(Last updated: 6 January 2021)

COVID-19: Return to cricket guidance

Following the most recent Scottish Government announcement on “enhanced” Level 4 restrictions, indoor cricket activity is prohibited. Outdoor activity is prohibited except for one to one coaching and activity for Under 12’s.

The key changes for cricket coaching is as follows and should be read in conjunction with the latest sportscotland guidance on Return to Sport and Physical Activity:

  • Adult and Junior one to one coaching is permitted outdoors.
  • U12’s coaching is permitted for a total group size of 18 including up to a maximum of two coaches (this includes any helpers over the age of 12).
  • Travel is restricted (as previously) but with ‘stay at home’ the key message. There are however exemptions for sport, exercise and recreation and participants can still travel up to 5 miles from the boundary of a LA to take part in cricket as long they abide by the rules on meeting other households noted above e.g. 2 adults from maximum of 2 households.

For full guidance see below.

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.

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

5. Clubhouses should remain closed.

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.

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.