JUNIOR GRADE OPTIONS

FUNdamental Skill hubs

Designed for Years 0-2, our afterschool hubs are to introduce fundamental skills.

Fundamental movement skills are very important to a child’s physical literacy development. When confident and competent in these skills, such as throwing, kicking, running, jumping, hopping and catching, children will find it easier to apply these skills to a sport situation: for example, kicking a soccer ball, running a sprint, jumping up for a basketball rebound, or catching a cricket ball.

These sessions will take place at Beckenham Park, and numbers dependent at local schools.  We will have small groups and use cricket and other sports to teach these fundamental skills.

Saturday Team cricket starts from Year 1

The ages at each grade, are an indication. However there is some flexibility around participants playing either up or down an age group to suit their ability, so if you have a player new to the game or for any other reason, please talk to us about the options.

Kiwi Cricket – Years 1&2

Played with plastic equipment, this grade is an introductory grade for Tamariki in school year 1-2.

Year 3-4

This grade is the first with wooden gear, but still played on the outfields, our side of town, we would generally play at Beckenham, Bradford or Barnett Park.

Year 5-6 ‘Super 8s’

An transitional grade where we move to playing on the artificial wickets around the schools in Christchurch, and wearing full protective gear (pads, gloves, helmet, box (for boys)) but we retain the use of the softer ‘Incrediball’ rather than moving straight to a leather hardball.

Year 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 (mixed)

After playing in the Super 8s grade, we move through the rest of the Junior grades with grade rule changes at each year, but much the same game with full protective gear, played around Christchurch at school grounds.

GIRLS ONLY GRADES

After coming through the mixed grades to Year 4, Girls have the option of continuing through with mixed, OR playing in a Girls only team. There is a lot more flexibility around girls ages and which grade they play in, so please ask what might be suitable.

Junior Incrediball

Generally for Girls in years 4-6, this is a similar format to the Mixed Super 8s. Played with full protective gear on artificial wickets around Christchurch. This grade uses an Incrediball similar to the one used in Years 3-4.

Intermediate Incrediball

This is the next step for girls that are in Years 5-8, with some experience in cricket. It is a similar format to Junior incrediball, the same gear and ball is used, however the rules change a little to transition to the next grade.

Intermediate Hardball

This grade is for experienced players in Years 7-9 and follows the transition of the mixed grades, introducing the hard leather ball, and other rules such as LBW and introducing a grace period before you are out, rather than partners batting.