ARCC visitor, training and match guidelines for 2021

Anyone visiting the club must check for Covid-19 symptoms prior to travel:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please do not travel to the ground if you have any of the above symptoms.


Please read the ECB guidelines here.

Read the club’s Covid-19 risk assessment here.

  • Please respect Social Distancing – maintain a 2-metre distance from others at all times.
  • Travel should be restricted avoiding busy routes and times where possible.
  • All visitors are asked to scan in via the NHS QR Code Posters.
  • Changing Rooms are not to be used unless in an emergency or by disabled people who are taking part in organised sport.
  • Toilets will be open in the club house.
  • Please ensure you arrive on site at the scheduled time and leave promptly after.
  • All visitors and players should bring their own hand sanitiser.
  • If you, any of your players or any opposition attendees are symptomatic or test positive, call 111.

Match Specific Guidelines

  1. The clubhouse will be closed at all times, other than for the use of the toilets or for first aid. Players should come changed and there will be no changing or shower facilities available.
  2. Hand sanitiser will be supplied for use by anyone needing to enter the clubhouse to use the changing rooms or toilets. There are 3 dispensers positioned on the outside of the clubhouse next to the door.
  3. The club will not be providing any refreshments or access to the kitchen for any preparation of refreshments. Players should bring all that they will need during the day, including food, and plenty of water.
  4. The bar will be open for outdoor service only.
  5. The club will ensure that the toilets have been cleaned to an appropriate level and ensure regular wiping of handles, and surfaces during the day to minimise and risks.
  6. All players, officials and visitors must register their attendance at the Club on the NHS Test & Trace App. This is our preferred method however if you do not wish to do this the club will capture the information. This will allow the Club to assist with NHS Test and Trace if contacted by them for this information.  The information given will be stored by ARCC for a period of 21 days, in line with Government guidance and data protection legislation.  This information will not be used for any other purposes.
  7. Seats and benches will be positioned to allow social distancing. They are not to be moved. It is recommended that players and spectators bring their own chairs.
  8. Permitted parents and carers supporting the children on a safeguarding capacity should be socially distanced on the Boundary
  9. In the event of inclement weather, players and officials should take cover in their own vehicles, or under team marques (maintaining social distancing).
  10. The club will ensure that a First Aid kit is available.

Playing Regulations

Guidance has been provided by the ECB on returning to play recreational cricket. The pertinent details are below, however for full guidance please refer to the ECB guidance document.

Before play

  • Bring your own hand sanitiser if possible
  • Follow UK Government Guidelines on public transport or car sharing
  • Congregation must be limited on arrival
  • Players must arrive changed and ready to play
  • All participants should sanitise their hands prior to the start of play

During play

  • Do not share equipment where possible; if it is not possible thorough sanitisation must be performed
  • Use hand sanitiser during all breaks in play
  • There will be a hygiene break every 20 min or 6 overs and must include hand and ball sanitisation.
  • Players must remain socially distanced (1 m+ for slips and wicket-keeper)
  • Umpires must not handle the ball at any point. LEAVE THE BALL BY THE STUMPS DURING BREAKS
  • Batters must clean their bats after leaving the field
  • Nothing must be handed to the umpire: BOWLERS ARE TO PLACE THEIR BELONGINGS OUTSIDE


  • The ball must be directly returned to the bowler and must not go via other fielders
  • Batters are to run in distinct running lines to ensure they are not within 2m of the bowler or other batter. The running lanes will be marked on the square
  • Social distancing must always be maintained including during post-wicket celebrations, drinks breaks and tactical discussions
  • Celebrations and breaks must be socially distant; e.g. consider air-fives instead of high-fives

After play

  • Players and officials should leave the ground at the earliest opportunity
  • Cleaning of equipment and the facility will take place


  • Umpires should refrain from any contact with the ball, it can be returned to the base of the stumps at breaks and wickets
  • Umpires should be responsible for the stumps closest to them and should be the only person replacing the bails if dislodged


  • If two scorers are present, social distancing must be maintained with only one official inside the scorers’ box and no players are to be allowed in the scorers’ box
  • Scorers will not hold any item of players clothing, sunglasses, or any valuables