GACUS Principles

Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers

President – The Rt. Hon. Lord Vestey

PLAYER BEHAVIOUR – THREE PRINCIPLES

For a better game for captains, their players, umpires and spectators, GACUS umpires will be looking to apply the following principles in all matches.

1. NO DISSENT – VERBAL OR PHYSICAL

Umpires’ decisions are matters of opinion and complete agreement is unlikely. But we expect batsmen to leave the field promptly and bowlers to get back to their mark. Mistakes will be made, but dissent will not help anyone.

2. NO LOUD SWEARING

We’re not surprised by frustrated expletives when something goes wrong (dropped catch, beating the bat regularly etc.) but this should not be heard beyond the immediate area of the pitch.

3. NO COMMENTS TO OR ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

If players want to contribute vocally, make sure the comments are aimed at encouraging their own team and not clever remarks about the opposition aiming for a cheap laugh or to undermine the opponent.

Umpires will be expecting captains to take the lead on this and not wait for the umpires to intervene.