Guidance for Covid-19 Safe Cricket Coaching Sessions

Thank you Becky King (U13 Manager) for the following guidance based on the tester coaching session. 

Main Points:

  • Get help – ask parents to assist with admin if need be
  • Download Risk Assessment and complete before your session
  • clean all equipment before and after the session
  • reminding the players to social distance to 2m at all times and not to share or touch equipment unless asked to do so by the coaches
  • when using the nets, use cones to mark out 2m distance for social distancing
  • reminding players to use the hand sanitisers at regular intervals and especially before and after any drills that involve sharing equipment
  • make sure each player either has their own named ball or a numbered ball we provide
  • number balls and allocate to a player accordingly
  • ask players to bring their own ball if they can

How you organised – I selected players to make sensible groups of five friends-ish of similar ability and I will rotate players every week. Everyone will get an equal number of sessions over the summer, most likely every other week if not more than that, with a mix of coaches and with some degree of variance as to which players they are grouped with – friendship groups and ability will be an important factor in rotations and groupings, I will try to mix up the abilities and friendship groups a bit though so people don’t get stuck in a group.

Use Teamer (https://teamer.net) for session invitations – please keep accurate so we have a history of attendance

How you were covid 19 safe – Coaching kit sanitised before and after the session; rules below stated clearly to all parents via email before the session and followed during the session; register maintained; clear groupings agreed before the session and communicated to players and coaches to minimise any mingling other than in the groups of 5

How you communicated with parents – all communication via email as follows:

First communication to parents – informative:

  • Session date, time and location
  • Sessions between 45mins to 1.5hrs
  • Groups of 5 players with one qualified coach (CRB checked – need to check CRBs are up to date)
  • Several small groups training at once (note we need two CRB checked adults present every session for safeguarding)
  • Use of one fixed net and the mobile net alternating between Rowledge and Binsted
  • Nets and outfield drills will be adapted to allow for social distancing between groups, players and coaches at all times
  • Sessions are free of charge for 2019 members for now (membership of 2019 being extended to cover summer training 2020)
    • In due course the Club may ask for a small one off voluntary donation towards training expenses or, if cricket really does get going again, the Club may ask for a minimal membership fee

Second communication to interested players coming to a session – rules:

  • Please emphasize to your children that,
    • they must keep 2m apart from friends, other players, the public and coaches at all times
    • they must not touch their faces at all
    • they must not share their kit
    • they must not touch any of the coaches equipment (cones, stumps etc) unless asked to do so by the coach
    • they must not share/swap hardballs unless told its OK to do so by the coach as part of a drill
  • We won’t have access to the toilets for the session so players must wash hands/use the loo before and after the session at home
  • Please send the players along in their white cricket shirt if they still have one
    • it will make us stand out and encourage the public to give us space
  • Please send your child with full cricket pads, helmet, gloves, box, bat and if possible a clearly named hard ball for their own use
    • otherwise they will be given a marked ball for their personal use in the session
  • We will aim to limit the sharing of cricket balls but parents need to be aware that we can’t guarantee the players will be the only person to touch their cricket ball, therefore players must not touch their face during the session and players will be asked to sanitise their hands regularly during the session – see ECB/Govt guidance below
  • Strict hygiene measures including hand washing before and after training must be followed
  • Please send players with their own hand sanitizer, we will also have hand sanitizer stations set up
  • Any parents watching restricted to one parent per child and must observe social distancing
  • Only players that follow the social distancing rules will be allowed to attend
  • Training each week will be by invite only – which will mean that everyone gets a chance to come along, in rotation if need be
  • Sign on to sessions will be via teamer – the club must be able to monitor the register as per ECB guidance

The advice from ECB and Govt is as follows

Excerpt from ECB –

  • We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment. Players should stick to using one ball in training either by bringing their own or being assigned a numbered ball that is cleaned in between sessions.
  • No saliva or sweat should be applied to the ball at any time.
  • Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

UK Govt guidance – Sharing equipment

  • It is a decision for facility managers whether or not they hire out equipment.
  • We would expect them to follow sensible precautions and clean in between users, and to follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
  • Where possible we recommend that you limit sharing of equipment, for example you should use your own tennis racquet, golf club or basketball, but if you do, practise strict hand hygiene.
  • If you are sharing equipment, including balls, you should wash your hands thoroughly before and after use.

Communication on MEETING POINTS before the session once you know who is coming:

  • Please could the following groups go straight to their coach at the following places on the rec, this will minimise mingling at the start. Please remember social distancing at drop off and pick up.
  • Table showing the Coach – Meeting point – List of 5 children
Version 4 Venue: Rowledge Rec Venue: Binsted
Week A W/C July 6,20 & Aug 3,17,31
Monday Casuals U13 Girls
Tuesday U13 Open U11 Open
Wednesday U16 Girls U17+ Open & U15 Open
Thursday Seniors Football
Friday U8/9s U11 Girls
Week B W/C July 13,27 & Aug 10,24
Monday U13 Girls Casuals
Tuesday U11 Open U13 Open
Wednesday U17+ Open & U15 Open U16 Girls
Thursday Seniors Football
Friday U11 Girls U8/9s

Helpful Links & Resources

SCCC Coaches corner

Includes links to:

  • Covid Coaching Info
  • Covid Risk Assessment
  • UK Coaching Return to Coaching Questions
  • Coach and Player Session Guidance
  • Social Distanced Session Plans

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From SCCC:

Neil Kendrick at Whitgift who has kindly shared some of his initial session plans aimed at providing mixed ability groups with socially distanced sessions. The health warning on these is that Neil is working in a school environment which has some different considerations to the club environment but hopefully the principles being used can be adapted for club use. Please treat these very much as something to provoke some thought to help in the creation of plans for your own club. Neil himself has suggested that on delivering these there have been some challenges he has had to address  (for example the players hitting catches back to each other proved difficult).

It is worth also considering physical development within any small group outfield sessions as I am sure there will be lots of activities you can do around balance, coordination, speed and so on that do not require the sharing of equipment. We would strong recommend coaches downloading iCoach Cricket as there will be lots of information on there that will assist with planning – https://icoachcricket.ecb.co.uk/.

I have also had a lot of questions around risk assessments for Covid-19 and have attached a template that Devon have kindly shared which outlines the key considerations that clubs will need to think about above and beyond the usual factors you should consider.

Coaching Plan: Social Distancing sessions 1-5

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Template (Word Doc / PDF)

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The Hampshire League: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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There a huge amount of activities and drills available on iCoach Cricket that can be adapted

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