Path­way re­vamped

Benalla Ensign - - SPORT -

Cricket Vic­to­ria has re­vamped its state youth path­way pro­gram to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence for play­ers and par­ents and align the path­way with the state’s Premier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

The new com­pe­ti­tion will be called the Youth Premier League and is set to run be­tween Novem­ber and Jan­uary each sum­mer.

The stream­lined ap­proach will see the com­pe­ti­tion split into a Stars and Rene­gades league. Among the key changes: Play­ing: In­creased match op­por­tu­ni­ties for play­ers and a con­sis­tent ap­proach across Vic­to­ria.

T20 cricket: all play­ers will have in­creased ex­po­sure to T20 cricket through­out the Youth Premier League. The Un­der-18 men’s com­pe­ti­tion will ex­clu­sively play T20 fixtures and act as a feeder for Premier Cricket T20 com­pe­ti­tion and fu­ture Big Bash tal­ent pools.

Field­ing po­si­tions: Min­i­mum and max­i­mum num­bers of play­ers out of the cir­cle to pro­mote a pos­i­tive brand of cricket.

Par­ent and Play­ers ed­u­ca­tion: De­fined areas for play­ers and par­ents to al­low play­ers to develop, grow and per­form in the team en­vi­ron­ment.

Cricket Vic­to­ria Coach­ing and Tal­ent Path­way Man­ager Dean Russ said the new com­pe­ti­tion would see ben­e­fits for play­ers and par­ents and broaden the tal­ent pool across the state.

‘‘This is an im­por­tant step for­ward for youth cricket in this state. We have re­moved some of the chal­lenges for both play­ers and fam­i­lies in their cricket jour­ney and set our­selves up to de­liver the next gen­er­a­tion of out­stand­ing tal­ent from across the state,’’ Russ said.

‘‘We are cre­at­ing more match op­por­tu­ni­ties via our per­for­mance pro­grams and de­vel­op­ing a con­sis­tent ap­proach across Vic­to­ria.

‘‘What is im­por­tant is giv­ing play­ers the right struc­ture and op­por­tu­ni­ties to show us what they can do.

‘‘Th­ese changes will hope­fully make the crick­et­ing path­way eas­ier to un­der­stand and develop ta­lented Vic­to­rian crick­eters holis­ti­cally for years to come.

‘‘The best play­ers from the Youth Premier League are set to com­pete in a Youth Su­per Se­ries — a com­pe­ti­tion held in Fe­bru­ary and March.’’

The Youth Premier League be­gins in Novem­ber this year.

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