QVC Safety Policy and Helmets

QVC PLAYER SAFETY POLICY

GENERAL

Queensland Veterans Cricket is committed to player safety ensuring all reasonable measures are taken during matches to mitigate serious injury to players. Wearing the appropriate protective gear, particularly for batsmen and wicketkeepers is essential for player safety!

Cricket Australia(CA) has strongly recommended that all practical steps be taken to mandate the wearing of compliant helmets (British Standard 7928:2013) when batting, wicket-keeping upto stumps and close-in fielding. Research shows that cricket ball impact to the head is one of the most common injuries in cricket and the most likely injury to result in hospitalisation. With aging and slower reflexes, veteran cricketers can be particularly vulnerable to this type of injury. Wearing a compliant helmet greatly lowers the chances of a critical injury of any kind.

QVC supports this initiative to improve player safety along with a practical pre-start of play process to assess the player safety and risks at the venue on the day. A checklist is to be completed by team captains in consultation with umpires before the start of play which will consider playing field conditions and safety, along with wicket conditions that may influence the wearing of helmets for batters.

Although wearing a helmet is optional against ‘slow bowling’, as designated by an official umpire, it is strongly recommended that all players wear a compliant helmet against all bowling!

Set out below is an overview of the playing conditions applicable for all QVC sanctioned teams and matches. Detailed regulations are contained in the QVC Playing Conditions – Helmets document.

1. BATTING

1.1. A batter must wear a compliant helmet at all times when batting against fast or medium paced bowling.

1.2. Umpires should consult with Captains regarding the bowlers and conditions for the match, as per the note below. Nonetheless, the umpire(s) are the final adjudicators of whether bowling is fast or medium-paced and will judge the pace of bowling against what is considered “fast”, “medium-paced” or “slow” within the context of that particular match.

1.3. The wicketkeeper standing either up to, or back from the stumps must not be the deciding factor in this decision.

1.4. The umpire(s) are responsible for ensuring that a helmet is worn when required by clause 1.1 but are not responsible for ensuring that the helmet is compliant.

1.5. The umpire(s) must not allow the match to continue during any period in which a batter fails to wear a helmet when required by this clause.

Note: Consultation between Umpires and Captains prior to the match – Umpires and Captains should consult before the start of the match regarding bowlers who could be considered “fast”, “medium paced” or “slow”. – This discussion should be completed following the sign-off of the Cricket Australia “Game Day Checklist”, to give context to the match conditions for that day. – In matches without an Association appointed Umpire, this process should occur between both Captains.

2. WICKET-KEEPING

2.1. At all times when wicketkeeping up to the stumps, the wicketkeeper must wear a compliant helmet.

2.2. The umpire(s) are responsible for ensuring that a helmet is worn when required by clause 2.1 but are not responsible for ensuring that the helmet is compliant.

2.3. The umpire(s) must not allow the match to continue during any period in which a wicketkeeper fails to wear a helmet when required by clause 2.1.

3. Fielding

3.1. A fielder must wear a compliant helmet at all times when fielding in a position closer than seven (7) metres from the batter’s position on the popping crease on a middle stump line, with the exception of any fielding position behind square of the wicket on the off side.

3.2. The umpire(s) are responsible for ensuring that a helmet is worn when required by clause 2.1 but are not responsible for ensuring that the helmet is compliant.

3.3. The umpire(s) must not allow the match to continue during any period in which a fielder fails to wear a helmet when required by clause 3.1.

ENFORCEMENT

In the case where any batter, wicket-keeper or fielder fails to comply with of the prescribed helmet wearing requirements, the umpires will follow the process of a graduated response detailed in the QVC Playing Conditions – Helmets including: 1. A verbal warning to the player and respective Team Captain making the transgression, 2. Followed by awarding a 5 run penalty, 3. Followed by forfeiture of the game and reporting to QVC Management Committee.

QVC Management Committee

19 Aug 2019

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