Community Cricket Concussion & Head Trauma Guidelines

Cricket Australia has released the Community Cricket Concussion & Head Trauma Guidelines to assist Community Clubs to understand and best manage any concussion or head trauma-related incidents on the cricket field.

This document has been crafted by Cricket Australia’s Medical Team (in consultation with industry specialists) to help everyone in Community Cricket to take a conservative approach to managing concussion-related incidents where immediate medical support may not be available. 

Community Cricket Concussion + Head Trauma Guidelines Dec 2019-20 pdf


Heat Recommendations

Climatic conditions vary throughout Australia and individuals’ tolerances of heat and humidity varies significantly.


Cricket Australia recommends that clubs, associations and schools apply commonsense guidelines to climatic conditions that exist within their respective regions and consult with the Sport Medicine Australia or health promotion organisation within their State or Territory to assist in the development of local policies.

Cricket Australia recommends the use of the Australian Cricket Community Cricket Playing in the Heat Guidelines that can that can be found here, as it provides Cricket organisers and participants a scientific approach in managing extreme heat conditions. The guidelines utilise a Heat Stress Risk Index (HSRI) tool that is also available through the MyCricket website and factors in the air temperature, humidity, sun radiation and wind

Further information can be found at Sports Medicine Australia: and inside the Well-Played guide for 2019/20.


Players’ health is the absolute priority in times of extreme heat. Extra drinks breaks and longer drinks breaks during the hottest times of the day should be considered. Both teams or club/school should ensure that there are adequate amounts of cold drinks available for participants.


Cricket Australia recommends that for children and adolescents, activities should be postponed or cancelled if the temperature reaches the temperature as designated by the local or State Association. Action should be taken promptly by umpires and officials to cease play under any conditions that may be dangerous to the players and officials.


Helmet Recommendations


Helmets must be a specifically-designed, properly-fitted cricket helmet with a face guard. Current ‘best of breed’ helmets are those that are compliant with the British Standard for helmet safety (BS7928:2013 Specification for head protectors for cricketers).This Standard has been described by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the de facto international standard for helmets and now supersedes the existing Australian/New Zealand Standard for cricket helmets, which dates from 1997.


Consistent with Cricket Australia’s commitment to player safety and an ICC directive in 2015, it is mandatory for Cricket Australia, State Contracted cricketers and players in CA Pathway  competitions in Australia to wear helmets that are compliant with British Standard 7928:2013 when batting, wicket-keeping up to the stumps and fielding in close to the batter.


In line with this approach, Cricket Australia strongly recommends that all junior and senior Community players wear British Standard 7928:2013 compliant helmets from the 2019/20 season. To achieve this, and acknowledging that responsibility for playing conditions rests with each local competition operator, Cricket Australia strongly recommends that Community Associations take all practical steps to adopt the ICC directive and mandate that all junior and senior players wear British Standard 7928:2013 compliant helmets from 2019/20 season when batting, wicket-keeping up to the stumps and fielding in close to the batter*.


Visit the our helmet recommendations for the current compliant helmet list.