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Date: 29th April 2016
Juniors Playing in ‘OPEN AGE’ Cricket
In response to a number of queries received recently to the Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) and Lancashire Schools Cricket Association (LSCA) from cricket clubs, coaches and parents we are issuing the position on Junior’s playing in ‘Open Age’ Cricket.
Players who are selected in a County U12 squad in the spring for a summer squad, or in another squad deemed by ECB Performance Managers to be of a standard above ‘District Level’ for that season are eligible to play Open Age Cricket. This 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. In allowing these players to play in open age cricket it is essential cricket clubs and coaches recognise the ‘duty of care’ obligations they have towards these young players.
District and Club players who are not in a county squad or area squad, 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 they are able to play in any open age group cricket. As before, written parental consent is required for these players.
In Lancashire the squads referred to above, enabling players to play in Open Age Cricket are the 2016 U12 Main County Squad and the U12 County Development Squads. The trials for these squads have been arranged for mid-May. When the squads/players have been selected, the players will receive notification from the relevent County Manager to confirm that they are eligible to play in ‘Open Age’ Cricket, subject to the conditions as set out by the ECB.
U12 players must not play ‘Open Age’ Cricket until the squads have been selected and all other U12 players in clubs affiliated to the LCB may not play open age cricket at all, unless meeting the above criteria.
Steve Titchard Paul Bryson
LCB Performance Manager LCB Clubs & Leagues Manager