Old Parktonian Cricket Club: Will be starting again - September 2017

Welcome back to those who were with us last season and a special welcome to all our new members. We hope this is the start of a long and enjoyable relationship with Old Parks Junior Cricket.



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 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 player).




The season runs up until the 2nd/3rd week of March next year and is effectively broken into two sections, Pre-Christmas and Post-Christmas. Effectively children move up an age group as and when January rolls around.  (More on this will be explained by your coaches towards the end of the Pre-Christmas part of the season).



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  . . .


Sept. 2017 - to - Mar. 2018


U6's - Players born 2011 (or younger)                                                                                   

U7's - Players born 2010                                                                                                           

U9's - Players born 2008 & 2009                                                                                                  

U11's - Players born 2006 & 2007                                                                                               

U13's - Players born 2004 & 2005


All players born 2003 (or older) fall part of our Seniors / U15's and 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. if you wish to register.


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




U6’s   -  Don’t play matches as these children are still too young to properly master the art ofbowling 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 expected to start 14th October).




OPENING PRACTICE   -    Saturday 16th September  !!!  


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       -       8:30a.m.    to    10:30 / 10:45a.m.

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

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


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


(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).       


For those lads still in town over December we will be once again holding our 6-a-Side Tournament – Saturday the 16th December.  (A Public Holiday  -  The Day of Reconciliation)   -   (Full details will be sent out around end Oct. / early Nov.).




Players are asked to wear their Club cap, a white shirt, with white shorts / longs , and 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, battingpads, a size 113g cricket ball and a tennis / soft ball.

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






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:-   Spiro Zambelis    083-645-5755  or    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






We will endeavour to keep you informed throughout the season, which will be done via your various age group head coaches / managers and myself. Plus please visit our web-site :- www.oldparks.co.za



Regards -  Duncan Craggs


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