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JUNIOR RULES 2019 - 2020

 

HEAT POLICY

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.

AGE LIMITS

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.

UNFIT GROUNDS

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.

1-Day Matches

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-Day Matches

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 changing.

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.

3.1.1. In 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 time)

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.

DECLARATIONS

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 games)

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 first side.

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 adhered to.

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.

GRAND FINALS

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 premier side.

FINALS ELIGIBILITY

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 also R1.8).

• 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 no-ball.

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 side batting

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.

JR10. FORFEITS

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 necessary.

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 BREAKS

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 Ratings.

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.