Dear Cricket Community,
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us all, the value of community sport as a vital part of our local community is being highlighted. The ability for people to get back to planning for the upcoming cricket season, including a return to training, is now becoming more pressing for many within our cricket community and NSW councils.
To assist our communities in that planning, and to provide an update on where cricket is in our own planning, we would like to provide the following information.
Please note that these guidelines refer to training only. The NSW Government has not yet approved the resumption of community sport competitions.
NSW Government Public Health Order
We have seen over the past couple of weeks changes to the NSW Public Health Order resulting in the relaxation of restrictions for the general public, including public gatherings for up to 10 people.
No matter what guidelines or information any code, including cricket, releases, they must comply with the NSW Public Health Order.
For the most current information from the NSW Government, please go to www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.
NSW Office of Sport Advice
Following the recent changes to the NSW Public Health Order, the NSW Office of Sport released the following Sport and Recreation Sector Update on Friday 22 May 2020.
The current Public Health Orders do not prevent any sporting organisation from resuming training.
NSW sporting organisations can start training immediately as long as they comply with the current Public Health Orders, including training in maximum groups of 10 people and following the recommended physical distancing measures of 1.5 metres.
It is up to the sporting organisation to adapt or modify their sport, to be in line with the Public Health Orders.
At this stage the NSW Public Health Order does not permit the use of indoor facilities for community use to partake in indoor cricket, including for training.
For the most current COVID-19 information from the NSW Office of Sport, please go to www.sport.nsw.gov.au/novel-coronavirus-covid-19.
Sport Australia / AIS
To assist sporting organisations prepare for a return to training, competitions and programs in a responsible and low risk manner, Sport Australia released a Return to Sport Toolkit on Sunday 24 May 2020. To view the Return to Sport Toolkit and other resources go to www.sportaus.gov.au/return-to-sport.
Australian Cricket Guidelines
To ensure consistency for a return to cricket across Australia, State Cricket Associations along with Cricket Australia have partnered to provide a national cricket response and standardised guidelines for a return to training and playing. This work is being led by Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Orchard. He is joined by Cricket Australia's Chief of Sports Medicine Alex Kountouris, and a number of key staff from within Cricket Australia’s Community Cricket and High-Performance departments. Guidelines are being developed for Community Cricket and Elite Cricket.
For clarity, when speaking of Community Cricket, we are referring to all non-professional cricket competitions including Premier Cricket, Junior and Senior Association Cricket, Pathway Cricket, Non Elite Representative Cricket, non-affiliated Social Cricket, Entry Level Programs and Community Cricket Carnivals.
Elite Cricket refers to Professional Cricket and Cricketers.
Australian Cricket Community Cricket guidelines and supporting documentation (including Training – Checklist & Protocols, Playing – Checklist & Protocols, FAQ’s and Return to Cricket Blast Guidelines) are expected to be released within the next week. These will be housed online and shared to all our cricket communities once available for distribution.
For the latest information from Cricket NSW please go to www.cricketnsw.com.au.
Cricket NSW continues to liaise and work with other NSW State Sporting Organisations to develop amicable, fair and harmonious guidelines around season changeovers with the intention of sharing these guidelines with NSW Local Councils and local sporting administrators and volunteers.
We appreciate there are many wonderful and longstanding relationships between local cricket administrators and NSW Local Councils, and we encourage these to continue. These guidelines are simply there to provide a basis of local decision-making in an unprecedented time for all involved in community sport.
Once NSW SSO Season Changeover Guidelines are finalised, we will share them immediately with all our cricket communities and NSW Local Councils.
We thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty and disruption. Whilst we may not be able to provide all the answers being sought today, we do guarantee we will continue to work on ways to support you and your clubs into and during the upcoming summer.
If you need more information or wish to speak to Cricket NSW about areas of need and support, please reach out to your local Cricket NSW Contact. If you are unsure who your local Cricket NSW Contact is, please go to www.cricketnsw.com.au/community-cricket/who-is-your-local-cnsw-contact.
As we continue to move towards the 2020/21 Cricket Season, we will continue to keep you informed as information arises.
CEO Cricket NSW