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The health and safety of club members, participants, spectators and all others involved in cricket is of paramount importance to Mulbarton CC
All volunteer coaches have appropriate ECB coaching qualifications, a current CRB check & ECBCA membership. Coaches have responsibility for the supervision and conduct of the young people in their care throughout each session of activities they are delivering, but no more than that time. Coaches will do their best to ensure the health and safety of everyone taking part in cricket activities at this time.
Players should not start to play unsupervised cricket before their session starts on training sessions.
Coaches will also remove players from the activity/task/game if they present a health and safety risk to themselves or others.
We assess the ground each session. Players must not leave the ground during a session without permission and must follow the requests of the coaches whilst under their charge.
Accidents and First Aid
All accidents, however minor, should be reported to a coach and the coach will record in the accident book or file, the reporting forms will be given out on reporting the accident. If necessary, First Aid will be administered by a trained person. In the event of more serious accidents/injuries (e.g. fracture or dislocation) a young person’s parents will be informed and an incident/accident report filled in.
Child Welfare
Mulbarton CC is committed to making cricket a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all players, participants and spectators but particularly for young people and vulnerable adults. Mulbarton CC endorses and implements the recommendations of the ECB Safe Hands (Welfare of Young People in Cricket) Policy. Coaches must not be in email communication with children (U16), please ensure it is a parent/responsible adult who is the contact.
Coaches can give lifts to matches if they decide to do so but:

For single sex groups, there must be at least one same gender supervising adult.

For mixed groups there must be at least one male and one female supervising adult
Ratios of staff to Young People
It is important that there is an appropriate ratio of supervising adults to young people, particularly at away games, to ensure the safety of the group. The minimum ratio is 1:10 if young people are over 8 years old & there must be enough adults to be able to deal with an emergency (i.e. minimum of two). Therefore we always need more volunteers, just willing adults prepared to be CRB checked, even if not coaching, just to add supervision and help us to operate to the highest safety standards.
Outdoor Nets
All players must use nets responsibly. They must not use the nets (with a hard ball) unsupervised. They must keep a watchful eye on the ball and be aware it may come flying out of the net with great speed. Good self discipline is crucial for nets. The deliberate and frequent bowling of fast short-pitched deliveries will be discouraged. They must never be bowled to inexperienced players.
Only 8 – 10 players will be doing a net session. It is once again CRUCIAL that players use a wind ball or tennis ball outside nets, unless under supervision, doing a specific and restricted task, with a coach. PLEASE BRING BOTH A HARD BALL (for nets) and a wind ball for skills development.
Helmets and other protective equipment
A helmet with a faceguard must be worn by young players (in both junior & adult cricket) when batting and when keeping wicket standing up to the stumps (as a guideline, closer than 5 metres) against a hard ball in practice and in matches. All players should regard a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of protective equipment when batting against a hard ball in addition to pads, gloves, and, for boys, an abdominal protector (box). A thigh guard is also strongly recommended. Good quality footwear which ensures sufficient grip, cushioning and support should be worn. Spikes are ideal for what can be quite damp Sunday mornings when the dew has not been burnt off, or overnight rain dried up.
It is important that young players drink appropriate amounts of water to reduce the risk of dehydration during a match or practice session. Parents are encouraged to ensure that regular intervals for drinks are arranged in matches to support the coaches.
Safe positioning of fielders
No player in the under 15 age group (or younger) shall be allowed to field closer than 7.3 metres (8 yards) from the middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batter has played the ball. These minimum distances apply even if the player is wearing a helmet.
Players should wear appropriate protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a position where they feel at risk.
Overbowling is a common cause of back injuries in cricket.  To ensure that young fast bowlers do not place undue stress on their bodies, every attempt must be made to keep the amount of bowling within reasonable limits. The following directives provide sensible playing and training levels:
Age                 Maximum overs per spell                Maximum spells per day
Under 14/15                 6                                                          2
For the purpose of these directives a fast bowler should be defined as a bowler to whom a wicket keeper in the same age group would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball.
Communicating with Parents
Match information will be communicated to parents and the team via e-mail. Parents are responsible for transport arrangements to and from games.

Health & Safety