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WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY JUNIOR CRICKET RULES 2017-18

These are the rules for each division of Junior Cricket up to and including Year 6.

The following principles apply to all levels of cricket and must be adhered to at all times.


Umpires should:

  • Be trained in the game’s rules and applying them fairly and consistently
  • Encourage fair play
  • Always be firm but friendly
  • Help players to understand the rules
  • Enforce disciplinary action appropriate to the level of misconduct.

Players should:

  • Understand the rules before starting the game
  • Play fair and within the game’s rules
  • Respect the umpires/referee’s call by not challenging their decision
  • Respect their opponents.

Coaches should:

  • Emphasise the guidelines of fair play to all players
  • Make sure all players know the rules
  • Accept all calls by the umpires and not try to influence them
  • Speak out against violence, poor behaviour and cheating
  • Respect the officials and their decisions.

Parents/supporters should:

  • Respect the umpires/ and their decisions
  • Encourage the players to play fair
  • Support their team positively.


                                                                         Good Sport is about Positive Attitude


WESTERN BAY OF PLENTY JUNIOR CRICKET RULES 2017-18
(updated 9-Feb-2018)

Primary Division One

GENERAL RULES

  • If not directly specified, the normal rules of cricket apply
  • Approximate age group: Blue – school yrs 5 (& yr 6 who are less skilled.) Gold – school yrs 5/6 more skilled.
  • Teams to be of 8 Players (9 may play by agreement of the coaches – the 9th man may bat and bowl but only 8 players may field at any time.) If a team has insufficient numbers to field 8, by mutual consent, batting team may lend players for fielding. Should a team have spare players please try to arrange for spare players to play in the other team if they are short.
  • Hours of play Gold 8.30 am – 12.00 noon. Blue 9.00am – 12noon. Games to comprise of Gold 24 x 6 ball overs each innings and Blue 20 x 6 ball overs.
  • The length of the pitch is to be 16 metres (both Gold and Blue). Duct tape is ideal to mark the 16 metre crease and stump position.
  • The fielding team (in Gold Division only) is limited to bowling their allotted overs by 9.55am and the batting team must commence their innings no later than 10.05am
  • A two piece 142gm Kookaburra Commander or, if agreed by Coaches a leather ball ie Platypus Gem, Esteem or Kookaburra Red King must be used and agreed before play starts, A new ball should last 3-4 games if looked after adequately.
  • THE EMPHASIS IS TO GIVE ALL PLAYERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BAT AND BOWL

BATTING

  • Batters must wear protective gear i.e. pads, gloves, box (compulsory) and helmet (strongly recommended).
  • In Gold Division batters to retire after facing 30 balls (or at the coach/captains discretion if taking too much time.)
  • Retired batters have the right to return to bat again after all wickets have fallen.
  • In Gold Division batters must face a minimum of 6 deliveries. If dismissed, he/she changes ends with a penalty of 2 runs added to the fielding teams batting score. If dismissed during those 6 balls the batter is deemed out at the completion of the 6th ball he/she faces.
  • In Blue Division batters bat in pairs for 5 overs. Each dismissal will add 2 runs to the fielding teams batting score. Each dismissal the batters change ends.

BOWLING

  • All bowling to be done from the same end.
  • Each bowler can bowl no more than 3 x 6 ball overs.
  • All overs to be six (6) balls i.e no extra balls for wides and no balls except for:
  • Last over of each innings must have 6 legitimate deliveries to a maximum of 8 deliveries.
  • NO BALLS: (1 Run is added to score)
  • The ball which bounces more than twice before reaching the batsman crease.
  • The ball bounces over batsmen shoulder in a normal standing position.
  • The ball is a full toss above the batsman waist.
  • Batsman may run on no balls and the extra runs are added to the score.
  • If ball lands off pitch and deflects significantly back onto the pitch it will be deemed a dead ball - the ball will have to re bowled.
  • WIDES: (1 Run to be added in Blue Division & 2 Runs are added to score in Gold Division)
  • The ball passes outside the lines at the batsmen’s crease (if no lines, then the umpire shall decide if the ball is not within reach of the batters normal stance)
  • If the batter manages to hit a wide delivery or if it hits the batsman NO wide is to be called.
  • Batters may run on wides and no balls and the extra runs are added to the score.
  • If ball lands off pitch and defects significantly back onto the pitch will be deemed a dead ball - the ball will have to re bowled
  • NO L.B.W’s

FIELDING

  • No player to field closer than 10 metres to the batsman facing except wicket keeper or slips.
  • Boundaries shall be a maximum of 35 metres from the centre of the pitch.
  • Wicketkeeper must be wearing correct protective gear IE; gloves, box & pads.

Primary Division Two

GENERAL RULES

  • Blue - School yr 3 (& yr 4 who are less skilled) Gold School yrs 4 – (& yr 5 who are less skilled.)
  • Teams are to be of 8 players
  • Teams must even up numbers if possible instead of bowling or batting players twice.
  • Hours of play 9.00am – 11.30am
  • Teams are supply own gear
  • Ball to be used is the Incrediball/Wonderball - Junior Size (both Coaches agree on ball before play starts)
  • Games to comprise of 16 overs each innings or 2 equal innings depending on numbers per team.
  • The length of the pitch to be agreed to between Coaches up to a minimal length of between 10-14 metres.
  • THE EMPHASIS IS ON GIVING CRICKETERS EQUAL TIME TO DEVELOP CRICKET SKILLS WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT GOING OUT.

BATTING

  • For Gold Division – It is compulsory for Batsmen to wear at least a front pad, & box.
  • Each team to bat 4 partnerships (2 batsmen) for 4 overs each
  • Each player can be out numerous times but stays batting for full 4 overs of the partnership – but on being out should go to non strikers end.

BOWLING

  • Each child to bowl a minimum of two overs each
  • All overs to be bowled from the same end
  • Maximum of 6 balls per over including wides and no balls.
  • Wides are called if the ball passes outside the lines of the batsman’s crease.
  • A ball which bounces more than twice before reaching the batsman’s crease is a no ball
  • A full toss above the batsman’s waist is a no ball
  • Wides and no balls count as one run.
  • If a wide ball is hit or hits the batsman NO wide is called.
  • All extras are credited to the batsmen
  • No L.B.W’s

FIELDING

  • No player to field closer than 10 metres to the batsman facing except wicket keeper or slips.

SCORING

  • All runs taken by partnership are recorded against the partnership
  • A penalty of 2 runs is awarded to the fielding team for each wicket taken.
  • The team with the highest team score is declared the winner.