Ground Weather and Light - Page 26

11. SUMMARY The significance of the management of ground, weather and light places demands on the umpires irrespective of the level of the game in which they are involved. Umpires need to work effectively together to ensure the players are confident they are handling these situations to the best of their combined ability. Umpires should always be guided and remember that; • • • • • • The decision on whether play can take place is the responsibility of the umpires alone who owe • a duty of care to the players. There is no substitute for thorough pre-match • preparation and for umpires agreeing between themselves how all GW&L matter will be handled. Building strong working relationships with all available key personnel is essential if playing time is to be optimised. The need for the umpires to be ready for all foreseeable possibilities and more. In determining whether play can take place regard must be had to the factors involved in assessing conditions and the procedures to be followed in assessing conditions and carrying out inspections. Where the umpires are in doubt as to the safety of the playing conditions, they should err on the side of caution and not allow play. The need for the umpires to make and retain appropriate records. In the event of lightning, regard should be had to the protocol governing this And WHENEVER – either umpire considers there is an actual and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire, play should not take place. Attached is a brief guide to assist the umpires on the day in handling GW&L decisions. Umpires are encouraged to attend GW&L training sessions arranged by ACOs and Leagues. 24 92018 ECB Ground Weather and Light.indd 26 15/03/2016 15:58