Year 1/2 (Entry Level) - This grade of cricket is aimed at those who are just starting out in cricket. It will be held on a Friday night by CMCA staff for the first four weeks, however we expect parents to get involved to help out before taking responsibility from the fifth week.
It will be a combination of cricket skills and skill based cricket games. It is really important to learn the skills of cricket correctly and it sets the players up fantastically for cricket.
Friday night cricket is held at a different venue each week. Players can turn up in teams or individually.
The NZ Cricket District Forum , which involved all district and majors associations, was held in mid-June.
The backdrop to this year’s forum was One Cricket. One Cricket is a full national review of strategy and structure around cricket in New Zealand. It’s about positioning the game for the future.
The project outcome is “To better position cricket in New Zealand so that it remains relevant and is able to thrive in a changing environment”.
There’s a plethora of things happening under One Cricket.
NZC engaged with Cricket Australia around junior formats and Cricket Australia sent its research team to the NZC Forum.
The changes Cricket Australia had brought into year 5-8 cricket impressed everyone at the forum.
They are about less wides, more hits off the bat, more runs, more boundaries and less dot balls.
In order to provide a consistent, coordinated, and aligned national approach to the development of players, NZ Cricket is making the adaptations to year 5-8 cricket compulsory next season.
The CMCA junior panel, staff, and board, has studied the changes and fully endorses them. In fact, many of the recommended changes to junior cricket have already been introduced by CMCA, some of them a decade ago.
Therefore, it has been agreed that we will make the changes to the competition formats for year 5/6 and year 7/8 cricket this season.
We believe that by increasing our kids involvement in the game we will keep them in cricket for longer.
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Any questions or queries about this should be directed to me.
Trevor M Gill