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Compulsory Helmets
« on: August 11, 2018, 07:46:12 AM »

Just read that from 2019/20 helmets will be compulsory for all cricket in Australia.

As a non helmet wearer (unless somebody I consider to be slightly sharper than I am comfortable against comes on) this would really impact my enjoyment of the game if they introduced it in the uk.

What are peoples thoughts, will it come in? Will it effect your game?
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2018, 07:58:24 AM »

Just read that from 2019/20 helmets will be compulsory for all cricket in Australia.

As a non helmet wearer (unless somebody I consider to be slightly sharper than I am comfortable against comes on) this would really impact my enjoyment of the game if they introduced it in the uk.

What are peoples thoughts, will it come in? Will it effect your game?

My feelings mirror yours exactly but I think its probably a good idea to bring in helmets for all.
The top edge to the face is as likely as being bumped and kids are wearing them through the age groups so it always amazes me that they choose not to wear one when they turn 18
If u think about it in detached reality, letting someone deliver a very hard ball as fast as they can and protecting everything apart from face, teeth & head is a bit crazy.
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2018, 07:59:47 AM »

Just wear the lid.
If you top edge one into your mouth why should your teammates have to play with your teeth in the pitch?
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018, 08:13:10 AM »

Ridiculous. Imagine it'll put the same dent in particpation as when Australia made cycle helmets compulsory, and mainly at the more social end of the scale where cricket is struggling for participation already. Well done lawmakers, give yourselves a pat on the back.
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 08:27:55 AM »

I think its a good decision. At the end of the day we play for fun and our lives are much more important than the game itself. This equipment is there for our safety and safety should be the number 1 priority on everyones mind. Live today, score a 100 tomorrow. Personally i dont even remove my helmet against spinners. Im more likely to top edge a slog sweep onto my face than get hit by a fast bouncer.
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018, 08:37:43 AM »

Poor decision if it comes in for me

I can go with or without but plenty of our 2nds have never worn one and have tried to wear one last couple of years and just cant get used to it after 30 years of without

It will put a massive dent in players if they force this in
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2018, 08:40:20 AM »

Personally only wear one if a bowler is quick enough that I dont need feel confident I can pull a ball at my throat. Usually speeds of 78+

Id hate to wear one vs dilly dobblers crap and spinners as Id find it uncomfortable..let alone when its hot.. already too many batsmen who think having constant drinks outside of scheduled breaks is acceptable.. waiting for a drinks break is part of the test of batting !! Dehydration affects concentration etc etc.. plus, unless youre already massively at fault, you wont keel over batting for 90 mins
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2018, 08:41:26 AM »

Feel it's a good idea but lid gap needs reviewing
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2018, 08:59:54 AM »

I think its a great idea. I hate wearing a helmet but have since my eldest child was on the way.
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2018, 09:17:49 AM »

Everyone can get used to a lid given enough time......this will just force people (the ines who have been avoiding the annoying transition/getting used to a lid phase) to do it instead of put it on the never never . (This is coming from someone who put off getting used to wearing a lid until they were 34 yrs old !)
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2018, 09:26:37 AM »

Everyone can get used to a lid given enough time......this will just force people (the ines who have been avoiding the annoying transition/getting used to a lid phase) to do it instead of put it on the never never . (This is coming from someone who put off getting used to wearing a lid until they were 34 yrs old !)

No it won't. I'd say more of these types will just stop playing rather than shelling out for a lid. If it takes me two seasons to properly adjust, at my age, I might as well just retire from the game now.

It'll also hit the very friendly work league teams we have around here. There are a lot who just play for fun, and really are of a poor standard. These games, where most players turn up without batting/keeping kit will also fall by the wayside when there are not enough helmets to go round.
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2018, 01:48:36 PM »

A bit overly pessimistic to presume the adjustment period to wearing a lid will take 2 years , isn't it ? Also ,how about just have a bit more by way of training/net sessions to quicken up the ( much shorter than 2yrs) adjustment period ?
Even for these super friendly/casual teams you are referring to , im sure they could fork out 50 quid for a cheaper helmet ,knowing they would get at least 5yrs out of it ? I know plenty of other sports that participation rates aren't jeopardized by the purchase of one more item of safety equipment .
Basically , i think it just comes down to ' you don't know how easy it will be until you give it a good go' and old dogs not wanting to learn new tricks etc.
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2018, 01:49:43 PM »

My understanding is that a large majority of Australian competitions have already been enforcing this rule for at least the past 2 seasons. It would be a minority of them yet to do so. Personally I don't feel comfortable without a helmet and wear one under all circumstances. I think the key is to find a helmet that feels good and ideally relatively light. For me it's the ayrtek that hits the spot.
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2018, 03:35:23 PM »

Good idea. You can loose your teeth to a spinner! Or a full toss from a quick that you dont pick up!
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Re: Compulsory Helmets
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2018, 05:44:59 PM »

I started wearing one a few season's back after a guy playing against a VERY dibbly dobbler top edged one into his face and nearly lost an eye... #justsayin
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