ECB Fielding Regulations

For reference, the ECB fielding Regulations are as follows:

• 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. Players should wear appropriate protective equipment whenever they are fielding in a position where they feel at risk