New Zealand Cricket’s Helmet Policy

New Zealand Cricket is committed to ensuring all cricketers receive the very highest standard of helmet protection, whether batting or fielding (in specific positions). To this end, NZC has adopted a formal position on helmet safety which is largely in line with similar policies implemented in England & Australia.

For the Amateur cricketer (junior and senior) it is now compulsory that they wear a helmet which meets the new British Standard (BS7928:2013). This is also mandatory for the Professional cricketer.

Read the key points from the policy below, or click the links to download the full document and accompanying guidelines.

Key points – Youth Hardball (Under 19 yrs) Boys & Girls

The following policy is mandatory for the 2017-18 season. Helmets, with a face guard, are mandatory for junior cricketers (Under 19), including when they are playing senior cricket.

They must be worn while playing and during practice sessions when batting, keeping (within 5 metres of the stumps) or fielding in close (with 7 metres of
the stumps, excluding behind the wicket on the off-side).

Any individual with responsibility for players (such as a coach or manager), together with match umpires, should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the above
guidelines are followed.

British Standard helmets (BS7928:2013) are considered “best of breed” helmets and supersede the existing Australian/NZ Standard (AS/NZS 4499 series).

Key Points – Senior (19 yrs & above) Men & Women

New Zealand Cricket strongly recommend all senior cricketers wear a helmet with a face guard while playing and during practice sessions when batting, keeping (within 5 metres of the stumps) or fielding in close (with 7 metres of the stumps, excluding behind the wicket on the off-side).

Any individual with responsibility for players (such as a coach or manager), together with match umpires, should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the above guidelines are followed.

British Standard helmets (BS7928:2013) are considered “best of breed” helmets and supersede the existing Australian/NZ Standard (AS/NZS 4499 series).

It is recommended that women only use helmets which have been tested against both the men’s and junior sized ball or at least against the junior size ball.

New Zealand Cricket Helmet Policy

Guidlines to Accompany Helmet Policy