HELMETS

HELMET GUIDANCE

INTRODUCTION.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has issued guidance on the wearing of cricket helmets by young players in order to establish a consistent and safe approach for young cricketer’s.

GUIDANCE.

It is recommended that young players wear a helmet when batting and when keeping wicket against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice. A young player should not be allowed to bat or to stand up to the stumps when keeping wicket without a helmet against a hard ball except with written parental consent.

Coaches, managers and umpires should always ensure that a young player wears a helmet if this written parental consent has not been received.

Players should be encouraged to regard a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of protective equipment when batting against a hard ball together with pads, gloves and, for boys an abdominal protector (box).

There is a British Standard (BS7928: 1998) for cricket helmets and it is in the best interests of clubs and players to ensure that their helmets conform to this standard. Make sure that the FACEGUARD is adjusted so that the ball cannot go between the helmet visor and the faceguard. Remember a player who is Under 13 or younger will be playing with a smaller ball.

It is important that young players drink appropriate amounts of water to avoid dehydration during a match or practice session. Coaches, managers and umpires are encouraged to ensure regular intervals for drinks are arranged.

It is recommended that all players up to the age of 18 follow this guidance (i.e. until their 18th birthday). It applies to young players in adult cricket as well as to all junior cricket played with a hard ball.

LEAGUE RULES-Commencing with Season 2002
All matches shall be played ensuring that batsmen and wicket-keepers always wear helmets, which are correctly fitted with faceguards, except where religious/cultural reasons determine otherwise. In these circumstances it will necessary for the player’s club to obtain a parental consent form(disclaimer). 
This form must be shown to the  umpires before commencement of the match.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Make sure that the FACEGUARD is adjusted so that the ball can’t go between helmet and the faceguard.
Make sure that the NUTS securing the faceguard to the helmet are all intact and DONE UP TIGHTLY

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