For­mat change to ap­peal to more kids

Geraldton Guardian - - Guardian Sport -

A new for­mat in the un­der-12s Ger­ald­ton Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion is aimed at mak­ing the game more en­joy­able for chil­dren and par­ents this sea­son.

With matches about to start this week­end, the match will change from 11-a-side down to a nine-a-side for­mat, with a shorter pitch.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Kim In­gle said the change would make the game more ap­peal­ing to play­ers.

“Re­duced team num­bers and pitch length will mean a more en­gag­ing game for every­one,” he said.

“We re­ally wanted to make it more ap­peal­ing to kids and par­ents, and re­search from Cricket Aus­tralia found that the new for­mat gives kids more of a go.

“It was also shown to make the game more ac­tive and en­joy­able, with more runs and bowl­ing in a shorter time.”

The com­pe­ti­tions will start with the un­der-10s, grades 3 and 4, from 4.30pm Fri­day at the GBSC Sports Park in Ger­ald­ton.

The un­der-12s, grades 5 and 6, and un­der-14s, grades 7 and 8, will be­gin at 8am on Satur­day, while the un­der-17s, grades 9, 10 and 11 will be­gin on Sun­day from 9am.

The un­der-14s and un­der-17s sea­son will launch with a T20 com­pe­ti­tion for the first two weeks.

In­gle said any­one who was in­ter­ested in cricket could take ad­van­tage of sev­eral avail­able po­si­tions.

“The T20 is a great way for new play­ers to give cricket a try with­out com­mit­ting to the whole sea­son,” he said.

To reg­is­ter in­ter­est in play­ing ju­nior cricket, con­tact Ryan Hosk­ing on 0429 107 963 or Kim In­gle on 0419 201 027

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

The un­der-12s side will adopt a new for­mat this sea­son.

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