SACA HEAT POLICY
For all after-hours advice about heat-outs and wash-outs please ring the SACA Hotline 1900 950 598.
The SACA Heat Policy applies to players, umpires and club/SACA officials. For conciseness, these are referred to hereafter as 'participants'. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that no participant suffers significant health damage due to participating in hot conditions.
Participating in hot conditions will affect different individuals to different extents and in differing ways. Factors which can influence the effect on different individuals include:
The responsibility for ensuring the safety of individual participants is primarily the responsibility of Clubs and the individuals themselves. The SACA provides the guidelines in this policy and makes specific directions and provisions in this policy and the Bylaws to ensure Clubs and Participants are aware of their responsibilities and have the opportunity to avoid unnecessary risk to individuals.
The SACA has provisions to cancel play on specific days or vary the starting time and number of overs bowled in any match. Matches will not be cancelled on the basis of the least fit participant or a participant who may have played in another match or matches in the days prior to the match under consideration, to the detriment of the game and the majority of participants. Individuals have a responsibility to withdraw from participating if their particular circumstances (such as those outlined above) place them at an unacceptable level of risk; Clubs also have a responsibility in this regard.
No Person is forced by the SACA to participate in any match.
Guidelines for Umpires:
RELEVANT BYLAWS AND PLAYING CONDITIONS – EXCESSIVE HEAT
Heat Policy: (Bylaw Section A, 11). is the empowering Bylaw for this Heat Policy:
A11 Heat PolicyThe Grade Cricket Committee shall approve a heat policy to apply in the Competitions under these Bylaws. This heat policy shall include guidelines for the abandonment (under Playing Condition Law 16) of matches, and for conduct and preparation of players during hot conditions. Clubs shall provide to all players such details of this policy as the policy itself shall direct.
Drinks: Law 15.9 of The Laws of Cricket provide for drinks breaks to be taken on the field.In hot weather, it shall be permissible with the approval of the Umpires for drinks to be taken twice in each session, and in excessively hot weather, drinks breaks may be arranged such that periods of play between intervals (including drinks) are reduced to not less than 35 minutes. In addition, any player(s) whom an Umpire considers is indisposed or unduly affected by the heat shall be permitted to receive a drink between overs or at any other break in play, provided the time taken is minimised, and that the Umpires are entirely satisfied that no time is deliberately wasted.
An individual player may be given a drink either on the boundary edge or at the fall of a wicket, on the field, provided that no playing time is wasted. No other drinks shall be taken onto the field without the permission of the Umpires. Any player taking drinks onto the field shall be dressed in proper cricket attire:
The effects of the Law and Bylaws are:
Cancellation: Playing Condition Law 16 provides discretionary power to the Competitions Coordinator and/or delegate to cancel play in all matches on a particular day due to excessive heat.
Over Limits per Bowler: Appendix 1 limits the number of overs a fast or medium pace bowler aged under 16 (at September 1st in the current season) may bowl in a day, and without a rest between spells.
Number of Players in Team: Playing Condition 1 provides for the use of 12 players per team in Under Age and Women’s matches, which allows players to be rested and interchanged to assist in management of heat in those Grades.