Strict training guidelines and no spectators at senior matches are included in Cricket Victoria's return to training and play policy for community cricket clubs.
CV sent leagues and clubs a 25-page document on Friday outlining the COVID-19 related procedures that need to be followed for cricket to make a safe return.
The guidelines are based on regional Victoria being in step three of the state government's roadmap to recovery and they could change in coming weeks if the region moves into step two.
Using the mantra "Cricket in a pandemic is a privilege - not a right! Get in. Train. Get Out", CV said regional clubs could return to training in groups of no more than 10 if regulations are met.
Clubs must get clearance from council and ensure all players, officials and parents are made aware of the COVID-19 training session plan.
Under the training policy, three groups of 10 can train at one time - one group of 10 in the nets, one group of 10 on half of the ground and another group of 10 on the other half of the ground. Groups can rotate, but not mix, and clubs can't use two consecutive nets. There must be one "cleared" net between groups.
Social/physical distancing of 1.5m must be maintained at all times. Strictly no physical contact between players can occur and no casual contact, including high fives and handshakes.
An attendance log/register which clearly identifies all people in attendance at each training session must be maintained and available upon request by the association, Cricket Victoria or relevant authorities.
CV advised that there is strictly to be no sharing of personal items and equipment.
Attendees shall put hand sanitiser on arrival to training and every 30-40 minutes during the session and those aged over 12 must wear a mask (except whilst batting, bowling, fielding).
Club provided cricket balls and equipment must be wiped with alcohol based antibacterial wipes/sanitiser prior to and after each training session.
The Bendigo District Cricket Association and Emu Valley Cricket Association plan to start their seasons on October 31.
Under the CV guidelines club curators can start preparing turf wickets if cleared by council and COVID-19 protocols are met.
CV's guidelines for return to matches state that no spectators can attend senior matches.
Only players, coaches, umpires, scorers and anyone operating the canteen can attend. However, that policy could change by October 31 if regional Victoria moves into step two.
For junior matches, all players, officials and spectators must sign-in on arrival and, if over the age of 12, wear a mask unless actively batting, bowling or fielding.
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Social distance of 1.5m must be maintained by all players, officials and spectators and team huddles avoided.
Communal change rooms may be opened, but recommended by Cricket Victoria to be closed - to further help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and minimise cleaning time.
On the field, players and umpires shall not gather within 1.5m before and after play, during any breaks, following wickets and shall minimise any time spent within 1.5m of another person whilst play is underway.
Umpires are required to wear a face mask; however, this is optional for on-field players.
No sweat or saliva shall be placed on the ball by anyone at any time.
The umpire shall not touch the ball at any stage - this includes where players or parents are umpiring.
All players, umpires and officials (including scorers, coaches etc.) shall sanitise their hands every 10 overs.
The ball shall be wiped with an alcohol-based antibacterial wipe after the completion of every 10 overs, at any scheduled break and if the ball has been touched by hand by any off-field person (spectators, coaches, parents etc.).
This shall be completed by the bowling team captain (or another designated player if the captain is a keeper) in sight of the central umpire and/or junior coaches.
After a wicket, the ball shall be left next to the stumps at the bowling end for the next delivery and be collected by the bowler when getting ready to bowl the next ball.
During each scheduled break, the ball shall not be touched by anyone. It may be placed in a zip lock bag or put in a box and held to ensure security.
With Victorian Premier Cricket action unlikely to start before December 1, some BDCA clubs have had discussions with Premier Cricket players about playing in the BDCA.
CV's guidelines state that "metropolitan Melbourne residents may not travel to regional Victoria for cricket".
Meanwhile, Victoria/NSW border residents will need a permit to travel across the border for cricket.
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