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    Are helmets compulsory?

    When I play in my backyard with my brothers or when I play in P.E lessons with my mates I'm a pretty decent batter. But when I play with a helmet I'm awful my question is are helmets compulsory?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cover drive man View Post
    When I play in my backyard with my brothers or when I play in P.E lessons with my mates I'm a pretty decent batter. But when I play with a helmet I'm awful my question is are helmets compulsory?
    Depends where you play. I know my local cricket association has made helmets compulsary in junior cricket. This may vary from place to place. They are most certainly not compulsary in International and State cricket though.

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    You should always cover you head when your goin in.

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    Helmets aren't compulsory. However, it is advisable to wear them when fielding close in or batting against the faster bowlers to avoid serious injury.


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    You need to get used to them, because you'll need them if you hope to play a high standard of cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cover drive man View Post
    When I play in my backyard with my brothers or when I play in P.E lessons with my mates I'm a pretty decent batter. But when I play with a helmet I'm awful my question is are helmets compulsory?
    Could it not just be you're facing better bowlers when you're wearing a helmet?

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    I think there is some ECB regulation that under 16s (maybe 18s) have to wear helmets when playing with a hard ball. I'm sure Pickup will know.
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    They're compulsory in junior cricket here in Canberra and I suspect its the same around Australia.
    And unless you're Viv Richards you should probably get used to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    I think there is some ECB regulation that under 16s (maybe 18s) have to wear helmets when playing with a hard ball. I'm sure Pickup will know.
    U19s i think.

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    When the law about having to wear helmets came in to the UK for players under a certain age there was the inclusion of a provision that allowed players to bat without one if a parent signed a set form. Not sure if it still the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    You need to get used to them, because you'll need them if you hope to play a high standard of cricket.
    Yep. That's exactly right. A guy I'm playing with at the moment got hit in the face with a bouncer playing B1 subdistricts here in Brisbane. Shattered his nose and bone went into artery. Lengthy stay in hospital and three bags of blood later he now wears a helmet.

    As for the idea of them being compulsory I've never heard of it being enforced. I'm coaching a team at the moment and while the paperwork says it's strongly recommended I certainly don't tell the kids they need to wear one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    When the law about having to wear helmets came in to the UK for players under a certain age there was the inclusion of a provision that allowed players to bat without one if a parent signed a set form. Not sure if it still the same.
    No its compulsary now, changed last year

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    In England, all players under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when batting or wicket keeping standing up to the stumps during a senior cricket match.

    The only exceptions to this rule may occur in junior age group cricket, and even then written parental consent must be provided. Many leagues and clubs will not even accept this and require all juniors to wear lids.
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    I find that, in suburban cricket that most of us play, the pitches are so slow that you're actually very little chance of being hit in the head. That's why I haven't ever really worn a helmet, even though I'm an opener.

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    Yeah, but that doesn't rule out an edge into your jaw, does it?
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