These Rules will apply to all matches played in the Hertfordshire Junior Leagues [including B matches]. There are however specific Rules relating to 8 a side and 11 a side matches which should be read in conjunction with these General Rules.

1. All matches will be preceded (at the toss) by a meeting of Coaches/Managers/Umpires and Captains to discuss Conditions of Play and expectations around the “Code of Conduct “. Additionally in U9/10/11 and B League matches an agreement should be reached around the rules for field placing to be adopted for the match within the rules outlined in the section covering this issue. An agreed policy on giving wides and LBW decisions should also be reached.

2. Every effort must be made to play matches within the week for which they were originally scheduled, Sunday to Saturday. Any matches cancelled due to bad weather before half term must be rearranged unless it is agreed by both clubs to share the points as an abandoned game. Home teams must offer two dates that do not clash with existing fixtures and if this is not possible a swap in venue should be considered. If a game is rearranged before half term and subsequently cancelled again due to bad weather then whilst every effort should be made to find an alternative date to replay the game, this is not mandatory.

The League controller must be informed of the cancellation within 48 hours of the original fixture date and subsequently advised as to the new date no later than 7 days from the end of the week that the original fixture was scheduled in which will be a Saturday. 

If it has been agreed by mutual consent to rearrange a fixture and then a new date cannot be agreed within the time scale permitted it will be regarded as an "Abandoned Game" and the points awarded appropriately. Failure to report the cancellation or the new date for the game by the home team will lead to the points for a win being awarded to the away team. N.B. All games in the last week of the season, whether scheduled or rearranged should, if possible, be played no later than the Wednesday of that week.

Matches which have started but subsequently abandoned due to poor weather can be rearranged by mutual consent.

For competitions with a Quarter Final week the last date for arranging matches is the Thursday of the last week of scheduled fixtures. For the U9 competition when there is round of the last 16 it is the Thursday of the last week of scheduled fixtures. For B Leagues when there are no Quarter Finals games can be arranging up to the Thursday of the week before Finals Day.

3. Bad Light
Up until the first week of May and from the second week of August all games should be scheduled to start at 5.30pm. Where possible the League will arrange local fixtures during these periods.  If it not possible, for any reason, to start at 5.30pm then matches should be reduced by 2 overs per side for every 15 minutes lost.

If a reduction in overs is agreed, then the maximum number of overs to be bowled by each bowler should be reduced pro rata. This must be agreed by the match managers before the match begins.

It is dependent on match managers to consider all conditions pertaining on the day to ensure games do not end up being played in unacceptable light. This should include ensuring overs in both innings (20 overs) should be bowled within 1 ¼ hours. 

The management of games or arrangements on the day should be confined to match managers and umpires only.

4. Match sheets
The completion of Match sheets at each game is mandatory and the sheet should be retained by the home side. League controllers will make spot checks in 2017 and a sanction will be applied if sheets cannot be produced. The match sheet replaces the team sheet used previously.

5. All players will wear helmets, whether batting or standing up to the wicket-­‐keeping wicket, in Hertfordshire Junior League organised matches when using a hard cricket ball. Helmets will be optional when using an Incrediball.

6. The Laws of Cricket will apply unless specifically excluded or changed for various age related leagues. See also comments regarding dangerous bowling below.

7. The age qualification date for players to be 1st September of the preceding year, thus players will be Under 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 – on that date i.e.
Under 9 Year 4 and below
Under 10 Year 5
Under 11 Year 6
Under 12 Year 7
Under 13 Year 8
Under 14 Year 9
Under 15 Year 10
Under 16 Year 11
Under 17 Year 12

Private schools will not always follow the Year groupings so age will be the qualifying factor.
Teams playing over age players without notification may be disqualified from the league, the only exception being girls or girls teams who may be up to 2 years older (see rule 6 below).
Any teams wishing to play overage, players may do so with the permission of the opposing team, but 30 points must be conceded to the opposition.

8. Girls playing in boys’ matches
Girls playing in boys' matches can be up to two years older than the age group in which they play. (e.g. an U12 girl can play in an U10 boys' league match with no penalty for that team).
There is no limit to the number of girls allowed to play in a boys' match. There is no upper age limit applicable to this rule.

9. Fixtures
When clubs change match dates, the points are decided on the result of the last accepted date. During completion of fixture lists the home side shall offer their opponents the choice of two dates, in the fixture week that the fixture schedule provides for the match to be played in, if at all possible.
Managers are asked to make certain that they know the Rules/Laws relating to their Age group matches. If there are any queries please do not hesitate to ask the Hertfordshire Junior League.

10. Player Eligibility

A player may only represent a club in the Hertfordshire Junior Leagues provided they are a junior member of the club for which they are playing.  Further, in normal circumstances a player may play for only one club in an HJL competition in any one season. For these purposes, summer leagues are defined as being a separate competition to others in the same age group, but all other leagues played between April and July within an age group are defined as the same competition.  Once a player has played one game for a junior club in a season they cannot change clubs in an HJL competition in that season unless sanctioned by Hertfordshire Junior Leagues, having made an application for special circumstances.   Any club playing ineligible players will lose all the points gained in that game.

Players can, however, represent different Clubs in different age groups if one of the Clubs does not have a team entered in the League in that age group. They must be junior members of both Clubs.

Clubs playing more than one team in a competition may use a squad to cover all teams in that age group, subject to players in B league matches meeting B team eligibility rules; this does not preclude a player playing up an age group. If two teams from a club reach the knock out stages of the same competition, they will automatically play each other at the earliest opportunity.

No player may play for a team in the quarter finals or on Finals Day unless they have played at least 3 of the pool games for the same team, or (where the team in the quarter Finals or Finals Day is an A Team) a B Team in the same age group, or three pool games for a younger age group at the same club, or three games combined from the three. Exceptions can be made, for example, due to injury, or to absence from the Club’s area for educational purposes, by way of application to the League Controller.  In such cases, a record of previous involvement with the club will be sought.

Where clubs wish to combine teams at an age group in order to promote participation, they must apply to the HJL Committee for permission to do so.

Players will not be eligible to play for an HJL club in the ECB National Competition (whether in the County stage or the later National and Regional stages, including finals) if they have already represented another club in the same competition (whether in Hertfordshire or in another county).  For these purposes, the County stage of the ECB National Competition is defined within Hertfordshire as being the semi-finals and final held specifically for the purpose of determining the Hertfordshire representative.

11. Results Reporting System
Home side to enter all results – win, lose, rained off, conceded, abandoned, onto the CricHQ site by 6pm on the Sunday immediately after the week in which the fixture was scheduled or rescheduled (League Week runs Sunday-­‐ Saturday). If the CricHQ website is not available please email, text or phone in results to the League controller. Failure will result in 30 points to the away side.

If a Club persistently fails to send in results on time the Age Group League Controller will advise the Hertfordshire Junior League who may exclude the offending team [not Club] for the following season, as it affects all the Clubs in their league.

12. Pitch lengths should be:

U9 incrediball, U10 incrediball & U11 Girls 18 yards

U10 hardball, U11 19 yards

U12 & U13 21 yards

U14 & above 22 yards

13. Balls should be:

U9 & U10 4¾ oz Incrediball Junior ball

U10, U11, U12 & U13 4¾ oz Standard Junior cricket ball U14 & above Standard cricket ball
Pink balls must be used in hardball fixtures played during the first two weeks of the League season.

Only one ball per match except the Final

14. Stumps

U9, U10, U11, U12 & U13 27” high and 8” wide

U14 & above 28” high and 9” wide.

15. Tethered bails
Tethered bails are allowed in all HJL matches providing that this agreed by both coaches.

16. Artificial pitches:
Artificial pitches will be allowable for U11 and below matches on the proviso that the home manager notifies the opposing team at least two weeks prior to the match date, so that players can bring appropriate footwear i.e. non-­‐studded for non-­‐turf surfaces. If not so advised then the match is forfeited unless that is the only pitch available and both managers are agreeable. Matches may be played on artificial wickets due to weather conditions provided both Managers are agreeable. All matches for U12 and above are to be played on grass pitches unless mutually agreed by both teams. 

17. Umpires and Scorers
Each side shall provide an Umpire and scorer if possible and agree a scoring system. Neither Umpire nor match Managers shall give advice or instruction to any player on the field of play, unless there are safety issues.

18. Late arrival
If a team arrives 15 minutes late they forfeit the toss.

19. Honouring fixtures
A side failing to honour one half of its scheduled league fixtures shall have its record erased from the league.

20. Affiliation of Clubs
All competing clubs MUST be affiliated to HCL and the ECB.

21. Responsibility for Minors
Managers and Umpires must remember that they are in “loco parentis” and they are LEGALLY responsible for players their behaviour and safety.

22. Beamers and high bowling

The Law relating to high non-pitching deliveries has changed as follows:

41.7.1 Any delivery, which passes or would have passed, without pitching, above waist height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease, is to be deemed dangerous and unfair, whether or not it is likely to inflict physical injury on the striker.  If the bowler bowls such a delivery the umpire shall immediately call and signal No ball. When the ball is dead, the umpire shall caution the bowler, indicating that this is a first and final warning. The umpire shall also inform the other umpire, the captain of the fielding side and the batsmen of what has occurred. This caution shall apply to that bowler throughout the innings.

41.7.2 Should there be any further such delivery by the same bowler in that innings, the umpire shall

- call and signal No ball

- when the ball is dead, direct the captain of the fielding side to suspend the bowler immediately from bowling

- inform the other umpire for the reason for this action.

The bowler thus suspended shall not be allowed to bowl again in that innings.”

The league has amended this Law as follows:

  1. In the U17 Competition the Law stands as written
  2. In the U13, U14 & U15, girls and boys, A & B leagues, the Law stands as written except that there will be two warnings before the bowler is removed instead of one.
  3. In the U10, U11 & U12 hard ball competitions and all incrediball competitions, only a no ball will be signalled, and no warnings issued or bowlers removed.

22. Minimum distance for fielders
Minimum distance of fielders from the striker's middle stump must be maintained.

23. No balls
For all competitions in the age groups U12 and below a delivery may bounce twice before reaching the popping crease without being called a No Ball. For U13 and above, Law 21.7 will be applied and any ball bouncing more than once before reaching the popping crease will be called a No Ball.

24. Player behaviour
The sanction of removing a player for a set period of time in Law 42 will not be available in the Herts Junior League. Please see paragraph 25 below for circumstances when a player may need to be removed from the field of play.

25. Dissent
Dissent must not be tolerated and it is up to Captains, Umpires and Managers to deal decisively with it and if necessary remove the player from field of play if it continues.

26. Serious incidents
Any serious incidents must be reported to the Hertfordshire Junior League

27. Disputes
The Hertfordshire Junior League will be the sole arbiter of any disputes that cannot be settled by the clubs involved.

28. Knockout stages of Competition
After all the league matches have been completed the League Controller (LC) will announce the draw for the knockout stages of the competition.
If the knockout stages are to include any of the group 'Runners Up', then these will be the teams finishing 2nd in a group that have the Highest Point Average (HPA). The Point Average (PA) will be calculated by dividing the total number of Points by the number of matches including matches cancelled due to the weather. In the event of two teams having the same Point Average the standings will be decided as follows:

1. The team with the most wins

2. The team with the fewest losses

3. The team with the most Batting Bonus Points 4. Lots drawn by the League Controller

The knockout stage draw will be decided as follows:

1. In the unlikely event that two teams from the same club qualify for the knockout stages, they shall play each other at the earliest possible opportunity (quarter fi-­‐ nal or semi final).

2. For any teams left the following criteria will be used to determine the draw:

29. Determination of league positions and Knockout Stages
The determination of league positions is decided by the number of points a team has.

In the event of two or more teams having the same number of points, positions will be decided as follows:

1. The team with the Highest Points Average (HPA). The Point Average will be calculated by dividing the total number of Points by the number of matches including matches cancelled due to the weather.

2. The team with the most wins

3. The team with the fewest losses

4. The team with the most batting bonus points

5. Lots drawn by the league controller

The knockout stage draw will be decided as follows:

a) In the event that two teams from the same club qualify for the knockout stages, they shall play each other at the earliest possible opportunity (quarter final or semi final). After application of this rule, no team shall play a team from their qualifying group in the Quarter Finals.

b) In a 4 Group league

A leagues
The winners and runners up of each group will qualify for the Quarter Finals. After applying a) above
Group winner (highest Points Average) vs Runner up (lowest Points Average) Group winner (2nd highest PA) vs Runner up (2nd lowest PA)
Group winner (3rd highest PA) vs Runner up (3rd lowest PA) Group winner (lowest PA) vs Runner up (highest PA)

B leagues
The group winners will qualify for the Semi Finals. After applying a) above Group winner (highest Points Average) vs Group winner (lowest PA) Group winner (2nd highest PA) vs Group winner (2nd lowest PA)

c) In a 5 Group league

A leagues
The winners of each group will qualify for the Quarter Finals. The 3 best runners up will also qualify. The runners up will be ranked using the criteria at the start of this section.
After applying a) above
Group Winner (highest Points Average) vs Runner up (lowest Points Average) Group Winner (2nd highest PA) vs Runner up (2nd lowest PA)
Group Winner (3rd highest PA) vs Runner up (3rd lowest PA) Group Winner (4th highest PA) vs Group Winner (lowest PA)

d) In a 6 Group league

A leagues
The winners of each group will qualify for the Quarter Finals. The 2 best runners up will also qualify. The runners up will be ranked using the criteria at the start of this section.
After applying a) above
Group Winner (highest Points Average) vs Runner up (2nd highest PA) Group Winner (2nd highest PA) vs Runner up (highest PA)
Group Winner (3rd highest PA) vs Group Winner (lowest PA) Group Winner (4th highest PA) vs Group Winner (2nd lowest PA)

e) In a 7 Group league

A leagues
The winners of each group will qualify for the Quarter Finals. The best runner up will also qualify. The runners up will be ranked using the criteria at the start of this section.
After applying a) above
Group Winner (highest Points Average) vs Runner up (highest PA) Group Winner (2nd highest PA) vs Group Winner (lowest PA) Group Winner (3rd highest PA) vs Group Winner (2nd lowest PA) Group Winner (4th highest PA) vs Group Winner (3rd lowest PA)

f) In an 8 Group league

A leagues
The winners of each group will qualify for the Quarter Finals.
After applying a) above
Group Winner (highest Points Average) vs Group Winner (lowest PA) Group Winner (2nd highest PA) vs Group Winner (2nd lowest PA) Group Winner (3rd highest PA) vs Group Winner (3rd lowest PA) Group Winner (4th highest PA) vs Group Winner (4th lowest PA)

For leagues with 2 or 3 Groups or where Leagues have very different numbers of Clubs in each group, the Committee will confirm the criteria for the knockout stages before the season commences.

3. Arrangement of Quarter Finals:
Within 48 hours of the LC announcing the draw, the home team will offer their opponents two separate dates to play the Quarter Final. The away team must accept one of those dates or forfeit the tie. If the home team only offer the away team one date and the away team cannot play on that date, the home team will forfeit the tie.
All of the arrangements between the clubs must be undertaken by e-­‐mail or text message with the LC copied in.
In the event of any dispute about the date of the fixture, the LC will use the correspondence in evidence to determine the result.
If the agreed date is cancelled due to inclement weather, it is the responsibility of both clubs to mutually agree an alternative date. If this cannot be done before Finals Day the LC will draw lots to determine the result.

4. In the event of the scores being level at the end of a knockout match the winner shall be determined using the following criteria:

1. The team losing fewer wickets
If both teams have lost the same number of wickets:

2. The team with the most NET runs after 10 overs
If both teams have the same number of runs at this point:

3. The team losing fewer wickets after 10 overs
If both teams have lost the same number of wickets at 10 overs:

4. A ‘Bowl Out’ will be completed immediately after the completion of the game. On the wicket that the game was played on, the team who bowled first will nominate 5 players to bowl a single ball at the stumps. If a play-­‐ er bowls a ‘no ball’ it will not be taken again and will not count if it hits the wicket. Once all 5 balls have been bowled the other team will take their turn. The team with the most ‘hits’ will be declared the winners. If the scores are level at this point, each team will nominate another player (not one of the original 5) to bowl a single ball. This will continue until one team hits the wicket and the other team misses.