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Age Limits & Eyesight Guidelines

Age Limits

1.1 To consider the request received and decide whether or not to amend the current conditions in relation to the minimum/maximum age limits of cricketers.

2.1 Following a discussion about the age limits of cricketers at a meeting, it is requested that leagues implement the new requirements.
Restrictions on age limits are set out in two sets of conditions, one for batsmen and one for fielders. (umpires exempt) Essentially, these require that players are aged between 12 and 45 years old. The relevant excerpts from the ECDCB conditions are attached at Appendix 2.
2.2 The current lower limits have been in place for some time and were originally set following guidance issued at the time by the ECB. These have worked well and provided clear criteria for both the clubs and leagues.
2.3 Local leagues may adopt a more relaxed approach if they believe it is appropriate. This could extend to removing the maximum age limit for cricketers provided that regular medical and eyesight checks are made. This requirement for an annual examination could just simply be extended to those cricketers over 45 years old if it is decided to remove the maximum age limit.

Problems with sight

In order to play cricket, a minimum eyesight standard must be met. (see below)
If you need glasses or contact lenses to meet the eyesight standard, you must always wear them when you bat. If you bat without wearing your lenses or glasses, you are committing a breach of the rules.

Eyesight requirements for cricket
Before the start of your innings the umpire will ask you to count how many stumps there are.
The distance requirement for the eyesight test using old style wooden stumps is 22 yards or 20 yards if the new-style coloured stumps are used. If you can't speak English or have difficulty reading, you may copy down what you see.

Failing the eyesight test
Should you fail the eyesight requirement; the umpire will ask you to sign a form BAAB.01 –which acknowledges you were unable to comply with the eyesight requirements. The umpire (using form BAAB.01 form) will notify the league that you did not meet the eyesight requirements and your innings will be marked in the scorebook/sheet as DNB.