Cricket clubs are now able to re-open their outdoor cricket facilities, under the strict guidance by the ECB.
Here, we’ll explain a four-step system for a cricket club to safely organise nets bookings.
Step 1 - Read the ECB guidance
It is critical that cricket clubs read through, understand and action the detailed advice from the ECB first.
Return to Activity in a Cricket Club Setting gives all the advice and support a club needs.
It is comprehensive but there are cricket clubs across the country who are already open - so it is possible!
One club official must be in overall charge of nets bookings and they must have a paper trail/online record of all bookings (including name and contact info), in the event of a suspected case of COVID-19.
Step 2 - Add a Cricket Nets Section to your website
The purpose of this is to collect all of the COVID-19-related information in one place relating to a cricket club’s outdoor facilities.
All visitors who book the nets can come prepared and know what to expect. It also shows due diligence that a cricket club is taking necessary steps to share the guidelines responsibly.
Here’s how to add a custom section to your Pitchero website.
Click this excellent example from Richmond Cricket Club clearly explaining how their nets booking works.
Step 3 - Record bookings via an online booking system
There are free tools you can use online that allow you to take and manage bookings. We've used www.pitcktime.com as it's completely free and easy to use.
Just create an account for your club, add some services (e.g. a 1 hour net session or a 30 minute net session) and personalise your booking page.
Here's our example booking page: https://www.picktime.com/pitcheronets
Important: Make sure you add custom fields to the booking form so you can collect the info you need. Here are the questions we think you should be asking:
- Email address
- Phone Number
- Are any of the users under 18 or aged 70 or over?
- Is the booking for a household?
- If not a household booking, record name of other user
Step 4 - Publish Daily or Weekly Nets Bookings as an Article
Create a news article and keep it as ‘featured content’ on your homepage. That means it remains as one of the four top slots readers will see first - here’s how to do that.
The nets article/updates can show dates, times and names - so everyone knows what is booked each day or week. Just update that one article regularly. Share it regularly on social media.
Cricket clubs are understandably keen to get some outdoor cricket started again and a bookings system is a key part of that.