ECB Helmet Guidance


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). 

2. 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).

3.  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. 

4.  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. 

5.  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 26 May 2016

Tested against men’s balls:

Ayrtek  
Premier Tek with Steel faceguard

Gray-Nicolls
Atomic Helmet
Test Opener Helmet
Omega XRD

Gunn & Moore
Icon Geo Senior Large
Icon Geo Senior
Icon Geo Senior Small
Purist Geo Senior Large
Purist Geo Senior
Zona Geo Senior Large
Zona Geo Senior
Zona Geo Senior Small

Kookaburra
Pro 400 Senior
Viper Senior
Pro 800 Senior  

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

Reader
Sovereign Senior  

Shrey
Master Class AIR Titanium
Pro Guard AIR Titanium
Master Class AIR Stainless Steel
Pro Guard AIR Stainless Steel
Armor Senior Steel
Performance Senior Steel

Slazenger
International (senior)

Tested against both men’s and junior balls:

Gray-Nicolls
Atomic Helmet
Test Opener Helmet
Omega XRD Helmet

Gunn & Moore
Icon Geo Senior
Icon Geo Senior Small
Purist Geo Senior
Zona Geo Senior
Zona Geo Senior Small

Masuri
Vision Series Elite Titanium
Vision Series Elite Steel
Vision Series Test Titanium
Vision Series Test Steel

Shrey
Armor Senior Steel
Armor Junior/Youth Steel
Performance Senior Steel
Performance Junior/Youth Steel

Tested against junior balls:

Gray-Nicolls
Atomic Helmet
Test Opener Helmet
Omega XRD Helmet

Gunn & Moore
Icon Geo Senior
Icon Geo Senior Small
Icon Geo Junior
Purist Geo Senior
Purist Geo Junior
Purist Geo Junior Small
Zona Geo Senior
Zona Geo Senior Small
Zona Geo Junior 

Kookaburra
Pro 400 Junior
Pro 400 Mini
Pro 800 Junior
Viper Junior  

Masuri
Legacy Series Junior
Vision Series Elite Titanium
Vision Series Elite Steel
Vision Series Test Titanium
Vision Series Test Steel
Vision Series Club Boys
Vision Series Club Youths  

Reader
Sovereign Junior
Sovereign Mini

Shrey
Armor Senior Steel
Armor Junior/Youth Steel
Performance Senior Steel
Performance Junior/Youth Steel

Slazenger 
International (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 [email protected]
, so that the helmet can be added to the list.