TDCA Junior Rules

Traralgon and District Cricket Association Inc.


Formed in 1928/29

ABN: 90 173 393 969

Incorporation Number: A0008951D


Handbook / Junior Rules          Version 5:  28.08.2019



  1.   Purpose

  2.   Age Qualifications

  3.   Registration of Players

  4.   Clearances and Transfers

  5.   Team Responsibilities

  6.   Rules Governing Matches (General for all ages u12, u15)

  7.   Teams having byes

  8.   Players Safety

  9.   Percentages

  10.   Point  System

  11.   U10 Competition (Specific Australian Junior Cricket Formats)

  12.   U12 Competition (Specific Australian Junior Cricket Formats)

  13.   Finals Matches

  14.   T&DCA / Representative Nominations 

  15.   General

1. Purpose

The purpose of the Handbook / Junior Rules is to provide clarity to coaches, parents on the administration process and agreed playing conditions for junior cricket in the T&DCA.

1.1 The T&DCA Junior cricket competition shall comprise of u10’s, u12's and u15’s grades.

1.2 The game of cricket shall be played under the MCC Rules of Cricket with modifications as defined in these by-laws adopted by the T&DCA.

1.3 Clubs must confirm their affiliation & team age group team numbers by the 15th September each year by notifying in writing the T&DCA Secretary and Vice President Juniors. 

1.4 It is a requirement for each T&DCA club to have a junior representative on the Junior Sub Committee.

1.5 No junior T&DCA cricket to be scheduled between 21/12 – 21/01 each year. This allows for JCW and any other scheduled cricket carnivals to take place without impacting players.

1.6 Gippsland Regional / Association rule: A junior player may only represent one Association at representative level (GCL/JCW). An exception would be if an Association does not have a junior side playing in the players age group (top age) then the player may play for the T&DCA in that age group.


2. Age Qualification

2.1 Players must be for u10’s, be born on or after the 1 September 2009, u12’s be born on or after the 1 September 2007, u15’s born on or after 1 September 2004. GCL under 18’s players must be born on or after 1 September 2001.

2.2 Female players may compete in a team playing up two years on their age. (e.g. U14 can play in U12 or U16 in U14 or U18 in the U16 competition)

2.3 For under-age players in older age groups, the following rules apply; under 10’s must be a minimum 7 years old, under 12s player must be a minimum of 8, Under 15s player must be 11.

It is the responsibility of the coaching staff to look after the safety of the team and who takes the field.    

Note: Coaches must seek approval by consulting with the parent involved when it comes to the minimum age for under 10’s. This rule applies for other players playing at a higher age level.



3. Registration of Players

3.1 A player who has not previously been registered with his club must be registered on MyCricket prior to the results being entered for the round in which the player first participates.

3.2 All other players that have previously been registered will have their details on MyCricket and this must be checked by clubs prior to commencement of the season to ensure accuracy.

3.3 Failure to comply with rule 3.1 will result in teams losing all points obtained from matches in which an unregistered player participated. For Rule 3.2, points will not be awarded to any team             until the Secretary has received their bulk registration form and affiliation fees.

3.4 All player details (contact details, personal details) must be on MyCricket, all details must be updated annually (yearly). Note: Date of Birth is of the upmost importance. Failure to display details while playing, will lead to penalties i.e. loss of points for unregistered player etc.

3.5 To be eligible to play in any semi or grand finals match’s, the prospective player must have played in a minimum of 4 days in the team playing or played at least 4 days from the playing club. It is permissible to play in a higher grade. (i.e. u10 to u12, or u12 to u15). No retrospective entries may be made in MyCricket to manipulate a player eligibility to qualify for the semi or grand finals.

3.6 If the opposing team forfeits a match, the players selected in the non-forfeiting team will be considered to have played a scheduled match. Match report details must be entered on the official MyCricket Website post-match as per rule 5.5.


4. Clearances and Transfers

4.1 A player once having registered and played for an affiliated club and desires to transfer to another club within the competition must obtain a clearance from their former club and submit the clearance through the T&DCA  MyCricket Website, the clearance must be answered within            10 days by the responding club or the player will be transferred to their new club automatically.

4.2 No player once having played for one club is permitted to play with any other club in the competition without having first obtained a clearance from his former club, unless, the player has not played with his former club for a period greater than twelve (12) months.                                    

4.3 No team shall receive points for a match in which a player participated without a clearance.


5. Team Responsibilities

5.1 The home team is required to provide stumps, cricket bails, and mark the boundary.

5.2 Each team is required to provide a competent umpire and scorer. Official TDCA umpires will be provided for u14 and u16 semi and grand finals.

5.3 Under 10’s will use a pink ball (120-140g) and for the u12’s (142g), and u15’s (156g), they are to use the white T&DCA allocated ball unless notified otherwise by the T&DCA.

5.4 Players must appear in correct cricket attire, that is white trousers, white shirt or club colours and/or white pullover (if worn) coloured footwear is permitted. A white pull over may be worn when it is reasonable as a result of cold conditions. It may be decided between coaches if the conditions are extreme that warmer cloths may be worn.

5.5 Results must be entered on the T&DCA MyCricket Website by both teams no later than the start of the next scheduled fixture. For semi-finals and grand finals results must be entered within 72 hours of the completion of the first innings or match completion. Teams to be entered into My Cricket prior to the commencement of the match so that clubs intending to use Live Scoring are able to.

5.6 The Association Secretary shall keep records of individual batting & bowling figures for the purpose of awarding Association trophies. The eligibility requirements for award winners shall             be in accordance with Sections 5.6.1 and 5.6.2.

5.6.1 Under 15 – Awards (My Cricket stats)

  • Batting Average/Aggregate - Batted at least 4 times and scored at least 120 runs in Total.

  • Bowling Average/Aggregate - Bowled at least 20 overs and taken at least 8 wickets.

  • Championship Player.

  • For the purpose of calculating batting averages retired is counted as not out.

  • If the eligibility criteria was not attained by any player it will default to the highest placed player.


5.7 Any club not completing the MyCricket scores in accordance with Rule 5.5 shall be fined. Clubs will be notified and if still not completed additional fines may be imposed

5.8 Any club playing an ineligible player either unregistered or without a clearance or age             ineligible, will result in automatic loss of all points allocated for matches in which such a player takes part. 

5.9 Clubs must provide a competent scorer and umpire at all matches in accordance with 5.2.

5.10 Clubs must be represented at all T&DCA Junior Sub-Committee convened meetings.               

5.11 Player on field behaviour is to be closely monitored. Sledging and intimidation of opposing players, disputing an umpire’s decision, and unsporting like behaviour is not permitted.  Any offending player shall be reported to the Association Secretary (by either umpire/coach) and the Junior Sub Committee will resolve the report.

5.12 The T&DCA Code of Conduct sets the minimum standards of conduct for those participating on and off the field.


6. Rules Governing Matches

6.1 Matches shall be played in accordance with the fixtures as published by the T&DCA.

6.2 Match Days

  • u10’s Tuesday’s: 5pm-7.00pm-

  • u12’s Monday’s: 5pm-7:30pm

  • u15’s Friday’s: 5pm-7.30pm

6.3 All wicket-keepers in u10’s, u12’s and u15’s must wear a helmet when keeping at all times

6.4 Any ball which does not land on the synthetic grass or cut turf pitch will be a deemed no-ball and not a wide.

6.5 The maximum over a side can bat in under u15’s is 40 overs and for T20 games 20 overs.

6.6 Team composition u15’s

  • Fourteen (14) Players may participate in the game.

  • Only eleven (11) may bat.

  • Only eleven (11) may bowl.

  • Only eleven (11) players may field at any given time.

  • Note: There is no need to nominate a non-bat or non-bowler prior to the game.

6.7 If interruption occurs during team’s innings, victory can only be obtained by the first team dismissing the second team or by the second team making a greater run total.

6.8 Only one (1) umpire may be allowed at each end of bowling, which must change after each over          

6.9 If circumstances exist where an area of the ground or wicket is unsuitable for play, the team by mutual consent may bowl from one end throughout the innings to avoid the unsuitable area.

6.10 Teams may by mutual agreement commence and cease play up to 15 minutes later or earlier and those times stipulated in Rule 6.2 provided the total duration of the day’s play does not exceed 40 overs for u15’s.

6.11 Matches not otherwise completed shall be decided by the number of runs scored on each 1st innings irrespective of the number of wickets lost, excepting where play has been interrupted.

6.12 If a first innings decision is obtained prior to stumps on the second day, the game shall continue under ordinary conditions until the scheduled time for stumps.

6.13 Players must wear correct cricket attire (i.e. white/club shirt, long white pants). Note: shorts are unacceptable and may lead to penalties.       

6.14 For 20 over per side games, bowlers are restricted to 4 overs maximum per bowler. If the side batting first is dismissed prior to the completion of the required overs then the side batting second shall commence their innings with a
maximum of 20 overs. A result shall be achieved by one side making more runs than the other in their allotted overs.

6.15 In 20 and 40 over per side games, up to 15 minutes of play may be lost due to inclement weather before any loss of overs. Once there is a loss of more than 15 minutes play there will be a deduction of one over for every further 3 ½ minutes of lost time. In the event of time being lost in the first innings then the deduction will be made from the total overs to be played and the overs re-calculated so that both teams face an equal amount of overs. A reduction of an extra over may be required to balance the overs for each side.  Between each innings there will be a 15 minute break.

If the time is lost during the innings of the side batting second then the match shall revert to ordinary conditions. That is, the side batting second (Team B) must be dismissed for less runs than the side batting first (Team A) for Team A to obtain a win or the side batting second must make the required score for Team B to obtain a win. In the event of ordinary conditions applying one of the above scenarios must happen or the match is declared a draw.

6.16 In the event of a reduction of overs there must be a minimum of 10 overs per team in a 20/20 and 20 overs in a 40/40 to constitute a game. Duckworth Lewis system will then be applied for Under 15’s.

6.17 In u15 matches a bowler may bowl only a maximum of 9 Balls per over - this includes no balls and wides.

6.18 The following restrictions are to apply for all under 15’s games including finals bowlers may only bowl a maximum of one fifth of the overs allotted for the innings.

6.19 A bowler is restricted to six overs in one spell. A spell is defined as two or more consecutive      overs. A break between spells, equal to the same number of overs bowled from the same end, is to be taken. Slow bowlers can bowl their total allotted overs in one spell. For the purpose of this rule slow bowlers must bowl their entire spell as a slow bowler to qualify under this rule or they are then limited to 6 overs in a spell. A slow bowler is defined as a bowler to whom the wicket keeper would normally stand up to the stumps.

6.20 No extra points will be awarded for outright victories. Such victories will be regarded as 1st innings victories.

6.21 No balls incur a one (1) run penalty, in u15’s matches, in addition to any runs scored off the bat.

6.22 The T&DCA Executive nominates, at the commencement of each season, a reserve day to be used in the event of a complete washout of the Grand Final.

6.23 No "mankads".

6.24 For all u15 games the L.B.W rule applies.

6.25 For u15 games batsman must be retired on 50, if  the team is bowled out the not out retired player may return to bat to use up the remaining overs. If a player is retired as a result of an injury while batting, they may resume batting at any fall of wicket. For semi-finals and grand finals if a player is retired by the coach, (not as a result of an injury) they are eligible to return to the crease at the fall of the last wicket

Finals- No compulsory retirement

6.26 If a player begins a game injured due to severe injury or disability a runner will be granted.





7.  Teams having a bye

7.1 Teams having the bye will be awarded the maximum number of
points as allocated by MyCricket.


8. Player Safety

8.1 The wearing of helmets is compulsory in all domestic competitions and representative matches for the batsman on strike and non-striker in all age grades. 

8.2 Only the wicketkeeper and orthodox slips fieldsman are permitted to take up fielding positions in the restricted area as determined in Rule 8.4.

8.3 All other fieldsmen not defined by Rule 8.2 are not permitted to enter the restricted area until the ball has:

  • been struck by the Batsman;

  • struck the Batsman or his apparel; or

  • passed the stumps at the Striker's end.

8.4 The restricted area is the area formed by drawing a circle with a radius of 10 metres (half the pitch length) from the middle stump at the striker's end. No fielders are allowed within the 10 metre radius of the batsman (wicketkeeper/slips excluded)

8.5 In the u15 competition any ball that passes over shoulder high of the striker in his normal batting position will be called a no ball.

8.6 For u12’s and u15’s either umpire shall call a no ball if the ball passes full above waste height in a normal stance. MCC Ruling

8.7 For u12’s and u15’s a ball is called a no ball if it rolls or bounces more than twice on the pitch between wicket and wicket.


9. Percentages

9.1 If two or more teams have equal points, the team with the higher percentage will have higher ranking on the ladder.

9.2 Percentages will be calculated as follows-.

  • Runs scored for divided by Runs against

  • Wickets lost divided by Wickets taken

9.3 Teams declaring their innings closed or being compulsory closed will be deemed to have lost       only those wickets fallen.

10 Point system

10.1 Premiership points (u12, u15) will be awarded according to the following summary of situations.

  • First innings / Outright win – 4 points

  • Tie - 2 points

  • Forfeit – 4 points

  • Drawn or abandoned game - 2 points



11. Under 10 competition (20 Overs per team or as allocated) Australian Cricket Junior Format – (Recommended model 7 players per team)

11.1 7 players per team (maximum of 7 players on the field).

11.2 5 Players per team is the minimum required to play the game.

11.3 9 players is the maximum to be allocated to a team (maximum 7 players on the field at any given time).

11.4 Batting:

  • All balls (regardless of whether wides/no balls) will be included in the batters count.

  • Free hit by placing a ball on a cone to be awarded if ball rolls and is not playable. Ball must be hit down the ground straight.

  • Batter to swap end following a dismissal. If there is a run out the not out batter is required to face the next delivery.

  • As there are allowances for varying team size, the following retirement rules apply:

  • 5 player team – batters retire at 24 balls

  • 6 player team – batters retire at 20 balls

  • 7 player team – batters retire at 17 balls

  • 8 player team – batters retire at 15 balls

  • 9 player team – batters retire at 13 balls

  • If there is an extra ball to be bowled, the batter facing at the time will face the extra ball (i.e. 17x7=119)

  • Batters are to retire as soon as they face their allotted balls, not at the end of the over.

11.5 Bowling:

  • 6 balls per over (maximum)

  • All players are to bowl (each wicket-keeper is to bowl one over each) All kids to bowl minimum 2 overs each

  • Maximum overs bowled by a player are 4 overs. Change to 3 maximum

  • Bowlers are to bowl from one end for entire game.

11.6 Fielding:

  • Rotation of fielders is required.

  • No fielders within 15 metres of the batters or each other (except wicket-keeper) to encourage singles and safety.

  • Each team is required to use two wicket keepers (10 overs each). Minimum of 2 wicket keepers

  • If more than 7 players are present at a match, they should rotate onto the field each over.

11.7 Dismissals:

  • Unlimited dismissals (each player will face the nominated number of balls each)

  • Consequence for dismissal- Plus 5 runs for each dismissal to be added to the bowling team’s total at the end of their innings

11.8 Pitch length is 16 metres wicket to wicket.

11.9 Boundary is 40 meters maximum.

11.10 Modified soft cricket ball (120-140g).

11.11 Equipment: 

  • Helmet and Protector must be worn at all times whilst batting.

  • Helmet must be worn while Wicket Keeping

  • Additional safety equipment may be worn based on match conditions and/or personal preference.

  • 2 Sets of portable stumps recommended with base and bails – minimum of 1 set of portable stumps required.

  • Bat - size 4

  • Measuring tape to measure pitch length (16m).

  • Boundary (40m) markers (require 20 cones).


12. Under 12 competition (20 Overs per team – 120 Balls) Australian Cricket Junior Format – (Recommended model 9 players per team)

12.1 9 players per team.

12.2 7 players per team minimum are required to play the game.

12.3 11 players per team maximum are to be allocated to a team (maximum 9 players on the field at any given time).

12.4 Batting:

  • All batters retire at 20 balls faced with the assumption that some players will be dismissed.

  • Any retired batters can return when all others have batted, in the order they retired.

  • All balls regardless of whether wides/no balls will be included in the batters ball count.

  • Maximum 9 players are permitted to bat per innings.

  • If the team has more than 9 players, those players that did not bowl must bat.

  • The innings is deemed as closed after 8 wickets have fallen or the batting team has completed or the batting team has completed their allotted overs.

  • No LBW’s for under 12’s. (TDCA Ruling)

 12.5 Bowling:

  • 6 Balls per overs (max).

  • Maximum 4 overs per bowler.

  • If the team has 9 players or less, all players must bowl.

  • If the team has more than 9 players, a maximum of 9 players can bowl only. Those players that did not bat must bowl.

  • Coaches are encouraged to rotate the opportunity for players to bowl 4 overs in a match.

  • Bowlers change ends at 10 overs.

  • Bowlers can bowl from one end for the entire game at coach’s discretion.

12.6 Fielding:

  • No fielders within 10 metres radius of the bat (Except regulation off side slips, gully and wicket-keeper)

  • Rotate fielders if more than 9 in the side.

  • Teams may change wicket-keepers after 10 overs.

      12.7 Game’s duration for each side shall be 1 hour & 15 minutes duration, with a ten minute changeover.


      12.8 Cricket ball (142g hard leather).

      12.9 All u12 scores go onto MyCricket as per T&DCA regulations. At the completion of the season the top four teams will play in a semi-final with the top two teams contesting a grand-final, therefore teams will be playing for points.  Points are awarded, using the same system that is currently in place in the T&DCA.

      12.10 Scoring will be (at all times) done off the ground, so coaches can coach.

12.11 Equipment:

  • Helmets must be worn at all times whilst batting and wicket keeping.

  • Pads, gloves and protector.

  • Additional safety equipment may be worn based on match conditions and/or personal preference.

  • 2 Sets of portable stumps recommended with base and bails – minimum of 1 set of portable stumps required.

  • Bat - size 5 or 6

  • Measuring tape to measure pitch length (18m). Pitch to be shortened at the bowler’s end.

  • Boundary (45 m) markers (require 20 cones).



13. Finals Matches

13.1 Grand Finals will be conducted in the u12’s, u14’s for the Keith Brownbill Shield and the u16’s for the Brian Symons Shield.

13.2 Semi-finals will be conducted between 1st versus 4th and 2nd versus 3rd. The winners will compete in the Grand Final. Venues for finals matches will be decided by the Junior Sub-Committee with regards to the competing teams and after a discussion with the Senior Association Match Committee on ground availability and suitability.

13.3 Semi & Grand Final matches shall commence at 5pm and finish at 7:30pm (Unless scheduled for a Saturday or Sunday with the starting time then being 10am). In the u12’s the innings will consist of 20 overs per side. In the u15’s game the teams shall play one innings each of 40 overs per side with a break or lunch taken after the completion of the first 40 overs with a half hour (30 min) break.

Play can be extended due to inclement weather for up to 120 minutes. There is no spare day for semi-finals. Grand Final – u15 games are to commence as per scheduled time. The same format as the Semi Final games shall be followed in both grades. Duckworth Lewis applies for Semi finals

13.4 The highest placed team on the ladder at the end of the home and away season will be deemed the home side for the purpose of responsibility for the supply of stumps, drinks and boundary marking.

13.5 Where a draw occurs in a semi-final the higher placed team on the ladder will be declared the winner. There are no spare days allotted for semi-finals.                          

13.6 Grand Finals

Play can be extended for up to 180 minutes due to inclement weather. In the event of a result not being obtained a spare day shall consist of 2 hours on a selected day. If no result still then Grand Final awarded to team that finished higher on ladder.

Note: The intent is that finals matches are concluded on the scheduled day/s and if there can be no result, (match drawn) due to inclement weather after using both the nominated day and the spare day to complete the stipulated overs, then the team that has finished in the highest position on the ladder after the home and away season of the two Grand Final participants shall be declared the Premier for the season in that age group.


14. TDCA - Gippsland Pride / GCL / JCW and Representative Nominations 

14.1 Selection and nominations are based on individual player performance as per current and past performances.

14.2 Selection is approved by the Junior Sub-Committee and Vice-President Juniors.


15. General 

15.1 Mandatory that all coaches and support staff have a Volunteer Working with Children Check.

15.2 All coaches to preferably have the Level 1 Community Coach Accreditation

15.3 Forfeiting a semi-final or grand-final a penalty of $200 applies.

 Refer to Traralgon & District Cricket Association By-Laws for rules not covered by the Junior Rules.