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    ECB and PCA guidance: head protectors/helmets

    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.

    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 11th September 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

    Legacy Series Senior

    Vison Series Elite Titanium Senior

    Vision Series Elite Steel Senior

    Vision Series Test Titanium Senior

    Vision Series Test Steel Senior

    Vision Series Club 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

     

    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

    Legacy Series Junior

    Vision Series Elite Titanium Junior

    Vision Series Elite Steel Junior

    Vision Series Test Titanium Junior

    Vision Series Test Steel Junior

    Vision Series Club Boys

    Vision Series Club Youths 

     

    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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