Frequently Asked Questions
COMMUNITY CRICKET & COVID-19
Return to Play Guidelines and Protocols
FAQs - CRICKET BLAST
Is equipment allowed to be shared at Cricket Blast?
Yes, however, Cricket Blasters should be encouraged to bring their own bat or if they need to borrow a bat for the session ensure they only use it for the duration of that session.
At the end of each Blast session all equipment should be disinfected using alcohol based anti-bacterial wipes - this includes cones, stumps, balls and any other equipment used by Blasters during the session.
Where a session has multiple groups, assign equipment to respective groups for the duration of the session, ensuring it is not shared between groups.
FAQs - JUNIOR AND SENIOR CRICKET
Can we use saliva or sweat to shine the ball?
No, you cannot use saliva or sweat to shine the ball. The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is highest through saliva and this measure is in place to protect all participants and umpires.
Are we allowed to share helmets?
Limit sharing of cricket equipment and use your own where-ever possible.
- Helmets can be shared where unavoidable;
- Hands should be sanitised using Hand Sanitiser before and after handling equipment
- Helmets must be cleaned using alcohol-based antibacterial wipes after each use, especially the grill;
- Once cleaned and where possible, allow the equipment to ‘rest’ in sunlight for at least 30 minutes before being used again.
Are we allowed to share other equipment?
- Players are encouraged to bring their own bats, pads, protectors and gloves (batting and wicket keeping).
- If this equipment does need to be shared, disinfecting and hygiene practices need to be applied in between each use.
- If gloves must be shared, then individuals are recommended to have their own batting inners which are to be washed after each use.
- Hand sanitizing should also be done regularly throughout training and matches.
- Members of the same household can share equipment within that family if required.
FAQs - GENERAL
Why are WA protocols different to those produced by Cricket Australia?
It is important to acknowledge that WA is currently operating under a different environment to other states across the country.
We have sought the advice of the WACA’s State Medical Officer, WA Health and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to provide protocols in line with current WA guidelines.
Do we need a COVID Coordinator or similar?
It is recommended that clubs appoint someone to the role of COVID Coordinator and be the focal point for information in and out of the club for all things related to COVID-19 and to assist Coaches and Managers understand match day requirements.
Does our insurance still apply?
Yes it does. Participants will be covered under the Personal Accident policy and clubs & associations under the Public Liability and Club Management Liability policies that make up the National Club Risk Protection Program. Cover under these policies remains under their current terms, conditions and exclusions
Are we allowed to use changerooms?
Yes, however, clubs must be familiar with any cleaning requirements of your local government and ensure that any limits on number of people in each space under the 2 square metre rule and physical distancing requirements are met.
What happens if there is a positive test in our team?
If there is a positive case within your team then all participants, coaches, officials and volunteers who have been in contact will need to self-isolate for 14 days. If you are feeling unwell then you should seek medical advice immediately by calling your GP or visiting a COVID- 19 clinic. Please do not attend training or matches if you feel unwell.
If you are aware that someone with a case of COVID-19 has been in your team/club, ring the COVID-19 Public Hotline on 13COVID (1326843) and follow the advice of public health officials. If there is concern that a person is not adhering to quarantine requirements, contact 13COVID.
What happens if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in our community?
Cricket Australia and the State & Territory Cricket Associations will continue to monitor the situation and take advice from all levels of government. There is always the possibility that if restrictions are tightened again, that cricket seasons could be paused or cancelled.
What about scoring?
- Encourage the use of the MyCricket Live Score app for scoring.
- Those using an iPad to score should ensure it is wiped down with disinfectant.
- Scorers are to bring their own writing tools if scoring in a scorebook.
- Scorers should be positioned 1.5m apart.
Some teams provide morning or afternoon tea for the players, can we still do that?
Clubs should assess carefully how they will approach this important part of our cricket culture. In short, if morning/afternoon tea is to be provided, clubs definitely need to ensure they have sound hygiene and cleaning practices in place.
As such, the best reference point is the WA Government’s Phase 4 Food and Licenced Venue Guidelines. While our clubs are not licenced venues, section two in this document does provide some guidance on personal hygiene practices, cleaning practices and use of cutlery etc in relation to the service of food. This is of particular relevance for clubs that have canteens. Please see here.
So far, as the season approaches we are hearing clubs are dealing with this in a range of different ways, for example:
- not offering afternoon teas at all and asking players to bring their own;
- serving food individually wrapped;
- serving up food for each player on a separate plate to avoid any sharing;
- ensuring that food is served on large plates with serving utensils (which are cleaned regularly and hand sanitiser readily available)
Again, regardless of the approach that is to be considered it is vital that a priority is placed on the following:
- Personal hygiene practices – of those preparing, providing, serving as well as consuming the food;
- cleaning practices; and
- movement of players and officials in and out of the club room or area where the morning/afternoon tea is served to ensure the 1.5m physical distancing rule is applied.
Good practice would see clubs including these practices in their COVID Safety Plan.
Why can't we share drinks like we used to do?
The sharing of cups and drinks containers can increase the risk of transmitting viruses. Participants are advised to bring their own water bottles and not share them with others. We also ask that water bottles are washed and disinfected after every training session and match
Where can we get sanitiser, wipes and other products from?
Where can we find more information?
WACA website www.waca.com.au/covid-19-update and speak to your cricket manager.