• Junior Rules

Junior Rules

1. General

1.1 All matches will be played in accordance with the laws of cricket as set down by the MCC/ECB and BCL rules except where these have been varied by these rules.
1.2 Specific rules apply to certain age groups.

2. Structure

2.1 The BCL Junior Section Sub Committee shall consist of the FIVE representatives elected annually at the BCL Full AGM, which will be the Junior Chairman and one a representative to the Full BCL Committee. The Junior Section Sub Committee shall be responsible for the day to day running of Junior Cricket. Full Junior meetings with clubs will be held twice a year as and when needed. Amendments to rules regarding Junior Cricket shall be included in the amendments process for changes to Senior Cricket rules.

3. Code of Conduct & the Spirit of Cricket

Clubs must adhere to the ECB Code of Cricket and Spirit of Cricket and other guidelines. Disciplinary incidents should be referred to the Junior Executive. Appeals will be heard by the League Disciplinary Committee.

4. Responsibility of Team Managers

4.1 The team Managers are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within the spirit of the game as well as within the laws.

5. Fair and Unfair Play

5.1 Clubs found to be playing an ineligible player, will have all the points taken off them for the games that the player has played for that club that season at Junior Level.

6. Player Membership

6.1 Players must hold membership of the club for which they play and can only be registered at any one BCL club at any one time.
6.2 No player may play for more than one BCL in any BCL cup age group competition during the same season however, club’s players may also play in other leagues and cups for their BCL registered club.
6.3 Junior players can only be nominated for trial and play of BCL age group representative sides unless the BCL do not run representative sides at that age group.
6.4 Players must be under the age group age at midnight on 31st August in the year preceding the current season to compete in the relevant age group league or cup.
6.5 Girls may be aged up to one year older than the age group in which they play.
6.6 Transfer of Junior Players will be under the same process as transfer of senior players.
6.7 Coloured clothing will be allowed with the prior approval of the BCL committee but all players must be wearing the same.

7. Bowling

7.1 The ECB fast bowling directive will apply in all matches to all players.

8. Fielding/Wicket-Keeping

8.1 ECB directives will apply.
8.2 Other than U9’s, the nominated wicket-keeper cannot bowl.

9. Batsmen

9.1 ECB directives will apply.

10. Winning Team

10.1 A team who score the most runs wins a match. A match is tied if the runs are equal at the end of the match.
10.2 In the event of two or more clubs finishing on equal points at the top of the league table, the Championship will be decided by a play off.
10.3 The winner of a cup tie where scores are equal shall be the team which has lost the least wickets and, if that’s the same, it shall be completely replayed but the venue reversed.
10.4 The winning team shall be awarded 2 points. 1 point each will awarded for a Tie. I point will be awarded where there is no result e.g. where the game has been unable to take place as a result of poor weather or other extenuating circumstances and every effort has been made to play the game.
10.5 If a team fails to honour a fixture, it will receive no points and the opposition will be awarded 2 points as for a winning team. Once a club has committed to play in an age group, it must fulfil all the fixtures otherwise, the results administrator or R&C will issue the following penalties:
1 game – written warning
2 games – written warning
3 games written warning
4 games – Fine £15 and after.

11. For U13’s, U15’s and U18’s only.

11.1 Each club shall be responsible for the full and correct recording of matches played. Failure to have a competent scorer or, no scorer, will incur
1st offence – £5 fine
2nd offence – £10 fine
3rd offence – £15 fine and a payment (to be decided by the League) made to the scorer in attendance.
After the 3rd offence, the club will be referred to the Junior Executive Committee for possible points deduction from that Junior team.

12. Participation.

12.1 Each club must enter one team in at least 3 age groups out of the 9, 11, 13 and 15. Under 18s will be a voluntary midweek one day 20-20 competition.

13. Administration

13.1 Each club pay a £100 subscription to the BCL by April each year by cheque or club direct debit/standing order included in the cost of participation in the BCL and this is to earmarked for coaching, courses and Junior Inter-League.
13.2 Fixtures and results are to be entered into Play Cricket which requires the full names of players. Under 9s and 11s requires the basic result recording and Under 13s above require a full scorecard.
13.3 Home teams are responsible for reporting the match result.
13.4 All results to be sent by TEXT to the results coordinator on the day with results placed in Paly Cricket no later than 3 days after the match. Any delays must be reported to the League Administrator who will impose penalties as required.
13.5 Cup and League fixtures will be produced and published once Clubs have confirmed their Age group, League and Cup playing intentions on or before 14th January each you to enable fixtures to be produced for the Handbook.
13.6 The Cup fixture dates published are play ON dates but plays may bring forward a cup fixture provided both clubs agree and this is confirmed to the League Administrator by email.
13.7 Junior player registrations are to be done using Play Cricket which is also used for Senior player registrations. Juniors will also require identification documents to be uploaded and approved.
13.8 The League Administrator is the first point of contact to settle any disputes.

14. Matches and Cancellations.

14.1 Managers or coaches whether umpiring or not can only ‘coach’ when the ball is ‘Dead.’ Mid-match coaching should be brief and not the game up particularly when failing light is an issue.
14.2 At Under 9, 11 and 13s coaching is allowed between overs and the fall of wicket and no coaching is permitted at Under 18.
14.3 When a batsman has ‘Retired’ he cannot resume or continue his innings.
14.4 League fixtures to played on the dates assigned to them in the Fixture List and can be reversed if both clubs agree to do so and this is confirmed by both clubs by email to the Results Administrator at boltonjuniorcricketleague@hotmail.com.
14.5 The finals of league cup competitions to be played on the host clubs full size playing area with the wicket being on the main square.
14.6 Excepting Junior Cup Finals which must be played on grass pitches, all BCL junior cricket may be played on an artificial pitch if the home club so wishes. All grass pitches are to be prepared on or adjacent to the club’s square.
14.7 Junior Cup Finals must be played at 2.00pm or, can be brought forward if both teams agree to do so and both clubs confirm this by email to the Age group secretary and the results administrator.
14.8 A minimum of 3 games must be completed for that day’s results to stand otherwise, all matches will regarded as draws. This applies to Under 13, 15 and 18 cricket.
14.9 Match cancellations are for weather/pitch reasons only and should be communicated to the opposition in sufficient time to prevent travel where possible.
14.10 In all Junior matches, the Umpires shall decide if a game should start or continue when there is doubt with regards to the pitch or weather. If the Umpires disagree then, the status quo will be maintained.
14.11 All cancelled Under 9 matches should be replayed where possible.
14.12 A minimum of 7 players are required to start a game (excluding Under 9 and 11s) and a time limit of 30 minutes after the starting time to elapse before the opposing team may claim the game.
14.13 Away sides can offer to host the fixture if the home side cannot find a suitable date.
14.14 Cup matches are to continue at the next available evening or opportunity, morning games by 10.00am or earlier and league matches not later than 10.45am. Cup matches are to be completed at least one hour before the start of a senior match.
14.15 Junior matches affected by over runs or reserve days of senior BCL cup competitions may rearrange affected fixtures.
14.16 Clubs fulfilling semi-finals and finals of LCB or ECB competitions my rearrange affected fixtures with their opponents selecting the alternative date and venue. The Results Administrator needs to be informed once these have been fixed. Other matches may not be rearranged.
14.17 Clubs fulfilling LCB/ECB final days following at the end. within 1 week of the date scheduled in the BCL handbook.
14.18 Sub-standard umpiring shall be reported to the R&C sub-committee.
14.19 Sub-standard junior facilities or playing area should be reported to the G&F sub-committee.
14.20 In all junior matches the boundary must be at least 25 yards from any part of the pitch.

15. Rules for Under 9 League

15.1 Games will normally be played on Sunday at 9.45am
• Pitch 15 yards
• Junior or normal size stumps
• Youth Incrediball unless both sides agree to hard ball or Kwik Cricket ball
• Ideally, 8 a side pairs cricket, 4 overs per pair and bowlers minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 overs unless the start of the match is delayed.
• The wicket-keeper may bowl.
• Duration 16 overs, maximum of 8 balls per over. Pairs change at end of 4, 8 and 12.
• Unlimited lives with each life results in the loss of 4 runs from the total.
• Batsmen change ends on last ball of over.
• In the event of a run out, the striker shall return to the non-strikers end irrespective of who was actually out.
• Alternatively, 6 a side can be played with 12 over matches. Pairs change at end of 4 and 8. Bowlers minimum of 2, maximum of 3 overs.
• Each wicket loses 2 runs, matches start on 200, winner is the team with the most runs after deducting for fall of wickets.

16. Rules for Under 11 League

16.1 Games will normally be played on Mondays at 6.00pm
• Pitch 17 yards
• Youth hard ball 4½ ounces
• Pairs cricket 8 a side
• Duration of 16 overs, pairs change after 4, 8 and 12. Maximum 8 balls per over, players must bowl a minimum of 2 overs with maximum of 3 overs.
• Wicket-keeper cannot bowl.
• A substitute (for injury etc.) shall only act as a non-striker whilst his team in batting so, the live batsmen receives continuous strike. Such substitute may only field and not bowl and his share of overs to be shared between the other players without exceeding their allocation.
• In the event of a team being able to field 8 players (unless a player is injured during the game), the points or cup tie shall be forfeited to their opponents.
• Each wicket loses 6 runs, matches start on 200, winner is team with most runs after for deducting for fall of wickets.

17. Rules for Under 11 Cup

17.1 Rules as per League except
• An incomplete game shall be completely replayed if less than 10 over of the second innings has been completed.
• The final will be played as a 20 over match, pairs cricket, 5 overs per pair and pairs change after 5, 10 and 15. Bowlers minimum of 2 overs maximum of 4 overs and maximum of 8 ball overs.

18. Rules for Under 13 League

18.1 Games will normally be played on Wednesdays at 6.00pm
18.2 Winners receive the Clitheroe Memorial Trophy and runners up receive the Lansdale Trophy.
18.3 The time limit for innings is 1 hour 15 minutes with a 10 minute turn around period.
18.4 Eleven a side rules
• Pitch 19 yards
• Format 11 a side, one innings per side
• Duration 20 overs but in order to achieve a result overs are reduced by 1 over every 6 minutes for a delayed start to a minimum of 10 overs.
• The run rate for the first batting side shall be their full innings and shall be based on their full allotted overs (i.e. a side declaring or dismissed shall be assumed to have batted their full overs. The run rate for the second batting side shall be their score at the completion of the last full over divided by the number of full overs bowled. At least 10 overs must have been completed.
• No bowler may bowl more than 3 overs.
• A batsman is to retire when they have scored 25 runs. Note – if the scoring stroke takes a batsman past any stated retirement mark in any under 13, 15, 18 or third team format the extra runs to be credited.
18.5 Prize Qualifications (league matches only)
• Batting: best average from a minimum of five innings and at least 150 runs.
• Bowling: best average with at least 10 wickets taken.
• Wicket-keeping – most dismissals.
• Fielding: most catches (minimum of 5 excluding when wicket-keeping).
18.6 Ten a side rules
• Pitch 19 yards
• Youth hard ball 4½ ounces
• Pairs cricket 10 a side
• Duration of 20 overs, pairs change on 4, 8, 12, 16
• Maximum of 8 ball overs
• Players must bowl a minimum of 2 overs with a maximum of 3 overs
• Wicket-keeper cannot bowl
• A substitute (for injury etc.) shall only act as a non-striker whilst his team in batting so, the live batsmen receives continuous strike. Such substitute may only field and not bowl and his share of overs to be shared between the other players without exceeding their allocation.
• In the event of a team being able to field 8 players (unless a player is injured during the game), the points or cup tie shall be forfeited to their opponents.
• Each wicket loses 6 runs, matches start on 200, the winner is team with most runs after for deducting for fall of wickets.
• The batsman facing the last ball of the over cannot face the 1st ball of the next over

19. Rules for Under 13 Cup (all teams)

19.1 Winners receive the Harrison Cup and runners up receive the Hutchinson Cup.
19.2 Rules are per the Under 13 league competition with the following additions and exceptions
• An incomplete game shall be completely replayed if less than 10 overs of the first innings have been bowled.
• Duration 20 overs (up to and including the semi-final) but in order to achieve a result, overs are reduced by 1 over every 6 minutes for a delayed start to a minimum of 10 overs.
• The run rate for the first batting side shall be their full innings and shall be based on their full allotted overs (i.e. a side declaring or dismissed shall be assumed to have batted their full overs. The run rate for the second batting side shall be their score at the completion of the last full over divided by the number of full overs bowled. At least 10 overs must have been completed.
• The final shall be played on the basis of 25 overs each side with no bowler allowed to bowl more than 5 overs.
• If the final becomes a reduced game, it will be subject to a minimum of 13 overs being completed in the 1st and 2nd innings.
• Batsmen to retire when passing 50 runs.
19. Rules for Under 15 League
19.1 Games will normally be played on Mondays at 6.00pm
19.2 Winners receive the Baldwin Trophy
• Games normally played on Monday evenings at 6.00pm
• Pitch 22 yards and full size senior ball to be used
• Format: 11 a side, one innings per side
• Duration 20 overs but in order to achieve a result, overs are reduced by 1 over every 6 minutes for a delayed start to a minimum of 10 overs.
• The run rate for the first batting side shall be their full innings and shall be based on their full allotted overs (i.e. a side declaring or dismissed shall be assumed to have batted their full overs. The run rate for the second batting side shall be their score at the completion of the last full over divided by the number of full overs bowled. At least 10 overs must have been completed.
• No bowler may bowl more than 4 overs
• A batsman to retire on reaching 40 runs
19.3 Prize Qualifications (league matches only)
• Batting: best average from a minimum of five innings and at least 200 runs.
• Bowling: best average with at least 12 wickets taken.
• Wicket-keeping – most dismissals.
• Fielding: most catches (minimum of 5 excluding when wicket-keeping).

20. Rules for Under 15 Cup

20.1 Winners receive the Mervyn Porter Cup and runners up receive the Hutchinson Cup.
20.2 Rules are per the Under 15 league competition with the following additions and exceptions
• An incomplete game shall be completely replayed if less than 10 overs of the first innings have been bowled.
• Duration 20 overs (up to and including the semi-final) but in order to achieve a result, overs are reduced by 1 over every 6 minutes for a delayed start to a minimum of 10 overs.
• The run rate for the first batting side shall be their full innings and shall be based on their full allotted overs (i.e. a side declaring or dismissed shall be assumed to have batted their full overs. The run rate for the second batting side shall be their score at the completion of the last full over divided by the number of full overs bowled. At least 10 overs must have been completed.
• The final shall be played on the basis of 25 overs each side with no bowler allowed to bowl more than 5 overs.
• If the final becomes a reduced game, it will be subject to a minimum of 13 overs being completed in the 1st and 2nd innings.
• Batsmen to retire when passing 50 runs.

21. Rules for the Under 18 League (1 day 20:20 match)

21.1 Games will normally be played on Wednesdays at 6.00pm
21.2 The winners receive the Sykes Challenge Cup and the runners up receive the J. D. Bond Cup
21.3 Rules as per Under 15 league competition

22. Rules for the Under 18 Cup competition

22.1 The winners receive the Jake Tatlock Trophy
22.2 Rules as per the under 15 cup except that the final is again a 20:20 match and the same rules for reduced game and run rate apply as per the under 15 cup.

23. LKO and Cup Matches

23.1 Games will normally be played on Thursdays at 6.00pm.