The new strategy is designed to drive the direction of junior cricket over the next three years in the Territory. It establishes seven Key Principles for growth from which 19 recommendations have been developed. These recommendations cover the junior competition structure, school programs, entry level programs, support for club volunteers and the transition process from school participants to registered players.
The overriding focus of the strategy is an outcome of cricket participation growth and to support the work of clubs and their volunteers.
A key feature of the Strategy is the adoption of a ‘Stages Not Ages’ approach to the junior cricket competition. This approach would see the junior competition fully structured across the three Stages of the Cricket Australia Junior Formats thus allowing for players to better develop their skills and become more involved in each game as a player’s competency is as valued as much as their chronological age.
The Stages Not Ages approach is the natural evolution of the Junior Formats said CNSW Area Manager Southern NSW & ACT Martin Gleeson.
“Junior cricket in the ACT has seen significant change over the past few years including the introduction of the Junior Formats, a steady growth in teams playing outside of the traditional Saturday morning junior timeslot and the introduction of compulsory online registration this year” said Mr. Gleeson.
“When we started this project junior team numbers had grown since the introduction of the junior formats in 2016/17 but the overall number of junior teams was still down on where it was five years ago.”
“The Cricket Australia junior formats are built on a competency-based framework and a progressive pathway to allow players to be more actively involved in each game by batting more often, bowling more often and having more opportunities in the field.”
“The Stages Not Ages approach to the junior competition is a natural evolution and further strengthens the progress which has been made since the junior formats were introduced three years ago.”
The Growth Agenda Strategy also addresses changes in the community and the local cricket environment says Cricket ACT Chief Executive Officer James Allsopp.
“This project has extensively consulted with clubs and the cricket community over the past eight months to analyse trends and seek input and suggestions to grow the game in the coming years” Mr. Allsopp said.
“The ACT and surrounds is also in the middle of a population boom with over 55,000 people expected to move into the region between 2017 and 2022. This migration is bringing new families and is providing a significant opportunity to grow cricket’s reach and impact in the community.”
Feedback from the cricket community is welcomed and encouraged on the Draft Strategy with all suggestions and comments to be submitted in writing to CNSW Cricket Manager ACT Geoff Bartlett at Geoff.Bartlett@cricketnsw.com.au by Wednesday 23 January 2020.
All feedback will be collected and considered as part of the final discussions before the final Strategy is released in early February 2020.