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Captain's Rules and Regulations

Middlesex Cricket - Safeguarding Information for Captains of Open Age Cricket Teams

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Middlesex Cricket and the ECB actively encourages the development of children and young players and to help you, it is important you follow the guidance set out in Safe Hands, which is Cricket’s policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People.

We want as many children and young people as possible to transition into regular players for open age teams and become adult playing members. You can play an important part in this transition; the experience they receive when playing open age cricket for the first season could give them a life-time passion for the game or put them off completely.

Whilst it is appreciated these younger players (aged between 13 and 17) often want to be treated as adults, if they do not receive the right sort of understanding, encouragement, and support, many of them will leave the game.

You will no doubt be aware of your role as Team Captain pertaining to the actual game of cricket, but you also need to be aware of your safeguarding responsibilities as a Captain and this document sets out these considerations.

You have a duty of care, on behalf of your Club for the well- being of all under 18s in your team, and in the opposition’s team.

You must have a current ECB DBS disclosure. If you do not have one, ask your Club Safeguarding Officer to start the process for you. You will not be able to captain until the DBS is cleared.


A captain needs to be familiar with games specific national governing body guidance. These are available from County Safeguarding Officer at request. They are also accessible as downloadable PDFs on the ECB website:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Club Safeguarding Officer, any concerns or incidents should be reported to the Club Safeguarding Officer immediately.

If you cannot contact your Club Safeguarding Officer, please contact the Middlesex Cricket County Safeguarding Officer, by emailing [email protected]

Reviewed: 30/11/23

Next Review: November 2024