Guidance on the Wearing of Cricket Helmets by Young Players
February 2000 the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) issued safety
guidance on the wearing of helmets by young players up to the age of
18. In brief, the guidance recommends that:
helmets with a faceguard or grille should be worn when batting against
a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice sessions
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)
wicket keepers should wear a helmet with a faceguard when standing up
to the stumps. 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).
original guidance allowed parents or guardians to give their written
consent to allow a young player not to wear a helmet. However now
parental consent not to wear a helmet should not be accepted in any
form of cricket.
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. ECB is currently working
with manufacturers in order to achieve a British Standard in relation
to all face protection technology for juniors.
the meantime The NZ and Australian cricket helmet standard AS/NZS 4499
is the closest standard for the faceguard. The standard has three
parts to it - (4499.1) the helmet (4499.2) the temple pieces and
(4499.3) the grill. The nature of the product is such that the only
relevant part of that standard is part 3, and not all the parts of the
test apply mainly because the faceguard does not attach to a helmet.
guidance applies to all players up to the age of 18, both in adult
cricket and in all junior cricket played with a hard cricket ball.
guidance also applies during all practice sessions.
individual taking responsibility for players should take all
reasonable steps to ensure that this guidance is followed at all
asks that the 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.