Worthing CC Juniors Explained
Purpose: Worthing CC Juniors provides the opportunity for youngsters of all abilities, living in the Worthing area, to learn, develop and play cricket under the guidance of qualified coaches in a safe and friendly environment.
Who we are: Worthing CC Juniors is run by Worthing Cricket Club. We are an accredited Sussex CCC ‘Focus’ Club and Members of the Sussex Cricket Board, which is affiliated to the ECB.
Who’s it for: Junior Cricket is for boys and girls who are in the U9 to U16 age groups (equivalent to School Years 4 to 11 inclusive). All cricket is mixed; there are no separate girls’ teams. Youngsters are broadly split into their natural age groups for both coaching and matches. Any player who shows potential may be promoted into a higher age group.
Age Groups: Junior age groups are based on the age of the child on the 1st September of the previous year.
Where we are: Worthing Juniors are based at the Manor Sports (Cricket) Ground (aka The MCG), Georgia Avenue, Broadwater, home of Worthing CC. All Junior home matches and summer coaching takes place here.
What we do: We provide regular Junior coaching sessions during the winter and summer together with competitive cricket matches against other clubs in local league and festival tournaments. Membership is through seasonal subscription; a one-off yearly payment covering all summer coaching and match fees.
Kit: For coaching sessions, youngsters are expected to come suitably attired as they would for any sports related activity (sports top, shorts/track suit, trainers, etc.).
At U11s and above, if a youngster begins to take part regularly in club matches, he or she will be expected to wear whites (shirt and trousers) on match day. Standard attire can be purchased from outlets, such as Broadwater Sports but Worthing CC encourages all Juniors to play in a club shirt which can be ordered (for a modest price) from the club website
Equipment: At U11s and above, all cricket played at Worthing is with a hard ball. In accordance with ECB regulations, all youngsters are required to wear full protective gear, including helmet. The club are able to provide most equipment, including bats, helmets, pads and gloves, so that all of our youngsters are able to take a full part in coaching and match events. Please note that parents are requested to provide all boys with their own personal protector (box) once they start playing hard ball cricket.
Over a period of time, most Juniors purchase their own equipment to suit their own tastes. Worthing CC is happy to recommend Broadwater Sports for general cricket equipment and the Newbery Shop at the County Ground, Hove for quality bats. There are also plenty of sites on the Internet that supply specialist cricket equipment for youngsters. All club coaches and managers are happy to advise parents on the purchase of cricket equipment.
Winter Coaching: Normally run over a 6 week period from around the end of January to the end of March on Sunday late afternoons taking place in a suitable indoor arena (normally a local school sports hall) somewhere in the Worthing Area. Each Session provides separate 1 hour periods for different age groups.
Numbers are strictly limited so booking normally operates on a first come, first served basis. Open invitations are handed out to all of our Juniors during December. A separate one-off payment for Winter Coaching is made for those who take part. This is in addition to the annual subscription.
Summer Coaching: Normally aligned with the school summer term, this begins mid-April and concludes around the end of July. Operating during the week (Monday to Friday according to Age Group) the sessions run from 6:15pm to 7:45pm. If attending, please make sure your child is there no earlier that the start time and is collected promptly at the scheduled finish time.
The make up of the age groups for each evening varies from season to season so please check the Worthing CC website for details.
There are normally a number of club officials present during these sessions so if you are new to the club this is an ideal opportunity to become acquainted.
Selection: If a youngster reaches a suitable standard he or she will be asked to represent the Worthing CC in matches against other clubs. The coaches do try to give everyone the opportunity to play competitive cricket during the season, however this has to be balanced against the child’s suitability and the needs of the team.
Matches: Competitions are run by the Area and County Associations for all age groups from U10s to U16s inclusive. The club will try and enter as many teams across the age groups as possible each season but this is of course dependent on the number of suitable players available for selection.
There are principally two seasonal competitions that Worthing Juniors enter; the West Sussex Arun & Chichester League and the Sussex Junior Festival. Each competition is run for teams of each age group.
League matches take place during the summer term, running roughly from the end of April to the middle of July.
- The U10s (soft ball) league is run on a Saturday morning
- U11s, U12s, U14s and U16s have their league matches on a Sunday morning.
- U13s and U15s league matches are scheduled during the week, starting in the early evening
Festival matches are run during the summer holiday season through the month of August. This is a county wide tournament involving each age group playing their matches in one full week (Mon-Fri). Matches take place each afternoon, starting at 2pm, completing early evening. The best two teams of the week meet in a Final on the Sunday. The home club is requested by the organisers to provide a tea for the two teams. This cost is normally covered by a small charge per player made on the day of the match.
Other Matches: The U10s normally enter the national softball Kwik Cricket tournament playing an area qualifier involving several teams on a dedicated Saturday in May or June. National Cup competitions provide further opportunities for match experience although this is at the discretion of the Managers. Friendly matches may be arranged during the season if the schedule permits.
Media: As much as possible, the club will post match reports and pictures on their website as well as make submissions to the local press for publication. As part of the registration, Parents are asked to fill out a Consent Agreement when registering their child, granting permission for the club to publish photographic media of players.
Transport: For child protection reasons, the club is unable to provide transport for players travelling to away fixtures. Parents are expected to provide or organise transport for their children to all games.
Weather: Coaching Sessions and Matches are of course subject to weather and Parents may need to be flexible both with sessions and fixtures should they be called off at short notice. Matches may subsequently be re-arranged on dates outside of the normal league programme.
Awards: At the end of each season (around the end of August/early September), the club organise an Awards Night for the Juniors on which awards are handed out for ‘Best Player’, ‘Best Batsman’, Best Bowler’ and ‘Most Improved’, for each age group. The evening is normally preceded by an end of season ‘match’ involving Juniors and Parents, Barbecue and Open bar in the Club pavilion.
Development: Youngsters who show potential will be put forward for Area Assessment, offering the chance to be coached and play with the West Sussex Area squad. From here players may be given the opportunity to trial for the County.
With four senior teams playing at Worthing CC, there is ample opportunity for youngsters coming up through the Juniors’ Section to carry on playing cricket at Worthing CC. Club coaches are keen to foster a strong relationship between Senior and Junior cricket and encourage youngsters to move into senior cricket when they are ready.
Membership: Membership to Worthing Juniors is awarded on the completion of all forms and payment of the season’s subscription to the club. The subscription covers all summer coaching, match fees and use of club equipment and facilities. Players will not be eligible to represent the club in matches until he or she is formally registered.
New players are normally given a few weeks grace to discover their love of cricket before they are asked to commit.
Membership forms can be downloaded from the club website (www.worthingcc.com) or are available from club officials. Invitations to existing members to register for the new season are sent out by post around the start of the New Year.
Community: The club try to organise a number of events and activities during the season to engage with a wider group of people within the club community. Worthing CC take part in the National Cricket Force weekend in April, hold fund raising schemes, BBQs and of course, the prerequisite end of season dinner. Parents are encouraged to take up Social Membership, for which a small charge is made that grants them use of the bar facilities.
Parents are encouraged to help out at the club in any number of ways, no matter how small. Coaching (training course provided), Scoring (training course provided), helping out with drinks & teas, and help with setting up and clearing away before and after games, are all examples of how parental support can make a difference; please don’t be shy in coming forward. The Juniors Section needs your help in order to operate smoothly.
Finding out more: Worthing CC have an active website which can be found at www.worthingcc.com. This is an excellent source of information on coaching, upcoming fixtures, etc. as well as carrying reports and pictures of recent matches.
Contact details for the principal Junior Club officials are also available here.
Worthing CC keep an active e-mail list to communicate with their Junior Members on a regular basis, so please ensure your e-mail address is kept up to date with us once you’ve registered.