This BCV Hygiene Regulation is meant to complement the DCB SPO with regards to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is every Club's responsibility to adhere to and comply with all Covid-19 Hygiene Rules and Regulations which have been defined by the DCB and the Regional Cricket body. These T20 leagues/ Friendlies are played on a voluntary basis,therefore the DCB and BCV do not take responsibility for any misconduct by any Club participating in this league/ Friendlies. The Clubs participating in this league/ Friendlies are solely liable for adhering to all Covid-19 Regulations.
The T20 league/ Friendlies will be played with teams of 9 players and 2 umpires; a maximum of 20 people present per ground. A very high level of attention will be placed on social distancing and hygiene (personal and that of equipment used). This document elaborates on the DCB SPO with regard to distancing and hygiene rules. Additionally, where necessary it defines additional rules and guidelines where deemed necessary.
1.1 General Guidelines
These are general sets of guidelines that need to be followed by any team playing in the T20 league or in friendly games. Governing the above guidelines is the responsibility of the respective captains.
However, in case the umpire(s) take notice of any negligence of the above guidelines, they can issue warnings or terminate the game completely.
1. Travel to and from away games: Teams are recommended to travel to away games via a regulated Public Transport authority (trains and/or busses) . .
2. Arrival in Game Kit: As the use of changing facilities is prohibited, players should arnve already dressed in their game wear.
3. Use of Changing Facilities: Use of showering/ chasing facilities are prohibited. Only the use of WCs are allowed.
4. Ground Preparation: The host team is to set up a home-side and a visiting-side dugouts at a minimum of 1 O meters distance from each other. Players of one team are not allowed to unnecessarily interact with players of the other team.
5. Disinfection/Washing of Hands: Both teams have to provide their own disinfectant liquid to disinfect their cricket equipment and hand disinfectant gel/liquid if required. As a minimum requirement, the hosting team has to provide running water and soap to wash hands made
available to both teams.
6. Scoring of Games: Scorers (Batting side) are to sit a minimum of Sm away from both dugouts. Scores should be visible via scoreboard from a distance. No individual visiting of the scorers are allowed. Umpires (if in agreement) , can keep score while umpiring the game simultaneously with the acting scorers (Batting side) to maintain fairness throughout the match.
7. In good health disclaimer: All team members to personally sign a "in good health disclaimer" on the day of the match. Contact name, address and contact number of each player will be required. It will be the responsibility of the Umpires to keep a record of the forms and will have to be submitted with the scoresheets to the BCV.
8. Warming-up before the game: During warmups, balls are not to be shared among players, each player has to warm up with their own allocated ball and only they are to handle this ball.
9. Handling the ball during play: No rubbing , spitting or the use of sweat on the ball is allowed. The umpire has to disinfect the ball with a disinfections cloth between every completed over.
10. Fielding Team Distancing: Throughout the duration of the game all players should keep Sm distance from each other and the umpires at all times. Wicketkeepers are also required to stay 2m away from the stumps and the wicketkeeper is not allowed to be substituted. No slips/silly points are allowed throughout the duration of the game. Any form of physical interaction for example: team huddle and high S's at the fall of a wicket is prohibited.
11. Batting Team Distancing: General distancing of Sm should be kept by the Batsmen at all times. Batsmen should try to avoid any physical contact with a fielder in a run-out situation. Non-facing batsmen should keep Sm away from the bowler and umpire.
12. Game End: At the end of the game teams can stand in 2 lines across from each other (1 ,5m apart) and share verbal congratulations without any physical contact. All players have to promptly leave the Grounds after the game to avoid any form of social gatherings.
13. Keeping Hydrated: Each player has to bring/or be allocated a water bottle(s) clearly marked with his name on it. Sharing water bottles is strictly prohibited . The same regulation also counts for any food items.
14. Breaking Hygiene Regulations: Any player/ team will be excluded from the Club grounds and game when not adhering to these Regulations.
15. Measuring body temperature: Clubs are recommended to take the body temperature of the players as soon as they gather at the cricket ground or gather for traveling to an away cricket game. In case abnormal temperatures are observed for certain players, they shall not be allowed to take part in the game.
1.2 Cricket Equipment Guideline
Cricket ball and cricket equipment can be a major source of spreading the virus during games.
These guidelines are to be followed to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
1. Sharing of Equipment: It is recommended that sport/ cricket gear are not to be shared among players. All players preferably should have their own cricket equipment: pads, helmet, gloves and bat.
2. Disinfecting Equipment before use (shared): However cricket is still a developing sport in Germany, and as every player does not have a complete kit, it is common practice to share cricket gear within a team. Any cricket gear to be reused during the game must be disinfected before use.
a. Inners or Glove (Full finger length) - Each player must own a set of inners/ thin gloves which he wears on hands before putting on other shared sports gear so that even after disinfection direct contact to the gear can be avoided.
b. Abdomen Guards: Each player must own an abdomen guard, in no case abdomen guards can be shared among players.
c. Use of Helmets: Helmets may be shared, however, after disinfecting the helmet the new wearer will have to wear an additional cap underneath the helmet.
3. Sharing Equipment between teams: Strictly prohibited at all times
4. Disinfecting Ball during the match: Umpires to disinfect the ball with a disinfection cloth after the completion of each over, before the ball is handed over to the next bowler.
As per the DCB rules, all the player names have to be filled in the official result sheet. This should reach the Ligaleiter either through email firstname.lastname@example.org) or through whatsapp (+49-176-20903515). Deadline is every Tuesday after the game, 2200 hrs.
This is very important not only for the result but also to find out which players have played the game.
So that in case of an unfortunate incident of a positive Corona case, all the contacts could be easily traced. In the event of a positive Corona case in a team, the captain of the team has to immediately inform the case to BCV (email@example.com). All the players who played and the umpire will not be allowed to play in the league games for a minimum of 15 days from the day a positive incident was reported. A club is however allowed to field a completely new team where the members of this team are not part of any other team in the competition.
If the club cannot participate in the next game, then the game would be declared as No result and both teams would get 4 points each.
In case of an infection found in a knockout game unfortunately both teams will not be able to participate in further rounds.
Scenario 1: Team A and Team Bare playing in the Quarterfinal no 1. Team C and Dare playing in Quarterfinal no 2.
Team A wins the Quarter final no 1 and Team C wins the Quarter Final no 2. Team A and C were supposed to play in the Semi Final.
However there is a positive case in Team B detected. This means Team A will not be able to play the semi final and Team C would be declared the winner for Semi final. The same rule would be applied for the semi finals.
Scenario 2: Team F and Care playing the final. Team C won the Final game. After the final it was discovered that Team F have a positive case. Both teams will not be allowed to play in the DCB game unless the DCB Quarterfinal is taking place 15 days after the positive case. Only other possibility could be that Team C names 9 players who did not participate in the last game.
The following guidelines should be followed by everyone and the umpires should make sure that everyone abides by them . The on-field umpires are the only decision makers and their decisions stand final.
1. Each team should bring the Spielberichtsbogen pre-filled with the names of participating players written on it or preferably printed.
2. While checking the player pass should not make contact with the player pass.
3. Each player should sign the declaration form in front of the umpire. Once, it is signed the player must use the sanitizer and disinfect his hand. See section 1.7.
4. Even at the toss, the captains and the umpires should clearly follow the distancing rules of at least 2m.
During the game:
1. Apart from making sure that the distancing rules and other hygiene measures are followed , the umpires have to make sure that:
a. No one is involved in shaking hands, clapping, hugging or any form of celebration that violates the distancing rules. Any form of celebration which is contactless and a distance of minimum 5m is maintained between each and every player is allowed.
b. At no point in the game, saliva should be applied to the ball.
2. If any team or its player is found to be violating any of the above rules will be punished in the following manner.
a. In case of a first offence, both the umpires should discuss and give a strict warning to the team and the captain of both sides should be informed along with the scorer.
b. On every subsequent violation, the umpires should penalize the concerned team with
5 runs being awarded as penalty to the opposite team .
c. If a team or its player violates any rule for the 6th time in a match, the game should be stopped and the opposition will be declared as the winner of that particular game.
d. The umpire will have to maintain a record of all these offences along with the players' name, time as well as the over and runs scored. This report should be emailed to the umpiring
coordinator Mr. Manav Gidra (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. Disinfecting the ball : To ensure safety for everyone, it is the moral responsibility of all umpires to disinfect the ball after every over. Once, the ball is disinfected and given to the bowler, the umpire must disinfect his hand also so that his safety is also ensured .
4. In case the cricket ball is to be replaced during the game, the umpire will mark the ball using a marker with the following information:
a. Name of the club
b. Number of overs bowled with the ball
After marking the ball, a picture of the ball needs to be taken and sent to "email@example.com". Umpire will collect all replaced balls during the game. Later, the Umpiring coordinator will collect these balls from the umpires. The procedure is important to make the DCB aware of the ball quality issues and to get the broken cricket balls replaced with new. Once received new balls will be handed over to the clubs.
Note: Players may violate a rule claiming it was unintentional but at no point this will be considered as an excuse because it is very important to adopt this as a practice until the situation becomes better. It is the duty of the umpires that all measures are followed and the violators are punished and reported.