The VCV Extreme Conditions Policy will be implemented by the Committee of Management when the temperature for Melbourne is forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology (Phone 1196) to reach 38°C during normal hours of play (1- 6pm)
The decision to cancel any play will be made at or before 7.00 a.m. for Saturday/Sunday morning matches. Should this be implemented, notification will be via SMS Text Service and posted on the VCV Website.
Drinks – In the event of hot weather, captains by agreement may allow further drinks breaks in addition to those scheduled. Any participant may call for additional drink breaks whilst batting, fielding or umpiring, although every effort should be taken to minimise when this occurs. Bowlers may have drinks placed on the boundary line, which can be consumed at the completion of an over without disrupting play.
Player Rotation – After notifying his Captain and an Umpire (if present), a player may remove himself from the field at any time for reasons of heat stress. If a team has more than the named eleven players, they may, after notifying the umpire, rotate fieldsman to rest players in extreme conditions.
Heat Stress – Any player observed to suffering from heat stress is to be sent from the field by the Umpire, Captain or Team official immediately.
Shade – Clubs should provide shaded areas where the batting team, spectators and scorers may shelter.
Sun Protection – Players are reminded of the need for frequent applications of sunscreen and the use of long sleeved shirts to reduce exposure to the sun. Hats are an essential item and wide brimmed style is recommended, particularly on sunny days.
Lightning – Where an Umpire or Captain (where Umpires are not present) or a Team Official believes that lightning poses a threat to the safety of participants, play will be suspended and safe shelter taken. Any time lost for lightning shall be treated in the same manner as for extreme conditions i.e. play can be extended to 7:00 p.m.
Umpires – Where an Umpire feels that his health or judgment may suffer because of extreme conditions, he may take a break from his duties, after arranging an appropriate substitute.
First Aid – Club First Aid Kits must include aids for the treatment of heat affected participants. Every endeavour should be made to have a club member, who is properly skilled in the treatment of heat affected people, at home games.
A notice should be prominently included in or displayed near the first aid kit, explaining treatment of heat affected patients.
Early Finish – If the trying conditions exist in Senior or Veterans matches, both Captains, by agreement may call the game off early after there has been a first innings result, however, both Captains must agree to such an early finish.