Helmet Safety Policy

The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) has implemented new changes to the requirements and expectations in relation to Helmet Standards.

SACA recommends that players involved in the West End Premier Cricket Competition, Women’s Premier Cricket Competition and all SACA affiliated community cricket associations, use a BS7928:2013 compliant helmet for head protection for cricketers.  SACA also asks that any individual taking responsibility for players take note of Cricket Australia requirements as outlined in Well Played (copy of pages 60 and 61 are attached for your convenience), which states:-

-        Helmets are mandatory for junior club cricketers (18 years and younger), including when they are playing senior cricket. They must be worn when batting and/or in certain circumstances when wicket keeping (such as standing up to the stumps). Individuals taking responsibility for players are encouraged to mandate the wearing of helmets (even if ‘standing back’ to medium/fast bowlers) if there are concerns about the skill level of the wicket-keeper, bowlers or fielders. Helmets are not mandatory for junior cricketers while fielding, as junior cricketers are not permitted to field in close proximity to the batter, i.e. within 10 or 15 metres of the batter depending on the junior format being played – refer to the Game Formats section on pages 22 – 31 of Well Played; https://community.cricket.com.au/clubs/well-played

-        Cricket Australia strongly recommends all senior cricketers wear a helmet when batting, wicket keeping up to the stumps or fielding in close (or in a ‘zero reaction time position’), in elite cricket a ‘zero reaction time position’ is considered any position within 7 metres of the batter except behind square on the off-side – therefore, if fielding at silly mid-off or short-leg you would need to wear a helmet, whereas you would not if fielding in gully or (regulation) slip to a spinner. (Note that junior cricketers playing senior cricket are not permitted to field in close).

-        Umpires should also consider what protective gear is necessary for them.  Advancement in bat technology means that the larger bats available today are capable of producing stronger and faster shots which may be directed towards the main umpire (or square leg umpire). Accordingly, umpires may elect to wear a BS7928:2013 compliant helmet and other protective equipment.  This approach is encouraged by Cricket Australia.

-        Players should be aware that under the new British Standard, helmets can be tested against women’s and men’s and/or junior balls. Accordingly, players must wear helmets that have been tested against the type of ball they will be utilising in match and training conditions.  Suitable helmets for women’s cricket therefore, are those that have been tested against both a men’s and junior ball and a list of such helmets is maintained and regularly updated at http://www.ecb.co.uk/information/ecb-and-pca-guidance-head-protectorshelmets

-        At the commencement of the 2019-2020 cricket season, all players in the West End Premier Cricket Competition, Women’s Premier Cricket Competition and in all SACA affiliated community cricket associations (whether junior or senior) will be required to wear BS7928:2013 compliant helmets at all times when batting, wicket keeping up to the stumps and fielding in close. More guidance will be provided regarding this in due course.


* Cricket Australia or State/Territory contracted players, members of Cricket Australia or State/ Territory squads, BBL/WBBL contracted players, members of underage state teams (male and female), and any player invited to train with any of those teams or squads.