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Guidelines for Clubs

This page was updated on 09 July 2020.

Matchplay Guidelines

Following the latest update from the UK Government, the ECB is pleased to announce the return of recreational cricket in England, signalling a progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of the ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game.

This also allows us to advise that clubs who have previously run All Stars Cricket can now do so again (we will release specific guidance for All Stars Cricket next week).

We thank you for all of your efforts in helping cricket return.

ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and we have prepared a plan to support clubs and individuals as they prepare for the return of recreational cricket, including details of adjustments which should be made to respect hygiene and social distancing requirements.

That plan – available here – covers a number of areas of the game, including:
• Pre-match adaptations regarding transport and symptom checking.
• In-game adaptations applying to social distancing measures, hygiene, match officials and the use of equipment.
• Post-game adaptations, including the potential use of club facilities.
• Advice for coaches specific to individual sessions and junior cricket.

To support this, please also find here an eight step infographic, and an infographic for pre-match, in-game and post-game adaptations here.

Getting your Clubhouse Ready for Stage 4 Guidelines

We have finalised guidance on preparing your clubhouse and grounds for when recreational clubs can return to playing cricket in England.

The Government position has however, been updated to allow the opening of bars and food/drink facilities. Clubs, if they wish to, can begin offering this from 4th July. Within our latest guidance, you can seek information on how to safely offer this to members and visitors.

This guidance includes information for those clubs that wish to open their bar and provide any food or drink facilities in accordance with UK Government guidance from 4th July.

Please also find here a download to the Action Checklist and the COVID-19 risk assessment template here. These documents can be adapted to individual circumstances and used to inform discussions with your facility provider about safe opening (which may include discussions with Local Authorities or education providers).

Umpires & Scorers (ACO) Guidelines

To enable recreational cricket to resume, adapted playing conditions have been introduced and detailed guidance for umpires and scorers who choose to make themselves available can be found here.

A simplified infographic for officials can be found here.

Please read this guidance carefully and should you have any queries, please contact [email protected]

Please note that this guidance applies only to England at the moment.

ECB ACO Insurance

The ECB ACO insurance scheme will cover anyone who chooses to officiate these matches irrespective of whether they are friendly or league matches providing the games are played in adherence to UK Government guidance.

Please note the policy covers public liability and personal accident but does not cover any illness eg Covid 19. Full details of the insurance cover can be found here.