RULES 2019 - 2020
The heat policy for junior matches is set out in the
Association Heat Policy – see R1.7
All junior coaches or team managers must complete a Ground Conditions
Report as per BL28 prior to the start of play.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECKS (WWCC)
WWCC requirements within the WGCA are listed in BL 27
JR 1. CONDUCT & MAINTENANCE OF ORDER
1.1. The Team Manager or Coaches of each junior team are
jointly responsible for the conduct of all matches & for the maintenance of
order by team members & supporters both during & after the match. See
also Junior Heat Policy R1.7 & Disputes BL10.
1.2. Junior competition players are to be under the age of
10 years, under the age of 12 years, under the age of 14 years, under 16 & under
the age of 18 years respectively on the 1st September at the commencement of
each season. See also BL6.1.2 & BL6.8. Permits for players with special
medical conditions may be granted a permit to play below their age group by the
WGCA Junior Committee when recommended by a medical doctor.
HOURS OF PLAY
1.3. All U10 & U12 matches will be played on Friday
evenings & shall commence at 5pm & conclude at 7.30pm. Starting times
may be varied if both clubs agree.
1.4. All U 14, 16 & U18 matches shall be played on
Saturday mornings commencing at 8:30am with 2-day games concluding by 11am
& 1-day games concluding by 11:30am.
1.5. It may be necessary to play beyond the scheduled
finishing time to complete the allotted 40 overs per day.
1.6. Some matches may be re-scheduled to play, provided both
clubs are in agreement, the Fixtures Coordinator is notified & match
conditions & rules are strictly abided by.
1.7. In the event of a dispute regarding the fitness of
grounds for junior matches, where paid umpires are not in attendance, teams are
to appeal to the Rules Liaison Officer for a decision.
JR 2. BATTING & BOWLING AND KEEPING RESTRICTIONS
In all U 12, 14, 16 & 18 matches every player must bowl
at least one over prior to any bowler commencing their 4th over A maximum of
only 9 balls can be bowled in any one over save for the last 4 overs in
accordance with Rule 3.3 where no limit applies. For one day games every bowler
must bowl one over prior to any bowler commencing their 3rd over.
2.1. In U12 1-day games, bowlers are permitted to bowl no
more than 4 overs each & batsmen must retire at 10 runs.
2.2 In U 14 1-day games bowlers are permitted to bowl no
more than 4 overs and each batsmen must retire at 15 runs
2.3. In U16 1 -day games, bowlers are permitted to bowl no
more than 4 overs each & batsmen must retire at 25 runs.
2.4. In U 18 1 -day games, bowlers are permitted to bowl no
more than 5 overs each & batsmen must retire at 25 runs.
2.5. In U12 2-day matches no bowler may bowl more than 5
overs & a batsman must retire after 20 runs but they may resume their
innings after all other members of the team have been dismissed.
2.6. In U14 2-day matches no bowler may bowl more than 6
overs while a batsman must retire after making 30 runs, but they may resume
after all other members of the team have been dismissed.
2.7 In U16 2-day matches no bowler may bowl more than 6
overs while a batsman must retire after making 50 runs, but they may resume
after all other members of the team have been dismissed.
2.8. In U18 2-day matches no bowler may bowl more than 8
overs, while a batsman must retire after reaching 50 runs, but they may resume
after all other members of the team have been dismissed.
2.9. Compulsorily retired batsman may not return to the
crease until all uninjured & voluntary retired batsman are dismissed. This
is to prevent managers from retiring lower order batsman in order to reinstate
a compulsorily retired batsman.
2.9a. If there is more than 1 compulsory retired batsman in
an innings, should they be able to return to the crease, they must return in
the same order that they retired in.
2.9b. If the new batsman is resuming their innings after
they have been compulsorily retired, all over limits on bowlers shall be removed.
2.9c. If a team dismisses the opposition on the first day
& is then able to bat for any number of overs & continue its innings into
the 2nd day, then the bowling team shall adhere to the bowling restrictions
stated in JR2.1 to JR2.6 up to the completion of the 40th over for the INNINGS.
After the 40th over of the innings has past, all bowling
restrictions shall be lifted.
2.9d A Wicket Keeper must Keep for five overs before
JR 3. PLAYING CONDITIONS FOR U12 U14, U16 & U18 MATCHES
3.1. Conditions for the above age groups shall be the same
as for seniors except that no 120 ball rule shall apply.
all 12’s matches, boundaries shall be a radius of 45 meters from the centre of
the stumps at either end of the pitch & continuing in a straight-line
parallel with the centre of the pitch. In all 14’s matches, boundaries
shall be a radius of 55 meters from the centre of the stumps at either end of
the pitch & continuing in a straight-line parallel with the centre of the pitch.
3.1.2. The boundary line must be marked with cones or other
similar marking devices at a distance of no further than 5 meters apart on the
arc & 10 meters apart on the straight.
3.2. In all U 12 and 14 matches, 5 consecutive overs are to
be bowled from the same end, at which time play shall swap ends.
3.3. In all 12 and 14 matches, wides & no-balls shall
not be re-bowled, unless they occur during the last 4 overs of each innings.
Each wide & no –ball shall still incur the relevant penalty for scoring
purposes. In the last four overs there will be NO LIMIT on the number of balls
bowled in an over for all age groups.
ONE DAY GAMES
3.4. In one day games each innings will be restricted to a
MAXIMUM of 25 overs. However if less than 25 overs are bowled in the first
innings & the side has not been dismissed the side batting second shall
receive only the same number of balls as has been bowled in the first innings.
All junior matches are to be played out to complete the
allotted overs in order to maximize participation.
TWO DAY GAMES
3.5. In two (2) day games a MAXIMUM of 40 overs must be
bowled by each side (this may require playing beyond the scheduled finishing
3.6. In two day games the innings of the team batting first
shall be compulsorily closed at the end of play on the first day if the team
has not been dismissed, or play is not subject to the adverse weather rules
JR4.5 to 4.8
3.7. In two day matches, if a compulsory closure has
occurred (Under JR.3.6), the side batting second, if not dismissed, shall be
entitled to bat for ONLY the same number of balls which have been bowled to the
side batting first.
3.8. Where the team batting second has not been dismissed
before the closure under rule JR.3.8 the match shall be decided by the number
of runs scored in each first innings, irrespective of the number of wickets lost.
If the adverse weather rules JR.4.5 to JR4.11 have been invoked, but the team batting
second has passed the score of the team batting first, without being dismissed,
then the team batting second will be declared the winners.
3.9. If rules JR.4.5 to JR4.11 have been invoked & the
team batting second has not been dismissed & has not passed the score of
the team that batted first, the match shall be declared a draw.
JR 4. MAXIMUM OVERS (ON THE FIRST DAY & SECOND DAY)
4.1. In two day matches, on the first day, a maximum of 40
overs must be bowled. In the event of the team batting first is dismissed
before the allotted 40 overs, the team bowling first shall be entitled to bat
for the total overs for the day, less the overs faced by the team batting
first, less 3 overs for a change of innings. The match may be required to play
beyond the scheduled finish time to complete the allotted overs.
4.2. On the second day, if the side batting second is not
dismissed, a MAXIMUM of 40 overs must be bowled from the commencement of play
for that day. This applies if the team which batted first on the first day was
dismissed. In the event of the tea m batting second having been terminated
before the scheduled time play will only continue until the scheduled stumps
time. See JR 3.5 ~ JR 3.9.
4.3. The captain of the team is allowed to close the first
innings at any one time on the first da y. Declarations may also be made on the
second day at any time.
4.4. If a declaration takes place at any time, the time lost
for change over shall be three overs, if a set number of overs is to be bowled,
or 10 minutes if the game is to be finished at the scheduled stumps time
TIME LOSS DUE TO WEATHER (1st day of a round & 1-day
4.5. In cases of legitimate time loss, the minimum over rate
shall be reduced at the pro-rata rate of two balls per minute of time lost.
4.6. On the first day any time lost up to 30 minutes due to
adverse weather, shall result in two balls per minute lost, being deducted from
the minimum 40 overs for the day, as laid down in JR 4.1
4.7. In the event of a two day match being interrupted by
more than 30 minutes of bad weather on the first day, the team batting first
will not be forced to close its innings at the scheduled close of play unless
it is dismissed. The team has the option of continuing its innings into the next
day of play up to the completion of the 30th over from the start of the match.
The side batting second shall receive only the same number of balls as the
4.8. If less than 1 5 overs are bowled on the first day due
to time loss the days play will be declared abandoned & a one day fixture
will be played on the second day.
TIME LOSS DUE TO WEATHER (2nd day of a round)
4.9. Any time lost up to 30 minutes shall be made up by
playing only beyond the normal finishing time until the lost time is made up.
This applies for a first innings decision only. Rule JR.3.7 will still be
4.10. If the second day is interrupted by more than 30
minutes of bad weather there will be no requirement for the bowling side to
bowl beyond the scheduled finishing time. The side batting second, if not
dismissed, will be declared the winners if it has passed the score of the side
batting first. If the side batting second, provided it is not dismissed, does
not pass the score of the side batting first the match shall be a draw.
4.11. If the side bowling second completes the minimum overs
as set out in JR.3.8 &/or JR.4.8 prior to the scheduled finishing time then
the side scoring the most runs shall be declared the winner.
JR 5. JUNIOR FINALS
5.1.1. Semi finals matches in the U12 age group shall all be
played on the Thursday & Friday evenings of the same weekend as the senior
semi finals under the same playing conditions as all junior home & away matches
with the exception as set out in JR16.
5.1.2. Semi finals matches in U 14-18 age groups shall all
be played on the Saturday & Sunday mornings of the same weekend as the
senior semi finals under the same playing conditions as all junior home &
away matches with the exception as set out in JR16.
5.1.3. If no first innings result is achieved or if the
result is a tie, then the team finishing higher on the ladder shall proceed to
the Grand Final.
5.2. GRAND FINALS will be played under the same conditions
as semi finals except, no wet weather rules will apply. Two extra WET WEATHER
days play will be allowed to gain a result. If no first innings result has been
reached after two extra days or if the result is a tie the team finishing higher
on the ladder at the end of the home & away season shall be declared the
5.3. A player to be eligible to play junior finals must have
played (batted and or bowled) 4 games in that team during the season.
JR 6. SAFETY ASPECTS (CRICKET AUSTRALIA MANDATED)
6.1. In U 12, 14 and 16 cricket, a fielding restriction zone
shall be enforced. This zone shall extend from a point half the pitches length
& through an angle of 270 degrees, from the batsman’s middle stump. The
zone shall extend in front & behind the stumps except for the slips area. No
player shall enter this zone until the batsman strikes the ball if this occurs
a no-ball shall be called. Wicket keepers will not be so restricted.
HELMETS & SAFETY EQUIPMENT
6.2. Clubs must ensure that:
• Compulsory wearing of protective headwear, leg pads,
gloves & groin protectors by ALL juniors when batting in ALL age groups.
• Compulsory wearing of protective headwear by the wicket keeper
at all times in U 12 & U14 age groups.
• Compulsory wearing of protective headwear in all age
groups by the wicket keeper at all times when keeping up to the stumps (see
• Compulsory wearing of protective headwear by all junior
age players when batting in the senior competition in all grades. (See R1.8)
SHORT PITCHED BALLS
6.3. Short pitched deliveries shall not be permitted &
shall be called no-balls. Short pitched deliveries are defined as deliveries
which are bowled short & reach over shoulder height at the batters normal
batting stance at the crease.
6.4. All full pitched balls that pass the batter above the
waist in the batters normal batting stance at the crease shall be called a
JR7. FOLLOW ON
Follow on in U14, U16 & U18 games can be enforced if the
side batting second scored half or less than the number of runs scored by the
JR8. LATE STARTS
Lost time shall be made up only on the day it occurs.
JR9. JUNIOR DRESS
Junior dress shall be the same as seniors although white
jumpers are not compulsory.
9.1. Players may have numbers &/or names printed on the
back of their shirts. Actual names must be used, nicknames will not be
permitted. This is to aide scorers etc to identify players on the field.
Coloured tops may be worn ONLY if the shirt design has been approved by the WGCA
Board of Management & ONLY if all players in the team are wearing shirts of
the same design. Baseball type hats or caps are permitted provided they are in
club colours. Helmets as approved by the Cricket Victoria may be used.
Any junior team failing to keep its engagement shall be
deemed to have forfeited the match; opposing teams to receive forfeit points.
PENALTY: $50 fine
JR11. EXCESS PLAYERS
Teams may play up to 14 players who may all bowl and or bat.
This includes finals, however only 10 wickets are available when batting and only
11 players are permitted on the ground when fielding.
JR12. CONDUCT / BEHAVIOUR
A player can be ordered off the ground for the rest of the
innings by an official umpire or where both coaches/managers agree there has been
misconduct on the part of the player. If the player ordered off is a batsman,
he will be recorded as dismissed. If the player ordered off is a bowler or
fielder, he cannot be replaced by another player & cannot bowl again in the
innings. Misconduct can constitute abusive language to another player or
umpire, intentional physical contact to another player & threatening or
intimidating conduct towards another player, umpire or official. It is expected
that both coaches/managers shall prevent incidents escalating to make this rule
JR13. TWO OR MORE JUNIOR TEAMS IN ONE AGE GROUP
Any club which has two teams entered in to the same grade,
must forward to the Association Records Secretary a list of players’ names that
are registered to play in each team in the applicable age group. Such a list
shall be forwarded to reach the Records Secretary before the start of Round 3
in each season/ No player may move from the team for which he has been
registered after the aforementioned date without first receiving a permit from
the WGCA Junior Committee
JR14. GIRLS IN JUNIOR CRICKET
Girls can play in the competition one age group below their
actual age group.
JR 15. TEAM MANAGERS
15.1. Team Managers shall be permitted on the ground in the
capacity of umpires, however, where an official umpire is officiating they may
do so when their teams are Batting only, in the position of square leg umpire
& may only address their players in between overs as set out in JR16.2 to
JR16.4, unless dealing with an immediate safety issue. This
is to avoid any time wasting during an over.
COACHING DURING PLAY
15.2. In all U12 and 14 matches, including finals, junior
team managers/coaches are permitted to assist their team captains with fielding
& bowling changes during the course of a match., however they are expected
to encourage their captains to learn how to make these decisions themselves. IN
JUNIOR FINALS THE COACH MAY GIVE A QUICK DIRECTIVE TO THE CAPTAIN AT THE 5 OVER
15.3. In U16 home & away matches only, junior team
managers/coaches may only suggest to their team captains, fielding &
bowling changes when necessary during the course of a match, however they are expected
to encourage their team captains to learn how to make these decisions
themselves. This type of coaching will not be permitted during finals matches.
15.4. In all U18 matches, it is expected that the team
captain should be able to make all game related decisions during the course of
play. Junior team managers/coaches are only permitted to make suggestions to their
team captains to ensure fair & even participation. No coaching will be
permitted during finals matches.
JR 20. TEAM MANAGERS / COACHES
20.1. Team managers & coaches should at all times
encourage equal participation by all players.
20.2. Unusual / uneven numbers of players may require
redistribution of overs per batter or bowler. Team managers/coaches are expected
to do so with a view to equal participation.
20.3 Coaches must have a current WWCC and a minimum Coaching
Qualification of Level 1, Coaches must also wear a clearly visible Coaches Vest
of which the design must be approved by the WGCA Junior Committee.
JR21. FIRE RATING
21.1 If the Fire Rating by the CFA is Extreme or higher all
WGCA Cricket Is cancelled, note this Rating is different to Total Fire Ban Day
JR 22. UNDER 10’S AND 12’S SPECIAL RULES
– CRICKET VICTORIA LEVEL 1 AND 2 From 1st October 2017, the
rules that govern these two age groups are as per Cricket Victoria’s Level 1
(WGCA under 10’s) and Level 2 (WGCA Under 12’s) of their new Cricket Formats.
For these two age groups only, the Cricket Victoria rules override the WGCA
Rules. If Cricket Victoria rules are silent on a matter the WGCA rules apply.