Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club – Return to Cricket Strategy

Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club – Return to Cricket Strategy

As per the ECB RETURN TO CRICKET PLAN FOR STEP 4 – JULY 2020 we can now advise members of Rockingham Colliery Cricket Club’s mandatory requirements in response to the England and Wales Cricket Board and the UK Government guidelines.

The text below is a direct export from the ECB Return to Cricket Plan for Step 4 – July 2020 and our response to each bullet point is highlighted in italicized text below.

Adaptations for all outdoor cricket activity, applicable to players, spectators, volunteers, clubs, coaches & officials in Step 4 of the ECB Return to Cricket Roadmap

This plan provides measures that should be taken by players, clubs, officials, volunteers, coaches, and spectators before, during and after all outdoor cricket activity as well as specific advice relating to clubs, coaches, match-play, and children’s activity. It should be read in conjunction with the latest UK Government guidance and the ECB’s guidance on Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4 here.

For all activity, the relevant UK Government social distancing guidance should be adhered to at all times (including throughout warm-ups) except in the following limited circumstances during competitive play in England only where social distancing of 1m+ is permitted:

1) wicket keepers standing up to the stumps and

2) distance between slip fielders.

In England social distancing, guidance can be found here and in Wales social distancing guidance can be found here.

This document refers to current UK Government guidance for England only and is subject to change in response to the current COVID-19 Alert Level, community prevalence of COVID-19 and/or to reflect additional or updated UK Government guidance. Players living in Wales intending to play in England should familiarise themselves with this guidance.

Prior to all cricket activity

  • All participants (players, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators) should
    check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current UK Government Guidance,
    if an individual is symptomatic and/or living in a household with a possible
    COVID-19 infection they should remain at home and follow UK Government
    guidance. In addition, any participants who have been asked to isolate by NHS
    Test and Trace because they are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, must not
    exercise outside their home or garden and must not exercise with others.
    • Any players, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators must not attend any playing or training sessions if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with anyone else who has. Anyone who purposely does so put the lives of fellow members at risk. Anyone found to have purposefully circumvented this requirement risks having the membership of the club terminated.
  • Participants should follow UK Government guidance on shielding and protecting
    people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 (found here) if it
    applies to them.
    • All members have been provided a link to this guidance. Everyone is required to have read and understood the information detailed within. By attending a playing or training session it is deemed therefore that you understand the risks of the virus in regard to vulnerable people and therefore accept these risks.
  • Participants should comply with all public health restrictions and avoid high risk behaviour outside the sports setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend a cricket club or venue.
    • Any member who undertakes activity outside of sport that is deemed ‘high-risk’ must declare this activity in advance of attending and playing or training sessions and must not attend unless permission has been explicitly granted by a Committee Member.
  • Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after cricket activity.
    • We have requested that personal hygiene facilities are opened up for games only. These facilities are not available for training sessions, so members are advised to take necessary precautions before attending.
  • Participants should bring their own hand sanitiser where possible and maintain strict and frequent hand hygiene measures at all times.
    • The club will endeavor to ensure that hand sanitiser is provided at all games and training sessions but we cannot guarantee stock levels, therefore members are requested to bring their own supplies. If hand sanitiser is not available then members are required to follow the advised hand washing protocols set out by the UK Government.
  • Participants should follow UK Government guidance on best practice for travel, including minimising the use of public transport and limiting car sharing (found here).
    • Members are required to familiarise themselves with the latest UK Government guidelines at the link above. Members are advised to consider walking or cycling wherever possible. If this is not possible, we strongly recommend that members travel in their own vehicles and in the same household bubble. When finishing your journey please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.
  • Use of the clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets should adhere to the latest UK Government guidance.
    • The clubhouse, changing room and toilets will be closed for all training. We have requested that the toilets only be opened for games, so please take necessary precautions.
  • For advice on reducing the risk of infection when outside your home see here.
    • Members are required to familiarise themselves with the latest UK Government guidelines at the link above. 
  • Club representatives should ensure that the facility is compliant with current UK Government legislation including legislation and guidance related to COVID-19. A risk assessment should have been completed and risk mitigation measures put in place and monitored in accordance with the ECB’s guidance on Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4.
    • The club has created a risk assessment that is available to review here.
  • Club representatives should make all participants aware of expected social distancing and hygiene measures during play and whilst on site.
    • Spectator groups are restricted to 6 persons per group and must observe 2m social distancing from other groups. Spectators should not touch any equipment that is used by any players or coaching staff. If they do come into contact with anything then the equipment must be sanitised and the spectator must also sanitise their hands. 
  • Clubs should strictly limit the time spent congregating at a venue before activity begins. Meet-up times should reflect this. Participants should arrive changed and ready to begin the warm-up, if possible.
    • The Club will send out meet times for training sessions and games. All members must arrive on (or slightly after) the prescribed meet time and not before it. Changing facilities will not be available so all members must come suitably dressed for training and games.
  • Club representatives should make all participants aware of the increase in transmission risk associated with partaking in even socially distanced group activity and should ensure that all participants are clear that they are opting to participate in cricket activity.
    • Both the Return to Cricket Strategy document and COVID-19 Risk Assessment forms have been distributed to all members. By attending training sessions or games it is understood that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions set out within.
  • For advice on reducing the risk of infection when outside your home, see here.
    • Members are required to familiarise themselves with the latest UK Government guidelines at the link above. 

During all cricket activity

  • Cricket activity must take place outdoors only.
    • The Club will not be carrying out any indoor training sessions or matches until both the UK Government and England and Wales Cricket Board deem it fit to do so and guidelines have been updated accordingly.
  • 11-a-side cricket can return as long as groups are limited to a maximum of 30 participants, including coaches and officials.
    • We require all Players, Coaches and Officials to be marked on a modified version of a Team Sheet in advance of the commencement of all matches.
  • Participants should enter the site and prepare their personal equipment whilst maintaining social distancing.
    • We require all participants to sanitise their personal equipment before and after use. Kit bags must be kept 2m apart and all participants must put on personal equipment in the designated area. Protective boxes must be put on out of sight of junior members. We recommend that toilets of the appropriate gender would be a the best place for this to take place.
  • 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. More information is available here.
    • Members are required to familiarise themselves with the latest UK Government guidelines at the link above. 
  • No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the ball at any time.
    • Players will be advised of this requirement both in advance of matches and by club captains before games commence. Hands will be sanitized after every 6 overs/20 minutes, during drinks breaks and after activity.
  • 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.
    • All participants have been advised to bring their own hand sanitiser to matches. The Club will provide hand sanitisation stations as a catch-all during both training and games.
  • Players should refrain from spitting or rinsing out their mouths.
    • Players will be advised of this requirement both in advance of matches and by club captains before games commence. 
  • In line with current UK Government guidance, clubs should not prepare food for participants. Individuals should bring their own food and drink for ‘teas’ or practice. Water bottles or other refreshment containers should not be shared.
    • Club provided cricket teas will not be provided. Participants are expected to bring their own food and drink for both training and matches. Participants are expected to bring their own water bottles and not share them. Participants are expected to dispose of any waste products from food and drink.

After all cricket activity

  • All participants should sanitise their hands after the completion of activity.
    • Players will be advised of this requirement both in advance of matches and by club captains before games commence. All participants have been advised to bring their own hand sanitiser to matches. The Club will provide hand sanitisation stations as a catch-all during both training and games.
  • Participants should exit whilst maintaining social distancing.
    • During the exit of activities, members are expected to follow the 2m social distancing guidelines.
  • Social gathering after the activity will be allowed in line with current UK Government guidelines on hospitality and social distancing must be maintained.
  • ECB guidance is available here.
    • Social gathering after the activity is allowed providing UK Government social distancing guidelines are maintained. i.e a minimum of 1m+ apart and groups of no more than 6.
  • One club representative/volunteer should be responsible for collecting and disinfecting any shared equipment.
    • Rockingham CCC will appoint a designated COVID-19 official to all training sessions and matches. The COVID-19 official is expected to carry out this requirement.
  • Regular cleaning of equipment and the facility should take place, particularly between one group finishing, and the next group starting.
    • The COVID-19 official will oversee that this cleaning takes place.
  • Clubs should encourage all participants to report any infection of their household to the NHS Test and Trace system following use of the facility to limit the spread of the virus (section 3): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-andtrace-how-it-works.
    • The Club will maintain a Track & Trace spreadsheet of all participants and spectators who attend matches. We fully expect anyone who has contracted the virus to let us know so that we can pass on these details to the NHS who can undertake the necessary precautions.

Additional Advice for Clubs & Club Representatives

Preparation of the cricket venue

  • Prior to reaching Step 4 of the ECB Roadmap and subsequently re-opening, club representatives should ensure that their facility is compliant with current UK Government legislation including legislation and guidance related to COVID-19, and in accordance to the ECB’s guidance on Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4 here. A risk assessment should have been completed and risk mitigation measures put in place and monitored.
    • The club has created a risk assessment that is available to review here.
  • On any day of the activity, club representatives and volunteers should ensure that all COVID-19 measures are in place according to the club operating and safety plans, whilst maintaining social distancing – developing your own ‘opening up checklist’ is helpful for this. This should include:
    • Set-up of public health operating procedures and access signage.
    • Set-up of cricket facility including all ground safety requirements.
      • The club has created a risk assessment that is available to review here. Signage will be placed at appropriate points throughout the facility. We fully expect all members and visitors to adhere to these guidelines.
  • The duty of care which the club already owed remains and therefore other matters such as First Aid must continue to be provided. First Aid equipment (including AEDs where available) and suitable PPE for First Aid must be made available. Advice on First Aid during the COVID pandemic is available from St John Ambulance.
    • First Aid kits have been updated to include PPE equipment. First Aiders have been provided, and must familiarise themselves with the guidance in the link above.
  • Clubs should make hand washing facilities and/or hand sanitiser available for all site users.
    • Hand sanitisation stations have been made available at all training sessions and matches, and sinks will be available during games via the toilet facilities.
  • Clubs must have entry and exit, and parking arrangements to venues that ensures social distancing can be maintained and implement traffic flow systems where possible and appropriate.
    • Signage has been created to sign-post the home team, match officials and home spectators to a designated parking area, and another sign will signpost opposing players and visiting spectators to an alternative parking area. All participants are expected to undertake social distancing measures at all times.
  • Clubs must outline socially distanced areas for teams, officials, and spectators.
    • Separate designated areas have been created for both teams, officials and spectators. Signs have been placed to advise of such at the designated areas.
  • Clubs must ensure that all accessible provision within the site and the facility are available.
    • Accessible toilets will be available during matches only.
  • Clubs and groundskeepers should mark running lines on the square in line with the popping crease at 2m intervals on either side of the wicket.
    • Markings will be made on pitches as described in the image below. This information has been passed on to all members, and captains will further relay this requirement to all players before the commencement of matches.

Clubs should support NHS Test and Trace efforts by keeping a temporary record of all participants in any cricket activity for 21 days and support NHS requests for data if needed. For the latest information in relation to NHS Test and Trace and what your club needs to do in relation to this, please click here.

  • The Track & Trace spreadsheets of all participants and spectators who attend matches will be kept for a minimum of 21 days.

Many clubs already have systems for recording their participants, however, if you do not already do this, please ensure that you do so in line with data protection legislation.

Additional advice for socially distanced match-play

  • 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.
    • This information has been passed on to all members, and captains will further relay this requirement to all players before the commencement of matches.
  • No sweat or saliva to be applied to the ball at any time.
    • Players will be advised of this requirement both in advance of matches and by club captains before games commence. Hands will be sanitized after every 6 overs/20 minutes, during drinks breaks and after activity.
  • 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.
    • Players will be advised of these requirements both in advance of matches and by club captains before games commence.
  • 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.
    • Only one scorer will be permitted within the score box. The second scorer will be allocated an identified area with appropriate provisions for scoring requirements of which suitable rain-cover will be provided.
  • The scorers’ box should be well ventilated.
    • The score box door will remain open at all times for ventilation.
  • Communal scorebooks passed from one player to another should be avoided.
    • Scoring will take place on laptops or in a scorer’s own designated score book.
  • 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.
    • Players will be advised of this requirement both in advance of matches and by club captains before games commence.
  • 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.
    • Spectator groups are restricted to 6 persons per group and must observe 2m social distancing from other groups. Spectators to refrain from all contact with the ball, i.e. returning to fielders. It is the responsibility of the nominated Covid-19 official for the game/session to ensure that all above requirements are met. 
  • 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.
    • Players will be advised of this requirement both in advance of matches and by club captains before games commence.
  • Use of the clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets should adhere to the latest Government advice and be prepared in accordance with the ECB’s guidance on Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4.
    • The clubhouse, changing room and toilets will be closed for all training. We have requested that the toilets only be opened for games, so please take necessary precautions.
  • Detailed guidance relating to officials will be released in due course by the Association of Cricket Officials (ACO), including appropriate sanctions for participants not adhering to COVID-19 guidance, including but not limited to, player ejection and match cancellation.
    • This information will be passed on as and when available.

Advice for Special Occurrences e.g. rain

  • In the event of rain, participants should return to their own vehicle to maintain social distancing if there is insufficient outdoor cover from the rain to maintain social distancing.
  • Application of covers in the event of wet weather should be done whilst maintaining social distancing.
    • Players will be advised of this requirement both in advance of matches and by club captains before games commence. The COVID-19 official is expected to oversee these requirements.

Additional Advice for Children’s Activity

  • For children, maximum groups sizes of 30 should include one qualified coach or All Stars Cricket Activator per group plus additional adult(s) required to meet cricket safeguarding ratios (1:8 aged 8 and under, 1:10 aged 9 and over). All groups are to be self-sufficient e.g. a coach cannot oversee two separate groups.
    • This information has been disseminated to all Junior Team Managers and coaching staff. The COVID-19 official is expected to oversee these requirements.
  • Parents should drop off and collect participants via a protocol that maintains social distancing.
  • Parents should remain socially distanced on the side-line.
    • Parents are expected to observe social distancing guidelines at all times. The COVID-19 official is expected to oversee this requirement.
  • For younger age groups, plastic equipment should be used and should be disinfected at the end of each session.
    • The COVID-19 official is expected to oversee that all shared equipment is sanitised before and after use.
  • Example junior cricket activity can be found at here, for ECB National Participation Programmes, e.g. All Stars Cricket, the ECB will provide recommended activities to minimise close contact between participants and minimise the sharing of equipment, whilst still creating a fun and creative learning environment.
    • Team Managers and coaching staff are advised to familiarise themselves with the example activities at the link above.
  • It is recommended that participants take part in solo activity, before moving to pairs activity that maintains social distancing and allows participants to operate in the same pair for the length of the session.
    • Team Managers and coaching staff have been briefed on this and are expected to manage this recommendation.

Additional advice for training & other activity

  • Where participants cannot provide their own individual equipment, we recommend numbering cricket equipment such as balls, so that each participant has a specific numbered ball and/or cone and uses that for the entirety of the session to minimise sharing of equipment where possible.
    • Team Managers and coaching staff have been briefed on this and are expected to manage this recommendation.
  • If bowling machines are used, they should be cleaned thoroughly between uses with dry cleaning products and all balls should be cleaned with disinfectant. This is the responsibility of the bowling machine operator.
    • The bowling machine will not be provided at this moment in time.

Additional Advice for Coaches

These measures cannot cover every eventuality and coaches must conduct a risk assessment, ensuring appropriate measures are put in place to keep participants and coaches safe.

Playing and coaching cricket in itself carries some degree of risk and whilst being mindful of the guidelines regarding COVID-19, coaches should not lose sight of the normal safety rules or safeguarding standards relating to playing and coaching cricket which continue to apply and must be complied with (DBS, safeguarding, First Aid etc).

  • Coaches should make themselves aware of and abide by, all guidelines set out by the UK Government, the venue and ECB regarding use of facilities.
  • It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that they coach players in a safe environment and follow relevant guidelines.
  • Coach should explain the safety guidelines of what is expected pre, during and post session including what the player is expected to do to maintain compliance with social distancing guidelines and all other health and safety guidelines.
    • This information has been disseminated to all Junior Team Managers and coaching staff, who are required to familiarise themselves with the guidelines and ensure that they are followed.