Covid-19 Net Rules

The following guidelines have been put together by Harrogate Cricket Club to enable members to use our net facilities in the safest, and fairest manner possible.

LAST UPDATED 23rd MAY 2020

PLEASE READ THESE GUIDELINES BEFORE ATTENDING OR STARTING YOUR NET SESSION

The Club will monitor how the net(s) are being used, and if necessary close them if the rules are not being followed. We want people to play as much cricket as possible, but these rules have been put in place for the safety of everyone.

The ECB have announced that cricket nets can now be used albeit in limited circumstances.

 

Accordingly, the nets at Harrogate Cricket Club can now be used. However, the following regulations now apply to the use of the nets:

 

1. The nets can be used by members of the same household.

 

2. The nets can be used by two individuals from different households – so one on one net sessions are permissible for members of different households.

 

3. Group net sessions for more than two people from different households are not permissible.

 

4. No one should use the nets if they, or any member of their household, are displaying symptoms of coronavirus. Please follow the recommended government guidance.

 

5. Those who do engage in net sessions must abide by social distancing measures and must keep at least two metres apart at all times.

 

6. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in order to reduce the number of people using the facility, only Harrogate Cricket Club members can use the nets.

 

7. To start with, the artificial net lanes will be opened. Only one of the artificial net lanes can be used at any one time. If two people are using net lane one (the net lane closest to the pavilion) then no one can use net lane two (the net lane furthest from the pavilion). This is to maintain social distancing. This must be strictly followed.

 

8. In the coming weeks, the grass nets will be prepared for use. The two mobile net cages will be spaced apart from each other and this will provide two further net lanes. At present, the grass nets remain closed. The groundsman is still working on them. Repairs still need to be undertaken to the netting.

 

9. Those using the nets must supply their own equipment – including balls, stumps and the appropriate protective equipment. The club will not be leaving any equipment, including stumps, in the nets.

 

10. No saliva or sweat should be deliberately applied to the ball.

 

11. The pavilion and bar will not be open. The changing rooms and facilities remain closed to avoid unnecessary social interaction. One consequence of the pavilion and bar being closed is that no refreshments will be available. Any member using the nets will need to consider this and bring their own water bottles.

 

12. When members have used the nets, please ensure that all items of kit are removed from the nets. Please also ensure that all rubbish is removed from the nets - for example, empty drinks bottles.

 

13. Those using the nets should wash their hands at home before coming to the nets.

 

14. Those who have finished using the nets should, as soon as is reasonably practicable, wash their hands afterwards. As soon as members arrive home, they should wash their hands. Members are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer to use. The club are in the process of installing some outdoor hand sanitizer stations.

 

15. The artificial nets at Harrogate are open and not in a locked cage. There is no entrance gate or exit gate. This means there are no regular entrance/exit touch points that will be repeatedly touched. Please avoid touching other parts of the nets and other parts of the ground as much as possible.

 

16. The nets should be used for no more than 30 minutes per session. This is to allow other members to use the nets. All members should abide by this and should be considerate to other members. Do not use the nets for more than 30 minutes at a time.

 

17. If someone is using the nets when you arrive, and you have to wait for your slot, please wait at a suitable and safe distance.

 

18. If someone is using the nets before you arrive, once they have left please wait ten minutes before starting your session.

19. The following reservation/booking system is in operation:

a) Every day of the week: 09:00 to 13:00 – Artificial net lane reserved for Think Cricket and a grass net lane reserved for Pro Coach one to one sessions.

b) Monday to Saturday: 13:15 to 16:15 – All net lanes free to use on a first come first served basis in accordance with the regulations outlined above.

c) Sunday 13:15 to 17:15 – All nets reserved for under 9 members (to be supervised by an adult from an appropriate distance). These are not coaching/group sessions. This is a time slot where under 9 members can use the nets for a short period of time on a first come first served basis in accordance with the regulations outlined above.

d) Monday 16:30 to 21:00 – All nets reserved for under 11 members (to be supervised by an adult from an appropriate distance). These are not coaching/group sessions. This is a time slot where under 11 members can use the nets for a short period of time on a first come first served basis in accordance with the regulations outlined above.

e) Tuesday 16:30 to 21:00 – All nets reserved for third and fourth senior teams. These are not coaching/group sessions. This is a time slot where senior members can use the nets for a short period of time on a first come first served basis in accordance with the regulations outlined above.

f) Wednesday 16:30 to 21:00 – All nets reserved for under 13 members (to be supervised by an adult from an appropriate distance). These are not coaching/group sessions. This is a time slot where under 13 members can use the nets for a short period of time on a first come first served basis in accordance with the regulations outlined above.

g) Thursday 16:30-21:00 – All nets reserved for first and second senior teams. These are not coaching/group sessions. This is a time slot where senior members can use the nets for a short period of time on a first come first served basis in accordance with the regulations outlined above.

h) Friday 16:30 to 21:00 – All nets reserved for under 15 members. These are not coaching/group sessions. This is a time slot where under 15 members can use the nets for a short period of time on a first come first served basis in accordance with the regulations outlined above.

i) At all other times not specified above the nets will be free to use on a first come first served basis in accordance with the regulations outlined above.

 

20. The signage at the nets has been updated. All signage has been properly laminated. A summary of the above regulations has been posted at the nets. The above timetable has been posted at the nets. A link to this complete guidance has also been posted. Emergency contacts and posters highlighting some of the key regulations have also been posted.

 

21. These guidelines cannot cover every possible eventuality. Members should use their common sense. Equally, members should also remember that, irrespective of the latest coronavirus, the nets should always be used safely and appropriately.

 

22. Anyone conducting coaching in the nets needs to ensure they have carried out their own risk assessments. Coaches should ensure they are fully familiar with all the relevant guidance and ensure that each session is conducted safely.

 

23. Please contact a representative of the club if any issue relating to the nets needs to be reported. Currently, the best contacts are George Owram (Director of Cricket) who can be contacted on 07766000853 or Steve Clark (Chairman) who can be contacted on 07919 681533.

 

24. It is hoped the above system will allow all members the opportunity to use the nets at some stage. This requires co-operation and relies on members not occupying the nets for large periods of time. If the above regulations are not abided by then the Club will have to review the use of the nets and may take steps to close them. Members are urged to use their common sense and show consideration for others.

 

25. In addition, it should be noted that at some stage in the next three weeks the artificial nets will be closed for two days whilst the entirety of the netting is replaced. The current netting has been repaired to a suitable standard for use with a single net lane at a time.

 

Regards

 

Harrogate Cricket Club

Harrogate Cricket Club

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