VPCCL protocols to be read and understood by all participants
Sat 17 Apr 2021 
Club news item

Dear All, 

Welcome to the 2021 season.

I write further to my comments in the captains' meeting last night. 

Attached are ECB guidance and VPCCL Covid Protocols. Please re-read and digest them. I am happy to assist if you have any questions. The content of these documents needs to be passed on to every individual that represents your team.
Last season, most of the teams involved in this season confirmed that they had read and understood these attachments. A similar request has gone out to new members this season and will need to be actioned before play can be commenced by an individual team.

Please be advised that:

  1. The Protocols are in place to protect the health and safety of players, spectators and the public. The health implications of the pandemic are clear and are VPCCL's main concern at this time.
  2. The Protocols are a pre-condition to play. Each player consents to complying with the Rules and Protocols by engaging in the competition. If the Protocols are not complied with, the Committee will, in order to meet (1) above, need to remove players and/or teams from competition.
  3. Covid-19 officers accept a responsibility for ensuring that their teams are complying by the Protocols. If you are having difficulty with this, please advise either myself or another member of the Committee.
  4. These Protocols, and guidance from the ECB, are designed to facilitate continued play. 
All participants are expected to engage proactively with the Protocols. 
I thank you in advance for your co-operation and wish you a safe and successful season.
Phillip Law
Rules & Regulation Officer

On behalf of the Committee of VPCCL


ECB summary of adaptations for the return for cricket (step 4)

9 July 2020

Please read the full guidance for comprehensive details.

• Individuals should undergo a personal symptom check prior to all activity and not take part if they demonstrate any COVID-19 symptoms.
• All groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches and officials.
• Club representatives should ensure that the facility is compliant with current Government legislation, including legislation and guidance related to COVID-19.
• All activity should include regular hygiene breaks for participants' hands and the ball, e.g. every six overs or 20 minutes.
• Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match/session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace.
• Players should remain socially distanced at all times (In England only: wicketkeepers and slip fielders at 1m+).
• Players should minimise handling of the ball in all activity, by limiting contact as it makes its way back to the bowler and using small groups in training; no sweat or saliva should be added to the ball at any time.
• Limit the sharing of equipment where possible. Where not possible, practice strict hand hygiene.
• Batters to run in distinct running lanes to ensure they’re not within 2m of the bowler or their batting partner.



For additional reference, download the ECB infographics here and here.

Guidance for officials can be found here and here.