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Harvey started with us as a beginner at the age of 5 and went on to represent Hertfordshire at Cricket at the age of 12

First introduction to competitive Cricket. Very exciting.

Welcome to the 2017 season to parents of U9 players at Rickmansworth CC. That is boys and girls in Years 4 and below

We look forward to the new season and hope your child enjoys playing cricket in the spirit of the game here at Rickmansworth.

Coaching

The U9 Manager and Head Coach is Paul Blackwell

If you have any questions or should you wish discuss anything then please approach myself in the first instance. If you feel your concerns are not being addressed then please contact our Youth Coordinator, Paul Blackwell, or Chairman, Mark Raine, who will both be happy to discuss your concerns.

Training

We encourage all players to regularly attend training, whether they are old enough for the matches or not. Outdoor training sessions for the Years 1 to 4 (U9) are on Saturday with training sessions that run from 09:30 to 11:00 commencing Saturday 29th April. Saturday sessions are incrediball (softball) only sessions aimed at younger players but are ideal also for new players or for building up confidence prior to moving to hardball cricket.

The Year 4's are entered into a small local Cricket league, and all the Year 4's will take part, and possibly some of the year 3's, depending on availability.

Youth Cricket Season

For boys and girls in Year 4, and maybe some of the Years 3's, the youth cricket season is relatively short, starting around the final week of April and finishing mid-July. Together with the vagaries of the British weather, this sometimes leads to there being more than one match per week. Unlike sports played through the winter, games are not played on a regular day week-to-week although we try our best to keep fixtures as regular as possible. Therefore, please be prepared for days to be played on different evenings or Sunday morning. Evening games usually start at 18:00 – this may vary particularly during April and May - and Sunday games usually start at 10:00. Please keep an eye open for notifications regarding game start times and, more importantly, meet times as the coaches must ensure the children are properly prepared with warm-ups before the start of the game.

Hertfordshire Junior League

The U9 teams play in the Hertfordshire Junior League (HJL) competition. The league is organised into a number of tables and the main league runs until around the start of July. Following this, the top teams in each table enter knockout stages that lead up to a finals day in July

Teams

Under 9– 8 a-side - Games are 32 overs in total (16 overs per innings) and are designed that each player gets to bat and bowl. They are an ideal learning experience for less experienced players, those who are new to club cricket or new to hardball cricket. Games follow ‘Barrington’ rules to ensure everybody gets an even share of batting and bowling:

· Players are divided into batting pairs who bat for 4 overs.

· Every player must bowl two overs (except wicketkeepers).

· The score starts at 200.

· 2 runs are added to the batting score for each wide and no ball bowled.

· 5 runs are deducted from the batting score for each wicket lost.

Player Availability

It is important coaches are made aware of your child’s availability as soon as possible so we can arrange accordingly. This is particularly important if your child has to withdraw at a late stage prior to a game. To this end, we have included a fixture list

Transport

Transport to and from away games is always a challenge for us as it is not possible for coaches to transport all players. We welcome parents who are able to assist us with transport and without your support we may have to forfeit matches to the opposition. I am sure the players welcome your support at their games.

Guidelines

Rickmansworth Cricket Club is an inclusive club who play cricket in the spirit of the game. We want to give all players have the chance to play the game and develop into better cricketers so we rotate squads as much as we can to give everyone an even set of matches. Player development also includes developing young cricketers in the art of captaincy and setting fields. The HJL takes a dim view of coaches and parents setting and changing field positions from the sidelines. Therefore, we request you shout only encouragement to the children and you do not assist with setting field placings.


Welfare

The safety of your child is our primary concern. It is important a Rickmansworth CC Junior Membership Form has been completed and signed by all players and parents/carers as this contains important welfare and medical information the coaches must be aware of. If you have any questions about welfare, please contact our Youth Coordinator, Paul Blackwell, who is the club official responsible for welfare. Please find attached the Rickmansworth CC Junior Membership Form to complete at your convenience.

Fees

Junior player membership fees for the 2015 season are £50 per player. £25 for each additional sibling.

Training times

  • Day: Saturday, 09:30
  • Venue: Park Road Ground, Rickmansworth

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