JUNIORS

Registrations for the 2018-19 playing season now open.

EXCITING NEW CHANGES ON THE JUNIOR FRONT FOR 2018/19

NZC is mandating change for 2018/2019. National, District and School Competitions use new formats. Most of NZ has changed formats and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. ACA has changed Girls junior formats and Boys Year 5 and Year 8 formats with overall positive feedback.

Our Objectives:

✓Grow the game at grassroots level

✓Develop better ability cricketers

✓Develop more people who love the game for life

Why Change?

In Auckland playing numbers drop drastically from Year 4 to Year 5, Year 5 to Year 6,Year 6 to Year 7 – over 30% drop off after the first year of “real” cricket and Year 8 to Year 9 – over 35% drop off as they enter College. These are not numbers anyone can ignore.

Quality of junior games are low leading to less development of better players:

✓Across all grades (including premier) 68% of all balls bowled were dot balls.

✓Across all grades 19% of all runs came from wides and no balls

How Can We Stay Relevant?

We need to adapt junior cricket to provide:

✓More opportunity

✓Greater skill development

✓More fun

✓Greater involvement

How Do We Achieve This?

We need to change the experience for kids playing cricket:

✓Less players

✓Shorter games

✓Shorter pitches

✓Reduced boundary sizes

✓Ensure every player has more opportunities

What Positives Are We Looking For?

✓More balls in play (less wides and no balls)

✓Better running between wickets - more singles

✓Improved fielding

✓Throwing will be about accuracy and technique, not distance.

✓All fielders experience all positions – no more hiding weaker fielders.

✓Throwing will be about accuracy and technique, not distance.

✓Higher scoring = more excitement

✓Accelerate development of advanced cricket skills for all players

✓Improve retention rates

✓Experienced and qualified coaches will improve player skills.

✓Reduced time commitment –change the perception of parents who resist cricket.

✓Replicate the excitement of T20 Cricket

✓Everyone has an opportunity to bat, bowl and develop

✓Develop better ability cricketers!

Not Convinced?

Watch the following video’s from Gary Stead (Former Blackcap and Current Canterbury Coach) who has first hand experience with his own children who play in Canterbury using the new formats:

Gary Stead on Representative Cricket

Gary Stead on New Formats Specifics

Gary Stead on Skills developed using New Formats

Gary Stead on Different Ages and Stages

Gary Stead on Development

CHECK OUT WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CHILD ON THE AGE APPROPRIATE PAGE.