Junior cricket formats

Information about BWCU junior cricket offerings.

New Zealand Cricket and Christchurch Metro Cricket continue to evolve the junior grades with the aim of creating faster games which are more fun and provide opportunities for greater skill development.

Below are summaries which provide BWCU parents a brief overview of what to expect in the coming season. We recommend that you also watch the videos and read the supporting documentation in order to get a full understanding of what New Zealand Cricket is trying to achieve.

Friday Night Junior Cricket

Friday Night Junior Cricket is for our youngest members (Year 1 to Year 4 boys and girls), and runs from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Burnside Oval, starting in October. We break for the summer school holiday through late December and January. This is a skills-based program that aims at developing balls skills and promoting the enjoyment of cricket in a group environment. We split the children into two groups during the sessions:

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For our youngest players, there is a focus on skill development and confidence building through games and fun drills, including catching, throwing, hitting, and bowling. Boys and girls train together in a group, and all gear and qualified coaches from the Youth and Senior club run the sessions.

Kiwi Cricket

Catering to Year 3 and Year 4’s and our more confident Year 2’s, the BWCU Kiwi Cricket programme is still mostly a skill based programme, but works up to non-stop style games at the end of each season. Boys and girls train together in a group, and all gear and qualified coaches from the Youth and Senior club run the sessions.

Advanced Year 4 members will have the chance to play Saturday morning cricket after the Christmas holiday’s in CJCA T20 Year 4 North zone cricket competition, which is held on a Saturday morning.

As players head into Year 5, they move into more traditional cricket through our Saturday morning program, which follows NZC’s Age & Stage junior cricket formats.

For the Friday Night Parents

Relax in the evening sun, or shelter from the easterly from the comfort of the Burnside Pavilion while watching the kids having fun. The Burnside Pavilion bar is open on Friday evenings, providing a selection of beers, wines, non-alcoholic drinks, espresso-style coffee, and a selection of light snacks.

Saturday Morning Junior Cricket

For our Year 5-8 cricketers, BWCU follows NZC’s Age & Stage Junior Cricket programme and participates with other Christchurch primary schools and cricket clubs in the CJCA Saturday morning cricket competition.

All junior players have access to qualified coaches during the week at practice, and parents are asked to help manage teams.

Saturday morning Junior Cricket starts at 9:00am, beginning in October. We take a break in late December through January for the school summer holidays, recommencing in February. Year 8 players play a half season before departing to secondary school which means that teams are reshuffled somewhat at the start of the school year.

At the end of primary school, BWCU provides a pathway for players to continue their association with the club through North-West Youth Cricket (NWYC).

NWYC is a collaboration between our BWCUCC, Merivale Papanui CC, Burnside High School, and Papanui High School. NWYC has a range of teams from Under 14 (year 9) to a 1st XI that plays in the top Youth grade in Christchurch.

Everyone of high school age is welcome to play for NWYC. After Year 13 finishes, players are encouraged to continue their cricketing pathway as Senior cricketers for either BWCUCC or the MPCC.

To find out more about Youth Cricket click here.

Junior Teams

BWCU currently has 9 Junior Teams playing in CJCA Saturday Morning competitions. All teams are provided with uniforms, and gear is provided by the club. Teams are coached and managed on Saturdays by parent volunteers. All coaches are required to be qualified. BWCU provides coaching resources and facilitates access to coaching training.

What is Age & Stage Junior Cricket

The following videos provide you with details on NZC’s Age & Stage formats, as well as opinions on the programme from some of NZC’s premier coaches.

Junior equipment requirements

All members playing in hardball grades must wear a helmet and box. BWCU provides a gear bag for all junior teams. If you are purchasing your own equipment for your child, please refer to the NZC recommendations for sizing advice. Remember to support our key sponsor Cricket Express when purchasing cricket gear. To receive a 10% discount on your purchase, make sure to tell the staff at St Asaph Street that you are a BWCU member.

Coaching Junior Cricket

New Zealand Cricket now requires all coaches of junior teams to have a coaching qualification. Coaches of year 1-5 teams are required to complete a Foundation Course while coaches of older age groups must complete the Advanced Foundation Course. As well as this, all coaches and managers must complete a police check prior to the season starting. The police check will only pick up heinous crimes rather than minor infringements. NZC’s goal is to make coaching better and safer for children, not to deter volunteer coaches. Find the NZC message here and full NZC coaching policy here.

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