Junior Rules


1. The Junior Section will run competitions at U10, UII, U12, U13, U14, U15 and U17 each year, provided there are sufficient team entries. Plate competitions will also be run in age groups were again there are sufficient entries.

Clubs will be allowed to enter more than one team into an age group under special registration procedures.
At least 8 players must be nominated on the registration sheet as being A team players only (applies to U13, U14, U15 and U17 age groups only). For the U12, U11 and U10 age groups, 7 players need to be nominated as A team players. This means that any player that is not one of the nominated players can play in an A team game and still play in the B team. If a club has more than 2 teams in any age group, the same principle applies to all lower teams.

Clubs who are not members of the Palace Shield Senior Competition will be allowed to enter team(s) into the competition given that the club receives at least 75% of the available votes at the Annual General Meeting. These clubs will require to be re elected at each subsequent AGM, where they will require at least 50% of the available votes, in order to enter team(s) the following year.

2. An Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Section shall be held not later than 31st December each year, when a statement of accounts, duly audited, shall be presented. A President, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Results Secretary, Child Welfare Officer and Deputy, Registration Secretary and Communications Officer shall be elected, and any other business transacted as may be appropriate to an AGM. The President, Chairman and Vice Chairman shall serve a maximum term of 3 years, unless re-elected. Eleven clubs shall form a quorum. Officers may only be elected from the representatives of the member clubs of the competition.

Notices of motion must reach the Secretary not later than the 15th September. Clubs will be given 14 days notice of meetings and agenda. Clubs not represented at Committee Meetings will be fined £10 for each absence. Competing clubs will pay an annual subscription of £50 for the entry of one team (a £10 increase) and £25 for each subsequent team (a £5 increase). The end of the financial year will be 31st October. All clubs will automatically be entered for the same number of teams for each subsequent season unless the Secretary is informed in writing before the AGM. Any new entries for the Competition must be made in the same way. All teams entered as at the Annual General Meeting shall be eligible for the Annual Subscription for the ensuing season.
Invoices for all team entries will be sent out in April each year. All fees must be paid by the 31st July each year. Any club that has not paid their entry fees by the deadline date, will incur a £10 fine and will be fined a further £5 for every week thereafter, until they have been paid.
Any club that fails to attend a junior meeting will incur a £10 fine for missing the first meeting. The fine will double for each subsequent meeting missed, eg £20 for the second meeting, £40 for the third and so on.
Any club missing 3 consecutive meetings will be sanctioned as felt appropriate by the Executive.

Clubs must send contact details for their Secretary and Treasurer to the junior section secretary by the start of each season.


3. Clubs must register players online (using the Palace Shield Website).
Each player must provide evidence of their date of birth to their club. The League Junior Registration Secretary may as part of an audit request a copy of a players birth certificate. No player shall play for any club unless he has been registered for that club (with his consent) by the Registration Secretary at least 3 days before a match. No player who has played for one club in the Junior Section in any season may play for any other club. An application for relaxation of this rule may be made in writing to the Secretary whose decision shall be final. Should permission be granted, the transferred player will not be allowed to play for their new club until 7 days have elapsed. No player may be registered after 30th June in each year.

A player who is registered for a club outside the Palace Shield competition, will now be eligible to play for any club in any of the Junior Palace Shield competitions – rule change for 2015.

The Palace Shield will have first choice of any Northern League or Liverpool Competition players or any other league, in any Inter League competition (where the junior players play in the PS junior leagues). Should the PS not select any player, then that player is free to play for another league, if selected.
Should a player selected for the PS prefer to play for another League, then they must seek permission from the Secretary prior to playing.

Fixtures & Match Conditions

4. Fixtures can only be cancelled due to weather or clashes with District, County or Inter League games.Should any match not be played, the Results Secretary must be informed as to the reason for the postponement and any new date for the fixture, by the Friday of the week following that in which the game should have been played. If clubs are unable to rearrange the fixture or the Results Secretary is not informed of the new date, within 7 days, both sides will be awarded TWO points and the game will not be replayed.

Artificial pitches will be allowed in league matches played in all age groups. The visiting team must be informed in advance if alternative footwear is required, due to the use of an artificial pitch. Artificial pitches will not be acceptable for semi-finals or finals, in any age group.

For all matches the minimum boundary size of the ground shall be 35 yards from the batsman on strike, the exception being where the natural boundary of the ground is less than this. Should part of the outfield be unfit for play, that part of the ground may be roped off to enable the game to take place. In these circumstances, the minimum boundary size does not apply (for that part of the ground only).

If one team, having a minimum of seven players, not be ready to start at the designated time, but their opponents be ready, then the team failing to be ready shall forfeit the toss, and their opponents shall have the choice of batting or fielding first.

Each team must have a competent scorer for all matches, who must not perform the duty of umpire at the same time. Appointed scorers must sit close to each other as well as the scoreboard, whilst performing the task.

Evening games shall start no later than 6.30pm. Sunday morning fixtures shall commence no later than 10am.

If a bowler be incapacitated or cease to bowl for any legitimate reason acceptable to the Umpires, then that over in progress shall be completed by a bowler other than he / she who bowled the previous over, other than he / she who is to bowl the next over, or other than one who has completed their allocation.
If a reserve player is available, he /she may replace the injured player and play a full part in the game (being allowed to bat and bowl).

Each club will provide an umpire for all games prior to the semi-final.
Umpires in all junior games MUST wear a white umpires coat, or, in warm weather, a white shirt or white cricket jumper.
The competition will provide umpires for all semi-finals and finals.
The league will pay the umpires fees in all semi finals where panel umpires are standing and all finals.

In all league and cup games, umpires will not be allowed to captain or coach players during the game, except in the Under 10 and Under 11 competitions.

Two time outs per innings (one per team) shall be permitted. Any time outs taken, to last no more than two minutes, to be taken at the fall of a wicket, or when a batsman has retired.


5. In all competitions, the team scoring the most runs in the completed innings, or within the overs, shall be the winners.

6. In the U10 and U11 Competitions it will be 7 points for a win. 6 points to each side for a tied game. 2 points for a no result. Bonus points to be awarded to the losing team in U10 and U11 games as follows:
1 point to a team losing by 25 runs to 49 runs
2 points to a team losing by 1 to 24 runs
In the event of a tied game in an U10 or U11 Final, the game will be declared a tie (irrespective of the number of wickets lost). There will be no bowl out or count back.

In a tied U10 or U11 Semi Final, the team with the higher net score after 10 overs will be declared the winner.

7. In U12, U13, U14, U15 and U17 games, 7 points will be awarded for a win, 6 points to each side with NO batting or bowling points being awarded in a tied game. 2 points to each side for any game not being played.
3 bowling bonus points are awarded in any forfeited match (10 points in total).

BOWLING points shall be available to both sides. One point upon taking 3 wickets, a SECOND on taking 5 wickets and a THIRD one for taking 7 or more wickets.
No bowling points will be awarded in a tied game.

Teams BATTING first or second and losing shall be awarded ONE batting point upon reaching a run rate of 3 runs per over (eg 60 runs in a 20 over innings), a SECOND upon reaching 4 runs per over and a THIRD upon reaching 5 runs per over. No batting points will be awarded to either side in a TIED game.
The % calculation is no longer used for teams batting 2nd and losing.

INCOMPLETE GAMES: Bonus points to be awarded after the completion of the first innings (20 overs or when a team is all out), in all INCOMPLETE GAMES.

Any team playing an overage, incorrectly registered or non – registered player in any game, will be considered to have lost the game and, in the case of a league match, shall have 4 points deducted from their existing total.

8. Following the completion of the league fixtures, should two or more teams finish on equal points, positions will be decided by the side having the greater number of wins, being placed the higher. If this is the same,
the team winning the head to head game will be placed the higher, if a tie or no result, teams will then be decided by average net run difference (U10s and U11s) and average runs per wicket (U12s, U13s, U14s, U15s and U17s).

9. Following the completion of a match, the WINNING TEAM is responsible for entering the result of the game on the website and must enter a full scorecard as well. Scorecards are required for ALL age groups.

Any winning team that has not recorded the result AND a full scorecard on the website within 7 days of the game having been played, to be fined £10 for each result and scorecard not entered.

In the event of a tied game, it is the home teams responsibility to enter the result and scorecard.
Again they have 7 days to enter the result and scorecard, after which time a £10 fine will be incurred if the details are not recorded on the website.

Should a game not be played, the home side is responsible for entering a no result.

10. The Competition format and dates will be decided at each AGM depending on the number of entries to the competition.The deadline for completing all age group league matches and rearranged games, shall be the 31st July each year.
Trophies will be awarded as follows:
Under 17 Competition Winners - Rose Trophy
Under 17 Competition Runners Up - Courtaulds Trophy
U17 Plate Winners - Dave Lever Trophy
U17 Plate Runners Up - Bruce Turner Trophy
Under 15 Competition Winners - Tom Jenkins Trophy
Under 15 Competition Runners Up - Jim Gledhill Trophy
U15 Plate Winners - Frank Henry Trophy
U15 Plate Runners Up - Trevor Wilde Trophy
U14 Competition Winners - Dave Walker Trophy
U14 Competition Runners Up - Dorothy Poxon Trophy
Under 13 Competition Winners - Dutton Forshaw Trophy

Under 13 Competition Runners Up - Fred H.Alty Cup
U13 Plate Winners - Tom Haworth Trophy
U13 Plate Runners Up - Colin Dawber Trophy
U12 Competition Winners - Graham Lawton Trophy
U12 Competition Runners Up - Roger Harrison Trophy
U12 Plate Winners - Bob Ward Trophy
U12 Plate Runners Up - Ken Hicken Trophy
Under 11 Competition Winners - Tony Poxon Trophy
Under 11 Competition Runners Up - The Highfield Trophy
U11 Plate Winners - Terry Wilson Trophy
U11 Plate Runners Up - Harry and Rita Williams Trophy
Under 10 Competition Winners - Brian Gill Trophy
Under 10 Competition Runners Up - John Sharp Trophy
Junior Fair Play Award - Warton CC Trophy
Junior Player of the Year - David Crabtree Trophy

Clubs to return main trophies won the previous season (winners and runners up) by the 1st April each year. Trophies to be returned engraved. Any club not returning one or more trophies by the 1st April, to be fined £5 per week until returned. Trophies to be returned engraved. If not engraved, the league will arrange for it to be done and the club will be invoiced for the cost of the engraving.


11. The NCA regulations regarding the safety of batsmen and fielders applies to all matches.
Fielders under the age of 13 shall not field within 11 yards of the bat, unless behind the wicket on the off side.
Fielders under the age of 15 shall not field within 8 yards of the bat, unless behind the wicket on the off side.

In addition, any player in the Under 16 to Under 18 age groups, who has not reached the age of 18, must wear a helmet and, for boys, a box when fielding within 6 yards of the bat, except behind the wicket on the off side.
All players must wear helmets whilst batting or when wicketkeeping and standing up to the wicket.

ECB fast bowling directives will apply in all matches (revised details from 2010)
Upto age 13 max 5 overs spell max 10 overs per day
U14 and U15 max 6 overs spell max 12 overs per day
U16 and U17 max 7 overs spell max 18 overs per day
U18 and U19 max 7 overs spell max 18 overs per day

For the purpose of these Directives a fast bowler should be defined as a bowler whom a wicketkeeper in the same age group, would in normal circumstances stand back to take the ball.

Having completed a spell the bowler cannot bowl again, from either end, until the equivalent number of overs to the length of their spell have been bowled from the same end. A bowler can change ends without without ending their current spell provided they bowl the next over that they legally can from the other end. If this does not happen, the spell is deemed to be concluded.

A bowler can exceed the maximum overs per spell, only if bowling spin. The bowler cannot revert to bowling fast, until an equivalent number of overs to the length of his spell have been bowled from the same end.

Captains, Team Managers and Umpires are asked to ensure that these Directives are followed at all times.
Any player having represented Lancashire or played in a District Cricket match CANNOT play in any Palace Shield game on the same day. This has come down from the ECB and MUST be applied.

Any club that is not a member of the Senior Competition will be sent a form requesting details on the Welfare Officers and Club Coaches every season. This is to be returned to the Secretary by the 1st April.

In all matters other than set out above, the Rules of the Palace Shield will apply, particularly Rule 51. These rules apply to all competitions and are subject to annual review.

For Health and Safety purposes and to prevent insurance problems should any player be injured in all games played using a hardball, adequate sightscreens must be used.
Any club found guilty of not providing suitable sight screens will be deemed to have forfeited the game. The away side will be awarded the game and maximum points, with the offending home team having an additional 5 point deduction applied.

Code of Conduct for Coaches & Managers



All Junior Team Managers should act as role models in ensuring each player in his / her team complies with the following, both on and off the field

·  To be fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all junior players and the game of cricket in general.

·  All players must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions

·  All players must respect opponents

·  Players must wear suitable kit for matches and practice sessions, as instructed

·  Foul and/or abusive language on or off the field is unacceptable

·  Intimidation, aggressive behaviour and/or deliberate distraction of opponents by words or actions are unacceptable

·  Players are not allowed to smoke or consume alcohol on the pitch at any time

·  Players are not allowed to take drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club

·  It is expected that teams will do their utmost to win but the highest standards of sportsmanship in keeping with the spirit of the game should be displayed

·  It is a requirement that all players under the age of 18 shall wear a helmet when batting or keeping wicket standing up. There shall be no exception to this rule.

·  Treat everyone equally and not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, disability, race, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief

·  Not provide Young People with alcohol when they are under the care of the Club

·  Follow ECB guidelines set out in the “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children’ and any other relevant guidelines issued

·  Report any concerns in relation to a Young Person, following reporting procedures laid down by the ECB

Clubs are reminded that the Code of Practice and Code of Conduct for the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield covers ALL matches played in the competition, including those at junior level.


Discipline Procedure

If a complaint is received that a club, player, umpire or spectator is in breach of either the Code of Practice or Code of Conduct, the following process will be observed:

1. The club, or clubs responsible will be informed and given 14 days to reply.

2. If the complainant and the officers of the competition are satisfied that the matter has been dealt with, it will go no further. However, should further measures be required, the matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Sub-Committee for the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Junior Section which shall consist of between 3 and 5 independent club representatives, including at least one officer of the competition. This sub-committee shall be given full powers awarded to the Disciplinary Sub-Committee for the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield as laid out in the Code of Conduct.


All clubs to actively participate in its Local Authority Cricket Development Group.

Child Protection & Welfare

(ECB Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children)

The Competition expects ALL clubs to adhere to the ECB policy and practices for safeguarding children
All clubs to have a qualified Child  Welfare Officer in place.

In furtherance of this:
All clubs to have a qualified Child Welfare Officer and an Assistant Child Welfare Officer in place.
Clubs without a  Child Welfare Officer, will not be allowed to take part in the League.

All clubs to have a First Aid Officer.

All clubs to have as a minimum a Head Coach who has obtained an approved ECB coaching qualification.

All team managers to have either attended an ECB approved Introductory Course or to have obtained the ECB Coaching Certificate

All Team managers to be CRB checked.

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