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Exciting changes ahead for junior cricket

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August 23, 2017

Friday night cricket is set to return with a shift to a T20 Blast format.

The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club is excited to announce several changes to their Junior Cricket programs for the coming 2017-18 season, all of which are designed to provide more entertainment and fun for participants and parents alike.

Not only will the enjoyment factor skyrocket, the junior pathway will become more streamlined and will mirror that of the recognised Cricket Australia pathway.
This will provide some incredible benefits to the juniors along the way including developing skills at a much faster rate.

Friday Night Cricket
The changes start at the younger age groups, Friday night cricket, which previously incorporated the Milo In2Cricket program for 5 to 7 year olds and the Big Bash for 8 to 11 year olds.
For the first time, the YMCC have elected to align with the Cricket Australia backed Milo T20 Blast program.
As with the Milo In2Cricket program, participants who enrol in the T20 Blast will receive a small pack from Cricket Australia which includes their very own Melbourne Stars themed shirt and cap.
Cricket Australia will also provide the club with brand new equipment along with a speaker system and music to ensure that the improved Friday night cricket has that real Big Bash League vibe.
Adding to this, late last season the YMCC acquired their own electronic scoreboard which has the ability to show movies and live stream sporting events.
This will provide the opportunity to host some amazing family nights down at Victoria Park so stay tuned for those announcements.
Another benefit of aligning with this program is that the T20 Blast kids will then be eligible to be invited to a BBL game in Melbourne where they can play on the MCG during the innings break.
Some of the In2Cricket kids have been lucky enough to participate in this in the past and have enjoyed the experience immensely.
The cost per participant for the T20 Blast program is higher than what was charged for the former Big Bash and is advertised at $99 by Cricket Australia.
The YMCC can see that this, even with the inclusion of a participant pack, is a significant price rise and as such, have elected to partially subsidise this price increase.
This means that for season 2017-18, the cost per participant will be only $90 for the T20 Blast program.
Unfortunately, programs like these do not run themselves so the YMCC are actively seeking energetic and enthusiastic applicants to fill two key roles for the Friday night programs.
Firstly, the club is looking for a Milo Co-ordinator to run both the In2Cricket and T20 Blast programs and also seeking a Milo Co-ordinator’s Assistant to help ensure that these two programs run at their full potential.
Both programs will run for 8 weeks prior to Christmas, with the T20 Blast running for a further 5 weeks in February 2018. Both positions offer a small remuneration package which is fully funded from the sport’s governing bodies.
Position descriptions are available for these two roles and all genuine enquiries may be directed to Daryl McIntosh on 0402 808 341.

More fun for the U12’s.
In another exciting change, the WDCA have voted to adopt ‘Stage 2’ of the Cricket Australia Junior Pathway for the Under 12 age group this season.
The staged junior pathway has been developed by Cricket Australia after several years of research.
More fun, more action and better skills were the objectives of the new formats and these trials delivered in spades, particularly amongst the younger age groups.
Amongst the outcomes were more balls hit, more runs off the bat, more boundaries and less wides and no-balls.
Most importantly, coaches, parents and participants alike all reported that they enjoyed the game far more than the old formats.
So, what does all this mean for the Under 12s? The new Stage 2 format will be played with less numbers on the field, a shorter pitch and shorter boundaries.
The number of overs will also be reduced ensuring a fast, action packed and highly enjoyable experience for all.
More information on the revised Junior formats may be found online at http://community.cricket.com.au/clubs/junior-formats.
Under 14 and Under 16 age group formats will remain as they were for the coming season but may change somewhat in future seasons.

Volunteers required
The YMCC is seeking several volunteers to assist with the WDCA Saturday morning cricket for season 2017-18.
Firstly, the club is looking for a dedicated and energetic person with a passion for junior cricket to fill the role of Junior Co-ordinator overseeing the Under 12 to Under 16 age groups affiliated with the WDCA.
For the right person, this is a thoroughly enjoyable role. A Position Description is available for this role and more information can be obtained from former Junior Co-ordinator Daryl McIntosh on 0402 808 341.
This role needs to be filled urgently so please do not hesitate in making your interest known.
The club will also be seeking enthusiastic and energetic Junior Coaches for all under 12, under14 and under 16 teams this season.
Again, a Position Description is available and more information can be obtained from Daryl McIntosh on 0402 808 341.

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