ECB Directives for Junior Cricketers

Please see below details of the ECB directives for juniors playing senior cricket.

NB: Item 4 in particular – no U12 Juniors can play senior cricket.

The following ECB regulations relating to junior players must be applied in all matches under the auspices of Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club.


In February 2015 the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued updated safety guidance on the wearing of helmets by young players up to the age of 18. In brief, the guidance recommends that:

  • helmets with a faceguard or grille must be worn when batting against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice sessions
  • young players should regard a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of protective equipment when batting, together with pads, gloves and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box)
  • young wicket keepers must wear a helmet with a faceguard, or a wicketkeeper face protector when standing up to the stumps

A young player acting as a ‘runner’ must wear a helmet

Team captains and managers have the responsibility for ensuring that this regulation is adhered to.

Umpires should obtain an assurance from the player and captain if they have any doubts about the age of a player. The ‘helmet’ requirement ceases upon a player’s 18th birthday.

Parental consent not to wear a helmet will not be accepted in any matches.


The following fielding restrictions will apply in all games played under the auspices of  Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club. Captains are required to ensure the restrictions are not infringed. Umpires are required to stop the game until all junior players are suitably positioned.

  • No young player in the Under 15 age group or younger shall be allowed to field closer than 8 yards (7.3 metres) from the batsman’s position on the popping crease on a middle stump line, except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played at the ball.
  • For players in the Under 13 age group and below the distance is 11 yards (10 metres).
  • These minimum distances apply even if the player is wearing a helmet.
  • Should a young player in these age groups come within the restricted distance the umpire must stop the game immediately and instruct the fielder to move back.
  • In addition any young player in the Under 16 to Under 18 age groups, who has not reached the age of 18, must wear a helmet and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box) when fielding within 8 yards (7.3 metres) from the batsman’s position on the popping crease on a middle stump line, except behind the wicket on the off side. Players should wear appropriate protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a position where they feel at risk.
  • These fielding regulations are applicable to all cricket in England and Wales. Age groups are based on the age of the player at midnight on 31st August in the year preceding the current season.


Captains are required to ensure that there is no infringement of the current bowling restrictions relating to the number of overs bowled by juniors. The following restrictions relate to fast bowlers who are defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper in the same age group would, in normal circumstances, stand back to take the ball. There are no restrictions relating to slow bowlers but captains have a duty to ensure such bowlers are not ‘over bowled’. A ‘fast’ bowler cannot switch to ‘slow’ within a game in order to bowl extra overs.

Age max. overs per spell  and max. overs per day

Up to 13   5 overs per spell 10 overs per day

U/14 & U/15  6 overs per spell 12 overs per day

U/16 & U/17  7 overs per spell 18 overs per day

U/18 & U/19  7 overs per spell 18 overs per day

NOTE – The UMPIRES are deemed to be the sole judges of whether a player is regarded as a fast bowler. Their decision within the context of the game shall be final.


The minimum age for Open Age cricket is the U13 age group. Players must be in Year 8, and 12 years old on the 1st September of the preceding year.

This applies to all club and district players who are not in a county or area squad (or region in Wales). Written parental consent is required.

Exceptionally, players who are selected in a County U12 squad (or Regional squad in Wales) in spring for a summer squad – are also eligible to play Open age cricket.*

Please be aware that at under 12 level the ECB recommends that the focus is on participation rather than Talent I.D, and many counties no longer run under 12 squads. Inclusion of ANY Under 12s in Open Age teams should be an exception and not an expectation.

*providing they are at least 11 years old, are in School Year 7 on 1st September in the year preceding the season, and have written parental consent to play. It is essential clubs and coaches recognise the ‘duty of care’ obligations they have towards young players in Open Age cricket