COVID PLAYING UPDATE AND GUIDELINES
Information for All Fixture Participants - Home and Away Players, Officials, Volunteers, Spectators
The Club Committee are delighted to be finally starting the 2020 season.
The club has been following ECB guidelines throughout lockdown and will continue to do so. We take the guidelines extremely seriously and have carried out a risk assessment as per ECB instructions.
Participants should adhere to the ECB guidelines on the following page. Anyone not observing the procedures will be asked to leave the premises.
Please find in this document the procedures that we ask you to follow whilst at the club.
The safety of all participants is of paramount importance, We therefore ask all participants to strictly abide by the regulations set out by the ECB and Government. It is the responsibility of all participants to play the game safely and in the right spirit
By attending the ground, you are aware that you will follow all the government and ECB law/recommendations and that you are responsible for your own health and wellbeing.
ECB guidelines for fixture participants:
During all cricket activity:
Cricket activity must take place outdoors only.
11-a-side cricket can return as long as groups are limited to a maximum of 30 participants, including coaches and officials.
Participants should enter the site and prepare their personal equipment whilst maintaining social distancing.
Where possible players should limit sharing of equipment. If they do, they must practise strict hand hygiene before and after use and the equipment must be cleaned before use by another person.
No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the ball at any time.
All participants should sanitise their hands prior to the start of the activity.
Hand sanitiser should be used at all breaks in activity and prior to consuming any food or drinks.
Players should adhere to UK Government social distancing guidance at all times (including throughout warm-ups) except in the following limited circumstances during competitive play in England only, where 1m+ is permitted: 1) wicket keepers standing up to the stumps and 2) distance between slip fielders.
A ‘hygiene break’ should take place every six overs or every 20 minutes, whichever is sooner, in which the ball is cleaned with an anti-bacterial wipe (conforming to BS EN 14476) and all participants’ hands are cleaned using a suitable sanitiser. This routine should also be followed at the start of any drinks break or the close of an innings. The responsibility for sanitising the ball during the match will lie with the fielding captain, not the umpire.
Batters to sanitise their bat when leaving the field of play and Wicket Keepers should sanitise their gloves.
Bowlers should not hand any personal items to the umpire. Bowlers should place these items at the boundary themselves.
Batters are to run in distinct running lines to ensure they are not within 2m of the bowler or other batter. Lines to be marked on the square on either side of the wicket.
If two scorers are required, social distancing must be maintained with only one official inside the scorers’ box and no players to be allowed in the scorers’ box. The scorers’ box should be well ventilated.
Communal scorebooks and use of stationery passed from one player to another should be avoided.
Social distancing must always be maintained including during post-wicket celebrations, drinks breaks and tactical discussions.
Minimise sharing of the ball in a match by limiting contact as the ball makes its way back to the bowler e.g. ball goes straight from wicketkeeper to bowler instead of around surrounding fielders.
Spectators should remain socially distanced at all times and refrain from all contact with the ball e.g. returning it to the field of play. Spectator groups must be restricted to discrete six person gathering limits and spread out, in line with wider UK Government guidance.
Umpires should refrain from any contact with the ball, it can be returned to the base of the stumps at breaks and wickets.
Umpires should be responsible for the stumps closest to them and should be the only person replacing the bails if dislodged.
Prior to the fixture, the Captain should communicate the guidelines to their team, and ensure the opposition captain makes his/her team aware of the rules of play.
On Match Day
A record must be kept of all participants (not spectators), both home and away teams, scorers, umpires etc.. This record will be kept for 21 days.Anyone contracting the virus during this period should inform the club immediately.
For the time being the pavilion will remain closed to all members and will only be accessible for the toilets and first aid access.
Changing rooms, showers and kitchen will be closed.
Players should bring their own food and drink, take home their own rubbish and no access to the kitchen for water. This means bringing enough refreshments to last the duration of the fixture.
The pavilion will be open for toilets and first aid only. There is a strict 1 in 1 out policy.
Hand sanitiser will be in the toilets and outside the pavilion
Each player is expected to bring their own individual sanitiser
The bar will be open on a takeaway service basis, with limited opening times. All social distancing measures are expected to be followed.
Social distancing of 2 metres must be maintained by all players, spectators and club members, except where game rules apply (see ECB Guidelines section).
Anyone with any symptoms in their household must not attend the fixture.
If you have any symptoms following the fixture, you must let the team captain or club official know for Track and Trace purposes.
In the instance of wet weather, all players should sit in their own cars, unless there is suitable outdoor cover whereby players can socially distance.
The pavilion will be deep cleaned every 30 days, and normal cleaning routines will continue to apply during this period.
A match fee of £5 will be payable for this season only for senior matches .
Thank you for following these guidelines