The latest guidance from Scottish Government and Cricket Scotland allows cricket to resume in some capacity from 29th June. As a club, we have come up with a plan to allow us to get back playing as soon as possible.
The current rules allow you to play cricket in a group of up to 3 households and Cricket Scotland have published guidance on how this should be done. The club is appointing a coach to each training session who will be responsible for ensuring that guidance is followed. In most cases, unless you live with other cricketers, that will mean training sessions with a club coach and one other player.
It’s likely that by mid-July restrictions will be eased further and we will be able to run similar sessions in larger groups and by August we will hopefully be able to play some actual games!
We’ll put on weekday sessions run by Neil and Ash. We’ll aim to put on up to six sessions per week – which would allow 12 households to play in total. These sessions will all be run at different times. This will allow for a mix of activities but is likely to include net practise with bowling machine.
When is this happening?
For the first week, we will have sessions available on Wed 1st, Thu 2nd and Fri 3rd July. The sessions will be from 17:30-18:30 and 19:00-20:00.
How do I get a session?
We’ll post a Doodle poll to the private Whatsapp and Facebook groups. Choose which days you can make and we’ll allocate you a coach and a time. If more people sign-up than places are available, priority will be given to members and then on a first-come first-served basis.
How much does it cost?
Sessions are free for members.
The club is aiming to break even on each session and it costs us £20/hour to put on sessions. Therefore the cost for non-members is £20 divided by the number of players. If 2 people sign-up for a session, it would be free for a member and £10 for a non-member. Payment should be made in advance, rather than handling money on the night.
Membership allows the club to keep running and we have incurred costs this season even without bowling a ball! If you have not yet paid your membership, we are asking for a 50% membership fee. This will covers any training that is possible this season and reduced match fees if games are possible during August and September. Anyone who has paid their membership in full can request a refund or consider their fee a generous donation.
I can't afford it
As always, money should not be a barrier to you enjoying cricket. We are not making money on training but we appreciate that personal finances might be stretched in the current climate. The club has a hardship fund for those who are struggling. Contact a player rep or committee member if you would like to discuss this in confidence.
Kit and Equipment
No kit will be available for borrowing. You will be provided with a ball, if you don’t have your own, which you should keep and return at the end of the season.
Toilets and Clubhouse
No facilities will be available. Only the coach will be permitted to access the armoury.
Government guidance requires you to maintain a distance of 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household. This includes players and coaches who you are training with.
Cricket Scotland rules do not allow adjacent nets to be used. Therefore, only a single net lane will be in use.
There is a 5 mile travel limit suggested by the Scottish government. This is guidance rather than a strict limit but please consider this when signing up to training. Ideally you should only travel within your local area.
For each session, the club and coach will provide an environment in which the rules can be followed.
They will complete a checklist for each session and this will be stored by the club. If you have concerns, you should speak to the coach, contact a player rep or contact a member of the committee.
We all have a shared responsibility for ensuring that we are following government and Cricket Scotland guidance. Only take on a level of risk that you are comfortable with and be considerate that others may be less confident than you.