Cricket Australia COVID-19 guidelines for Community Cricket

Cricket Australia's guidelines to Clubs and Participants regarding COVID-19


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Like many of you, we’re disappointed to have to cut the playing season short. But we must do the right thing by our people and our communities and follow the advice of our Chief Medical officer. We do know that at some point in time, cricket will be able to resume again in Australia. Best we can do right now is to keep you informed.

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COVID-19 Update – 15th May 2020

Dear Australian Cricket Family,

Cricket Australia and State & Territory Associations continue to collectively plan how we best support our cricket community to return to Woolworths Cricket Blast, as well as training and competitive play. Most state and territory governments are now beginning to communicate when and how they will look to reintroduce community sport activity in their jurisdictions, typically starting with smaller groups training together before progressing to competitive play and programs as outlined within the Australian Government’s 3 Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport’s Framework for Rebooting Sport. Each jurisdiction is easing restrictions based on their circumstances and there will need to be a state by state approach.

CA, in conjunction with State & Territory Associations, is responsible for identifying the scenarios within our sport (matches, training and programs) that present more specific risks and advise on strategies for clubs and competition organisers to mitigate those risks. We continue to receive advice from our medical experts that will shape the resources we provide. There will be a range of checklists, protocols and other resources available by the start of June on the MyCricket Community website to support clubs, associations and their volunteers.

We also continue to work closely with other National and State Sporting Organisations to establish season guidelines that will assist the transition from winter to summer codes for our respective communities and volunteers.

Australian Cricket supports the Australian Government’s contact tracing app – COVIDSafe. The COVIDSafe app will play a critical role in helping slow the spread of coronavirus which will mean governments can move more quickly to ease restrictions while still keeping communities safe and we can return to playing as soon as possible.

Stay safe,

Belinda Clark
Executive General Manager, Community Cricket
Cricket Australia

COVID-19 Update - 1st May 2020

Dear Australian Cricket Family,

Like all sporting bodies, Cricket Australia and State & Territory Associations are collectively planning for a return to play as soon as possible and we are encouraged with the recent news from the Northern Territory Government announcing its plans to lift COVID-19 restrictions in the Territory. This roadmap includes a phased return to training and play over the next month and we will work closely with NT Cricket to develop appropriate, cricket-specific guidelines for clubs and associations. These will be housed on the NT Cricket website once developed.

While this latest news is encouraging, we are still yet to confirm what the plan for returning to play will look like for winter competitions across the rest of the country. The National Cabinet has now released of a set of 15 principles along with a framework from the Australian Institute of Sport for ‘rebooting sport in a VOCID-19 environment’. Over the coming weeks we will monitor how these are considered by each state and territory government and any subsequent changes to restrictions that are currently in place.

As and when restrictions are lifted, we will seek advice from medical experts including our own Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Orchard and relevant government agencies to support the community with relevant protocols and guidelines that allow community cricket to recommence as early and as safely as possible. We will ensure that those coordinating and participating in community cricket matches, training, programs and events are provided with clear and sensible advice to protect the safety of all participants, volunteers and communities.

We will provide a further update to the cricket community no later than 15 May, 2020.

For the traditional summer cricket season, we are also working closely with other National and State Sporting Organisations to establish season guidelines to assist the transition from winter to summer codes for our respective communities and volunteers.

In related news, Australian Cricket has thrown its support behind the Australian Government’s new contact tracing app - COVIDSafe which was released to the public over the weekend. The COVIDSafe app will play a critical role in helping slow the spread of coronavirus which will mean governments can move more quickly to ease restrictions while still keeping communities safe and we can return to playing as soon as possible.

Stay safe,

Belinda Clark
Executive General Manager, Community Cricket
Cricket Australia

COVID-19 Update - 20th April 2020

Play has been suspended. Woolworths Cricket Blast pack distribution is on hold.

Given the uncertainty of COVID-19 the distribution of participant packs have been put on hold.

If you have already registered, there's no need to worry - we have all the information for your child's pack. Once distribution commences we will let you know when your child’s pack has been sent.

If you have any queries during this time, please contact our Help Desk team at cricketblast@cricket.com.au

COVID-19 Update - 23rd March 2020

Cricket Australia and all of Australian cricket’s thoughts are with all of the communities around the nation who have been impacted by the global corona virus pandemic. These will continue to be uncertain times, but our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve.

Upon consultation with government and expert medical advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Orchard, we’re writing to you with an update on how Australian cricket is responding to and preparing all levels of the game plus the wider community during this global health crisis. Previously we communicated with all key cricket stakeholders of our recommendation that all cricket activity be cancelled from March 17, 2020.

The position of Australian Cricket has not changed with our expectation that all organised community cricket matches, training and events be cancelled. However, we are now able to give some greater confidence to those with matches and events scheduled to be played during autumn and winter months.

Australian Cricket is recommending that all organised community matches, training, programs and events remain suspended until at least the May 31, 2020. To ensure that we give activity the greatest chance to recommence on this date, we will commit to reviewing and communicating our position no later than May 1, 2020. We feel it is important that Australian Cricket continues to take a leadership position on this issue to reduce risk and slow the spread of the virus. At the same time, we understand that our community wants to be playing cricket and can understand that some may be disappointed with this decision, but in line with the broader community effort to ‘flatten the curve’, it is the right thing to do.

From now until May 1, we will be working hard to develop a range of resources and measures for those coordinating and participating in community cricket matches, training, programs and events. This will allow cricket in Australia to recommence as early and as safely as possible.

Regards,

Belinda Clark
Executive General Manager Community Cricket
Cricket Australia

Thanks for your commitment to cricket in your community this season.

In the best interests of all cricket participants and the wider community, Australian cricket has made the decision to do our part to protect players, staff, volunteers and match officials at all levels of the game plus the wider community during the global coronavirus pandemic.

We know many people in cricket communities around Australia will be disappointed with our strong recommendation to cancel all cricket playing and training activity for the remainder of the 2019/20 season in response to this unprecedented global health issue, but in our view it’s the right thing to do.

We realise that many of you are just about the reach the pinnacle of the season and are riding a wave of interest off the back of the Australian women’s World T20 win, but the decision has been made in our communities’ best interests in consultation with government and expert medical advice from Cricket Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, John Orchard.

Our number one priority is to the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families. All of our thoughts are with you and your families as you navigate these uncertain times.

Tuesday 17 March 2020: Cricket Australia cancels all organised cricket nationally in response to COVID-19

Cricket Australia has today announced the recommended that all cricket played within the community is ceased for the remainder of the 2019/20 season in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Premier & Community Cricket

CA has strongly recommended that all amateur cricket played within the community should cease including community cricket and premier cricket. While many competitions are coming to an end, we are mindful that some competitions are only just commencing however the recommendation applies to all competitions and training.

This decision is consistent with the measures taken to safeguard professional cricket at the elite level and is supported by State and Territory Associations. Based on expert advice from CA’s Chief Medical Officer John Orchard and recent government information we want to ensure that cricket is doing everything it can to contribute to the global effort to slow, and eventually stop, the spread of coronavirus.

While cricket is a relatively safe and non-contact sport there are considerable measures that need to be in place to adhere to expert advice around reducing the risk of spreading the virus. We focused specifically on minimising the risk and impact on the cricket communities that we lead and serve, as well as their families.

Cricket Australia is continuing to work with State and Territory Associations to ensure we collectively provide ongoing support to local associations and the broader cricket community during this challenging and disruptive time.