(Last updated: 12 March 2021)

COVID-19: Return to cricket guidance

Following the Scottish Government announcement on 9th March, key changes are permitted for outdoor sport and exercise coming into effect on Friday 12th March.

The key changes for cricket activity concerns adults (18+) youth (12 & Over) and juniors (Under 12) and should be read in conjunction with the latest sportscotland Return to Sport and Physical Activity Guidelines HERE.

Outdoor sport & group exercise – 12 and over and adults

Up to 15 people can take part in outdoor non-contact sport or exercise (training or intra-club competition). This number includes coaches.

Outdoor sport & group exercise – Under 12

Up to 30 juniors can take part in outdoor non-contact sport or exercise (training or intra-club competition). This number includes coaches.


People should stay as close to home as possible, in line with current travel restrictions, however some flexibility will be given to under 18s to travel across local authority boundaries to take part in sport. Parents can drive under 18’s outside their local area for their regular organised group activity. Adults must remain within their local area.

See below for full guidance for clubs and additional resources.

Return to Cricket

An e-learning module has been developed by sportscotland for club COVID officers (see below).

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.

9 Key Principles

1. Travel to and from the training 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.

3. Coaches should deliver training using the normal player to coach ratio and should maintain physical distancing during a session. Bubbles using the same venue must remain apart.

4. Outdoor nets can now be used for coaching as per the new guidelines.

5. Clubhouses should remain closed, toilets can be open.

6. Only members should attend outdoor activity.

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.

Venue Booking Apps

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.

Scottish Government

Stay Safe, Protect Others, Save Lives

Mainland Scotland and some islands are in lockdown with guidance to stay at home, except for essential purposes. Some islands will remain at Level 3.

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.