Girls Outdoor Competition Rules

MIDDLESEX JUNIOR CRICKET ASSOCIATION COMPETITIONS

The rules on this page and (linked age group rules pages) are those currently in force.  Clubs proposing a rule change must send it to the MJCA Girls chair. The Girls chair should bring this to the MJCA cricket committee in September or October for discussion. The recommendation of the MJCA cricket committee will then be passed to the MJCA executive committee for approval.

Girls’ leagues and cups are organised geographically in two or three Areas, depending on age at Under 11, 13, and 15 age groups and nearly all conclude with a County wide Knock-out Championship. The age qualification is Under 9, 10 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 at midnight on 31st August prior to the season of the competition.

THE AGE QUALIFICATION RULE FOR WINTER 2021/22 AND SUMMER 2022

On occasions, clubs have contravened this rule. It is hoped that the table below will give added clarification as MJCA do not wish this practise to be repeated.

Players may play above their own age level but not below. This means, for example, that an Under-11 may play at Under-13, but not at Under-10.

UNDER 9 Born between 1st September 2012 and midnight on 31st August 2013. School Year 4 and younger.

UNDER 10 Born between 1st September 2011 and midnight on 31st August 2012. School Year 5 and younger.

UNDER 11 Born between 1st September 2010 and midnight on 31st August 2011. School Year 6 and younger.

UNDER 12 Born between 1st September 2009 and midnight on 31st August 2010. School Year 7 and younger.

UNDER 13 Born between 1st September 2008 and midnight on 31st August 2009. School Year 8 and younger.

UNDER 14 Born between 1st September 2007 and midnight on 31st August 2008. School Year 9 and younger.

UNDER 15 Born between 1st September 2006 and midnight on 31st August 2007. School year 10 and younger.

UNDER 16 Born between 1st September 2005 and midnight on 31st August 2006. School year 11 and younger.

UNDER 17 Born between 1st September 2004 and midnight on 31st August 2005. School year 12 and younger.

Girls, up to 17 years of age, may play in boys matches in a team 1 year below their own chronological age group.  This does not apply to the U/13 and U/15 boy’s cups, where girls can only play in their own age groups.

Age dispensation (inclusion): when requested by a club on behalf of a parent, MJCA may use its discretion to a) enable children with disabilities to participate in an age group other than the groups dictated by their birth date, including “playing down” a year; or b) enable children to participate in an age group other than the groups dictated by their birth date, including “playing down” a year. In either case, this dispensation is subject to in-season review if competition integrity is compromised, and expires on the child in question’s 18th birthday regardless.

Process: Applications for age dispensation (inclusion) must be submitted by the Junior Manager, together with a supporting email/letter from the parent/guardian of the child in question, to the Area Chair. Ideally this should be submitted prior to the season in question, however, applications may also be received up to the end of the Area Competition stage (i.e. Sunday 3rd July 2022); under no circumstances may the child ‘play-down’ until the club have received a confirmation email/letter from the Area Chair. MJCA encourage clubs to enable children covered by this ruling to play as much cricket as possible during the season by also promoting friendly and informal matches between clubs where such children can enjoy taking part in a non-competitive environment as well.

Membership

  1. Only Clubs which are members of The Middlesex Junior Cricket Association may enter teams.
  2. All Clubs’ membership application forms must request, as a minimum requirement for each child:
      1. Full name
      2. Full address
      3. Telephone number
      4. Emergency Contact and Telephone Number
      5. Place and date of birth
      6. If born outside the UK, the date on which the child became a permanent resident of the UK
      7. School and school year
      8. To wear a helmet as directed by current regulations
      9. Details of any current and/or previous memberships of other cricket clubs, whether affiliated to MJCA or not.
      10. Any relevant medical information.

Clubs must include a warning on their membership forms regarding Junior members being only allowed to play for one club in the season. This includes playing in other county’s competitions. This form MUST be signed and dated by the child’s parent or legal guardian. New forms to be taken each year but a shorter form (still to be signed and dated by a parent or legal guardian) may be used for renewals. Clubs may use a web-based system where this information may be input electronically, in which case there will be no requirement for a physical signature by parents or legal guardians. A register containing the above ten requirements is to be maintained by the Club. Such register shall be available for inspection by the Area, Cricket or Executive Committees of MJCA. It is strongly recommended that the full names of all players are recorded on the MJCA Play-Cricket website at the start of the season.

Competitions and Matches

  1. MJCA matches will be played in accordance with the current Laws of Cricket, except as follows:
  2. Overarching Rules

    1. Except where otherwise agreed, the starting time for an evening match shall be 6pm and for a weekend game shall be no later than 10.0am. Any team not ready to play 15 minutes after the appointed start time shall forfeit their right to toss.
    2. A minimum of 7 players should be fielded by a side for the match to constitute a league game (at any age group), otherwise the team fielding fewer than 7 players shall be deemed to have conceded the league match which may be played as a friendly.
    3. Default number for players per team will be 8 but please try and play with as many as possible up to 11 players. This must be agreed five days in advance of the game.
    4. The assumption is that pairs cricket (U11 and U13 softball) matches shall b 8 a side. The specific rules for those matches below govern how to deal with situations where odd numbered sides are fielded or larger number of players participate.
    5. All league matches MUST be completed on the dates specified in the area group sheets distributed.
    6. Each team shall provide an umpire and a scorer, who shall not be the same person.
    7. Umpires will discuss and agree a fair and proper interpretation of Rule 7 within the specific U11, U13 and U15 hardball rules (relating to withdrawal of bowlers for excess height related no balls). A bowler should only be withdrawn if there is considered a genuine risk of injury to the batter, taking into account speed, height and direction of deliveries and their repeated nature, as well as the skill of the striker.
    8. Results of all league matches must be reported by uploading to the MJCA Play-Cricket site within five days by the home team.
    9. Points: Played and won x 10, Played and lost x 2, Won be concession x 10, lost by concession x 0, Tied x 5, Abandoned x 4.
  3. Under 11 Girls Softball Rules

    1. The pitch: 17 yards long. The ball: Readers Supaball (junior)
    2. Innings to be 16 overs – unless agreed prior to the start of the match
    3. Each team starts with 200 runs.
    4. The batting team shall be divided into pairs. Each pair shall bat for a number of overs equal to the final overall number of overs in an innings divided by the number of pairs – so, where an innings comprises of 16 overs and 4 pairs bat, each pair bats for 4 overs.
    5. If a team has 7 players, pairs will bat for four overs each and other batters will join the 7th player to make a pair but at no time will any batter be at the crease for more than one over more than any other batter. Teams will agree the additional batters on the understanding that these should not constitute the strongest batters in the side in question. If a team compromises more than 8 players , no more than 8 players from that team shall be on the field at the same time when fielding and the 4 pairs batting shall be split between the total number of players on that side provided that no batter will bat for more than 4 overs and as far possible each girl will bat for the same number of overs. Where more than 8 players appear for both teams, the clubs may discuss whether any adjustments to this rule 5 and 4 above may apply, while adhering to these principles.
    6. Batters shall have unlimited lives, but each life shall result in 5 runs being deducted from the total. No batter who is out shall face the next ball. Batters shall change ends at the fall of each wicket except if a wicket falls from the last ball of an over.
    7. No bowler may bowl more than one fifth of the overs of a bowling side. At least 7 players must bowl in an innings.
    8. Wides and no balls shall count as 2 runs plus any runs scored with no extra ball added to the over, except that in the final over of an innings an extra ball will be bowled for each wide or no ball bowled in that over. No ball shall be called by the bowler’s end umpire for any delivery which bounces MORE than twice or rolls along the ground before the popping crease.
    9. No batter shall be given out LBW unless she makes no genuine attempt to play the ball.
    10. No fielder, except the wicket keeper, shall be allowed to field nearer than 11 yards measured from the middle stump of the striker’s wicket, except behind the wicket on the off-side.
    11. The Result – The team scoring the most runs after deductions for wickets lost shall be the winner.
  4. U13 Softball Girls Rules

    1. The pitch: 19 yards long. The ball: Readers Supaball (junior)
    2. Innings to be 16 overs – unless agreed prior to the start of the match
    3. Each team starts with 200 runs.
    4. The batting team shall be divided into pairs. Each pair shall bat for a number of overs equal to the final overall number of overs in an innings divided by the number of pairs – so, where an innings comprises of 16 overs and 4 pairs bat, each pair bats for 4 overs.
    5. If a team has 7 players, pairs will bat for four overs each and other batters will join the 7th player to make a pair but at no time will any batter be at the crease for more than one over more than any other batter. Teams will agree the additional batters on the understanding that these should not constitute the strongest batters in the side in question. If a team comprises more than 8 players, no more than 8 players from that team shall be on the field at the same time when fielding and the 4 pairs batting shall be split between the total number of players on that side provided that no batter will bat for more than 4 overs and as far possible each girls will bat for the same number of overs. Where more than 8 players appear for both teams, the clubs may discuss whether any adjustments to this rule 5 and 4 above may apply, while adhering to these principles.
    6. Batters shall have unlimited lives but each life shall result in 5 runs being deducted from the total. No batter who is out shall face the next ball. Batters shall change ends at the fall of each wicket except if a wicket falls from the last ball of an over.
    7. No bowler may bowl more than one fifth of the overs of a bowling side. At least 7 players must bowl in an innings.
    8. Wides and no balls shall count as 2 runs plus any runs scored with no extra ball added to the over, except that in the final over of an innings an extra ball will be bowled for each wide or no ball bowled in that over. No ball shall be called by the bowler’s end umpire for any delivery which bounces MORE than twice or rolls along the ground before the popping crease.
    9. No batter shall be given out LBW unless she makes no genuine attempt to play the ball.
    10. No fielder, except the wicket keeper, shall be allowed to field nearer than 11 yards measured from the middle stump of the striker’s wicket, except behind the wicket on the off-side.
    11. The Result – The team scoring the most runs after deductions for wickets lost shall be the winner.
  5. U11 Hardball Girls Rules

    1. Pitch is 17 yards long
    2. No fielder except the wicket keeper and those behind the wicket on the off-side shall field nearer than 11 yards measured from the middle stump of the striker’s wicket.
    3. One new 4 ¾ oz ball shall be supplied by the home team.
    4. Matches shall be 16 overs per innings
    5. No player may bowl more than one fifth of the overs in any innings.
    6. No ball shall be called by the bowler’s end umpire for any delivery, bowled without bouncing above waist height (by reference to the batter’s full standing height at the crease), irrespective of pace. If any bowler bowls more than 2 such balls in an innings, the umpires shall consider whether in accordance with the above overarching rule 7 she will be required to cease bowling after the third such delivery (or subsequently), with another bowler completing the over.
    7. No ball shall be called by the bowler’s end umpire for any delivery which bounces more than twice or rolls along the ground before the popping crease.
    8. Wides and no balls will count as 2 runs plus any other runs scored with no extra ball added to the over, except that in the final over of the innings an extra ball will be bowled for each wide or no ball, but the penalty remains as 2 runs.
    9. When a batter reaches a personal total of more than 50 runs, she must retire immediately, unless this would cause a premature end to the innings. They cannot return to the crease.
  6. Under 13 Hardball Girls Rules

    1. Pitch is 19 yards long
    2. No fielder except the wicket keeper and those behind the wicket on the off-side shall field nearer than 11 yards measured from the middle stump of the striker’s wicket.
    3. One new 4 ¾ oz ball shall be supplied by the home team.
    4. Matches shall be 20 overs per innings
    5. No player may bowl more than one fifth of the overs in any innings.
    6. No ball shall be called by the bowler’s end umpire for any delivery, bowled without bouncing above waist height (by reference to the batter’s full standing height at the crease), irrespective of pace. If any bowler bowls more than 2 such balls in an innings, the umpires shall consider whether in accordance with the above overarching rule 7 she will be required to cease bowling after the third such delivery (or subsequently), with another bowler completing the over.
    7. No ball shall be called by the bowler’s end umpire for any delivery which bounces more than twice or rolls along the ground before the popping crease.
    8. When a batter reaches a personal total of more than 50 runs, she must retire immediately, unless this would cause a premature end to the innings. They cannot return to the crease.
  7. Under 15 Hardball Girls Rules

    1. Pitch is 20 yards long
    2. One new 5 oz ball shall be supplied by the home team.
    3. Matches shall be 20 overs per innings
    4. No player may bowl more than one fifth of the overs in any innings.
    5. No fielder except the wicket keeper and those behind the wicket on the off-side shall field nearer than 8 yards measured from the middle stump of the strikers wicket.
    6. No ball shall be called by the bowler’s end umpire for any delivery, bowled without bouncing above waist height (by reference to the batter’s full standing height at the crease), irrespective of pace. If any bowler bowls more than 2 such balls in an innings, the umpires shall consider whether in accordance with the above overarching rule 7 she will be required to cease bowling after the third such delivery (or subsequently), with another bowler completing the over.
    7. No ball shall be called by the bowler’s end umpire for any delivery which bounces more than twice or rolls along the ground before the popping crease.
    8. When a batter reaches a personal total of more than 50 runs, she must retire immediately, unless this would cause a premature end to the innings. They cannot return to the crease.