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On Tuesday 8th December, the ECB released a third version of the Guidance Document for Indoor Cricket.

Indoor Guidance – Key Headlines

  • Youth and disability sports can take place indoors across all tiers in groups.  There are no group size restrictions on U18s (up to a safe limit for a venue to be determined by local risk assessment including social distancing and ventilation).
  • The definition of U18 now includes those who were U18 on 31 August 2020, meaning that this now aligns with normal understanding of age groups in sport.
  • Coaches and match officials are not included in the count for group size restrictions.
  • In Tier 1 areas, organised adult cricket indoors can take place subject to the Rule of Six.
  • In Tier 2 areas, organised adult sport can only take place indoors provided that different households or support bubbles do not mix.  For cricket, this means a net or practice session is allowed between individuals from a different household, but only on a 1:1 basis, provided that the bowler uses their own balls – the batter must knock or kick balls back to the bowler – the batter should not handle the ball (One Skin, One Ball Principle).  If individuals from different households want to net together indoors, they must follow the One Skin, One Ball Principle and the maximum number of people permitted to take part in an indoor net session is three – two taking part in the session and one coach, who must all remain socially distanced. Adult 1:1 coaching can also take place.
  • In all cases, the COVID risk assessment of the individual facilities must consider whether indoor nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis in order to ensure that there is no interaction between individuals from different households.
  • In Tier 3 areas, organised indoor sport for adults should not take place unless with the same household or bubble.  Adult 1:1 coaching is restricted to one player and one coach.
  • Sport for the purpose of education is exempt from gathering limits, so can take place in any number. This means that school sport such as PE, and curriculum-related sport for students in further and higher education (e.g. a student studying a sport course being able to practice), are exempt from legal gathering limits. However, this doesn’t cover extra-curricular sport (such as playing for a college team). Sport for U18s (including those were under 18 on 31 August 2020) is exempt, so extra-curricular clubs for U18s can continue in any number. However, this doesn’t apply to pupils over the age of 18, so extra-curricular clubs for over-18s (including college and university teams) can only play in line with the wider sport guidance.
  • Coach education can continue under all tiers in line with the work exemption where this cannot be done from home.
  • Elite cricket activity can continue to take place across all tiers.
  • Outdoor cricket activity will be able to resume across all tiers.

If your club is delivering activity this winter, please ensure you read and comply with the ‘Guidance for Coaching Providers and Club’ and ‘Participants, Parents and Carers’ Sections of the Guidance Document and complete the necessary Risk Assessment.

Local Alert Level Tiers

To determine your Local COVID Alert Level (Tier) by postcode visit: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions. Note that the tiers areas are in will be reviewed every 14 days, starting 16th December 2020.

  • If you live in a Tier 1 area and travel to an area in a higher tier you should follow the rules for that area while you are there.
  • If you live in a Tier 2 area, you must continue to follow Tier 2 rules when you travel to a Tier 1 area.
  • If you live in a Tier 3 area, you should avoid travelling outside of your area other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.  Travel into and out of Tier 3 areas is now permitted for U18, disability sport and elite sport, but journeys should be minimised in terms of distance and frequency.

Guidance Document and Risk Assessment

Please use the buttons below to download the relevant documents…

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