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The SACA Heat Policy applies to players, umpires and club/SACA officials. For conciseness, these are referred to hereafter as 'participants'. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that no participant suffers significant health damage due to participating in hot conditions.


Participating in hot conditions will affect different individuals to different extents and in differing ways. Factors which can influence the effect on different individuals include:

  • The individual’s level of fitness and general health

  • The preparation the individual has undertaken in the lead-up to the match

  • Whether, and how much, the individual has participated in cricket (or other strenuous activities) in the days prior to the day of the match in which he/she is now participating

  • The measures the participant takes to ensure proper re-hydration during and after participating

  • The age of the individual


The responsibility for ensuring the safety of individual participants is primarily the responsibility of Clubs and the individuals themselves. The SACA provides the guidelines in this policy and makes specific directions and provisions in this policy and the Bylaws to ensure Clubs and Participants are aware of their responsibilities and have the opportunity to avoid unnecessary risk to individuals.


The SACA has provisions to cancel play on specific days or vary the starting time and number of overs bowled in any match. Matches will not be cancelled on the basis of the least fit participant or a participant who may have played in another match or matches in the days prior to the match under consideration, to the detriment of the game and the majority of participants. Individuals have a responsibility to withdraw from participating if their particular circumstances (such as those outlined above) place them at an unacceptable level of risk; Clubs also have a responsibility in this regard.

No Person is forced by the SACA to participate in any match.

SACA Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, publish and disseminate this policy, and the Sports Medicine Australia (S.A. Branch) publication “Drink Up.” [© SMA SA Branch 2000] in sufficient quantities for Clubs to provide copies to all players

  • Provide guidelines and directions to Clubs and Participants

  • Cancel matches in any Grade when a combination of conditions leads to an undue risk of heat illness to a significant proportion of participants in that Grade

  • Establish and apply guidelines as to when such cancellations shall be made, and establish a group who shall make such determinations

  • Ensure the Bylaws and playing conditions permit proper health care during matches

Club Responsibilities:

  • Ensure Club, team and match officials are aware of this policy, and their responsibilities under it.

  • Ensure that all Participants are given written copies of this policy and the Sports Medicine Australia (S.A. Branch) publication “Drink Up.” [© SMA SA Branch 2000].

  • Ensure that individuals are aware of their own responsibilities in regard to preparing themselves for playing in hot conditions, and to withdraw if they are at an undue risk due to individual circumstances.

  • Monitor participants and ensure that individuals at particular risk (due, for example, to having played in hot conditions over a number of preceding days, or to having a fitness level lower than most) do not take part in conditions in which they are at undue risk.

  • Place no pressure on any participant to refrain from withdrawing from any match, or day of a match, or part of a day, for health reasons.

  • Ensure participants have every opportunity under the Laws and Bylaws to rehydrate during and after participation

Individual Responsibilities:

  • Read and understand this heat policy and the guidelines in the Sports Medicine Australia (S.A. Branch) publication “Drink Up.” [© SMA SA Branch 2000]

  • Follow the recommendations in “Drink Up.” before, during and after participation

  • In conjunction with your Club, assess your own susceptibility to heat stress, using the factors in the Introduction to this policy

  • Withdraw from participation if you or your Club assesses your risk level to be unacceptable

  • Immediately inform Club officials and/or seek assistance should you start to feel any of the symptoms of heat injury as listed in “Drink Up.”


Guidelines for Umpires:

  • The Bylaws provide for drinks to be taken more than twice per session in excessively hot weather. The number of drinks breaks in a session may be increased, provided only that the periods of play between drinks, or between and interval and drinks, are not less than 35 minutes.

  • As a guide, the weather may be considered to be excessively hot when it is 37°C or higher, or 34°C or higher in Under-age matches (including Ray Sutton Shield matches).

  • The estimated maximum should be used as a guide; however, drinks should not be taken as frequently as these guidelines permit when unnecessary (e.g. the day is cooler than predicted, or a significant breeze is present and/or humidity levels reduce the severity of the conditions).

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