Helmet Safety 

ECB and PCA GUIDANCE: HEAD PROTECTORS/HELMETS

 

The ECB and PCA strongly encourage all cricket clubs and cricketers to review their existing head protector equipment. In this Guidance Note, references to ‘head protectors’ means helmets with a faceguard or grille.

The design and manufacture of cricket head protectors is now governed by British Standard BS7928:2013, which has been adopted by the ICC as the international standard. The standard ECB/PCA playing contract for professional cricketers, also specifies that any helmet provided to a player by his employer club, must meet this safety standard.

Note that BS7928:2013 specifies different tests for helmets to be used in senior and junior cricket, reflecting the smaller ball size – used in the latter. 

The helmets listed below, at Section 6, are those for which evidence has been provided to the ECB by the relevant manufacturer that the standard has been met and the appropriate authority to display a “CE quality mark” has been granted.

That list distinguishes between helmets which are approved for use in senior and junior cricket – and also includes some helmets which have been approved for use at both levels.

1.              Key Features of the New Safety Specification


The key features of the new specification, BS7928:2013, are:

-       it now includes a facial contact projectile test that assesses for penetration of the ball through the faceguard, and contact of the faceguard onto the face, using realistic ball impact speeds and conditions; and

-       head protectors have been tested separately against men’s and junior sized cricket balls (a five-and-a-half ounce ball and a four-and-three-quarter ounce ball, respectively).

2.              Women’s cricket


There was neither a pre-existing specific women’s head protector, nor is there any BSi specification for women’s cricket head protectors. 

However, as the size of the standard women’s cricket ball is between the standard men’s and junior’s balls, it is recommended that women use head protectors which have been tested against both the men’s and junior sized ball – or at least against the junior size ball (because the smaller ball could potentially get through the gap above the faceguard on a men’s head protector).

3.              Junior cricket

 

Since 2000, the ECB has published safety guidance regarding the wearing of head protectors by all cricketers under the age of 18. The ECB’s current guidance is that all cricketers under the age of 18 must wear a head protector whilst batting in matches or practice sessions. The ECB also now strongly recommends that junior players use head protectors which have been tested against the junior sized ball.

Wicketkeepers under the age of 18 should wear a head protector with a faceguard, or a wicketkeeper face protector, at all times when standing up to the stumps.

Any individual taking responsibility for any player(s), under the age of 18, should take reasonable steps to ensure this guidance is followed at all times. No parental consent to the non-wearing of a head protector should be accepted.

4.              Risk of injury


Whilst the ECB and PCA consider that head protectors are an essential part of a cricketer’s kit to mitigate the risk of death, injury or disability, it must be remembered that wearing a head protector cannot entirely eliminate that risk. The new specification makes head protectors safer than before, but cannot eliminate the risk of injury.

5.              Things to look out for in purchasing a new head protector

The ECB and PCA has issued this guidance in order to; heighten understanding, so that informed decisions as to which head protectors to purchase and use can be made by all cricketers.

Head protectors that have been tested against – and comply with the new specification will be clearly labelled BS7928:2013 and will contain clear labeling, setting out whether the head protector has been tested against

(i)            a men’s standard ball size of 5 ½ ounces,

(ii)           a junior standard ball size of 4 ¾ ounces, or

(iii)        both men’s and junior size balls. 

6.     List of known head protectors that have met BS7928:13 as of 20th May 2015

Tested against a men’s ball:

 

Manufacturer

Model

 

Gray Nicholls

Atomic Helmet

Test Opener Helmet

Omega XRD Helmet

 

Gunn & Moore

Icon Geo Senior Large

Icon Geo Senior

Icon Geo Senior Small

 

Kookaburra

Pro 400 Senior

Viper Senior

Pro 800 Senior

 

Masuri

Vision Series Elite Titanium

Vision Series Elite Steel

Vision Series Test Titanium

Vision Series Test Steel

Vision Series Club Senior

 

Reader

Sovereign Senior

 

Shrey

Master Class Air Titanium

 

Slazenger

International

 

 

Tested against both men’s and junior balls:

 

Manufacturer

Model

 

Gray Nicholls

Atomic Helmet

Test Opener Helmet

Omega XRD Helmet

 

Gunn & Moore

Icon Geo Senior

 

 

Tested against junior balls:

 

Manufacturer

Model

 

Gray Nicholls

Atomic Helmet

Test Opener Helmet

Omega XRD Helmet

Gunn & Moore

Icon Geo Senior

Icon Geo Junior

Purist Geo Helmet 

Kookaburra

Pro 400 Junior

Pro 400 Mini

Pro 800 Junior

Viper Junior

 

Masuri

Vision Series Club Junior

 

Readers

Sovereign Junior

Sovereign Mini

 

 

When a new helmet meets the BS7928:2013 standard, and are certified (CE) to be in conformity with Council Directive 89/686/EEC; and associated amendments relating to personal protective equipment – manufacturers are asked to provide documentary evidence of this compliance to helmets@ecb.co.uk so that the helmet can be added to the list.