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 Tuesday 30 March 2021:

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 26 March 2021

These guidelines have been produced in line with the UK Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise, 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 to remain safe, whilst undertaking organised recreational cricket activity in an outdoor environment.

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
  • Operations Rules for Players
  • Guidance for Coaches



Players: ECB Operating Rules Effective From 26 March 2021

  • 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 of the 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). 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 bookin (which for the time being are Coaches, Managers and team Captains) through internal communications and signage at access points to grounds and close to net facilities. Signage should be laminated to improve durability and updated and replaced as required.


Parents & Spectators: Effective From 30 March 2021

Parents & spectators must:

  • Drop off & collect their child maintaining 2m social distancing. Please do not stand around the perimeter of the nets during the session.
  • Under the ECB guidance, spectators are not permitted in any indoor or outdoor cricket facility unless you’re a carer for a child with a disability or you’re an adult needed to supervise an under-18 in a safeguarding role (supervising adults must not mix with others from outside their household bubble).



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

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 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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