ECA Adverse weather phone line: 9517 2440ECA Twitter: @EasternCricketECA Facebook: www.facebook.com/EasternCricketAssociation/ECA Team App: https://easterncricketassociation.teamapp.com/ECA Hot Weather Procedures 2018-19 Season (Seniors, Veterans, T20) here.
Extract from ECA Hot Weather procedures (seniors).
Any reference to a forecast temperature in these procedures is the Melbourne Forecast maximum temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website (Victoria/Melbourne Forecasts).
Seniors (Turf, Synthetic, LOC): If at 9.00am on any scheduled day of play the forecast temperature is 37°C or above all scheduled matches in all grades will be cancelled EXCEPT matches in the top three turf grades (Dunstan Shield, Wright Shield, A Turf) and top two synthetic grades (Macgibbon Shield, Burt Shield). Matches in the top three turf and top two synthetic grades will proceed as scheduled (subject to the “40°C or above” rule below). If at 9.00am on any scheduled day of play the forecast temperature is 40°C or above then all scheduled matches in all grades will be cancelled.
Veterans: If at 9.00am on any scheduled day of play the forecast temperature is 37°C or above then all scheduled matches in all grades will be cancelled.
T20 (Seniors afternoon/evening matches): If at 9.00am on any scheduled day of play the forecast temperature is 40°C or above then all scheduled matches will be cancelled.
All matches: if play is not cancelled
If matches have not been cancelled and it appears to the umpires (or in their absence the captains) that the current temperature is 40°C or above, they are expected to monitor the temperature at the start and each break in play (Start of play, Drinks break, tea break, change of innings etc).
Start of play: Play must not start if the BOM temperature for “Melbourne Olympic Park” using the BOM telephone weather service (1196) is 40°C or above. Play can only start if the temperature falls below 40°C. If the temperature does not fall below 40°C within 60 minutes of the start of play then no play will occur on that day.
Match has commenced: If a match has commenced, play will be suspended immediately if the BOM temperature for “Melbourne Olympic Park” using the BOM telephone weather service (1196) is 40°C or above. Play can only re-commence if the temperature falls below 40°C. If the temperature does not fall below 40°C within 60 minutes of commencement of the interruption then no further play will occur on that day.
If the temperature forecast is 36°C the ECA Junior Heat Policy will apply (Junior rule 21). No play shall begin or proceed while the temperature is 36°C or higher (Junior rule 21.13). If play cannot start at 5:15pm, play may be delayed by a maximum of 60 minutes before play is to be abandoned should the temperature not fall below 36°C (Junior rule 21.14). The reference to be used is the 'Current location' on the BOM Weather App (Junior rule 21.3). Note that the 'Current location' to be used is at the ground to be played on.
Notwithstanding the above, umpires (or in their absence the captains) have the power to abandon or suspend play at any time at their discretion. No person is forced by the ECA to participate in any match and Clubs shall place no pressure on any participant if he/she considers withdrawing from any part of a match for health reasons.
ECA Rules provide guidance for the management of conditions during ECA matches. While these rules are generally considered to relate to the fitness of the ground, weather and light for play to continue, it equally applies to extremes of conditions such as heat, cold, wind and lightning which may make continuation of play dangerous. The ECA Rules charges the umpires (or in their absence the captains) with the responsibility to manage conditions and as such they are the final arbiters as to the fitness of conditions to allow play to continue.
When a period of extreme temperature is forecast, the following issues need to be considered by all participants when dealing with the heat:
• The conditions at each venue are to be assessed on a case by case basis (available cold water, shelter and shade);
• Umpires and clubs are encouraged to arrange extra drinks breaks (every 4-5 overs if necessary) and unrestricted drinks around the boundary for bowlers and at the fall of a wicket for fielders to assist with hydration; and
• Clubs should be aware of the symptoms of heat stress and the appropriate ways of overcoming and or treating the effects of heat stress.
Umpires (or in their absence the captains) are required to do all within their power to facilitate play without compromising their responsibility in respect of “duty of care”. They are therefore required to balance all the factors and make a decision whether the conditions are fit for play and, if not satisfied that they are safe, suspend play until such time as they are. Any such decision by Umpires and captains in relation to extremes of temperature would be absolutely supported should it occur.