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GMCL Rules Tabs - E13 - Grounds & Facilities

GMCL Rules 

E (a)This section of the rules covers details for your grounds and facilities
13.13 Ground & Facility Requirements and Standards
13 (a)This section of the rules covers the requirements for your ground and playing area

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GMCL Grounds & Facilities 
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Updated 9 March 2021


13.1. Ground Standards
13.1.1. Grounds - The venue standard All grounds must have changing facilities, tea-room facilities and a suitably cut and managed square
13.1.2. Grounds - GMCL requirement from clubs The Leagues has a Standard Requirement Document for Grounds and Facilities This document is distributed to clubs separately but is an Appendix to and forms part of these Rules. GMCL have set out the procedure for setting Ground Standards as Gold, Silver and Bronze This will form part of the Ground Accreditation Scheme of the League and sets the protocol for improvements at every venue The standard of venue will ultimately determine the club’s status in the league and the tier the club will be permitted to play at. The document covers all requirements so here we only cover the basics required.



Updated 9 March 2021

13.2. Playing Area basics
13.2.1. Watering of Grounds Under no circumstances shall the pitch be watered after 9:00 p.m. on the day but one before the day of the match. (i.e. 9pm Thursday for Saturday)
13.2.2. Boundary Perimeter Clubs should endeavour to remove overhanging trees and branches If this is not possible umpires must advise captains of the local rules Clubs must use a Boundary rope / boards where they have them
13.2.3. Sightscreens Boundaries can no longer be moved to accommodate the movement of a sightscreen during a game Where sightscreens would normally be wholly or partly within the field of play all clubs must now place a boundary line in front of the screen and supports that boundary line must extend wide enough to allow the movement of the sightscreen from side to side to accommodate all bowlers’ actions during the whole game to ensure that the sightscreen remains wholly outside the boundary for the whole of the game. Where a rope delineates the boundary, this rope must be in position before start of play to allow the sightscreen to be moved without alteration to the boundary throughout the game to accommodate bowlers over and around the wicket Therefore, any ball off the bat pitching behind the line and within the extremities of the sightscreen will count six runs.
13.2.4. Fielding Circle A fielding circle shall be marked for all senior games There should be an area made up of two semi-circles behind the stumps at each end, centred on each middle stump at 5 yard intervals by a plastic or rubber disc measuring around 7 inches in diameter. Each semi-circle must have a radius of 30 yards and should be joined by a parallel lines at each side of the pitch. Note for GMCL20 this should be a 25 yard circle.



Updated 9 March 2021

13.3. Facilities basics
13.3.1. Scoreboard The scoreboard must be able to display a minimum of total runs, wickets down overs remaining, current individual batsman’s score, last man’s score, total required to win, Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Revised Target and D/L/S Par score
13.3.2. Visitor Facilities Clubs should ensure that visitors changing rooms are clean and tidy prior to their arrival Clubs should ensure that Umpires changing rooms are clean and tidy prior to their arrival
13.3.3. First Aid Kit Every club must have a fully stocked First Aid Kit A notice showing the location of the kit must be displayed in the umpires’ room and the visitors changing room
13.3.4. Ground Information With many clubs visiting new venues for the first time we ask that clubs make information available in changing rooms to inform visitors of such things as the location of first aid kits, local rules, practice areas, neighbour issues etc.