It was Sir Donald Bradman who suggested that “it is the responsibility of all those that play the game (the custodians) to leave the game in a better state than when they first became involved.” Within the “Spirit of Cricket”, there are certain “unwritten laws” or practices that should be followed as a means of respecting the game, your opponents, and your team. Here are some ideas to encourage and foster accepted levels of cricket etiquette amongst junior cricketers.
Toss of the coin
• The home team captain should always have a coin for the toss;
• The home team captain tosses the coin; the opposition captain calls;
• The toss of the coin should be out on the pitch to be played upon;
• Captains should always shake hands prior and after the toss.
 Entering the playing field for commencement of play
• Umpires are always the first to enter the playing field;
• As they enter, the umpires drop a new ball (at the start of an innings) just inside the boundary;
• The fielding side then takes the field, led by their captain. The ball is normally picked up by either the captain orthe wicket-keeper;
• The two batters enter after the fielding team.
During play
• The batting team should sit together on the sidelines, where shade is available (except where individuals may be warming up in preparation for batting);
• It is normally the responsibility of the home side to keep any score board up-to-date.
Leaving the field
• The batters are always first to leave the playing field;
• The fielding team follows the batters.
12th player
• The 12th player must be dressed in playing apparel;
• If there are only 11 cricketers in a team (that is, no 12th player) the batting side should have someone in playing
apparel at all times who can be utilised should the need for a substitution arise;
• Players who are performing 12th player duties must know their role and be prepared – for example, knowing the times at which drinks are to be taken, being alert to requests from players for sun-screen, jumpers, towels, ice, first-aid, etc.
Bowlers and fielders’ ground marking
• When marking their run-up, bowlers should refrain from damaging the grass or surface. This is in the interests of
the participants and also as a sign of respect for those responsible for preparing the surface. The same applies to fielders who mark the ground as an indication of their positions on the field.
Acknowledgment of milestones
• Fielding teams should always acknowledge 50’s and 100’s by opposition batters (by clapping or sincere verbal
• Players should acknowledge bowling achievements such as five wickets and hat-tricks (by clapping or sincere verbal
• After the game, players should acknowledge the opposition by shaking hands;
• Captains should always shake hands after the match.
Support staff and spectators
• Coaches, administrators, parents, teachers and spectators should respect the nature of the game, and accept that it
is the responsibility of umpires and the team captains to conduct a match in the appropriate manner. Any noise
from the sidelines (other than appropriate recognition of good performance or effort) or any signals or form of communication to players are not in the best interests of the game;
• Any communication can be via the 12th player at drinks breaks, or during breaks in play where teams leave the field;
• Yelling from the side-lines is not condoned;
• Coaches should not enter the field of play.
It may be appropriate, however, for coaches to take a greater role in assisting captains etc. in matches involving children under 12 years.