1.1 The competition(s) shall be known as the Garden State Cricket League

Competition(s) (herein after referred to as the GSCL competition(s)). The Executive Committee of the GSCL shall be responsible for the administration of the competition(s) and shall have jurisdiction for the implementation and interpretation of the rules and playing conditions governing the competition.

1.2 Except for those laws that are unique to local playing situations and conditions, the Garden State Cricket League, GSCL, will abide by the ICC standard playing conditions for ODI’s, the Laws of Cricket [2000 Code 5th Edition - 2013], and the code of conduct. In the event of conflicts, the rules as stipulated by the GSCL shall supersede.

1.3 Only High Quality, GSCL APPROVED, FOUR PIECE balls allowed.

1.4 GSCL championship games will be held at Warinanco Park for the Forty Overs

(40), and Cedar Brook Park for T20.


The cricket season shall be divided into (2) two separate and distinct competitions.

2.1 The GSCL League Championship – 40 overs (Baldwin Cappell Trophy)

2.2 The GSCL Twenty/20 competition – 20 overs (Ershad Ally Cup)

2.3 The league shall be divided into two divisions for the Forty Overs competition.

(i) Division 1

(ii) Division 2


3.1 Winning teams are tasked with entering the scores of their respective games.

Failure to do so within forty eight (48) hours after the game has been completed, will result in the guilty teams being fined fifty dollars ($50), which must be paid prior to the team’s participation in their next scheduled game. If the game is rained out, then the home team will be responsible for updating the scorecard on the website. Scorecards on the website will be locked (5) five days after the game is completed.

3.2 Ten (10) points shall be awarded for a win.

3.2.1 Five (5) points for a “No Result” (Game started, but did not have a result)

3.2.2. Three points for a “Rained out” game.

3.3 At the end of the regular season, four (4) teams with the highest number of points in each division shall qualify for the semi-final round.


3.5 The format shall be 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3.

3.6 Winners from the semi-final rounds will advance to the GSCL divisional championship games.


4.1 All cricketers participating in the Garden State Cricket League must be registered with the league (48) forty-eight hours before playing in any official league game. To be registered, ALL players must be entered on the GSCL website.

4.2 Player registration must be done by the respective clubs. Teams that may be experiencing difficulties in the registration process may contact the GSCL executive for assistance. (The 48-hour rule still applies).

4.3 Cricketers serving suspension from another league or association in the United States or any other cricket playing country shall not be eligible to participate in the GSCL.

4.4 Violations of rules 4.1 through 4.3 shall result in loss of the game.

4.5 Substitute players must be properly attired. I.e. same uniforms as their team.


5.1 Players may change team once per season. However, please note that changes are NOT allowed after participating in three (3) league games.

5.2 Players must indicate their intention to change teams, and must obtain GSC approval before playing for another team.

5.3 Players participating in the Semi-finals or Championship final game must have played a minimum of (50%) fifty percent of their team’s games played during the regular season.

5.4 Players participating in the T20 semi-final or championship game must have played at least (3) three games in the forty overs competition, AND should have participated in at least (1) one preliminary round game, of the T20 competition.

5.5 During the GSCL season (40 overs & T20) players are NOT allowed to change teams for the T-20 competition, after competing in the forty overs for another team.


6.1 The field restriction area shall be marked by (2) two, (30) thirty-yard semi circles joined by straight lines on either side of the pitch. They shall have as their centre the middle stump at either end of the pitch. Alternatively small cones, flags, or discs may identify the field restriction area. All marked areas shall be CLEARLY VISIBLE from both umpiring positions. (Review rules for the separate competitions)

6.2 For the first eight (8) overs in a (40) over match, a maximum of two (2) fielders will be allowed outside the 30 yards circle.

6.3: Overs 9 thru 32, a maximum of four (4) fielders will be allowed outside the field- restricted area.

6.4 The last eight overs, overs 33 thru 40, a maximum of five (5) fielders will be allowed outside the field restricted area.

Infringement on these fielding restrictions shall result in the ball being called a “no- ball”, meaning the bowling side concedes one run and must bowl that delivery again.

6.5 For the first (6) six overs in a (20) twenty over match, rule 6.2 shall apply.

6.6 When the first inning overs are reduced, field restrictions shall be reduced proportionally as in the table below.

Regular Season

First Inning Overs Restriction Overs Fielders Outside Circle

36 - 40 (8); (9 – 32); (33 – 40) (2); (4); (5)

30 - 35 (7); (8 – 28); (29 – 35)

26 - 30 (5); (6 – 20); (21 – 25)

20 - 25 (4); (5 – 16); (17 – 20)


7.1 Before laying the matting the home team shall be responsible for preparing the pitch, which may include but not limited to sweeping, raking and or rolling, marking the boundaries and field restriction area. Teams are required to provide all equipment necessary for the completion of games, i.e. stumps, bails, chalk, broom and covers.

7.2 At the end of an inning either captain may request (of the umpire) that the matting be stretched and swept. It is the sole responsibility of the umpire/s to grant or reject this request.

7.3 The home team shall be responsible for providing water and refreshments.

7.4 Captains or their designee shall spin the toss no later than 11:50 AM to allow ample time for an on time start. At 12:00 noon both teams must be present on the playing field at which time the bowlers end umpire will call play. In order for a game to begin, both teams must have a minimum of seven players in uniform ready to play.

7.5 Teams that are late shall be penalized one (1) over for every four (4) minutes of lateness. Penalized teams will face an amount of overs minus the overs they were penalized. Their inning will however be based on the agreed upon overs. [Example; if you are penalized four (4) overs you will bowl forty (40) but face thirty six (36) overs and your run rate will be based on 40 overs].

7.6 Games that are scheduled for 12:00 noon, and for whatever reason (except weather related), did not start by 1:30 PM, will be cancelled and the team that was not ready to play, be penalized with the game being awarded to the opposing team.

7.7 It is mandatory that the full names of the playing XI eleven (given and surname) must be submitted to the umpire/s prior to the toss being spun. Thereafter changes to the team can only be made with the consent of the opposing captain. The 12th man should be clearly indicated.

7.8 In the event of rain it is the responsibility of the home team to provide covers in order to protect the wicket and bowlers’ run up.


8.1 The normal hours of play are from 12:00 noon to 6:15 PM.

8.2 The (1st) first inning commences at 12:00 noon and concludes at 3:00 PM

8.3 A (15) fifteen-minute interval will be observed between innings.

8.4 The (2nd) second inning commences at 3:15 PM and concludes at 6:15 PM.

8.5 Two on the field water breaks of five (5) minutes each shall be permitted at the 15th and 30th over. Under conditions of extreme heat and humidity the umpires shall permit extra interval/s for drinks.


9.1 Matches shall be limited to:

a) One inning of (40) forty overs, each over will consist of six (6) legal deliveries.

b) One inning of (20) twenty overs, each over will consist of six (6) legal deliveries.

9.2 Each bowler shall be allowed a maximum of 1/5 of the number of allocated overs i.e. in a (40) forty over match the maximum overs per bowler shall be (8) eight.

9.3 Following all No-balls, the next ball shall be a Free-Hit. If the delivery for the free hit is not a legitimate delivery, (no ball or wide) then the next delivery will become a free hit. Field changes are not permitted for free hit deliveries, unless there is a change of striker or the no ball is for fielding restriction, in which case the field change will be made only to facilitate the restriction. A batsman cannot be out from a Free-Hit delivery except by run out.

9.4 In case of unforeseen circumstances, (such as inclement weather, damp pitch, lost ball etc.), the number of overs shall be reduced by a factor of one (1) over for every four (4) minutes lost. All other rules shall apply.


9.5 The fielding team must complete the number of allocated overs within the specified time or be penalized for each over not bowled. [See 7.5 and 7.6] For example if after (3) three hours only 38 overs are bowled, the fielding team will be automatically penalized (2) two overs and will only be allowed to bat a maximum of 38 overs. However, play must continue after 3 p.m. until the allocated overs are completed. Additional loss of overs may apply if the overs during the penalty session are not completed on time.

9.6 If the fielding team is late, the time for the batting side shall be extended by the length of time the fielding team was late. For example if they are 30 minutes late, the batting side inning shall be extended by 30 minutes and the inning of the offending team shall be restricted to 33 overs or 2.5 hours.

9.7 If the team batting first is late they shall be automatically penalized (1) one over for every (4) four minutes. For example if the penalty is (4) four overs, they shall face a maximum of 36 overs.

9.8 Players leaving from and returning to the field of play must notify the umpire at the bowlers’ end upon returning to the field. If the player comes in contact with the ball (prior to notifying the umpire) five (5) runs will be added to the score of the batting side, the ball is ruled dead and an extra delivery shall be bowled.


10.1 In the event of poor weather conditions on the morning of the game, the home team may contact the LEAGUE before 11:00 AM with a view to cancellation. The

GSCL shall make the final decision on the status of the game.

10.2 In the event a game is curtailed by rain, bad light, or any other weather related factors, the following rules shall apply:

10.2.1 There shall be no winner unless a minimum of (1/2) one half the agreed upon overs are completed in the second innings. Otherwise this constitutes a drawn “no result game” and each team shall be awarded five (5) points.

10.2.2 If a team is bowled out during their innings, their run rate will be based on the overs agreed upon for that game.

10.2.3 If there is a rain delay during the second innings and overs are lost, the winning score shall be based on the overall run rate for that game; (runs scored divided by number of overs bowled) plus (1) one run.



In the event that teams are tied with points at the end of a competition the following rules shall apply;


11.1 The winner of the head to head competition, if still equal

11.2 The team with the highest net run rate calculated as follows;

NRR = Total runs scored _ Total runs against

Total # of overs bowled Total # of overs bowled


At the end of a game if the scores are even, the game is considered tie and each team shall receive 5 points. In the case of playoff games and T20 matches, there shall be a one over bowl off, where each team faces six legal deliveries, and the team scoring the most runs will be the winner of the game. If the game is still tied, then the team that has the most sixes, will be declared the winner, and if still tied, the team with the most fours, will be declared the winner, etc.


12.1 The umpire’s decision is final. He/she must record disputes on the score-sheet (scorebook) and submit a written report to the GSCL within (48) forty-eight hours of any incident.

12.2 Captains are responsible to ensure that UMPIRES are paid prior to the start of the second inning.

12.3 The umpire’s fee for 40 over games is One Hundred dollars ($100.00)

12.4 In the event there is only one official umpire, he/she shall officiate at both ends, and the umpire’s fee shall be $140.00 dollars. It is the responsibility of the batting team to provide a square leg umpire AFTER consultation with the official umpire. If a person officiates at square leg for the entire game, he/she must be paid forty dollars ($40.00). Twenty dollars ($20.00) by each team

12.5 The Umpire fee for Twenty/20 games is ($60.00) sixty dollars. In the event there is only one official umpire, he/she shall officiate at both ends and be paid $80.00. It is the responsibility of the batting team to provide the square leg umpire, AFTER

consultation with the official umpire. If a neutral person officiates at square leg for

the entire game, he/she must be paid (20) twenty dollars.

12.6 In the event of inclement weather, in which the umpires are present at the

ground and the game is abandoned, each team must pay the umpire Twenty Five

($25) dollars.

12.6 Teams cannot reject assigned umpire/s.

12.7 If official umpires are unavailable, then both captains shall agree in advance on

two persons who shall umpire the entire game.



13.1 Disputes shall be arbitrated by the three (3) GSCL executive committee


13.2 Disciplinary hearings shall be arbitrated by the GSCL disciplinary committee

along with the accused and the officiating umpires when and if necessary.

13.3 When properly notified if an accused fails to attend the hearing, a decision

on his/her innocence or guilt will be made in his/her absence, unless the

person is excused by the GSCL


14.1 Teams forfeiting games will be fined one hundred dollars ($100) for first offence,

and two hundred dollars ($200) for the second offence. Any team who forfeits two

games (2) in any one season shall be automatically suspended from the league for

the remainder of that season. Forfeiture of a second game in the season, will

result in immediate suspension, and if in division (1) one, relegated to division

(2) two for the following season. If in division (2) two the team will be penalized

a $50.00 reinstatement fee for the following season.

14.2 Teams that are scheduled to play or have played a suspended club shall be

awarded ten (10) points, and those games will count as qualifying games for

respective team.


15.1 In the event of a protest, the captain shall immediately notify the umpires and

the opposing captain.

15.2 For a protest to be valid it must be received (by the GSCL) in writing with a fee

of $100.00 within (48) forty-eight hours after the game. The reason/s for the protest

must be clearly stated.

15.3 If a protest is upheld the filing fee will be refunded. Denied protests will cause a

club forfeiture of its’ filing fee. Decision/s will be rendered after receipt of a valid

protest and prior to the start of the next game. Protests will not be considered, unless

it meets the above criteria and received by the GSCL within (48) forty-eight hours.

Submit protests to the General Secretary.


16.1 Alcoholic beverages and glass bottles are prohibited in all parks. This is a

county ordinance; violators may be subjected to prosecution by law.


16.2 Un-sportsmanlike conduct from players, teams or club members; will NOT BE

TOLERATED in the GSCL. Such actions will result in swift and severe disciplinary

action taken against them.

16.3 Players or teams who have been penalized will not be allowed to participate in

any GSCL sponsored activity until the penalty is resolved.

16.4 Changing clothes in the park is expressly prohibited. Disciplinary action will be

taken against offenders of this rule.

16.5 Teams are required to provide all equipment necessary for the completion of


16.6 The GSCL recommend that all cricketers wear protective gear while

batting and, fielding close to the bat.

16.7 Colour clothing (including colour pads) is mandatory for participation in the

Twenty 20 competition; GSCL approved white balls must be used for these contests.


17.1 In extenuating circumstances the GSCL executive committee reserves the right

to promote or relegate teams. This action requires a 2/3-majority vote of executive

members present.

17.2 Each season (under normal circumstances) two (2) teams from Division 1 with

the least amount of points MAY BE relegated to division 2.

17.3 Each season (under normal circumstances) the team that wins the division

2 championships and the runner-up will advance to division 1.


a. Interpretations of the GSCL Rules and Playing Conditions are the sole

responsibility of the GSCL executive committee.

b. A disciplinary committee shall be appointed by the executive committee and

chaired by a member of the executive who shall have a casting vote only. Persons

cannot serve on this committee if his/her club is involved in the disciplinary action.

c. The GSCL selection committee shall be appointed by the Executive prior to the

start of the season.

d. To be considered for Regional selection players must participate in the USACA

Atlantic Region sanctioned inter-league tournament.


Substitutes and Runners:


a. Substitute fielders are NOT allowed for a player that is absent. However

in the case of injury, a substitute or emergency fielder is allowed.

b. A substitute fielder must be a member of their respective club, and be

properly attired, before being allowed to come onto the field of play.

Fielder absent or leaving the field:

a. If a fielder fails to take the field with his team at the start of the match, or at

any later time, or leaves the field during a session of play, the umpire shall be

informed of the reason for his absence, and he shall not thereafter come on to

the field during a session of play without the consent of the umpire. The

umpire shall give such consent as soon as practicable.

b. If the player is absent from the field for longer than 15 minutes, the player shall

not be permitted to bowl in that innings after his return until he has been on the

field for at least that length of playing time for which he was absent.

c. The player shall not be permitted to bat unless or until, in the aggregate, he

has returned to the field and/or his side’s innings has been in progress for at

least that length of playing time for which he has been absent or, if earlier,

when his team has lost five wickets.


The Spirit of the Game

A. Captain’s Responsibility: There are two laws, which places the responsibility

of the team’s conduct firmly on the captain. They are responsible at all times

for ensuring that play is conducted within the spirit of the game, as well as

within the laws. It is also the responsibility of the captains to hand over the full

names of the players and balls to the umpires no later than 15 minutes prior to

the start of the game.

B. Players Conduct: During the game the umpire shall inform the captain of any

infraction committed by a player. It is the captains’ responsibility to address

and rectify the situation. Infractions can be criticizing the umpire, abusive

language making lewd gestures or any action that brings the game into

disrepute. The umpire concerned shall, report the matter to the other umpire,

and inform the players’ captain that he/she will be submitting a written report of

the incident to the secretary of the GSCL.

C. Fair and Unfair Play: According to the laws, the umpires are the sole judges

of fair and unfair play. Umpires may intervene at any time, and is the

responsibility of the captain to take action when required.

D. Umpires are authorized to intervene in cases of:

a. Time wasting

b. Damaging the pitch

c. Dangerous or unfair bowling

d. Ball tampering


e. Any other action that they may consider to be unfair or unsafe.

E. The Spirit of the Game Involves Respect for:

a. Your opponents

b. Your own captain and team

c. The role of the umpires

d. The game’s traditional values

F. It is Against the Spirit of the Game to:

a. Dispute an umpire’s decision

b. Direct abusive or inappropriate language towards an opponent or an umpire

c. Indulge in cheating or any sharp practices, such as: -

d. Appealing, knowing the batsman is not out

e. Advancing towards an umpire in an aggressive manner, when appealing.

f. Seeking 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 team.

G. Violence: There is no place for any act of violence on or off the field of play.

H. Players: Captains and umpires together set the tone for the conduct of a

cricket match. Every Player Is expected to make a conscious contribution to



Participation in the activities of the GSCL is strictly voluntary. The Garden State

Cricket League shall not be held responsible wholly or in part for personal injuries,

damages to personal property, medical or any other expenses incurred by any

person while attending or participating in any Garden State Cricket League

sponsored activity.


Code of Conduct

The Garden State Cricket League (hereinafter “GSCL”) executive members,

committee members and Players are governed by such regulatory documents as the


Constitution, By-Laws and playing conditions. They are required to perform with

fairness, equality, transparency and objectivity through an overriding sense of

integrity. The GSCL recognizes that Executives and other committee members are

elected to perform assigned duties within the ambit of the goals and objectives of the

League. However, the responsibility of accepting positions must have some

guidelines. It is to this end that all Executives, committee members and players

adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Code of Conduct below.

1. Implement the League’s Constitution, By-Laws, Regulations and policies so

that the highest possible standards of honesty, fairness, and equality are

achieved and maintained.

2. Cooperate with the League’s organizers, officials and other administrators.

3. Know and understand the Constitution, By-Laws, and other policies governing

the GSCL.

4. Make financial and other decisions that are in the best interest of the GSCL.

5. Do not discriminate against clubs or any individual member on the basis of

race, colour, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religious belief or otherwise.

6. Never use the assets, information or resources of the GSCL for personal gains

or for the benefit of any club.

7. Ensure that all transactions are handled honestly and recorded accurately.

8. Recognize and fully respect the rights of the members and member clubs to

make independent decisions.

9. Address with a sense of urgency situations where the Constitution, By-Laws,

Code of Conduct and playing conditions have been violated.

10. Be transparency and upon request provide full disclosure to all members on

matters pertaining to the GSCL.

11. Recognize that even the appearance of misconduct or impropriety can be

construed as very damaging to the reputation the GSCL.

12. The rules governing the league are based on the ICC Code of Conduct,

except in instances where specific rules are put in place, to govern the various


13. Players are required to conduct play within the spirit of the game, while

adhering to the rules and the laws that govern the game.

14. Players, team officials, or umpires shall not engage in conduct that will bring

the game into disrepute.


15. Persons i.e. players, scorers and officials shall refrain from the using

insulting language, profanity and or obscene gestures, (especially in the

presence of women and children).

16. Written complaints may be brought to the GSCL executive committee, (to

validate the complaint) regarding players, team officials or umpires.

17. In issues pertaining to offences, the GSCL Disciplinary Committee shall

recommend penalties and or other disciplinary measures.

NOTE: Any Officer, Committee member or player who is found to have

contravened the Code of Conduct shall be subjected to disciplinary measures

as set forth in the Constitution.

The Code of Conduct in no way supersedes the Constitution and or By-Laws

but serves to augment it.


1. Complaints shall be referred to the GSCL secretary, and adjudicated by the

disciplinary committee. The committee will comprise three (3) members, with

the chairperson being selected by the committee.

2. If at any time during the adjudication process, all members of the disciplinary

committee are not available, then a minimum of two (2) persons will be

allowed to adjudicate the matter.

3. In the case of a two person adjudication panel, and there is a tie, then that tie

will be broken by the President of the Garden State Cricket League. If the

President is unavailable, then the Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, in

that order is allowed to break the tie.

4. Written incident reports should be filed with the league’s secretary no later

than forty-eight (48) hours after the completion of a game. A copy of the report

shall be presented to the alleged offender, team captain or President of the

respective club.

5. The disciplinary committee will convene a hearing with the alleged offender(s),

and witnesses if any, within three days after receipt of the report.

6. Any recommendation rendered by the disciplinary committee, in absentia

(offenders not attending hearing), will be binding.

7. The disciplinary committee’s recommendation may include fines, suspensions

and/or, probations along with the dates they are to be instituted. The

disciplinary committee’s recommendation decision shall be forwarded to the


executive committee of the Garden State Cricket League, through the General


8. After recommendations have been made by the disciplinary committee

appeals can be made (in writing) to the secretary of the Garden State Cricket

League. The Executive Committee will hear appeals as expeditiously as


Offences, Levels and Penalties

A. Level 1

a. Abuse of cricket equipment, clothing, ground equipment, fixtures and fittings.

b. Showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by word or action.

c. Using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and making obscene


d. Excessive appealing.


The penalty for violation of a Level 1 offense ranges from

probation to a two (2) game - suspension, fine, or all of the


B. Level 2

a. Showing blatant dissent at an umpire’s decision, by word or action.

b. Inappropriate and deliberate physical conduct by players during the course of


c. Charging or advancing towards the umpire in an aggressive manner when


d. Throwing the bat or the ball at or near a player, umpire or official in a

dangerous manner.

e. Using language and/or gestures that are obscene, offensive or of an insulting

nature to another player, umpire, official or spectator; (It is acknowledged that

there will be verbal exchanges between players during the course of play.

However, these exchanges are to be free of obscenities.

f. Changing the condition of the ball (Tampering – Law 42.3)

g. Gambling, or any attempt made to manipulate/fix a match. The captain shall

be held responsible, should any team be found guilty of such conduct?


Penalty for a Level 2 offense will range from 3 – 5 games

suspension, probation, fine, or all of the above.

C. Level 3


a. Physical or verbal Intimidation of an umpire.

b. Physical assault of a player, umpire, official or spectator.

c. Any act of violence on the field of play.

d. Any insults based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

e. Intentionally kicking the stumps, or knocking them from their

position during the game.


Violations of Level 3 offences will result in 6-8 games

suspension and 1 year probation.


1. Any person(s) found to have violated the Code of Conduct may be

liable for restitution to the injured party, including but not limited to

physical injury or property damage.

2. Prior records will be taken into account, and may add levels to the

penalties being handed down. (i.e. a player with priors may be

penalized at level 2 for a level 1 offense, or at level 3 for a level 2


3. If a player is found to have violated any code of conduct during

probationary period, this player may be subject to expulsion from

the Garden State Cricket League.