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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 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” 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.
  • 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). 
  1. 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).

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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 labelling 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.

The list of known head protectors that have met BS7928:13 as of 30th November 2017

Tested against men's balls:

 

Ayrtek  

Premier Tek with Steel faceguard

 

Dukes

Legend Senior

 

Gray-Nicolls 

Atomic Helmet

Test Opener Helmet

Player

Junior Elite

 

Gunn & Moore

Icon Geo Senior Large

Icon Geo Senior

Icon Geo Senior Small

Purist Geo Senior Large

Purist Geo Senior

Purist Geo II Senior Large

Purist Geo II Senior

Zona Geo Senior Large

Zona Geo Senior

Zona Geo Senior Small

 

Incredible Cricket Company

Xero Senior

Xero Junior

 

Kookaburra

Pro 400 Senior

Viper Senior

Pro 800 Senior 

 

Masuri

Original Series MKII Legacy Senior (all senior sizes)

Original Series MKII Test steel Senior (all senior sizes)

Original Series MKII Test Titanium Senior (all senior Sizes)

Original Series MKII Elite Titanium Senior (All senior sizes)

Original Series MKII Elite Steel senior (all senior sizes)

Original Series Wicket Keeper MKII Test Titanium Senior (all senior sizes)

Original Series Wicket Keeper MKII Test Titanium Senior (all senior sizes)


Vison Series Elite Titanium Senior
Vision Series Elite Steel Senior
Vision Series Test Titanium Senior
Vision Series Test Steel Senior
Vision Series Club Senior

Vision Series Advance Senior 

 

MRP Sports

MAXED inferno senior

MAXED inferno junior

 

Protech

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Junior

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Youth

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Small/Medium

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Large/XL

Forma Pro SRS Stainless Steel Junior

Forma Pro SRS Stainless Steel Youth

Forma Pro SRS Stainless Steel Small/Medium

Forma Pro SRS Stainless Steel Large/XL

Forma Pro SRS Titanium Junior

Forma Pro SRS Titanium Youth

Forma Pro SRS Titanium Small/Medium

Forma Pro SRS Titanium Large/XL

 

Reader

Sovereign Senior 

 

Shrey 

Master Class AIR Titanium

Pro Guard AIR Titanium

Master Class Stainless Steel

Pro Guard Stainless Steel

Armor Senior Steel

Armor Youth Steel

Performance Senior Steel

Performance Youth Steel

 

Slazenger

International (senior)

Stanford Cricket Industries

Platinum Senior

Platinum Junior

Triumph Senior

Triumph Junior

 

Yonker

Protech senior

Protech junior

Matrix senior

Matrix junior

 

Tested against both men’s and junior balls:

 

Gray-Nicolls

Atomic Helmet

Test Opener Helmet

Players Helmet

Junior Elite

 

Gunn & Moore

Icon Geo Senior

Icon Geo Senior Small

Purist Geo Senior

Purist Geo II Senior

Zona Geo Senior

Zona Geo Senior Small

 

Incredible Cricket Company

Xero Junior

 

Masuri 

Vision Series Elite Titanium Senior

Vision Series Elite Steel Senior

Vision Series Test Titanium Senior

Vision Series Test Steel Senior

Original Series MKII Test Steel senior (all senior sizes)

Original Series MKII Test Titanium senior (all senior sizes)

 

MRP Sport

MAXED inferno Junior

 

Protech

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Junior

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Youth

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Small/Medium

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Large/XL

 

Shrey 

Armor Senior Steel

Armor Youth Steel

Performance Senior Steel

Performance Youth Steel

Stanford Cricket Industries

Platinum Junior

Triumph Junior

 

Yonker 

Protech junior

Matrix junior

Tested against junior balls:

 

Ayrtek  

Premier Tek with Steel faceguard youth

Dukes

Legend Junior

 

Gray-Nicolls

Atomic Helmet

Test Opener Helmet

Players Helmet

Junior Elite 

 

Gunn &  Moore

Icon Geo Senior

Icon Geo Senior Small

Icon Geo Junior

Purist Geo Senior

Purist Geo Junior

Purist Geo Junior Small

Purist Geo II Senior

Purist Geo II Junior

Purist Geo II Junior Small

Zona Geo Senior

Zona Geo Senior Small

Zona Geo Junior

 

Incredible Cricket Company

Xero Junior

 

Kookaburra

Pro 400 Junior

Pro 400 Mini

Pro 800 Junior

Viper Junior 

 

Masuri

Original Series MKII Legacy Junior (both junior sizes)

Original Series MKII Test Steel Junior (both junior sizes)

Original Series MKII Test Steel Senior (all senior sizes)

Original Series MKII Test Titanium Senior (all senior sizes)
Vision Series Elite Titanium Junior

Vision Series Elite Titanium Senior
Vision Series Elite Steel Junior

Vision Series Elite Steel Senior
Vision Series Test Titanium Junior

Vision Series Test Titanium Senior
Vision Series Test Steel Junior

Vision Series Test Steel Senior
Vision Series Club Junior

Vision Series Advance Junior

 

MRP Sport

MAXED inferno Junior

 

Protech

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Junior

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Youth

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Small/Medium

Forma Pro SRS Mild Steel Large/XL

 

Reader

Sovereign Junior

Sovereign Mini

Shrey 

Armor Senior Steel

Armor Junior/Youth Steel

Performance Senior Steel

Performance Junior/Youth Steel

MasterClass Air X Titanium

Pro Guard X Air Titanium

 

Slazenger

International (junior)

Stanford Cricket Industries

Platinum Junior

Triumph Junior

 

Yonker

Protech junior

Matrix junior

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. 

Please read our helmets FAQs (PDF 29kb) if you have further questions, and download the poster (PDF 106kb) for use at your club. 

 

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