With the shortest day behind us and the end of harsh winter seasons in sight, preparations are being put in place for the coming cricket Season 2016/17.
The Club is in the early planning stages and will soon need to confirm team nominations and formats for the season. To assist planning and to ensure our returning players are catered for firstly, we will soon circulate another age group specific email, asking that you confirm your child’s intention to play this coming season, or not to play. We have had enquiries from Junior cricketers from outside the Club to join, so it is important to do this in a timely manner.
Numbers are looking strong, particularly in the Under 12 and 14’s (at least 2 teams in each), with our Under 16’s only needing to recruit a couple at this stage. For those unsure which age group or team they may be earmarked, all players from last season will soon receive an email from the Club of their intended age group/team for this season, likely training dates, selection process, etc.
Also, with the initial team building process, we are keen to canvas our returning junior parents and families for aspiring Coaches/ Team Managers, to ensure we do not miss the next “Supercoach”. If you are interested in a coaching/ management role for the coming season, or indeed another role around the Club, please get in touch with me. The Club is keen to support as many junior parents as possible to have an input in the running of junior cricket. To assist this objective the Club will be supporting Coaches to obtain Level 1 (Community Coaching) Accreditation, will have experienced Coaches to assist as needed and will be instigating a Junior Coaching Coordinator, one of our experienced coaches and parents, to mentor and assist any volunteer that takes on a role.
In the build up to the season proper, skills and pre-season training will be advised by respective Team Managers/ Coaches, once confirmed. Details on Registration and team merchandise ordering will also be in our next email. The Junior Fixture Dates will come through closer to the Season commencement, with the first games likely to be the second weekend in October.
Importantly for our older Under 14’s and 16’s, the Club will again be entering a lower grade Senior Team, allowing many to play with some of our “experienced” Seniors. This is a great forum to hone skills and will provide an opportunity for a few father and sons to have a game together; a great tradition at the Centrals.
To assist our publicizing and recruitment for the coming season we will shortly have promotional material and advertisements around the local area. Again, we would be pleased for any “word of mouth” referrals and peer group recruiting.
If you wish to discuss any aspects of the coming Season, please do not hesitate to call me on 0407816896.