Posted by Michael Cregan on 06/02/2014 13:16
Since 2000 the ECB has issued safety guidance on the wearing of helmets by young players
up to the age of 18. This guidance applies to all players up to the age of 18, both in open age
group cricket and in all junior cricket played with a hard cricket ball. The guidance also applies
during all practice sessions. Any individual taking responsibility for players should take all
reasonable steps to ensure this guidance is followed at all times.
With the assistance of schools, cricket clubs and leagues, the wearing of helmets by young
players is now standard practice in cricket throughout England and Wales. Helmets are widely
available and are covered by a British Standard (BS7928:1998). A face protector represents an
alternative head protection system for young wicket keepers. Face protectors are, at the time
of publication of this guidance, a relatively new innovation. Wicketkeeper face protectors are
covered by a new British Standard (BS7929 – 2 :2009). Helmets with a faceguard or grille should be
worn when batting against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice sessions.
Wicket keepers should wear a helmet with a faceguard, or a wicketkeeper face protector,
when standing up to the stumps.
All young players should regard a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of protective
equipment when batting, together with pads, gloves and, for boys, an abdominal protector
(box). All young wicketkeepers should regard a helmet with a faceguard or a face protector
as a normal part of their protective equipment together with pads, gloves and, for boys, an
abdominal protector (box).
The original guidance allowed parents, or guardians, to give their written consent to allow
a young player not to wear a helmet. However now such parental consent should not
be accepted in any form of cricket. The ECB asks that this guidance is communicated to the
parents, or guardians, of all young players through clubs and schools, and that young players
are not allowed to bat or stand up to the stumps when keeping wicket against a hard ball
without wearing appropriate protection.