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JUNIOR CRICKET INFORMATION

 

Contents:

 

1.         What Junior Cricket is played in our district and which one for my child/me?

 

2.         Introductory and Non Competition Cricket:

2.1       Woolworths Junior Blaster

 2.2       Woolworths Master Blaster

 

3          Competition Cricket:

3.1       Mixed [Boys and Girls] Competition Cricket

3.2       Representative Cricket

3.3       In which age group am I?

 

4.         Girls Cricket League – Girls Only Cricket

4.1       Sydney Sixers League

4.2       When do the girls play?

4.3       Girls Representative Cricket

 

5.         General Information:

            5.1       What uniforms/gear do I need to provide?

5.2       How much does it cost?

5.3       Can Parents/Others help?

5.4       Want to sign up?

 


1.         What Cricket is Played in Our District and which One for My Child/Me?

This season Mortdale Heights will again be involved with:

·        Running Woolworths Junior Blasters and Woolworths Master Blasters Programs;

·        Fielding teams in both Mixed (boys and girls) Competition and Non-Competition;

·        Girls Only Cricket.

 

 

2.       Introductory and Non Competition Cricket:

2.1       Woolworths Junior Blasters:     

This is an introductory form of cricket designed for boys and girls aged between 5-7 who are playing cricket for the first time. For many seasons it was known as Milo In2Cricket

 

The structure of Junior Blasters is a series of fun games and activities aimed at teaching children the basic skills. Generally this programme runs for 10weeks from early Oct-December.

 

Not all clubs run Junior Blasters, but our Association also runs a combined one which caters for all.

 

Mortdale Heights Junior Blasters is run in conjunction with two other Clubs - Illawarra Catholic CC and St Jospehs Riverwood CC on a weekday - Monday 4:30 - 5:30 - starting after school holidays in October and run through to mid December.

Location is Gannons Park, Lugarno/Peakhurst.

 

The St George Association Junior Blasters program is on Saturday mornings 8:00 - 9:30. Starting date is usually mid September and runs through to mid-December.

Location is Hurstville Oval.

 

 2.2       Woolworths Masters Blasters:           

Master Blasters is the next level from the Junior Blasters program, however many ‘older’ girls and boys use this form as an introduction to cricket.

 

As for Junior Blasters, the focus is on children having fun while they learn and develop the basic skills of cricket.

 

The format for Master Blasters is for teams to participate in weekly modified cricket matches played to special rules to ensure maximum enjoyment and participation.

 

·        No protective gear (such as helmets, pads) is required.

·        Games are of 16 overs each side, with one game played each day.

·        A full length pitch (20 metres) is not used. The pitch length is reduced to approx. 15 metres.

·        A plastic ball - similar to the In2 ball - is used in place of the regular harder rubber/leather cricket ball. Plastic bats are used.

·        Teams have a maximum of 8 players per team.

·        Special rules are in place to ensure that each player gets an equal opportunity and time to bat, bowl and wicket-keep. 

·        When batting, batters bat in 'pairs' for 4 overs each pair. If a batsman is dismissed, then he/she does not cease batting, but continues until the 4 over limit is reached.

 

Master Blasters programs run for 1.5 hrs each week and this season will be either held during the Saturday mornings 8:30 - 10:00 which day/s yet to be confirmed].

All games are held at the one location each week [Penshurst Park for 2018]].

 

During the program there is special entertainment provided and players who are "idle" (i.e. waiting to bat) participate in specialised Skills Training exercises to help them develop and keep them involved.

 

There is no restriction on age for Master Blasters

   

3.         Competition Cricket

 

3.1       Mixed [Boys and Girls] Competition Cricket

For the upcoming 2018/19 season, Competition Cricket is played in our District in Age Divisions - Under 10; 11; 13; 15 and 17. Each of these divisions is split into Grades A, B, C depending upon skill levels of participants and number of teams registering in each age group.

 

Generally games are played as one-day games, Saturday mornings. Both teams get to bat and bowl on the one day.

In older age groups (especially in each 'A' grade) games may be played as two-day matches. One team bats the first Saturday, the other on the second.

 

Special rules are in place to ensure that each player has the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the game.

 

Most competition cricket matches start on the first Saturday of September and run 'til end March. The exception will be Under 10s which will commence in October, after the school holidays. There are no games held during school holidays.

  

Starting time is 8:30 and finishing times vary according to age group as each age plays to different maximum overs - e.g. Under 10s and U11s play to 20 overs each. U13s play 30 overs each.

 

With the exception of Under 10s, which is "non-competition", Semi-finals, Finals are played on completion of the preliminary rounds, with finals being concluded by end March the following year.

 

3.2       Representative Cricket

Our Association also fields teams on behalf of St George Cricket in Representative (boys and girls) competitions against other Districts.

 

Players for these teams are selected from trials held early in September.

All Mortdale Heights players are advised of these trials prior to the starting date.

 

Representative games are played on Sundays and last the full day. Trial and competition games start in October, with finals played January/February

 

 

3.3      In which age group am I?

 The “cut-off” date for each age group is 31st August.

·        If you turn 8 on or before this date, then you are in the Under 10s.

·        If you turn 10 on or before this date, you are in the Under 11s. And so on.

The exception is for girls playing in the mixed Saturday morning competitions. Girls are allowed to play one grade below their age group. For example, a 13 year old girl may play in Under 11s.

  

 4.        Girls Cricket League – Girls Only Cricket

 Girls Cricket League is cricket for those girls who wish to play the game, but not in the "mixed" format of boys and girls.

 This is the first level of entry for girls wishing to play competition cricket.

 

At time of writing, the rules for league games are under review, but a good guideline is:

·        A proper leather ball is used and protective gear must be worn

·        There are 9 players in a team.

·        Games are played in 20/20 cricket format:-

·        Each side bats for 16 overs.

·        To ensure as much individual involvement as possible, bowlers are restricted as to how many overs they may bowl, and every player must bowl.

·        Batters must retire at certain points of the game.

 

Depending on number of participants, there are three grades/age groups within the Sixers League:

·        UNDER 13: Players must be under the age of 13 as at midnight on 31st August of the year the season commences.

·        UNDER 15: Players must be under the age of 15 as at midnight on 31st August of the year the season commences.

 

4.1       When do the girls play?

There are two competitions:

Spring - starting in October through to December;

Summer - starting in February through to end March.

Matches are played on Saturday afternoons. The hours of play are 2:00 – 4:30.

 

4.2       Girls Representative Cricket:

Currently Girls representative Competitions are under review, but to date...

 

Our Division also fields teams in Representative Competitions during the summer school holidays.

 

These competitions (the Molly Dive [Under 13] and Margret Peden [Under 15]) are 20/20 competitions between teams from Cricket Associations throughout the state and are played on Sundays from late October to mid December.

 

Teams are selected after a series of trials and all Mortdale Heights players are advised of these trials prior to the starting date.

  

5         General Information

 

5.1       What uniforms/gear do I need to provide?

 Players must wear predominantly white clothing. This means predominantly white shoes, white socks, white shorts/trousers, T-Shirt - although approved coloured shirts for the girls teams especially may be permitted.

For first time Mortdale Heights players our club provides a club playing shirt and cap once the season commences.

 

We recommend gear be purchased from Kingsgrove Sports Centre. They have very competitive prices and provide excellent professional advice.

 

For hygiene reasons, it is strongly recommended that each child has his/her own “protector” with name written on it.

 

5.2        How much does it cost?

Fees for our club vary each year and are detailed in the Registration Form. Thanks to the generous support of the St George Masos Club, Mortdale we are able to keep our fees to a minimum, and are among the cheapest in the district.

 

5.3       Can Parents/Others help?

 YES please.

Any assistance is most welcome. We are always looking for coaches, team managers, and scorers. Please contact the club, or your coach if you are willing to help.

 

We provide assistance with coach/manager training.

In recognition for their efforts, Mortdale Heights does not charge registration fees for any coach’s children, nor for junior’s coaches playing senior cricket.

 

5.4       Want to sign up?

As per Cricket NSW requirements, all registrations to Mortdale Heights must be done on-line.

 

If you are in our Club website and reading this, click on HOW TO REGISTER on the MENU BAR select the appropriate format Registration Form for full instructions.

 

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH MAY BE BEYOND OUR CONTROL (e.g. Insufficient/too many players to form a team) On-Line Registration with Mortdale Heights DOES NOT guarantee that a position in a team is available.

WE STRONGLY ADVISE THAT YOU CHECK WITH OUR CLUB PRIOR TO REGISTERING.

 

Many thanks

 I hope your season with our club is an enjoyable one. Should you have any further enquiries, please contact me and we’ll be happy to help.

 

  

Matt Boland

PRESIDENT

M.H.C.C. (mboland02@optusnet.com.au; 9594-5781 / 0423643563)