Rules for the under 11 Leagues
- Games will normally be on Wednesday evening 6 pm start
- Pitch 17 yards and a junior size Senior GMCL stamped ball to be used
- Boundaries maximum 35 yards
- Youth hard ball 4.75oz
- Managers or coaches whether umpiring or not can only “coach” when the ball is dead.
- Mid match coaching should be brief and not hold the game up particularly when failing light is an issue.
- At under 11 coaching is allowed at any time in the match.
Rules for the Under 11 Cup
- All boys taking part in this competition must be U11 on 1st September prior to the start of the season of the competition. Girls may play being one year older.
- The MCC Laws of Cricket (2000 Code 5th Edition-2013) shall apply with the following exceptions:
- The pitch shall be 20 yards in length (ECB recommendation)
- The ball shall weigh 4.75 ounces.
- Each team shall comprise eight players.
- Each game shall consist of one innings per side. Each innings shall be of 16 overs duration.
- The batting side shall be divided into pairs. Each pair shall bat for one quarter of the total number of overs. Pairs shall change at four over intervals
- Batsmen shall have unlimited ‘lives’ but each ‘life’ shall result in 6 runs being deducted from the total. No batsman who is out for any reason shall face the next ball. Batsmen shall change ends at the fall of a wicket, except on the last ball of an over.
- Each boy/girl on the fielding side MUST bowl, with the exception of the wicket-keeper. No boy/girl shall bowl more than 3 overs
- Each team shall commence its innings with a score of two hundred runs.
- The winning side shall be the team scoring the highest number of runs after deductions for the fall of wickets.
- In the event of scores being equal, the team losing the least wickets wins and if this is the same a “Throw out” is done whereby the eight players from each side shall throw at the stumps from the bowler’s end and the team scoring the most hits shall be the winner.
- In ALL matches, no fielder, except the wicket keeper, shall be allowed to field nearer than 11 yards, measured from the Centre of middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off-side.
- Helmets SHALL be worn by all players when batting, by wicket keepers when standing up to the stumps. Boys shall also wear an abdominal protector.
- In the event of the umpires being satisfied that a player is incapacitated, his/her place may be taken by a reserve who shall bat/bowl in his/her place. If no reserve is available, any bowler due to bowled by the injured player shall be bowled by another player without exceeding his/her quota. The captain of the fielding side shall choose one of the players in the first three pairs to bat a second time in the fourth pair.
- An incomplete game shall be completely replayed if less than 10 overs of the second innings has been played
ECB Junior Cricket Directive
- The GMCL is committed to implementing the ECB directive on playing conditions for U9, U11 & U13 competitions for our competitions.
- However, concerns have been raised regarding the safety of players if the directive is fully implemented.
- Some age-group bowlers are prematurely developed or playing at Elite Performance level, for these, bowling from the reduced distance may increase the chance of injury or fear of injury to the batter.
- With this in mind ALL junior cricketers playing at representative level (District, League, and County) will be mandated to bowl from the traditional bowling mark for each age group.
- For example a District level cricketer playing at U13 will bowl from a mark of 21 yards not the newly directed mark of 19 yards.
- Furthermore if either coach believes that the safety of players in endangered by a bowler not playing representative cricket they may request that he/she also bowl from the extended mark.