Junior Cricket

 Junior Cricket  - Season 2018/2019

Old Parks Junior Cricket Summer Season 2018/2019 will be kicking off as it always does in SEPTEMBER   -   REGISTRATION DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY 8TH SEPT. 9:00AM TO 12:00PM, opening practices to then start Sat. the 22nd Sept.  

However if wanting to keep the eye in over the WINTER,   please contact Doug Neilson on  071 102 5997 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">who is running a WINTER PROGRAM, (also on a Saturday morning).

WHAT IS OLD PARKS JUNIOR CRICKET ALL ABOUT  ?

Old Parks has established a long standing reputation of being one of the finest Junior Cricket Clubs throughout Gauteng. It is one of the guiding principles of Old Parks Junior Cricket to follow the “process” and not the “product” approach to coaching. With our focus being on development and not winning. Winning becomes a natural result of playing well, yet not an end in itself. We therefore are more impressed by a boy who makes a good 25 than one who slogs his way to 50.

We follow  a  structured  coaching  curriculum laid out  by Dave Nosworthy  and  his “Cricket Mentor Program”.  Plus have the on hand support and guidance of our Director of Coaching – Doug Neilson. (An "X" Transvaal Mean Machine player).

THE SEASON ITSELF.

The season runs up until the 3rd week of March and is effectively broken into two sections; Pre-Christmas and Post-Christmas. Some of the children will now be moving up an age group as we go into the Post-Christmas phase of the season.   (See Classification of Age Groups).

CLASSIFICATION OF AGE GROUPS.

Old Parks Junior Cricket caters for Age Groups  U6 – U13, which is determined based on the year in which your child is born.  In other words  

PRE-CHRISTMAS (i.e. Sept.’18 – Dec’18)   &   POST-CHRISTMAS (i.e. Jan.’19 – Mar.’19)

U6's - Players born 2012 (or younger)                                                                    

U7’s  -  Players born 2011   

U9’s - Players born 2009 & 2010                 

U11's - Players born 2007 & 2008

U13's  - Players born 2005 & 2006

All players born 2004 (or older) fall part of our Seniors / U15's.  You will need to contact Doug Neilson on  071 102 5997 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">if you wish to register.

“Plus” for Private Coaching - all age groups (incl. High School children) – Again please contact Doug Neilson  071 102 5997

PRACTICE TIMES.

Punctuality is of the utmost importance and therefore ask that you always aim to be at practice 5 to 10min. before it actually starts. The various age groups practice times are as follows:-  

     U6’s & U7’s           -    8:30a.m.   -   10:30 / 10:45a.m.

     U9’s                      -    8:30a.m.   -   10:45 / 11:00a.m.           

     U11’s                    -    8:30a.m.   -   11:00 / 11:15a.m.

     U13’s                     -   8:30a.m.   -   11:15 / 11:30a.m.

(However please note due to the nature of the game it isn’t always possible to conclude practices exactly on time. Your support in this regard would be appreciated, and ask that at all possible you refrain from pulling your child away before practice has officially ended).               

MATCHES.

U6’s   -  Don’t play matches as these children are still too young to properly master the art of

             bowling etc.  (Internal fun games are played & become part of every practice)

U7’s   -  Play  “KFC”  8-a-side Cricket.

U9’s to U13’s - Play normal 11-a-side Cricket.

(Matches are most likely going to commence from Saturday the 13th October).

KIT AND EQUIPMENT.

Players are asked to wear their Club cap, a white shirt, with white shorts / longs.

Each players must bring his/her own juice to practices. Please do not give your child “drink money” as they will not be permitted to run-off to the bar during “drinks break”. Also please ensure that your child is adequately protected from the sun by sunblock / suntan cream.

Equipment  :-     U6 – U7     -    Need to bring only a bat.  (Size 0,1 or 2 -  Not bigger )

                          U9 – U11   -    Require  -  A bat, batting gloves, a helmet, a ball box, batting

                                                   pads, a size 113g cricket ball and a tennis / soft ball.

                          U13’s         -    Same as the  U9 – U11’s  (incl. the tennis / soft ball),  except

                                                   that they need a size 135g cricket ball.

Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with the players name and age group. The Club will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items. Players must ensure that they look after their equipment, sealing away all items in their cricket bags when not in use.

VOLUNTEERS.

The success of an amateur club depends heavily on the support it gets from it’s members, and in this case it’s parents. Some of our coaches are volunteers and we are always look for more who are willing to join in. At the end of the day Junior Cricket takes up only 2 -3 hours of your time each Saturday morning, when and where you can spare it. We assure you that anyone volunteering will be given the full support he/she needs and will never be expected to do more than what they’re comfortable with.

We need support in the areas of coaching, administration and scoring within each age group. Anyone willing to get involved is to please contact me. (Contact details listed below).

SPONSORSHIP.

Subscriptions form only a part in ensuring that we cover our costs, with sponsorship being the difference of whether we just make ends meet or are able to take Old Parks Junior Cricket to new levels. Appeal to anyone who is able to support to speak to me, and if able to help in any way please contact:-   Duncan Craggs    084-317-9825 or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONCLUSION.

We will endeavour to keep you informed throughout the season, which will be done mainly via email by your various age group head coaches / managers & myself.

Regards,

Duncan Craggs     -    Junior Cricket Chairman

(Cell)  084-317-9825

(E-mail)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.