Ground Weather and Light - Page 7

2.2 Clubs with ground staff, covers etc If he is available, the groundsman will be a valuable ally. Forming a positive relationship with him on arrival at the ground will offer significant help if interruptions to the game occur. Demonstrating this working relationship to the players and club officials should mean the potential for stronger relationships throughout the umpires’ appointment. As a guide, the following information should be gleaned from the groundsman: • • • • • Local weather knowledge and the current forecast. The covering facilities available for the match and the level of support available to put the covers on and to remove them. The drying characteristics of the venue and any equipment/ strategies available to assist, if necessary. The difficulties in pitch preparation, eg the weather effect, time, and other areas of concern. The mowing and rolling requirements for the match. This information will assist the umpires in discussing relevant scenarios and making plans for eventualities that might arise. Such groundwork is never wasted: it will make it easier to implement the umpires’ plans at the appropriate time and, if shared promptly and clearly with players/staff, should be accepted by all involved. 2.3 Clubs without ground staff and/ or covers etc Umpires in the recreational game will stand at grounds that range from local-authority owned/prepared playing fields, which often have no additional facilities or support in the event of inclement weather, to clubs that have most of what would be expected at a county ground. The clubs and players at the lower levels of the game may be more willing to play despite poor weather conditions. For many of them, the match is their day a week of recreational sport, something they enjoy and do not want to give up unless it is absolutely necessary. However at all levels, players may be keen to get the game underway depending upon the importance of the match to their team. The challenge facing the umpires remains the same. If either umpire believes there is an actual and foreseeable risk of injury to the players or umpires, then the conditions are dangerous and play should not be allowed. The preparation and planning mentioned above, albeit without a groundsman or covers, still applies. It is still just as helpful: 1) to know what is likely to happen; 2) to know what the umpires’ options might be; 3) for the umpires to work closely together; and 4) to listen to relevant comments of the captains and players. 5 92018 ECB Ground Weather and Light.indd 7 15/03/2016 15:58