The primary objective of the Ashwood Junior Cricket Club is to provide boys and girls in the surrounding schools and area an opportunity to participate in junior cricket. Within the club structure, there are programs and levels to suit children aged from 5 to 17 years old.
The enjoyment of the children participating in the programs is paramount. Whilst cricket within older age groups will become more competitive, enjoyment of the game at both an individual and team level remains central.
Along with our Junior Blasters (ages 5-7) and Master Blasters (ages 7-9) programs, Ashwood fields teams in U10, U12, U14, U15 & U17 grades.
The U10 competition is non-competitive and introduces the kids to hard ball cricket with pads, gloves and helmets. Matches take place on Saturday or Sunday mornings and are of 20 overs per side (around 2 ½ hours). The pitch is reduced in length and everyone bats, bowls and fields. Even if you are out you get to keep batting!
U12s play Saturday mornings in one-day or two-day fixtures. The onus is still on participation and having fun but once you’re out, you’re out!
The U14s play Friday nights and everyone still bats and bowls. The games are pre-dominantly two-day fixtures culminating in a finals series if you make it.
The U15s and U17s play Sunday mornings on turf pitches. This is seen as the precursor to senior cricket and when the kids start to play a little bit more seriously. Everyone still has a role to play, either as a batsman, bowler or wicketkeeper (we have no professional fielders), but match situation awareness begins to emerge.
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