B & D Fair Play
For the 2017 Season, the Fair Play Scheme has undergone some significant changes.
1: There will no longer be an Excel form to complete. It will all be done online, via Play- Cricket, using Team Captain Questions
2: Previously, each team received 2 additional points for having a 'trained' Umpire and returning their form on time. This season, each team that either does not have a trained Umpire at the game, OR does not complete the online form within the time schedule, will have 2 points deducted. This will reduce the workload for the Result Checkers. It is much easier to deduct points from 10 teams, than it is to add points to 160 teams.
3: Instead of awarding the opposition team a Fair Play mark between 0 - 10, the range is now 1 - 5. Marking in the 0 - 10 range was too inconsistent.
Marking under the 1 - 5 range should be:
5 = Exceptional = rare. The opposition went out of their way to be helpful
4 = Enjoyable game
3 = OK = a standard competitive game
2 = Poor = not enjoyable, but all major issues resolved.
1 = Unacceptable = rare
Most marks should be 4, 3 or 2.
For marks of 2 & 1, a pop-up box will appear & an explanation is required.
A mark of 1 should also be accompanied by an email, giving full details of the incident(s). The Captain should be willing to appear at a Disciplinary Committee hearing, expecting the opposition to be disciplined.
It is hoped that a mark of 1 will be (very) rare & should be reserved for (very) serious incidents. NB: a poor umpiring decision is not classed as a serious incident.
The data in the Team Captain Questions input will be reviewed weekly, with action being taken against teams who receive consistently bad comments.
How the System Operates
The B&D Fair Scheme was implemented to make the games for which the League do not appoint Umpires, fairer and more enjoyable.
Only the Senior Division & Division 1 will regularly have League appointed Umpires. In these games, discipline & fair play is the responsibility of the Umpire.
For ALL other Divisions, the Fair Play Scheme applies.
The sentiment behind the scheme is to educate all players, so that everyone can enjoy playing cricket in a respectful, friendly spirit, with little or no unfairness, inconsistency or controversy.
How are players educated?
Prior to each season, short (1 evening) umpiring courses are run by (very) experienced League Umpires. Each team should have at least 2 players who have attended one of these courses - NB: team and not Club. If you have 3 teams from your club in the B&D Fair Play Scheme, you need at least 2 players from each team.
Players who have attended this course are termed 'Trained Umpires'. The list of all those who have attended the courses is maintained, from the registers, by Bob.Bevan@BTOpenworld.com. Players can become qualified via other, usually more extensive courses (eg League Umpires). If you have any such people in your club/team, please inform Bob, so that they can be added to the list.
The role of the qualified Umpires
The Captain is responsible for the behaviour of their team. The qualified umpires should work with the Captains, to ensure the laws and spirit of the game are followed.
They should also cascade, to their teammates, the knowledge learned on the courses.
Should the qualified Umpires actually stand in the game?
Yes, but it's not always possible. Example - the batting side only has one trained Umpire at the game. He opens the batting and makes 246no. Therefore he can't actually umpire. Not a problem.
However, players who have been on the courses should stand whenever possible (because they should have better knowledge of the rules)..
Tony Pepworth Trophy
In memory of Tony, a trophy in his name is awarded at the Annual Dinner to the team with the best average Fair Play mark. The final decision will be made by the Committee.
It is recommended that the trained Umpires join the Captains at the toss, to discuss any local rules/issues, agree timing of tea and to make sure that both sides are treating the wide lines in the same way. NB: The B&D rule is that a ball outside these lines is called a wide, inside, not. This applies to both off & leg sides. If you feel that a bowler is deliberately bowling just inside the legside wide line, warm him & if he continues, call it.
The Captains & Umpires should make sure that all those who officiate in the game, know what has been agreed.