools.
  • 5 Year Future Objectives
    • The planned 5 year growth at the club
      • To compete in all age groups at youth level (Under 10 – Under 16’s)
      • To increase participation from the local community in all age groups
      • To increase competitive standards of playing sides
      • Improve ground facilities as far as possible including;
        • Increasing the size of our square to add pitches for multiple youth teams (possible inclusion of an all-weather artificial surface)
        • Procurement of covers
        • Addition of all weather artificial indoor/outdoor net facilities for practice/coaching
        • Construction of electronic score box
        • Procurement of dedicated Cricket Club roller
        • Extension and improvement of changing rooms
        • Improvement of refreshment and pavilion facilities
      • Establishment of cricket related revenue streams including hire of above facilities.
      • Establish stronger links with schools and other local community groups.
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Caddington Cricket Club – Playing Fees Policy

Aim

The aim of this policy is to provide a consistent and transparent approach to the payment of match fees and all inclusive offers, so that both club members and The Committee are aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Playing Fees – Tariffs

The match fee for Adult Weekend Matches is £10 per match or other sum as agreed by The Committee annually at the time of setting fees.

The match fee for Reduced Over Matches (20 overs or less usually played in midweek) is £5 per match or other sum as agreed by the Committee annually at the time of setting fees.

A Concessionary Discount of 50% on Adult Weekend Match fees may be made available to qualifying persons (Eg. Those in full time education/unemployed/full time carer etc) as agreed by The Committee.

Persons wishing to qualify for the Concessionary Discount should apply to, and be authorised by, The Committee before receiving the Concessionary Discount. Employment status and age at the time of application will be considered at The Committee’s discretion.

Captains will be informed in advance of matches of any qualifying members.

An annual, one-time All Inclusive Fee, payable in advance of the beginning of the season, or other date agreed from time to time by The Committee, is available to all members providing for all Adult Weekend Matches and Reduced Over Matches.

There is no further concessionary discount on the already discounted All Inclusive Fee (IE no discount on the discount).

The amount of the All Inclusive Fee will be decided annually by The Committee at the time of setting all match fees.

No assurances as to selection will be given prior to the season by The Committee for evaluation by members of the All Inclusive Fee and match selection will be made in accordance with the club’s Selection Policy.

Playing Fees – Member Responsibilities

Members will be expected to pay their match fee to the team captain prior to commencement either on or before the day of the fixture. Failure to do so may, at the captain’s discretion, result in omission from the fixture.

Where a member persistently fails to pay their match fees in a timely manner their selection may be affected, as set out the club’s Selection Policy.

All inclusive fees must be paid by the first weekend in May, or at a date set out by The Committee annually. After the agreed date, members waive their right to benefit from the all inclusive fee offer.

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Caddington Cricket Club – Safeguarding Policy

Caddington Cricket Club (The Club) is committed to ensuring all Children (i.e all persons under the age of 18 ) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.

We will do this by:

    • Recognising all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment
    • Ensuring individuals working within cricket at, or for, our club provide a welcoming, safe, and fun experience for children
    • Adopting and implementing the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children” and any future versions of this
    • Appointing a Club Welfare Officer and ensuring they attend all current and future training modules required by the ECB
    • Ensuring all people who work in cricket at, or for, our club (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches and so on) have a responsibility for safeguarding children, and understand how the “Safe Hands Policy” applies to them
    • Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines and relevant legislation
    • Ensuring all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of, and can adhere to, good practice and Code of Conduct guidelines defined by the ECB, and the club
    • Ensuring the name and contact details of the Club Welfare Officer is available:
      • As the first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club
      • As a local source of procedural advice for the club, its committee and members
      • As the main point of contact within the club for the ECB County Welfare Officer and the ECB Safeguarding Team
      • As the main point of contact within the club for relevant external agencies in connection with child safeguarding
    • Ensuring correct and comprehensive reporting procedures exist for raising and managing child safeguarding concerns
    • Providing an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns (about possible suspected child abuse/neglect, and/or about poor practice) to the Club Welfare Officer * *Details of the County Welfare Officer will be made available, in case the Club Welfare officer is unavailable, or the concern relates to the Club Welfare officer.
    • Ensuring all suspicions concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately
  • Ensuring access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters is restricted to those who need to know in order to safeguard children – including the Club Welfare Officer and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures
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Caddington Cricket Club – Club Recruitment Policy

In accordance with Clubmark requirements and ECB ‘Safe Hands’ Policy, the Club recognises the need for a robust Recruitment Policy.

The Club regularly identifies, and advertises among Club members and Parents of juniors, the need to recruit volunteers to contribute to the ongoing development of both junior and senior sections of the club.

The Club follows ECB recommendations as to which roles require DBS checks.

The Club is mindful of the fact that too demanding a procedure is likely to result in volunteers changing their minds, and the committee reserves the right to decide on the level of ‘interview’ and ‘references’ it chooses dependent on its existing knowledge of the potential volunteer.

Therefore, a long-standing player or parent will be recruited in a different way than a complete stranger.

In either case, the Club recognises that Child Welfare is paramount, and will act accordingly.

The Recruitment Policy identifies the following procedure;

  • Advertise the roles needing recruits.
  • Identify individuals to fill these roles.
  • Confirm their suitability for the role.
  • Explain the remit and limitations of each role.
  • DBS/Self Declaration as required.
  • Organise course attendance as required.
  • Ensure a mentor or overseer, certainly initially.

If the volunteer is unknown to the club, the club recruitment process will be based on best practice identified and outlined in the ECB Safe Hands policy, specifically ECB Guidelines on Appointing Appropriate Staff and Volunteers to Work with Children.

Any other steps will be taken as seen fit by the Club Welfare Officer or Management Committee.

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