Mid Canterbury Cricket

Mid Canterbury Cricket, with the support of our club and school network, are pro-active in providing a safe environment for players, officials, and the community to enjoy their cricket first and foremost.

As such in alignment with best practice and or MANDATORY requirements by the NZ Government alongside NZ Cricket and Sport NZ we have put the following protocols in place for all our cricket community at Covid Alert Level "Red" Traffic Light.

level 2 protocols

 ** UPDATED – Wednesday 9 February 2022

Mid Canterbury is currently in COVID-19 Response Level ‘Red’ Traffic Light. Please continue to follow all guidelines set out by the Government, NZ Cricket and Sport NZ as below.

We are reviewing the situation daily and will regularly post updates on Facebook and to our Club contacts where applicable.

Protocols for Playing Club Cricket Matches

Below are our recommendations to comply with the current Red Light limits.

Club Cricket matches are classed as “Gatherings”

  • Each team including its supporters must not exceed 25 – each of these “Gatherings” should set up apart from each other and not interact – other than the players when on the field.
  • These Gatherings should not mix with each other – OTHER THAN THE PLAYERS/COACHES/SCORERS WHO SHOULD SPLIT OFF TO PLAY THE GAME which should be able to be done in a safe way with little close contact between the players from separate teams.
  • There should be no end of game physical interaction (e.g. hand shaking or elbows) but with 3 cheers as an appropriate action before teams disperse.
  • Umpires should not hold anything for Players. Items should be placed on the ground or given to other team mates
  • All participants are encouraged to wear masks to and from games and be mindful of socially distancing when accessing toilets and to follow hygiene practices.

The above Protocols aim to maintain the necessary contact between parents and caregivers and their players especially in our younger age groups. Given the nature of the “Gathering 25” it is highly recommended that younger siblings only attend if they are able to be supervised and not interact with other siblings from other adjacent games or “gatherings”.

Mask Mandate

The Government have put in place clear guidance around the wearing of masks including at gatherings and events. The key aspect include:

  • In the ‘Red’ setting, alternative face coverings such as bandannas, scarves and t-shirts are no longer allowed to be used instead of a face mask
  • Workers covered by the Vaccination Order, including event workers and gym workers, are required to wear a medical grade mask when carrying out customer facing work. These are the popular blue masks medical staff often wear, as well as N95 masks.
  • People are also now required to wear a mask when attending a Gathering and Event, but do not need to wear a mask when exercising (this includes umpires when on the field of play during the match), eating or drinking. This means we must wear and ensure others are wearing masks before and after sports games, including while spectating.
  • If your Gathering has exclusive use of the facility, then you do not need to wear face masks.

For further examples and clarification around the new face mask requirements, see Sport NZ’s one page guidance 

Recommendations for Activators and Delivery Staff for Programme Delivery

All of the guides that have been produced by NZC follow current Ministry of Health and other government agency guidelines. It is worth considering the following recommendations for staff when delivering in schools and the community.

General Recommendations:

  • At all venues a NZ COVID Tracer QR Poster must be displayed and scanned by all in attendance.
  • Masks must to be worn at all times except when participating. This includes coaches and spectators and participants when not engaging in exercise/play.
  • A mask must cover both nose and mouth at all times.
  • For staff, masks must be of medical standard as per Ministry of Education guidelines.
  • All participants should sanitise hands before commencing session.
  • 1m distance will be maintained where possible throughout session.

School Delivery 

  • When entering and leaving a premises, masks must be worn at all times. 
  • During sessions (outdoor and indoor), masks must be worn at all times unless staff are engaging in the exercise with the participants.
  • The only other exceptions to wearing masks is when eating or drinking and when an event or gathering has exclusive use of an entire facility.

Community Delivery

  • Masks must be worn by staff at all times except when engaging in the exercise with the participants.
  • Masks must be worn by any parents or spectators at all times if they are part of the event or gathering.

CPF Guidelines

Don’t forget that there are complete guidelines for undertaking community cricket under the COVID Protection Framework and it can be found here. These are current as of 9th of February and will be updated following any change of advice from the Government or Sport New Zealand.

These guidelines have been developed to ensure that where possible cricket can be played without barriers, but at the same time in a safe environment within Ministry of Health guidelines. Under the current settings that means that gatherings can be played without vaccine mandated in place, while Events must use a MVP process to enable them to be undertaken.

We are reviewing the situation daily and will regularly post updates on Facebook and to our Club contacts where applicable.

  • The physical distancing requirement in indoor venues and facilities is now two metres, rather than one metre. Facilities may need to further restrict numbers to help with physical distancing.
  • Community sports are limited to groups of 100 outdoors and 50 indoors. These group limits include all players and spectators (but not referees and officials).
  • Mask wearing at indoor sports facilities is required apart from when you are exercising or playing sports. You do not need to wear a mask if exercising outdoors. If a sports ground has more than 1 field, you can play multiple games at the same time, as long as each group is separated. Groups should try not to mix with each other, or share common facilities such as changing rooms at the same time.
  • Mandatory record keeping and QR code scanning applies to all indoor sport and recreation facilities such as recreation centres, swimming pools, gyms and sports clubrooms, as well as commercial and ticketed sport and recreation events. This applies to the Ashburton Oval Indoor Nets.

The following document have been attached to support cricket delivery at Level 2:

  1. Return to Play Guidelines – 7 Sept 2021
  2. Return to Play Guidelines – 7 Sept 2021
  3. Contact Tracing guidelines – 7 Sept 2021
  4. Club and Changing Room Guidelines – 7 Sept 2021

Key changes within these documents from last season include:

  • Update of the gathering sizes for indoor facilities
  • Relaxing of some of the requirements around sharing and cleaning equipment – evidence shows that transmission is happening through droplets in the air rather than on surfaces so cleaning of equipment at the end of sessions is sufficient
  • Contact Tracing requirements

This is obviously an evolving situation. Any further changes to requirements to align with the Government and Sport New Zealand will see these documents further updated.

Club Ground QR Codes

All grounds need QR codes for training as well as matches. Mid Canterbury Cricket has the QR codes for all our clubs. The codes from last season will still work, but they have been updated and we have new posters. We will circulate these to clubs shortly.

We will also circulate forms for physically signing in if players do not have the NZ tracer app – perhaps young players.

We are endeavouring to create a new booklet for all teams that will include every ground QR code to simplify signing in at various grounds. It will be imperative that the team coach/manager ensures every player is signed in before being allowed to play. This is a government rule, not just for those that get around to it!

Contact Tracing Register Form

QR Code Posters

Below you can find a link to your ground posters and download for use at your ground.


** You only need to print page two of the poster and have available at practice or for matches.