Helmets and Head Protectors
This is from the ICC – The International Cricket Council – The World’s Governing Body :
“Effective 1 January 2017, the ICC incorporated into the ICC Clothing and Equipment Regulations a regulation that stipulates if any player when batting elects to wear a helmet, in international cricket, that it must be compliant with the new British Standard (BSi) – BS7928:2013. Effective 1 January 2017, the ICC incorporated into the ICC Clothing and Equipment Regulations a regulation that stipulates if any player when batting elects to wear a helmet, in international cricket, that it must be compliant with the new British Standard (BSi) – BS7928:2013. “
Of note is the ICC have said – The helmet – “that it must be compliant with the new British Standard (BSi) – BS7928:2013” across the World if the player wears a helmet.
- Yes I noticed the ICC don’t mention Junior’s – unlikely to as it is all Open Age Adult Cricket, however their safety is also equally paramount
I would add that All Under 18s should of course wear a Helmet they have no choice – rightly so.
I would also go further and recommend that Adults (over 18) also wear a helmet.
The wearing of a Helmet sadly does not make you immune, injuries can still be suffered. Therefore without a helmet the severity of injuries would be greatly increased and therefore the risk is too high to not wear a helmet.
Short Answer – WEAR A HELMET !!
BS7926:2013 : Key features of the new specification
- It now includes a facial contact projectile test that assesses for penetration of the ball through the faceguard, and contact of the faceguard onto the face, using realistic ball impact speeds and conditions.
- Head protectors have been tested separately against men’s and junior sized cricket balls (a five-and-a-half ounce ball and a four-and-three-quarter ounce ball, respectively).
The Following is a list of British Standard – BS7928:2013 – Compliant Helmets as of 28 January 2019
Source : International Cricket Council.
Please check for updates on their website – link further down this page
Things to look out for in purchasing a new head protector
The ECB and PCA (see link below under More Information) has issued guidance in order to heighten understanding, so that informed decisions as to which head protectors to purchase and use can be made by all cricketers.
Head protectors that have been tested against and comply with the new specification will be clearly labelled “BS7928:2013” and will contain clear labelling setting out whether the head protector has been tested against :
- a men’s standard ball size of 5 ½ ounces,
- a junior standard ball size of 4 ¾ ounces, or
- both men’s and junior size balls.
What should Parent’s do if offered a helmet that someone has already used
I understand that you may have or have been given a helmet that another youngster has out grown – and of course will be cheaper or even free.
If it is on the above list that is a start, but you don’t know it’s history so check it over thoroughly, making sure all those screws are present – as they will be key to you adjusting the grill so a Junior Ball Cannot Get through. (An Adult ball is larger so should also not get through. Both balls might get through at speed so adjust the grill so they cannot.
I have to be honest here – and would suggest a new helmet.
I appreciate they are not cheap. Your Cricket Club should have a few that would be on the above list for your youngster to use, as no Cricket Club would wish any one at any age not to be able to take part just because they do not have a helmet.
The Helmet that comply with the new specification will be clearly labelled “BS7928:2013” – this would be difficult with a used helmet as it will be missing or got rubbed so illegible.
When should helmets be worn?
Probably as soon as the Pad’s go on and using a hard ball in practice, training or a match. Any one Under 18 has to wear one – common sense though yes!! This could be U9 as the CLub are in a Junior League that plays U9 matches with a hard ball.
In Short any Hard Ball Practice or match
Further Information :
England & Wales Cricket Board – https://www.ecb.co.uk/concussion-in-cricket/helmets
International Cricket Council – https://www.icc-cricket.com/about/cricket/rules-and-regulations/helmets
this page was last reviewed and updated 7 February 2019