During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Terms & Conditions & Cricket Practice Policy

Following the latest Government announcement on the easing of the lockdown restrictions and the updated ECB guidance, we’re now able to offer nets practice and training on the pitch from Saturday 27 June 2020:

These Terms and Conditions explain what you (senior players, junior players and junior player’s parents) are responsible for, in addition to providing details of the operational rules outlined by the ECB which St Annes Cricket Club and players must adhere to.


ECB Guidance From 5 June 2020

These guidelines have been produced in line with the UK Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 1 June 2020, which can be read here.

All activity should be consistent with the Government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene.

This update allows for individuals and small groups (of up to 6 people) to remain safe, whilst undertaking recreational cricket activity and informal cricket in an outdoor environment.

However, it should be noted that all competitive recreational cricket matches remain suspended until further notice and as such this update does not permit participation in cricket matches within orbetween clubs.

Our primary and ongoing goal is to protect the health of everyone in and around the game.

The most recent and updated guidance from the ECB on permitted recreational cricket activity during COVID-19 below includes:

  • A summary of the guidelines
  • What measures need to be in place to prepare our facilities for use
  • The requirements to ensure the safety of players and Coaches
  • Guidance for access to the facilities and online booking requirements
  • Operations Rules for Players
  • Guidance for Coaches


Players: ECB Operating Rules Effective From 5 June 2020

  • Do not attend if you or anyone in your household displays symptoms or your household is currently in isolation (full details can be found in the ECB guidance document at the bottom of this page).
  • Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after use of the facility.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible. If this isn’t possible wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after visiting the club.
  • Travel together as a household.
  • Avoid public transport.
  • Try not to arrive too early, aim to arrive at the start of your slot to help with social distancing.
  • Bring your own playing/training equipment including balls.
  • Bring your own filled drinking bottles.
  • Avoid touching as much as possible whilst on club premises and use cleaning stations whenever available.
  • Do not overstay your allocated time slot, you should be clear ofthe area by the time the next users arrive.
  • If bowling machines are used, please ensure they are cleaned thoroughly between uses with dry cleaning products and that all balls used are cleaned with a suitable viricidal disinfectant. This is the responsibility of the bowling machine operator.
  • Do not leave private property behind.
  • No spitting.
  • No saliva or sweat should be applied to the ball at any time.
  • As always, the health and safety of participants is paramount – please ensure that you minimise the risk of injury (wear helmets, pads etc). As well as emergency response times being delayed, this is vital to avoid any additional stress on the NHS.
  • Encourage all users to report any infection of their household following use of the facility to allow effective contact tracing and to limit the spread of the virus.


Players: During Your Outdoor Session

  • Maintain a minimum of 2 metres apart to meet social distancing requirements including during observed sessions (no handshakes)
  • Ensure all health and safety and emergency first aid guidelines are followed
  • Players must provide their own equipment if possible, and this must be kept in a zipped bag when not in use
  • Coaches are responsible for collecting all of their own equipment/kit – do not share equipment if possible
  • Players are responsible for collecting all their own equipment/kit – do not share equipment
  • Players are responsible for ensuring they have their own refreshments and/or food
  • Schedule sessions at least 10 minutes apart to avoid or limit any crossover of players
  • Avoid high intensity physical exercise where possible
  • If it is a bowling session, player to use their own balls or Coach to use plastic balls which have been washed/dried prior to the session – batters are to knock or kick the ball back to the bowler and not throw it  – the batter should not handle the balls
  • Coach to ensure they have appropriate hand coverings (mitt or gloves) when handling the ball during any skill sessions including when feeding the bowling machine
  • Where bowling machines are used please ensure they are cleaned thoroughly between uses with dry cleaning products and that all balls used are cleaned with disinfectant. This is the responsibility of the bowling machine operator
  • We recommend that coaches avoid sharing balls and other equipment wherever possible and strong hand hygiene should be practiced before, during and after sessions


Players: After Your Session

  • Players and coaches to wash/sanitise their hands before and after the session
  • Video may be recorded during the session but should not be analysed at the time with the players. This may be sent to the player after the session with coaching notes
  • Players leaving a session must maintain a distance of 2 metres from other players or Coaches as they leave the session
  • Remember: No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time


These rules should be clearly communicated to each person making a booking, on club social media channels and through signage at access points to grounds and close to net facilities. Signage should be laminated to improve durability and updated and replaced as required.


Full Details of the ECB Guidance (PDF Download)

Full details of the rules and guidance are contained in an ECB document which can be viewed by clicking on the link below:



Get In Touch

If you have any questions about the ECB Guidelines, please contact the ECB’s Facilities Team by email at facilities@ecb.co.uk.

For general enquiries about coaching and use of the outdoor nets or pitch at St Annes CC during the COVID-19 pandemic, please email us at info@stannescricketclub.org or write to us at the following address:

FAO Senior/Junior Cricket Chairman
Vernon Road
St Annes-on-Sea
Lancs FY8 2RQ



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