Hello Centrals Families,
Hopefully everyone is getting through the current winter blast and looking forward to a summer of cricket!!
There is much interest for the coming season and all at the Club will be excited to be back on the brand new turf at Simpson Reserve. Great to see the Aussie Team digging deep in the 1st Test and coming out on top. Lots of inspiration for our budding cricketers.
The Club has been busy in the off-season, with a newly elected Committee, some new coaches and an international player coming to the Club for the summer. Much information is on the Club Website and Facebook Page.
In terms of all Junior Competition the Cricket Association (SECA) will hold its first meeting next Monday with a briefing to Clubs on junior formats, participation programs and general administration matters. In the next few weeks our Club will then need to confirm team nominations and formats for the season.
To assist our planning and to ensure returning players are catered for first, we will soon circulate an age group specific email, asking that you confirm your child’s intention to play this coming season, or not to play. If you wish to register immediately, our MyCricket Registration page is now open. Please follow the attached hyperlink: Hampton Central CC MyCricket Registration Link
With gradings to confirm and enquiries from outside the Club to join, it is important to hear from all our returning families in a timely manner. Again based on returning participants, numbers will be strong. For those unsure which age group or team they may be earmarked, all players from last season will receive an email or phone call from the Club of their intended age group/team for this season, with an indication of selection process, likely training dates, etc.
The Club is also keen to canvas our returning junior parents and families for aspiring Coaches/ Assistants/ Team Managers. If you are interested in a coaching/ management role for the coming season, or indeed another role around the Club, please do not be shy in letting the Club know. The Club appreciates as many junior parents as possible having 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 previous experienced Coaches to assist as needed and will have a Junior Coaching Coordinator, who will be able 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. The Junior Fixture Dates will come through closer to the Season commencement, with the first games likely to be the second weekend in October. For the ordering of Club gear (merchandise), more details to follow in coming emails. Orders can be via the MyCricket link when registering.
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. This team was actually Premiers last season with a number of old legends, dads and juniors enjoying some fantastic times together.
To assist our publicising 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 send me an email, or call on 0407816896.
HCCC Junior Coordinator
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