Cricket resumption in the Northern Territory
Subject to strict adherence to physical distancing requirements, maintaining good hygiene practices and the completion of a COVID-19 Safety Plan by venue operators, clubs and competitions can work to the following timeline:
Friday 15 May 2020 – organised cricket training sessions with no physical contact can resume, with indoor activities to be kept to less than 2 hours in duration.
Friday 5 June 2020 – all cricket competitions can resume with spectators in attendance and the 2 hour time limit no longer applies.
Please check with each Association for specific detail around the commencment of the 2020 season.
COVID-19 Safety Plan and Cricket Australia guidelines
The Cricket Australia Cricket Acitivity Guidelines and NT Crocket COVID-19 Safety Plan can be found below:
Closure of Northern Territory Cricket Facilities
Please note that the Marrara Cricket Ground facility will be closed to the public, effective immediately, for all activities other than the ongoing operation of the NT Cricket office. This includes there being no public access to the Taverners NT undercover nets, PINT cricket club nets, the ovals or changeroom facilities.
Following advice provided by the Federal Government on 24 March asking for everyone who has the ability to work from home to do so, NT Cricket will be closed the Darwin and Alice Springs offices as of Thursday 26 March and implementing working from home arrangements.
All NT Cricket staff remain available via phone and email during regular working hours (Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm CST). General enquires can still be directed to (08) 8944 8900 or email@example.com during this time.
NT Cricket staff will maintain working from home arrangements until further notice.
Clubs and individuals who have made bookings to utilise NT Cricket facilities will be contacted and sessions can be re-booked at a later date.
The closure of our facilities is in line with our recommendation to cease all cricket activities until further notice in response to COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this period.
If you have any questions regarding access to the facility, please email Brad.Baptist@ntcricket.com.au or call the NT Cricket office on (08) 8444 8900.
Cricket Australia cancels all organised cricket nationally - updated as above
CA has strongly recommended that all amateur cricket played within the community should cease including community cricket and premier cricket.
NT Cricket supports CA’s decision and in turn strongly recommends all cricket within the Northern Territory ceases effectively immediately.
Current state of play across the Territory:
The Alice Springs Cricket Association concluded the 2019/20 season on 17 March 2020
The Darwin and Districts Cricket Competition was due to commence on 18 April 2020, however the start of the season has been indefinitely delayed until further notice
The Katherine and Districts Cricket Association season was due to commence with a pre-season compeititon on 4/5 April 2020, however the start of the season has been indefinitely delayed until further notice
TIO Junior Strike League is scheduled to be played from 4-11 July 2020 and NT Cricket is planning for this tournament to proceed, however this is subject to change pending advice from health authorities closer to the date
TIO Women’s Strike League is scheduled to be played in early August 2020 and NT Cricket is planning for this tournament to proceed, however this is subject to change pending advice from health authorities closer to the date
TIO Men’s Strike League is scheduled to be played in the second half of August 2020 and NT Cricket is planning for this tournament to proceed, however this is subject to change pending advice from health authorities closer to the date
NT Cricket is working closely with the management committees of the respective competitions across the Northern Territory to keep players, match officials and volunteers informed of the latest updates.
To see the full media release issued by NT Cricket, clickhere.
How will this affect the NT Cricket Pathways programs
Although all cricket related activities have been postponed indefinitely, we are looking to operate in as normal fashion as we can.
Statewide Super Player Pathway Academies
Although the commencement of the 2020 Academy program will be delayed we would still like to obtain expressions of interest and nominations from Clubs and individuals for Academy inclusion i.e. U23 & U16 Male and U18 Females and Academy Coaches. Note: We will delay the announcement of Coaches and players who have made squads to an appropriate time in the near future and thank those that have already responded.
TIO Strike Leagues
As with the Academy, nominations for all positions i.e. Players, Umpires, Scorers, Coaches will continue to be accepted. It has been pleasing to see many nominations come through and we would like to be as prepared as we can when we are given the all clear to continue with cricket operations.
Coach Accreditation Courses
Look out for information from Megan White in reference to upcoming Community Coach (Level 1) and Representative (Level 2) courses to be run in Darwin this dry season. Cricket Australia will conduct the initial face-to-face component of these courses later in the season. What you can do now is the online component of the course you will be completing. This will allow us to go straight into the face-to-face component when dates are set in the near future. Note: Please connect with Megan if you have any questions in relation to these courses firstname.lastname@example.org
How will this affect cricket in schools?
This will only affect schools that have a “Coach-Delivered Program”. All “Coach-Delivered Programs” are postponed until further notice. As the circumstances continue to change rapidly with the response to COVID-19, there will be regular assessments of the situation and when the programs will be able to re-commence.
If it is a “Self/Teacher-delivered program” and your school has determined that sports activities are able to continue, then your program can continue as per schedule and we will be available to support and assist through email and phone communication.
How will this affect Woolworths Blast programs?
It is recommended that all Blast programs cease, effectively immediately.
We acknowledge that this may come as an extreme step, but our advice now is that the risks of playing organised sport at any level are too high to safely continue.
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