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Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League


Disciplinary Regulations



CONTENTS

1. AIMS AND JURISDICTIONS

2. CODE OF CONDUCT AND SPIRIT OF CRICKET

3. BREACHES AND REPORTING

4. PROCEDURE

5. CAUTIONS – LEVEL 1 OFFENCES

6. DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

7. PENALTIES

8. APPEALS

9. MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF PENALTIES

10. DATA PROTECTION CONSENT

11. CONFIDENTIALITY

12. BREACHES OF DISCIPLINE

13. PENALTY TARIFFS GUIDE FOR PLAYERS/PARTICIPANTS

14. PENALTY TARIFFS FOR CLUBS



1. AIMS AND JURISDICTION

1.1. The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is committed to maintaining the highest standards of behaviour and conduct in the game of cricket. The Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, which operates within the jurisdiction of the ECB, shares this commitment and takes it very seriously.

1.2. These ECB Recreational Cricket Regulations, incorporating the Code of Conduct and Spirit of Cricket (as set out in paragraph 2 below), have been adopted by this League and are intended to provide guidance and ensure uniformity in dealing with any alleged breach of the Code of Conduct.

1.3. The Disciplinary Regulations shall be complied with by all those who participate within the League, including players, clubs, club officials, club members, representatives of the League and any other person or body who is from time-to-time engaged in cricket-related activities under the auspices of the League. (For the purposes of paragraph 2 below, ‘players’ shall be deemed to include other Participants if the context of an alleged breach of the Code of Conduct so requires).

1.4. Subject to the mutual recognition provisions (at paragraph 9 below), the League shall be responsible for the enforcement and administration of the Disciplinary Regulations in relation to Participants registered to the League and/or participating in cricket-related activities under its auspices. All Participants, by virtue of their registration with the League (whether directly or via a club) and/or participation in cricket-related activities under the auspices

of the League, agree to be bound by the Disciplinary Regulations. The league Executive Committee shall appoint a Discipline Chairman (DC) and a Discipline Review Committee (DRC).

1.5. All Participants are required to cooperate with the League in regard to discipline. Without prejudice to the generality of this requirement, every club shall take all reasonable steps to ensure the proper conduct of its Participants in accordance with the Disciplinary Regulations and shall not act in any way which is prejudicial or detrimental to the interests or reputation of the League or the game of cricket.

1.6. There is nothing in the Disciplinary Regulations preventing or discouraging clubs from applying additional or stronger penalties in regard to breaches of the Code of Conduct beyond those set out in the Disciplinary Regulations, whether or not penalties may apply under the Disciplinary Regulations. To this end, it is important that clubs have their own code of conduct and disciplinary procedures in place.

1.7. At all times it is to be remembered that the core aim of the Disciplinary Regulations is to maintain the highest standards of behaviour and conduct in the game of cricket. The procedures detailed in the Disciplinary Regulations are intended to be fair, straightforward and proportionate to the needs of the League and Participants, respecting fundamental principles of natural justice and fairness but recognising that those involved with the procedures will not typically be, and do not need to be, legally qualified. Therefore, as long as the principles of natural justice and fairness are not infringed, minor practical or technical points will not serve to invalidate the procedure or any decisions or findings under the Disciplinary Regulations.

1.8. In the event that any incident or other matter occurs which is not provided for by the Disciplinary Regulations (whether it relates to conduct, jurisdiction, procedure or penalty), then the DC or the nominated deputy or the League’s Disciplinary/Appeal Panel may take such action as considered appropriate in the circumstances, taking into account the specific circumstances and the principles of natural justice and fairness.

1.9. In the event that any alleged breach of the Code of Conduct falls under any other relevant ECB regulations (as may from time-to-time be in force), such as the ECB Safeguarding Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure, or is subject to investigation by the police or other public authority (or analogous body), or is subject to any other legal/regulatory process, the DC or the League’s Disciplinary/Appeal Panel may stay the procedure under the Disciplinary Regulations.



2. CODE OF CONDUCT AND SPIRIT OF CRICKET

2.1. Code of Conduct

2.1.1. Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of Cricket (as set out in paragraph 2.2) as well as within the Laws.

2.1.2. Players must at all times accept the umpire’s decision. Players must not show dissent at the umpire’s decision or react in a provocative or disapproving manner towards another player or a spectator.

2.1.3. Players shall not intimidate, assault, or attempt to intimidate or assault an umpire, another Participant or a spectator.

2.1.4. Players shall not use crude and/or abusive language (known as “sledging”), nor make offensive gestures or hand signals, nor deliberately distract an opponent.

2.1.5. Players shall not use language or gestures that offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person’s (or that person’s perceived) age, race, religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

2.1.6. Players shall not use or in any way be concerned in the use or distribution of illegal drugs or other criminal activity.

2.1.7. Participants shall not make any public or media comment which is prejudicial or detrimental to the interests or reputation of the League, other Participants or the game of cricket in general. In this instance, media shall include (but not necessarily be limited to) press, radio, television, external websites, club websites, social networking sites

and club match programmes. Nothing in this provision shall prevent any comment which constitutes honest opinion in regard to cricketing matters and which is made in a fair and respectful manner.

2.1.8. Participants must not gamble or bet, either directly or indirectly or by using agents, on any competition or match in which they or their club are involved.

2.1.9. Participants shall not publicly disclose or comment upon any alleged breach of this Code of Conduct.

2.1.10. Participants shall not act in any manner which is against the Spirit of Cricket, otherwise improper, or prejudicial or detrimental to the interests or reputation of the League(s) or the game of cricket.

2.2 Spirit of Cricket

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws, but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.

2.2.1. There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the captain.

Responsibility of Captains

The captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.

Player’s Conduct

In the event of any player failing to comply with the instructions of an umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, showing dissent, or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other umpire and to the player’s captain, requesting the latter to take action.

2.2.2. Fair and Unfair Play

According to the Laws the umpires are the sole judges of fair and unfair play. The umpires may intervene at any time, and it is the responsibility of the captain to take action where required.

2.2.3. The umpires are authorised to intervene in cases of:

* Time wasting

* Damaging the pitch

* Dangerous or unfair bowling

* Tampering with the ball

* Any other action that they consider to be unfair

2.2.4. The Spirit of the Game involves RESPECT for:

* Your opponents

* Your own captain and team

* The role of the umpires

* The game’s traditional values

2.2.5. It is against the Spirit of the Game:

* To dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture

* To direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire

* To indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, for instance:

- Appeal knowing the batsman is not out

- Advance towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing

- Seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent

clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of

one’s own side.

2.2.6. Violence

There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play.

2.2.7. Players

Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a cricket match. Every

player is expected to make an important contribution to this.

2.3. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary

action, irrespective of an alleged breach being related to a match not under the

jurisdiction of the League.



3. BREACHES AND REPORTING

3.1. Any Participant in breach of the Code of Conduct shall be liable to penalties in the manner prescribed in the Disciplinary Regulations.

3.2. A breach of the Code of Conduct will normally be categorised as Level 1 (caution), 2, 3 or 4.

3.3. Reporting of Breaches by umpires

3.3.1. Subject to paragraph 3.3.3, for a first Level 1 breach of the Code of Conduct in a match, the umpire(s) should warn the player as to his future conduct and advise him and his captain that any repetition in the match will result in a formal report.

3.3.2. If any player receiving such a warning then commits a further Level 1 breach in the match, the umpire(s) should advise him and his captain that they will be submitting a formal report.

3.3.3. Should the umpire(s) consider that the first Level 1 breach is sufficiently serious, they have the authority to decide to submit a formal report without having previously issued any warning. The player and his captain should be advised accordingly.

3.3.4. In all instances of any perceived Level 2, 3 or 4 breach, the umpire(s) should complete a formal discipline report.

3.3.5. In all instances (including level 1) where a report is to be submitted the standard report forms supplied by the League should be completed in full.

3.3.6. Any alleged breach of the Code of Conduct subject to a report by an umpire should be notified in writing (preferably by email using the standard form) to the League Secretary or his nominated deputy within 72 hours of the end of the match concerned. The League Secretary, or deputy, should pass the report to the DC immediately upon receipt.

3.3.7. If, in the opinion of the umpires, an offence is of such seriousness that it warrants the immediate suspension of the player(s) from any further participation in the match concerned the player(s) and his captain should be so advised and the suspension imposed. If action of this nature is taken then this should be detailed within the formal report.

3.4. Reporting of Breaches by Participants

3.4.1. Any allegation of a breach of the Code of Conduct by a Participant made against another Participant which arises from an incident during the course of a match or on the field of play should be reported by a team’s captain to the umpire(s).

3.4.2. Any allegation of a breach of the Code of Conduct by a Participant made against another Participant which does not arise from an incident during the course of a match or on the field of play should be notified to the League Secretary within 72 hours after the incident giving rise to the allegation. The League Secretary should immediately pass any such report directly to the DC.

3.4.3. Subject to any direction from the DC, a written report should be produced, which should allow the DC to understand;

a) the background to the alleged incident,

b) why a breach of the Code of Conduct is alleged

c) the level of breach alleged.

Where possible, notifications and reports should be submitted to the League Secretary by a club secretary (or in such other manner as may be directed by the DC).

3.4.4. The DC shall have an overriding discretion to accept or decline reports submitted under paragraph 3.4.2. Save for exceptional circumstances, such reports shall not be accepted relating to any alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct which have been, or could have been, reported by an umpire pursuant to paragraph 3.3.6 (the DC may contact an umpire for his observations/views on allegations/the content of any report) or where there has been undue delay in making a notification or report.

3.4.5. Any complaints submitted under paragraph 3.4.2 must be made in good faith. The submission of a report which is trivial, vexatious, made for tactical reasons or otherwise improper may itself be treated as a breach of the Code of Conduct under paragraph 2.1.10.



4. PROCEDURE

4.1. The League Secretary or his nominated deputy shall, as soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of a report, inform the secretary of the concerned club (or other Participant as appropriate in the circumstances) that a report has been made.

4.2. Upon receipt of a discipline report the DC will, in conjunction with DRC, determine the level of the offence alleged and categorise it as either level 1, 2, 3 or 4.

4.3. It is intended that any alleged breach of the Code of Conduct involving offences classified as level 2, 3 or 4 should be dealt with in the first instance by the participant’s club. In such cases the club will be requested in writing by the League Secretary to conduct their own internal disciplinary process and advise the League of the outcome in writing within 7 days.

4.4. Within 48 hours of receipt of the written report by the club, the DC and DRC shall consider the matter and resolve:

a. To take no action except to record the complaint and notify the club; or

b. To endorse any action taken by the club and confirm that no further action is required; or

c. To refer the matter for a full disciplinary hearing.



5. CAUTIONS (Level 1 Offence)

5.1. If, upon receipt of a discipline report, the DRC determine that the alleged offence is to be categorized as level 1 this will be classified as a ‘caution’ under League disciplinary regulations.

5.2 Clubs will be advised, by the General Secretary, when any of their participants receive a caution following the submission of a formal discipline report by an umpire and can either accept this or alternatively request a formal review by the DRC. Any request for a review must be submitted in writing and must state clearly the reasons for requesting a review. Any such request must reach the DC within seven days of issue of the official notification of a caution. Once reviewed the decision of the DRC will be confirmed in writing and is final and binding.

5.3. If a player receives two cautions within any season then they will be subject to an automatic two week suspension.

5.4. If, upon being notified of an incident that was not subject to a discipline report initially, the DRC consider it appropriate they may issue a retrospective caution and the General Secretary will advise the club in the normal manner.



6. DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

6.1. At least seven days’ notice in writing of the Disciplinary Hearing shall be given to the Participant, either directly or via the secretary of his club as appropriate. The notice shall specify the alleged breach(es) of the Code of Conduct and the Level(s) of the alleged breach(es).

6.2. Where a charge against a player is referred to a Disciplinary Hearing, his captain and club may be charged separately under their responsibilities as set out in the Code of Conduct above.

6.3. In any case which is referred for a Disciplinary Hearing, the DC shall convene the Disciplinary Hearing within 14 days of the decision to refer. Any delay may only be granted at the discretion of the Chairman of the Disciplinary/Appeal Panel (appointed in accordance with paragraph 6.6).

6.4 The accused Participant shall be entitled:

- To submit written statements ahead of the Disciplinary Hearing;

- To attend the Disciplinary Hearing;

- To state his/its case (in the case of a club, by its secretary or other official); and

- To be legally represented or supported by a colleague; and

- To call witnesses.

6.5 If the Participant is to have representation present at the Disciplinary Hearing then the details of that representation must be given to the Discipline Chairman not less than 48 hours before the date of the hearing.

6.6 The Disciplinary Hearing shall be conducted by a Disciplinary Panel appointed by the DC and shall consist of three or five persons drawn from DRC. The DC or his deputy shall appoint one of the Disciplinary/Appeal Panel members to act as Chairman of the Disciplinary/Appeal Panel. None of the Disciplinary/Appeal Panel should be connected with the Participant or any relevant opponent at the time of the alleged breach, or any Participant who might directly benefit from any disciplinary action.

6.7 A Participant involved in disciplinary proceedings will be solely responsible for meeting such costs or expenses as it or they may incur, including the cost of any legal or other representation.

6.8 The standard of proof shall be on the balance of probabilities, as in a civil law matter.



7. PENALTIES

7.1. As a guideline, the penalties which should be expected to be imposed for any level 2, 3 and 4 offences proved at a disciplinary hearing, are as detailed in the category of offences and applicable penalty tariffs as detailed at the end of these regulations.

7.2. If at a Disciplinary Hearing a breach of the Code of Conduct is proved, the Disciplinary/Appeal Panel shall have the power to impose one or more of the following penalties, together with such order as to costs as it deems appropriate:

In the case of a player:-

- To require the player to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time;

- To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct;

- To suspend the player for one or more specified matches and/or for a stated period of time;

- To deduct League points from the player’s team; and

- To expel the player from the League.

In the case of a club:-

- To require the club to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time;

- To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct;

- To deduct League points from the club’s team;

- To expel the club from any competitions of the League; and

- To relegate to any lower division of the League or to a ‘linked’ league.

In the case of any other Participant:-

- To require the Participant to submit appropriate letter(s) of apology within a specified time;

- To record a reprimand and to give a warning as to future conduct;

- To suspend the Participant for one or more specified matches and/or for a stated period of time;

- To deduct League points from the Participant’s team; and

- To expel the Participant from the League.

7.3. Panels may take the following factors into account when determining the penalties to be imposed:

- If the accused Participant has pleaded guilty;

- The Participant’s previous disciplinary record;

- The position of the Participant (for example, if a player is a Captain);

- The conduct of the Participant subsequent to them being warned and told that they will be reported;

- In any case involving a player, the regularity with which the player plays cricket and at what level(s) of cricket he plays (for example, a fixed period suspension of two weeks is likely to have a more serious impact upon an ECB registered cricketer who plays regularly when compared to a purely recreational player who plays infrequently); and

- Any other mitigating or aggravating factors relevant to the circumstances of the breach.

7.4. The Disciplinary Panel shall have the power to suspend the operation of any part, or all of the penalty it imposes for such period and subject to such terms and conditions it deems appropriate.

Where applicable, penalties may be carried over to apply in the following season.

7.5. Decisions of the Disciplinary Panel (a finding that a complaint is proved or not proved or a decision on penalty) shall be by majority vote.

7.6. In accordance with the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) Regulations, it is envisaged that in any case where a suspension is lawfully imposed upon an ECB registered cricketer by the Disciplinary Panel such a suspension shall be recognised by the CDC. ECB registered cricketers have a right of appeal to an Appeal Panel of the CDC and, in the event a suspension is imposed upon an ECB registered cricketer by the Disciplinary Panel, the League Secretary shall, as soon as practicable, report the matter in writing to:

- the ECB Head of Cricket Operations (First Class) and

- the ECB Head of Non-First Class Cricket.

Automatic Fixed Penalties

7.7. Where any member club of the League has two or more playing suspensions imposed on its participants in the same season (whether those suspensions be for cumulative cautions, club imposed suspensions or League imposed suspensions), and whether or not they be the same or different participants, then a points deduction may be applied to the teams in which those participants were playing at the time of the offences.

7.8. A gross 20 point deduction may apply in the case of two suspensions, and thereafter a further 10 point deduction would apply for each and every additional suspension in that season.



8. APPEALS

8.1. Where a breach of the Code of Conduct has been proved at a Disciplinary Hearing, a participant shall have the right of appeal. This right should only be exercised in good faith upon reasonable grounds. Where more than one participant (e.g. a player and his club) appeals in relation to the same incident, they must do so separately.

8.2. A notice of appeal setting out the grounds must be given in writing to the League Secretary within 7 days of the decision of the Disciplinary Panel being communicated to the participant in writing, together with a deposit. The amount of the deposit shall be £25 for each club and £25 for each other participant exercising their right of appeal.

8.3. If a notice of appeal is given, the penalty shall not take effect pending the hearing of the appeal, which shall take place as soon as is practicable and in any event within 14 days of receipt of notice of the appeal.

8.4. The appeal shall be by way of a new hearing before an Appeal Panel (Appeal Hearing). The Appeal Panel shall be appointed by the DC and shall consist of three or five persons drawn from a list approved by the League’s Executive Committee. The DC shall appoint one of the Appeal Panel members to act as Chairman of the Appeal Panel. None of the Panel should have been part of the original Disciplinary Panel, be connected with the Participant or any relevant opponent at the time of the alleged breach, or any Participant who might directly benefit from any disciplinary action. The Participant shall have the same rights of attendance and representation, and to call witnesses as they had before the Disciplinary Panel.

8.5. If the Participant is to have representation present at the hearing then the details of that representation must be given to the Discipline Chairman not less than 7 days before the date of the hearing.

8.6. Non-attendance at the Appeal Hearing by a Participant without good and valid reason for such non-attendance will automatically result in forfeiture of their right of appeal. The Appeals Panel may confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Disciplinary Panel and it shall have the power to increase the penalty and forfeiture of the whole or

part of the deposit (in reaching its decision, the Appeal Panel may have regard to whether the right of appeal was exercised in good faith and upon reasonable grounds). Decisions of the Appeal Panel shall be by majority vote.

8.7. The decision of the Appeals Panel shall be final and binding.



9. MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF PENALTIES

9.1. The League and clubs shall mutually recognise and give full effect to any penalty imposed by the Disciplinary and Appeal Panels of the League.

9.2. The League and clubs shall recognise and give effect to penalties imposed pursuant to any disciplinary or relevant regulations of all competitions under the auspices of County Cricket Boards, as defined and listed in the ECB’s Articles of Association from time-to-time, and any other competitions as directed by the ECB from time-to-time (the Recognised Competitions).

9.3. The League and clubs shall mutually recognise and give full effect to any disciplinary penalty imposed by the following competitions, which shall also be Recognised Competitions – all cricket played under the auspices of the ECB and affiliated leagues.

9.4. For the purposes of paragraph 9, a participant may not play in matches under the auspices of the League whilst serving a suspension given by any other of the Leagues or a Recognised Competition. For the avoidance of doubt, in the event any other of the Leagues or a Recognised Competition suspends a player for a consecutive number of matches or for a period of time, that player may not play in any matches under the auspices of the League until that suspension has been served.

9.5. In order to give effect to the mutual recognition of penalties between the Leagues and Recognised Competitions, the League may report and receive information in regard to penalties imposed upon Participants pursuant to the Disciplinary Regulations to and from the ECB and Recognised Competitions. Information will be shared about the penalties imposed on participants on a ‘need-to-know’ basis with such participants and other persons/bodies as are necessary to give effect to the penalty.



10. DATA PROTECTION CONSENT

Each Participant shall be deemed to have agreed, for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and otherwise, that their personal data may be processed and disclosed in accordance with, and for the purposes of the implementation of, the Disciplinary Regulations.


11. CONFIDENTIALITY

11.1. All disciplinary proceedings which take place under the Disciplinary Regulations shall be confidential and shall take place in private.

11.2. The League and the ECB shall have the right to publish any written decision of a Disciplinary Panel or Appeal Panel, including (but not necessarily limited to) publication in their minutes and on their websites, and Participants shall be deemed to have consented to such publication.



12. BREACHES OF DISCIPLINE

The following are details of the standard tariff of offences and penalties which will hopefully help clubs to determine appropriate outcomes if they take any internal disciplinary measures. Clubs are encouraged to invoke their own disciplinary action where felt appropriate and in those cases advise the League of any actions taken as this will be taken into account by the League's Disciplinary Panel. Whilst the League's Disciplinary Panel is not bound by the following tariffs it nevertheless will take due account of them in any disciplinary process as the overall aim is to achieve a degree of uniformity in any disciplinary matters and a process that is transparent to all. The conduct listed in level 1 to level 4 below cannot be considered to be exhaustive.

12.1 Level 1

a) Time wasting by either the fielding side or the batting side;

b) Abuse of the cricket ground, equipment or fixtures;

c) Showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action;

d) Using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and or the making of an obscene gesture;

e) Excessive unwarranted appealing;

f) Any other matter which is not considered to be within the spirit of cricket.

Level 2

a) A second Level 1 offence of any kind within 12 months (Unless the original caution is already extinguished by automatic penalties having been applied)

b) Showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action;

c) Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play;

d) Charging or advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing;

e) Deliberate and malicious distraction or obstruction on the field of play.

f) Throwing the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in an inappropriate and dangerous manner;

g) Using language or gesture that is obscene or of a serious insulting nature to another player, umpire, team official or spectator;

h) Making statements or actions detrimental to the League, or its officials, or which may bring the League into disrepute. It shall be a disciplinary offence for any player, participant and/or club official to make any public or media comment which is detriment to the League, clubs, umpires or the game in general. In this instance, media shall include press, radio, television, website, social and media networking sites and club match programme.

i) Any other matter which is not considered to be within the spirit of cricket.

Level 3

a) A repeat of any Level 2 offence within 12 months.

b) Intimidating an umpire;

c) Threatening to assault another player, team official or spectator;

d) Using language or gesture that offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin;

e) Any other serious matter which is not considered to be within the spirit of cricket.

Level 4

a) A repeat of any Level 3 offence within 12 months.

b) Threatening an umpire;

c) Physical assault of another player, umpire, official or spectator;

d) Any act of violence on the field of play;

e) Using language or gestures that seriously offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify another person on the basis of that person’s religion, sexual orientation, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

12.2. In determining the appropriate level, it is again to be remembered that the core aim of the Disciplinary Regulations is to maintain the highest standards of behaviour and conduct in the game. The level determined for an alleged breach of the Code of Conduct should be proportionate to achieve that core aim. Social media, for the avoidance of doubt, any postings online and/or on social media (Twitter, Facebook or similar/equivalent platforms) also fall to be determined in accordance with the factors above. In relations to such cases the following should be noted.

12.3 Participants are to be considered responsible for any posting(s) on their social media account(s) which are caught by the factors details above (the fact that a posting may have been made by someone else in the Participant's name will not necessary prevent disciplinary action being taken)

12.4 Disciplinary action may result from repeating comments made on social media by others (ie. retweeting) which are caught by the factors detailed above.

12.5 The deleting of any inappropriate content, whilst advisable, does not of itself prevent disciplinary action being taken.



13. PENALTIES TARIFFS GUIDE FOR PLAYERS/PARTICIPANTS

13.1 Level 1 Offences

The offending player will receive a written warning.

13.2 Level 2 Offences

The offending player may be suspended for a period of 14 days from the date of the decision of the Disciplinary Panel.

13.3 Level 3 Offences

The offending player may be suspended for a period of 28 days from the date of the decision of the Disciplinary Panel.

13.4 Level 4 Offences

The offending player may be suspended for a period of 3 months to life at the discretion of the Disciplinary Panel, depending on the gravity of the offence.

13.5 The Disciplinary Panel may, at its sole discretion, specify that all or any part of a ban may be carried over until the following season, where the decision to suspend a player is made in the latter stages of a season. The Panel may suspend any part of a ban for a stated period of time, against the future good behaviour of the player.



14 PENALTY TARIFFS FOR CLUBS

14.1 Level 1 Offences

If in the view of the Disciplinary Panel a club has failed to deal with a Level 1 offence effectively, the club may be fined up to a total of £25.

14.2 Level 2 Offences

If in the view of the Disciplinary Panel a club has failed to deal with a Level 2 offence effectively, the club may be fined up to a total of £50 and a deduction of 30 points from either one or all league teams.

14.3 Level 3 Offences

If in the view of the Disciplinary Panel a club has failed to deal with a Level 3 offence effectively, the club may be fined up to a total of £75 and a deduction of 60 points from either one or all league teams.

14.4 Level 4 Offences

If in the view of the Disciplinary Panel a club has failed to deal with a Level 4 offence effectively, the club may be fined up to a total of £100 and a deduction of 90 points from either one or all league teams.



15 ADDITIONAL DISCIPLINARY JURISDICTION INCLUDING GAMES NOT UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE LEAGUE

15.1 Any incident arising which is not covered in this league’s rules, may be considered by the appointed disciplinary officers taking account of the specific circumstances. This includes any incidents arising from a clubs’ participation in competitions not being held under the auspices of this league.