COVID-19 & The Return To Cricket - Updated March 29th 2021


​Harrogate CC - Return to Cricket - Training and Matches

  1. Anyone showing symptoms of covid-19, or if any member of that person’s household is showing symptoms, then they should follow the Government guidance and stay at home. Each player should perform a symptom check for Covid 19 at home prior to training sessions and matches. Any individual who has been asked to isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service should do so and should not exercise with others. Anyone required to follow UK Government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid 19 should do so.

  2. Players should wash their hands before they leave home. Players should wash their hands once they return home after a training session or game.

  3. It is advisable for players to bring their own hand sanitizer to training sessions and games. Players should start putting some hand sanitizer in their kit bags. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available at various places throughout the club grounds. All team captains and junior managers will have access to HCC hand sanitizer bottles for each training session and match in the event that team members do not have their own.

  4. Social distancing must still be maintained at all times throughout the training sessions and match days. This includes: during the warm up and arrival at the ground, during the training session or game, and as players exit the ground. Players should, save for limited exceptions, remain two metres apart from each other. Social distancing should also be maintained during wicket celebrations and drinks breaks.

  5. Players should continue to use their own kit and not share kit. Players should bring their kit to training sessions and games in their own bag.

  6. Players should bring their own refreshments to training sessions and games. As a minimum each player should ensure they have their own water bottle.

  7. Players will need to give careful consideration to travel arrangements. Players ought to travel, where possible, on their own or in their own household. If this is not possible and some lift sharing has to take place then the government guidance on car sharing should be followed (share with the same people each time, keep to small groups sharing lifts, open windows for ventilation, travel side by side or behind each other rather than facing each other, consider seating arrangements prior to the journey, wear face coverings). The number of people in one vehicle should be restricted. The length of the journey should be considered. The wearing of a mask should take place. It is preferable for each player to travel to training sessions or a game on their own or with members of their own household. Where public transport is used, the Government guidance should be followed and face masks should be used.

  8. The car park areas, the pathways, and the grounds are big enough to ensure that those entering and leaving the premises can do so in a way that maintains social distancing. There are multiple parking points within the ground and multiple entrances to the ground. All of these can be used and anyone using them has space to be two metres from anyone else. People taking sensible precautions will be able to approach and leave the ground without coming within two metres of anyone else.

  9. On major match days, specifically those days where there are fixtures on the front and back pitch, the club will direct those playing on the front pitch to park in one area and those playing on the back pitch to park in another area.

  10. An electronic register of all players participating in each training session and game will be kept. A register of all opposition players will also be kept for any matches.

  11. The club will display an official NHS QR code poster so that participants and visitors can check in using this option as an alternative way of registering their contact details.

  12. The changing rooms will be closed (save for the toilets and save for providing an area for individual players to put on protective equipment in private (eg boxes and thigh pads). Players should shower at home after the training session or game. The club showers will be closed.

  13. Players should turn up changed and ready to warm up and play for all training sessions and matches.

  14. The umpires’ rooms are akin to small changing rooms and so these will be closed. Umpires will also be required to attend changed and ready to umpire.

  15. Players, coaches and officials should avoid congregating before activity actually begins. Captains and junior coaches will set appropriate meet up times and players should arrive ready to start warming up immediately.

  16. For senior games, eleven plastic chairs will be set out. These will be spaced at a suitable 2 metre social distance in an appropriate place along the boundary edge. If the weather is fine, players should treat their chair as their spot in the changing room. They should keep their kit underneath the chair. They should use their chair throughout the day. At the end of the day the chairs will be sanitized and cleaned before the next fixture. Players should keep their kit tidy and zipped away in their bags. For junior games, junior training sessions and senior training sessions, players will simply be asked to keep their kit bags two metres apart from other players.

  17. Stumps and bails will be sanitized before and after training sessions and games.

  18. Players should not apply sweat or saliva to the ball during training sessions or games.

  19. Players should avoid touching their face, nose, mouth and eyes.

  20. Each training session and fixture is limited to a group of 30 participants (players, scorers and officials). It is permissible to have one group of 30 on one part of the ground and another group of 30 on a separate part of the ground. For example, one group can be on the back pitch and one group can be on the front pitch. Where this happens, the two groups will be kept separate.

  21. Hand sanitizer is to be used at all breaks in activity.

  22. During games, wicket keepers and the slip cordon can maintain social distancing at one metre plus. All others should maintain social distancing at two metres or more.

  23. Umpires are not to handle the ball at any point in the game. The ball will be left at the stumps during breaks.

  24. A hygiene break will take place every six overs or every 20 minutes during both training sessions and matches. The ball will be cleaned. Players will sanitise their hands during these breaks.

  25. Batters will clean their bats once they have been dismissed and left the field.

  26. Bowlers will not hand jumpers or caps, or any other items, to the umpires. These can be kept at the third man/fine leg boundary edge.

  27. Umpires should be responsible for the stumps closest to them and should be the only person replacing the bails if dislodged.

  28. The ball is to be returned from the wicket keeper (or the player who fields the ball) directly to the bowler.

  29. 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.

  30. No teas will be served. Players should bring their own food and drink to matches. No sharing of drinks bottles or refreshments should take place.

  31. Scorers will score outside where possible. Scorers can do this for senior games at Harrogate CC by sitting outside on the balconies. Each scorer will have a separate table and those tables will be spaced two metres apart. One scorer will enter the score room to update the scoreboard at the end of each over. Alternatively, one scorer can be seated outside on the Balcony and the other scorer can be seated inside the score room.

  32. For junior matches scorers can score on the boundary edge and remain two metres apart. The junior scoreboards can be placed at the pitch edge and be updated at the end of each over by one of the scorers. Only one scorer will touch the scoreboard throughout the match to avoid multiple people touching the scoreboard.

  33. For junior games, one parent of each child should be present in the event that first aid has to be administered. However, parents must maintain social distancing at all times.

  34. During rain breaks, players will be encouraged to return to their vehicles (where applicable).

  35. When the covers are pushed on at the end of the days play, or during a rain break, no more than two people will push each individual cover on. The two people pushing the cover on must do so from each end of the cover and this should ensure they maintain a safe social distance.

  36. In the event of rain, kit should be stored in player’s vehicles.

  37. The Balcony Bar will be the responsibility of the tenant. They will manage the number of people allowed into the bar and the function room (when this is permitted after the 17th May). They are responsible for making their own arrangements that are suitable to deal with Covid 19. They will be responsible for the downstairs toilet and upstairs toilets within the pavilion.

  38. Whilst the changing rooms will be closed, the cricket club will still use the toilets within the changing rooms in order to ensure there is a toilet facility for players available. The windows of the changing room will be kept open to aid ventilation. The main changing room door will be kept open to aid ventilation. The toilets and cubicles will be regularly cleaned.

  39. Spectators are not permitted at matches until the 12th April 2021. When spectators are permitted they should maintain social distancing at all times. When spectators are permitted they should, where possible, bring their own chairs.

  40. The picnic tables and benches outside the front and back of the pavilion will be cleaned at regular intervals and are the responsibility of the tenant.

  41. When spectators are permitted they should not return any cricket ball that goes over the boundary edge. This should be left for players to retrieve.

  42. Match fees (where applicable) will be collected, where possible, through contactless card machines. All senior players should bring a debit card. If a player does not have a bank account or a debit card then they should bring the correct change.

  43. Regular cleaning of facilities and equipment will take place throughout match days.

  44. After matches and training sessions, players should immediately sanitise their hands. When they arrive home, they should thoroughly wash their hands.

  45. Off the field, and after activity, all players, coaches and spectators (spectators when permitted after the 12th April) should maintain social distancing and adhere to the rules on social distancing.

  46. Anyone who tests positive for the virus following a game of cricket should report any infection to the NHS Test and Trace Service. This is important to control and limit the spread of Covid 19.