Cricket Etiquette

Below are some examples of cricket etiquette which cricketers from around the world follow to help keep the spirit of cricket alive. Your task is to print this page out and then translate the cricket etiquette in to classroom and school etiquette. The first example has been completed for you! Alternatively you can download the activity as a Word document from the Downloads section of this module.


Cricket Etiquette
Classroom and School Etiquette
The players only enter the field of play after the umpires.
The children wait for the teacher to pass through the door before them.
Do not take part in chatter or movement that may disrupt or distract the batsman.
Avoid walking on the wicket to prevent damaging the pitch.
Acknowledge good bowling and batting.
Always clap the batsman's 50 and 100 or the bowler's 5 wickets or hat trick.
Always say thank you to the umpire when taking your sweater or cap to look after and when he returns it.
Always accept the umpire's decision.
Apologise immediately to the batsman if bowling a ball that does not pitch and aims high on the body of the batsman.
Offer to return the ball to the fielders or bowler if it lands in front of you, as a batsman, after a shot.
Always say ‘thank you' if the batsman returns the ball to fielders or bowler.
Do not sit on the ground even if it is a drinks break or a wicket has fallen.
Clap in the incoming batsman/batsmen.
Clap out the outgoing batsman/batsmen.
Apologise to the bowler if you delay the game due to tying a shoe lace or making the bowler wait for any reason.
Look the part – clothing and equipment should be clean, tidy and properly worn.
As the ‘home team', create a warm and hospitable environment.
Show appreciation of the workers within the game, eg, umpires, scorers, groundsman, tea ladies, etc.
Always be punctual for training sessions and matches.
Show commitment to the team.
At the end of the game shake hands with the opposition and shake the hands of the umpires.