Cambridge NCI Cricket Club

Covid 19

This page serves as a guideline for those playing cricket during the COVID pandemic in 2021.  It's taken from here:

Prior to all organised outdoor cricket activity

  • Before attending any cricket activities or venues, all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators must self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms:
    • A high temperature.
    • A new, continuous cough.
    • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste.

    If you have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any cricketactivity and must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.

  • People with health conditions that put them at increased risk should consider the risks of participating in cricket activity.
  • Follow Government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 (found here) if this applies to you.
  • Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after use of the facility.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible and practice strong hand hygiene at all times.
  • Follow Government guidance on public transport or car sharing.
  • Clubhouses and changing rooms should not be used, except by people with disabilities, although toilet facilities can be accessed. Clubs and venues should inform visitors that these are areas of increased risk, that they should shower and change at home where possible, and those that do need to use changing rooms should minimise time spent inside.
  • Club representatives should make all participants aware of expected social distancing and hygiene behaviour during play and whilst on site.
  • Club representatives should make all participants aware of the minor increase in transmission risk associated in partaking in even socially distanced group activity.
  • Limit the time spent congregating at a venue before and after cricket activity. This could involve having strict meeting times or staggering start times.
  • Participants should arrive in kit and ready to warm-up.
  • Participants should bring their own food and drink. Water bottles should be clearly marked with the owner’s name and must not be shared.
  • Social interaction before playing cricket should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 6 people or two households.

During all organised outdoor cricket activity

  • Participants should enter the site and prepare their personal equipment whilst maintaining social distancing.
  • People should maintain the rules on social contact before and after sporting activity.
  • Sharing of equipment must be avoided where possible, particularly that used around the head and face, such as helmets. Where equipment is shared, equipment must be cleaned before use by another person.
  • No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the ball at any time.  Any infringement should result in immediate disinfection of the ball.
  • All participants to wash their hands prior to the start of the activity.
  • Hand sanitiser to be used at all breaks in activity and prior to any food or drinks.
  • There should be no shouting, singing or spitting. After all organised outdoor cricket activity.
  • Participants will exit whilst maintaining social distancing.
  • Social interaction after playing cricket should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 6 people or two households.  Social distancing should be maintained.
  • One club representative/volunteer will be responsible for collecting and disinfecting shared equipment.
  • Regular cleaning of equipment and the facility should take place, particularly between one group finishing, and the next group starting.

Additional advice for socially distanced match-play

  • Fielders to maintain social distancing (no fielders allowed within 1m of the batter or other fielders).
  • The non-striking batter should remain socially distanced from the umpire and should run on the opposite side of the pitch to the batter on strike.
  • No sweat or saliva to be applied to the ball at any time.
  • A ‘hygiene break’ should take place every six overs or every 20 minutes, whichever is sooner, in which the ball is cleaned with a suitable disinfectant 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.
  • Bowlers will not be able to hand their cap or hat, jumper or glasses to the umpire. They will need to place these themselves at the boundary.
  • 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 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.
    There should be no handshakes, shouting or spitting.
  • Minimise sharing of ball in 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.
  • Those not on the field of play should refrain from all contact with the ball e.g. returning it to the field of play.
  • 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.
    Use of the clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets should adhere to the latest Government advice.
  • Detailed guidance relating to officials will be released in due course by the Association of Cricket Officials (ACO).
  • Batters to sanitise their bat when leaving the field of play.
  • Participants should bring their own food and drink. Players should bring their own tea and eat this outside and observing social distancing and social gathering size limits. Water bottles should be clearly marked with the owner’s name and must not be shared.