Under 12 (year 7) junior players will not be available to play Adult/Open age Cricket until they are in the under 13 (year 8) age group, with the exception of the below.
The Essex Youth Participation Group has discussed the regulations that the ECB Safe Hands Guide (2018 edition) has published with regards to Junior Players in Open Age cricket.
The Essex Youth Participation Group which comprises of the Academy Director, County Coaches, County Welfare Officer and representatives from the 5 Regional Youth Groups (Districts) has decided that it will be the County who initiate discussions of which young players will be given permission to participate in Open Age Cricket.
In the first instance, the initial discussion will be led by County Coaches engaging the Academy Director or Player Pathway Manager, they will then discuss the issue with Parents, Clubs and Schools to ensure the player’s individual needs and Cricket experience is taken into account. Consideration will be on emotional maturity, physical and technical ability, with permission only granted in exceptional circumstances if it is believed that it will benefit the player’s future development.
The process will see the County Pathway Team write to parents to invite a discussion, this will then be followed by communication with the individual player’s Club to ensure that the player’s personal programme is carefully mapped out. Any involvement with adult games will be agreed on a game-by-game basis.
This policy is in place to ensure the safety of young players and to ensure that an individual’s experience will be positive, whilst aiding their development.
At under 13, junior players will be able to play if the individual has the ability to participate, taking into consideration the standard of cricket being played.
More information can be found at https://www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/policy-and-procedures
Essex County Welfare Officer
Head of Cricket Operations