(Last updated: 18 November 2020)

COVID-19: Return to cricket guidance

Following the Scottish Government announcement on 17th November concerning changes to the tiered protection level for Local Areas, guidance for indoor cricket activity has been updated.

The key changes for indoor cricket activity concerns competition and coaching for both adults (18+) and U18’s within the 32 Local Areas identified by the Scottish Government. The key updates are as follows:


• Level 0 to 2: Competition is permitted between a maximum of two clubs at any one time subject to travel restrictions and the specific venue regulations on maximum numbers
• Level 3: Competition is permitted between a maximum number of two clubs at any one time for U18s only, subject to travel restrictions and the specific venue regulations on maximum numbers
• Level 4: No competition is permitted indoor


• Level 0 to 2: Coaching is permitted
• Level 3: One to one coaching is permitted for Adults (maximum of 2 people). Coaches may travel outside their local area to coach one to one with someone based in another local area. Group coaching for u18s is permitted indoor and outdoor.
• Level 4: No indoor coaching is permitted. Coaching outdoors is permitted

Please also remember for areas that have moved in Level 4, no indoor cricket is permitted. Outdoor cricket activity is still permitted subject to physical distancing and with a maximum of 30 in total.

9 Key Principles

1. Travel to and from the training/match venue must not mix households, i.e. no car sharing.

2. Physical distancing must be maintained for adults and young people 12 years and over before and after activity. This includes batters on the sideline.

3. Coaches should deliver training using the normal player to coach ratio and should maintain physical distancing during a session.

4. All nets can now be used for groups up to a maximum of 30 people (outdoor) at any one session.

5. Clubhouses can be reopened for toilet access but changing rooms are to remain closed for general use. The use of outdoor facilities for hospitality purposes is permitted and indoor bar facilities can open in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

6. Only members should attend the club other than for organised local club fixtures.

7. We recommend using your own equipment if possible.

8. No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.

9. Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

Risk Assessments

From risk assessment templates to net booking terms and conditions, use these documents to help your club adapt and get ready for the cricket season.

Other Resources

These external resources from sportscotland, the Scottish Government and Health and Safety Executive will come in handy when planning to open your club back up.

COVID Officer

An e-learning module has been developed by sportscotland for club COVID officers (in Other Resources). A specific cricket COVID-19 e-learning module is below.

Venue Booking Apps

Scottish Government

Stay Safe, Protect Others, Save Lives

The Scottish Government published the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Framework for Decision Making: Scotland's Route Map through and out of the crisis on 21 May 2020.

We are now in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government route map our of lockdown.

NHS Advice

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.

- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

- wash your hands as soon as you get home

- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Social distancing practices are also enforced across the UK, with members of the public instructed to stay at least two metres from people outside of your household.