Format change to appeal to more kids
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
The under-12s side will adopt a new format this season.