Guidance Notes for Pitch Side Conduct

It is the responsibility of the clubs to ensure that good manners and courtesy prevail towards your opponents, umpires and other officials before, during and after the game. Once the pitch is available, the Home Captain shall assume authority for the pitch and its surrounding area. Clubs are advised to ensure that they have adequate insurance cover and that they are aware of local Health & Safety legislation regarding use of the pitch and facilities.

Captains and Umpires should:

  1. Agree the location of managers, coaches, substitutes and suspended players during their suspension, and from where substitutions will take place.
  2. Satisfy themselves as to the quality and safety of the pitch and its facilities and ensure that pitch side furniture is removed to a safe location.
  3. Check the availability and location of an emergency telephone and first aid.
  4. Agree with home team officials the location and allowed proximity of spectators (at least 3m from the side line).
  5. Substitutes should warm up in colour other than the participating teams in an agreed area pitch side.
  6. Coaches and managers must remain in their designated area.
  7. Vocal communications by team officials and players on the bench must not, in any way, be directed at the umpires or players of the opposing team.
  8. Players not taking part in the game, or those is subsequent or previous matches, must not "knock up" or cool down on or near the pitch whilst a match is in progress.
  9. Spectators should be advised, if necessary, of matters relating to their conduct and particularly in so far as this affects the game in hand.
  10. Small children should not be allowed to wander freely around the pitch side whilst games are i9n progress. Children should remain under the control of the parent/guardian at all times.
  11. Babies in pushchairs should not be left parked on the side of the pitch.
  12. Captains, coaches and managers are responsible for their own conduct and the conduct of their players at all times.

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