Elwood Cricket Club has a strong history of producing successful and inclusive junior teams. The Club’s junior program has had improved success over the previous seasons, with junior teams winning Premierships at the South East Cricket Association Under 16 and Under 14 level. The aim of the program for the coming years is to continue this success, and to strengthen the development of our junior players’ technique and temperament in the hope they will grow personally, stay with the Club, and move on to senior cricket.
Elwood’s junior program follows the Cricket Australia junior cricket pathway. The pathway is the foundation way is the foundation of the overarching Australian Cricket Pathway which provides a path from entry level programs all the way to Australian Teams. The Junior Cricket Pathway includes a staged approach to help kids develop the required skills in a fun and action packed way. The stages have been developed based on research, testing and community feedback and are considerate of the physical, mental and emotional development of kids. A key principle of the Australian Cricket Pathway is to encourage players to participate at the stage that is appropriate to their ability level and therefore the ages outlined are indicative only and could vary from males and females based on previous experience.
The Master Blasters program gives girls and boys the chance to play short, exciting games of cricket!
Designed for kids aged 7-9 with basic cricket skills (ideally they can bowl mostly straight over 14 metres). They play shortened games with plastic bats and rubber balls and everyone gets to bat, bowl and field. The program runs on Saturday mornings at Albert Park and we have two teams entered, the Elwood Eldorados and the Elwood Bandits.
The program runs from the beginning of November until the end of February. Each session last approximately 90 minutes. All equipment is supplied and parents are encouraged to join in the fun by helping out with umpiring, scoring or coaching.
Elwood’s Junior numbers are strong, with our teams backed up by a dedicated team of coaches, player managers and parents. WE have six teams entered across the South East Cricket Association’s Under 12 rookies, Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s competitions, and our boys can be seen in action on Friday nights and early Saturday mornings.
Our junior program is managed by our hard working Junior Committee, who over the last few years have worked closely with the senior committee to orchestrate the program’s success.
The Club has a dedicated Junior Coach who takes training sessions throughout the week and offers technical training and reinforces encouragement. Early in season 2019-20 the Club was excited to announce the appointment of Nick Ritchie as the head Coach for Elwood Junior cricket. Nick has has a level 1 coaching accreditation. He is currently paying district cricket and scored his maiden district century last season. Nick captained Seca U16’s to the Victorian Premiership and Captained Victoria Indoor cricket under 17’s in 2018.
Last year Nick coached the Under 12 Seca team to the Victorian premiership and this season he is coaching the Seca Under 16’s. The club is thrilled to have such a talented player and coach to help the development of all of our teams this year.
The Elwood Cricket Club values the support of our volunteer parents and welcomes feedback. You can contact the junior committee and download the instructions to enter teams and scores into MyCricket below.
At its Committee meeting of Tuesday July 2 2019 the Elwood Cricket Club endorsed and adopted Australian Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People, Australian Cricket’s ‘Looking After Our Kids’ Code of Behaviour for Affiliated Associations and Clubs, and Australian Cricket’s Commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People. These policies are available at Cricket Australia and for further information please contact the Club’s Child Safety Officer Sam Marcolin.