Making the step up from junior to open age group cricket is an important event in any player’s cricket experience. The player’s safety, personal development needs and overall cricket experience must be considered, their welfare is paramount.
Players who are selected in Wales & Regional squads in spring for a summer squad for that season are eligible to play open age cricket. That is providing they are at least 11 years old, are in School Year 7 on 1st September in the year preceding the season and have written parental consent to play. This means children who are in Wales & Regional squads, are able to play open age group cricket if they are in an U12 age group and are a minimum of 11 years old on 1st September of the year preceding the season.
Club cricketers who are not in Welsh or Regional squads must wait until they reach the U13 age group, be in Year 8 and be 12 years old on 1st September of the preceding year before being able to play in any open age group cricket. As before written parental consent is required for these players.
To be clear, selection of a child of tender age to adult cricket is a potential risk and such a decision should not be taken lightly. Each case must be determined on an individual basis taking into account the players ability and stage of cognitive and emotional maturity to take part in Open Age cricket.
Children who are in Year 9 and 13 years of age on 1st of September of the preceding year are eligible to play without written parental consent and this form need not be completed.
Written consent forms must be completed in advance. These can be obtained from League Safeguarding Officers or the Cricket Wales staffing network.
The minimum age restrictions MUST be followed.