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Our Duty of Care

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out:

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed
  • That a full and proper COVID-19 specific risk assessment has been carried out.

Please ensure you read our COVID-19 specific risk assessment before entering this event. This can be found here.

MSSP are putting additional measures in place regarding COVID-19 however it is impossible to fully remove all risk. By entering this event you have carefully considered your options and made sure you are completely comfortable with the risks associated with COVID-19 and undertaken your own organisations risk assessment for participating in this event. It is in the interests of all event competitors to fully understand the measures that have been put in place to make everyone who takes part as safe as possible and it is entirely your decision to take part. Please ensure you are fully conversant with the rules of the event and pay particular attention to the following;

  • All participants and attendees (including players, officials, organisers and volunteers) are aware of COVID-19 symptoms and the need to self-assess before attending every sporting activity.
  • Any participant or other attendee reporting symptoms does not attend and is directed to follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
  • Participants or any other attendee are aware of any increased risk associated with taking part in sporting activity, based on the national governing body’s guidance and risk assessment, and have appropriate consent to take part in the activity.
  • Participants or any other attendee are strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside the sports setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend.
  • Participants and any other attendee continue to adhere to legal gathering limits before and after sporting activities, act responsibly and limit transmission risk wherever possible.
  • Participants are aware that they are choosing to take part in the modified version of the game, including any relevant COVID-19 measures, and should comply with these measures as a condition of participation.
  • Spectators will not be permitted entry to facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents.


Team Requirements & Eligibility

  • Age: Year 5 & 6.
  • Mixed gender event although girls are not a requirement.
  • Squad Size: 9-a–side with a maximum squad of 15. Teams should be mixed and consist of 9 players, with a maximum of 5 boys and minimum 4 girls on the pitch at one time.

Competition Format

  • Points awarded are: 3 for a win and 0 for a loss.
  • The team with the higher score wins. In the event of a tie the team that takes more outs wins.
  • Group placing determined by: points accrued, overall runs scored, least runs conceded, most wickets taken, head to head result (if 2 teams), toss of a coin.

Draw Format

  • Round robin groups. All teams will progress to a second stage of knockout competition according to their placement in the first round.


  • All teams will proceed to a quarter-final, a semi-final and a final to determine the Final Standings. Final pool standings will be determined from results. Winners of the pools will take top seed of their pool, 2nd take 2nd seed of their pool, etc.


  • Medals: GOLD and Trophy: winners. SILVER: runners-up. BRONZE: 3rd place.
  • Certificates will be presented to all participants.

Kit & Equipment

  • Please provide own warm up bats and balls.
  • Match balls are provided.
  • Players of the same team should wear the same colour tops/bibs. No jewellery, baseball caps etc. It is advised that if eyewear is essential, it should be made from plastic rather than glass.


  • Wait in the backward area well away from 4th post.
  • If out, wait in the backward area well away from 1st post.
  • You will have one good ball bowled to you.

No ball if:

  1. Not smooth under-arm action.
  2. Ball is above head or below knee.
  3. Ball bounces on way to you.
  4. Is wide of the batter or straight at body.
  5. The bowler’s foot is outside the square during the bowling action.
  • You do not need to run on a no ball but you can take a no ball and run on it, but once you reach 1st post you cannot return. You score in the normal way. You cannot be caught out or stumped out at 1st on a no ball.
  • If there is only one batter not out, for each good ball remaining they receive up to three hittable deliveries. They can choose to run on any one of these three balls.


  • 1 rounder if the ball is hit and 4th post is reached and touched before the next ball is bowled.
  • ½ a rounder if ball is hit and 2nd or 3rd post reached and touched before next ball is bowled, but if you continue this run and are stumped out before reaching 4th post, the score will be nullified.
  • If the ball is hit backward, stay at 1st post until ball crosses back line. Then score as normal.
  • If the batter misses the ball, they do not need to wait at 1st post for the ball to cross the back line.
  • ½ a rounder if 4th post reached without hitting the ball.
  • On the final ball of the innings:
  1. No ½ Rounders can be scored for stopping at 2nd or 3rd post.
  2. The batter can be out by: the ball being grounded in the batting square or the bowler’s square; or stumped out at 4th post.
  • Penalty ½ rounder for obstruction by a fielder.
  • Penalty ½ rounder for 2 consecutive no balls to same batter.

Out when:

  • Caught.
  • Foot over front/back line of batting square before hitting or missing a good ball.
  • Running inside posts or fielding square (unless obstructed).
  • The post you are running to is stumped.
  • You lose contact with post during bowler’s action when s/he has possession in the square.
  • If you are overtaken by a team-mate.
  • You drop bat the bat.
  • You exit out the front of the batting square.

Running around the track:

(Please carry the bat)

  • If you stop at a post you must keep contact with the post, with hand or bat. If you don’t the fielding side can stump the following post.
  • You can run on to a post even if it has been previously stumped (you don’t score if the post immediately ahead has been stumped).
  • When the bowler has the ball in his/her square you cannot move on, but if you are between posts you can carry on to the next one.
  • You cannot have two batters at a post. The Umpire will ask the first to run on when the second one makes contact with the post.
  • At a post you do not have to move on for every ball bowled.
  • You can move on as soon as the ball leaves the bowler’s hand, including no balls.

Safeguarding and DBS

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation.

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders:

•         have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment

•         are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from.

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here

Please see attached risk assessment for event specific planning and considerations.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here.

Photo Consent

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event.

Social Media

For information and updates from our events, please follow and use the platforms below.

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MertonSSP

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mertonssp

First Aid

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.

Comments, Compliments and Complaints

MSSP aims to deliver a first class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here