Helmets with a faceguard or grill must be worn when batting against a hard cricket ball in matches and in practice sessions. Young wicket keepers must wear a helmet with a faceguard when standing up to the stumps. Young players should regard a helmet with a faceguard as a normal item of protective equipment when batting, together with pads, gloves and an abdominal protector (box).
This guidance applies to all players up to the age of 18, both in adult cricket and in all junior cricket played with a hard cricket ball.
The ECB recently changed it's guidelines for helmets and the relevant British standard to a newly updated specification which reduces the risk of the ball passing between the protective grill and peak - this was done as a result of a number of injuries such as the one shown in the above photo of Stuart Broad. Too often we see children with poorly fitting or unsafe helmets. Your child only has one head, it's worth protecting properly. If in doubt about what kind of helmet to buy, please speak to one of the coaches for advice, we are here to help. A summary of the helmet safety update document can be read here: Helmet Advice.pdf
ECB Fielding Regulations For Under 15s
No young player in the Under 15 age group or younger shall be allowed to field closer than 8 yards (7.3 metres) from the middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side, until the batsman has played at the ball.
For players in the Under 13 age group and below the distance is 11 yards (10 metres).
These minimum distances apply even if the player is wearing a helmet.
Should a young player in these age groups come within the restricted distance the umpire must stop the game immediately and instruct the fielder to move back.
In addition any young player in the Under 16 to Under 18 age groups, who has not reached the age of 18, must wear a helmet and, for boys an abdominal protector (box) when fielding within 6 yards (5.5 metres) of the bat, except behind the wicket on the off side.