GOOD NEWS FOR ALL OUR SOCCER MEMBERS!
TRAINING HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED!
Junior Cricket Registration Day
It's that time of the season again cricket season! Old Parks Junior and Senior Cricket is back and ready to go for the 2017/18 season kick-off.
Junior cricket registration details below;
Date: 9 September 2017
Time: 9H:00AM - 11H:30AM
Venue: Old Parktonian Sports Club
Come in numbers to book your sons/daughters spot for the exciting season ahead of us, note that Old Parks Junior Cricket caters for Age Groups U6 – U13, which is determined based on the year in which your child is born.
Players born in 1998 and older fall part of Senior Cricket . Please contact Doug Nielson on 071 102 5997. if wishing to register.
" PLEASE NOTE Old Parks Junior Cricket - Is now CLOSED in regards to any POST-CHRISTMAS applications. Season 2017/18 will be kicking off early September and we will be running REGISTRATION DAY on Saturday the 9th Sept. Further details in this regard will be post around mid July once finalized ".
Old Parks Junior Cricket is a Summer sport running from week three of Sept. to week 3 of Mar 2017, and the most important date to be diaries is - REGISTRATION DAY.
SATURDAY - 3rd Sept. 9:00am to 11:30am - In the Main Hall
We are currently in our planning phase and will be able to post more details and will have information on cost come mid-August.
However for those who do want to know more about how things all work come week 3 in September please continue reading a little further ....
What is old Parks Junior Cricket All About?
It is a Saturday morning environment offering boys and girls top notch coaching and matches against other Clubs within the greater Gauteng network.
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 15 than one who slogs his way to 50.
We follow a structured coaching curriculum laid out by Mr Dave Nosworthy and his "Cricket Mentor Program". Plus have the on hand support and guidance of a Director of Coaching - Doug Neilson. (An "X" Transvaal Mean Machine).
The Season Itself
The season runs up until 3rd week of March and is effectively broken into two sections, Pre-Christmas and Post-Christmas. Some children move up an age group as and when January rolls around. (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 was born. In other words ...
Sep. - to - Dec. 2016 Jan. - to - Mar. 2017
U'6's - Players born 2010 (or younger) U6's -Players born 2011 (or younger)
U7's - Players born 2009 U7's - Players born 2010
U9's - Players born 2007 & 2008 U9's -Players born 2008 & 2009
U11's - Players born 2005 & 2006 U11's -Players born 2006 & 2007
U13's - Players born 2003 & 2004 U13's -Players born 2004 & 2005
OPENING PRACTICE - Saturday 10th September - 8:15am - All Age Groups
Punctuality is of the utmost importance and therefore as that you always aim to be at practice 10 minutes before it actually starts. The various age groups practice times are as follows ....
U6's & U7's - 8:15a.m. to 10:20/10:40a.m
U9's - 8:15a.m to 10:45/11:00a.m
U11's - 8:15a.m to 11:00/11:15a.m
U13's - 8:15a.m to 11:15/11:30a.m
(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).
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 - U13's - Play normal 11-a-side Cricket. (Matches fixtures are scheduled to commence from Saturday 8th Oct. clarity on this as well as fixtures will be made available at lot closer to the time).
Kit and equipment
Players are asked to wear their Club cap, a white shirt, with white shorts / longs.
Each player 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.
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.
The success of an amateur club depends heavily on the support it gets from it’s members, and in this case it’s parents. All our present coaches are volunteers and will require as much assistance as possible. 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 and administration within each age group. Anyone willing to get involved is to please contact me, Duncan Craggs, from the Cricket Contacts list on the left.
We will endeavour to keep you informed throughout the season, which will be done by your various age group head coaches/managers & myself, via e-mail.
Duncan Craggs - Junior Cricket Chairman
(Cell) 084 317 9825