A new mandatory helmet policy has been implemented for the current cricket season and beyond. This has been formulated and driven by the ICC and Cricket Australia and is designed to increase the playing safety for our junior cricketers.
This mandatory helmet policy requires all players to wear a helmet which is compliant with British Standard BS7928:2103, at all times when batting, wicket keeping up to the stumps, and also fielding in close to the wickets.
These new British Standard helmets provide:
- Better construction, meaning a ball won’t squeeze between the peak and grille of the helmet.
- Better design and strength of materials, meaning the ball won’t pull the grille into your face.
- Greater coverage of the occipital area (behind the ear) to provide increased protection.
If your child has an old helmet you will need to check, and if required, update the old helmet to ensure it meets the new required standard.
Be aware that you may still find non-compliant helmets available from various retail outlets. When purchasing new helmets please confirm that they meet the new standards requirement. All helmet stock at our sponsor Meulemans do meet the new standards and can be purchased at a special 5% discount.
Cricket Australia has also released a series of comprehensive FAQ’s that further explain the new helmet policy. Please refer below: