ASSOCIATION – COVID-19 RETURN TO PLAY
MATCH DAY CONDITIONS
REMEMBER ‘GET IN. PLAY. GET OUT.’
The following COVID-19 Return to Play match day conditions are endorsed by Cricket Victoria as required practices based
on the current information available from the Victorian State Government / Department of Health & Human Services
together with guidance from Cricket Australia. These have been fully endorsed by the VCCL, VMCU, VSDCA. Affiliated
Associations are required to input these match day conditions.
These requirements are for the 2020/21 season only are to be read in conjunction with our Association rules and the Laws
of Cricket in general. Where there is any conflict between our Association rules or the Laws of Cricket in general, these
regulations are to take precedence.
VICTORIAN STATE GOVERNMENT / DHHS RESTRICTIONS COMPLIANCE
All people involved in cricket matches in Victoria must always comply with directions from the State Government / DHHS.
Where there is any conflict with the requirements below, the requirements from the State Government / DHHS shall take
precedence. This includes travel to and from matches and carpooling (Regional and Metro).
PHYSICAL (SOCIAL) DISTANCE & FACE MASKS
Off-field: Everyone attending cricket matches (players, volunteers, umpires, spectators, scorers, canteen staff etc.) are to
keep a 1.5m distance from others at all times before, during and post-match. Those over 12 are also required to wear a
face mask when indoors in accordance with DHHS directions.
On-field: Players and umpires shall not gather within 1.5m before and after play, during any breaks, following wickets
and shall minimise any time spent within 1.5m of another person whilst play is underway.
Anyone touching matchday equipment must sanitise their hands when setting up & packing down. Items shall be
cleaned with an alcohol-based antibacterial wipe/spray – minimum 70% alcohol (ethanol or IPA) content before being
touched. Matchday items includes – stumps, boundary cones or rope, tables / chairs for scorers, scorebooks, moving
sightscreens, covers, rollers, mowers etc.
• Personal equipment (pads, gloves, helmet and bat) is discouraged from being shared. If it is however necessary to
share equipment, the first person using the equipment shall remove their gloves, sanitise their hands and wipe or
spray the item with an minimum 70%-alcohol (ethanol or isopropyl alcohol (IPA) based antibacterial wipe or
spray. The person then borrowing the equipment, shall sanitise their hands before use and clean after use.
• All players kit bags are to be stored at least 1.5m apart from any other player bags.
• No items worn by a player shall be touched by another person unless the item is cleaned first. This includes any
items that a bowler takes off to bowl their over (e.g. jumper, sunglasses, cap). These items are not to be held by
an umpire or given to another player or person, and are to be placed by the bowler themselves at the nearest of
the following three locations:
– Over the boundary at any point; or
– At a point at least 3m behind the umpire at the bowlers end in line with the stumps (e.g. at the top of run-up).
– N.B.: When an item is left on the field behind the stumps, they should be placed so they are no wider
than the width of the stumps. If struck the ball is declared a ‘dead ball’ and re-bowled (except for
helmets and fielding equipment – normal penalties apply).
• Whoever supplies the coin before the start of play shall toss the coin and pick up the coin (nobody else touching
it). This should ideally be the umpire. If no coin is available, clubs shall improvise to not hold the game up – but
whatever system is used, whoever supplies the coin (or stone, bat etc.) is the only person who touches it.
• No sweat or saliva shall be placed on the ball by anyone at any time. Separate procedures will be established by
the Association to address accidental or intentional cases of this.
• The umpire shall not touch the ball at any stage – this includes where players or parents are umpiring. Where it is
necessary to touch the ball to inspect it, the umpire shall immediately sanitise their hands before & after
inspection (or wear disposable gloves and dispose of them immediately after use).
• The ball shall be cleaned with an alcohol-based antibacterial wipe/spray (- with minimum 70% alcohol (ethanol)
content at least once every 20 overs, at any scheduled break (drinks, lunch, afternoon tea) and if
the ball has been touched by hand by any off-field person (spectators, coaches, parents etc.). If a wicket falls
during an over when a break was planned, the ball shall be cleaned immediately. This shall be completed by the
bowling team captain (or another designated player if the captain is a keeper) in sight of the central umpire and/
or junior coaches. Wipes/spray may be held by the umpire, captain or be left with the scorers as agreed by
competing teams but shall be disposed of immediately (or placed in a secure zip lock bag until the next break).
• After a wicket, the ball shall be left next the stumps at the bowling end for the next delivery and be collected by
the bowler when getting ready to bowl the next ball.
• During each scheduled break, the ball shall not be touched by anyone. It may be placed in a zip lock bag or put
in a box and held to ensure security.
NO COMMUNAL FOOD / DRINKS
• No communal food / drinks shall be supplied by clubs. Players and officials shall either bring their own personal
drinks / food or purchase at any available canteen / kiosk.
• Any food brought to the match should be in a sealed or pre-packaged container.
HAND SANITISER (ALCOHOL-BASED ANTIBACTERIAL WITH MINIMUM 70% ALCOHOL
• All attendees shall sanitise their hands upon arrival at the ground.
• All players, umpires and officials (including scorers, coaches etc.) shall also sanitise their hands at least once every
20 overs (this can be at the fall of a wicket in the designated over).
TEAM SHEETS / SCORING
• No physical team sheets shall be shared with the opposition. Where teams are not already selected on MyCricket
before play (recommended), team sheets can be filled out and remain in the scorebook with a photo taken or
teams can be entered in approximate batting order (and batting numbers adjusted if required).
• Scorers shall maintain a 1.5m distance at all times. Any equipment used (iPad, scorebook, pens) shall be wiped –
with an alcohol-based antibacterial with minimum 70% alcohol (ethanol or IPA) before use and each time a new
scorer is required.
SWEAT AND/OR SALIVA ON THE BALL
• If sweat and/or saliva is placed on the ball, please refer to the Sweat and/or Saliva Playing Conditions document.
EVERYONE HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE FOLLOWED.
IF THESE PROTOCOLS CANNOT BE ACHIEVED THEN PLAY SHOULD NOT PROCEED.
IF IN DOUBT ON MATCH DAY CONTACT YOUR CLUB’S COVID OFFICER