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ECB and PCA Guidance on Head Protectors/Helmets

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The ECB and PCA strongly encourage all cricket clubs and cricketers to review their existing head protector equipment. In this Guidance Note, references to ďhead protectorsĒ means helmets with a faceguard or grille.

The design and manufacture of cricket head protectors is now governed by British Standard BS7928:2013 , which has been adopted by the ICC as the international standard. The standard ECB/PCA playing contract for professional cricketers also specifies that any helmet provided to a player by his employer club must meet this safety standard.

Note that BS7928:2013 specifies different tests for helmets to be used in senior and junior cricket, reflecting the smaller ball size used in the latter.

The helmets listed below at Section 6 are those for which evidence has been provided to the ECB by the relevant manufacturer that the standard has been met and the appropriate authority to display a ďCE quality markĒ granted.
That list distinguishes between helmets which are approved for use in senior and junior cricket, and also includes some helmets which have been approved for use at both levels.

1. Key Features of the New Safety Specification
The key features of the new specification, BS7928:2013 , are:
· it now includes a facial contact projectile test that assesses for penetration of the ball through the faceguard, and contact of the faceguard onto the face, using realistic ball impact speeds and conditions.
· head protectors have been tested separately against menís and junior sized cricket balls (a five-and-a-half ounce ball and a four-and-three-quarter ounce ball, respectively).

2. Womenís cricket
There was neither a pre-existing specific womenís head protector nor is there any BSi specification for womenís cricket head protectors.
However, as the size of the standard womenís cricket ball is between the standard menís and juniorís balls, it is recommended that women use head protectors which have been tested against both the menís and junior sized ball or at least against the junior size ball (because the smaller ball could potentially get through the gap above the faceguard on a menís head protector).

3. Junior cricket
Since 2000, the ECB has published safety guidance regarding the wearing of head protectors by all cricketers under the age of 18. The ECBís current guidance is that all cricketers under the age of 18 must wear a head protector whilst batting in matches or practice sessions. The ECB also now strongly recommends that junior players use head protectors which have been tested against the junior sized ball.

Wicketkeepers under the age of 18 should wear a head protector with a faceguard, or a wicketkeeper face protector, at all times when standing up to the stumps.

Any individual taking responsibility for any player(s) under the age of 18 should take reasonable steps to ensure this guidance is followed at all times. No parental consent to the non-wearing of a head protector should be accepted.

4. Risk of injury
Whilst the ECB and PCA consider that head protectors are an essential part of a cricketerís kit to mitigate the risk of death, injury or disability, it must be remembered that wearing a head protector cannot entirely eliminate that risk. The new specification makes head protectors safer than before, but cannot eliminate the risk of injury.

5. Things to look out for in purchasing a new head protector
The ECB and PCA has issued this guidance in order to heighten understanding, so that informed decisions as to which head protectors to purchase and use can be made by all cricketers.
Head protectors that have been tested against and comply with the new specification will be clearly labelled ď BS7928:2013Ē and will contain clear labelling setting out whether the head protector has been tested against
(i) a menís standard ball size of 5 ½ ounces,
(ii) a junior standard ball size of 4 ¾ ounces, or
(iii) both menís and junior size balls.
The list of known head protectors that have met BS7928:13 as of 20 May 2015

Tested against a menís ball:
Gray Nicholls - Atomic Helmet
Gunn & Moore - Icon Geo Senior Large, Icon Geo Senior, Icon Geo Senior Small
Kookaburra - Pro 400 Senior, Viper Senior, Pro 800 Senior
Masuri - Vison Series Elite Titanium, Vision Series Elite Steel, Vision Series Test Titanium, Vision Series Test Steel, Vision Series Club Senior
Reader - Sovereign Senior
Shrey - Master Class Air
Slazenger - International

Tested against both menís and junior balls:
Gray Nicholls - Atomic Helmet
Gunn & Moore - Icon Geo Senior

Tested against junior balls:
Gray Nicholls - Atomic Helmet
Gunn & Moore - Icon Geo Senior, Icon Geo Junior
Kookaburra - Pro 400 Junior, Pro 400 Mini, Pro 800 Junior, Viper Junior
Masuri - Vision Series Club Junior
Readers - Sovereign Junior, Sovereign Mini
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