Junior Teams Frequently Asked Questions
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My child is 7 years old. Should they join your All Stars group or your U9 section?
Players new to cricket should join the All Stars group. If your son/daughter has previously played cricket (at school or as part of All Stars) and feels ready to begin playing with a hardball and will not be fazed by having to wear pads and a helmet when batting they could give our U9 section a try. The benefit of this is that it starts 2 weeks before the All Stars programme so you feel they would be better off in the All Stars they can always register for that and start on 7 May.
My child is 8 years old. Should they join All Stars, Dynamos or your U9 section?
This is a very good question.
If they are new to cricket it is a straightforward choice between All Stars and Dynamos. There is no set rule but as a guide – 8 year olds in Year 3 might find All Stars more suitable whereas 8 year olds in Year 4 might be more suited to Dynamos but this is your decision.
If they have previously attended All Stars, Dynamos would be more suited.
If they have played cricket at school and feel ready to begin playing with a hardball and will not be fazed by having to wear pads and a helmet when batting, they could give our U9 section a try. The benefit of this is that it starts 2 weeks before the All Stars programme so you feel they would be better off in the Dynamos they can always register for that and start on 7 May.
Can my child swap groups once they start?
It is difficult for a child to move between All Stars and Dynamos as they will have been provided with the correct kit by the ECB after registration. Therefore it is best to complete the course they have started. If they start in the U9s/U11s in April and realise that they would be more suited to All Stars/Dynamos then they can register and start the course on 7 May.
Why do the All Stars and Dynamos courses start later?
The start date for these course are dictated by the ECB and they can not begin before 7 May.
Why do I have to use a different form to register my child for All Stars/Dynamos?
All registrations and payments are managed centrally by the ECB using their portal and the information is then provided by clubs. We can not register your child for you. Please follow these links: (to be added)
Why do U17/U19 children pay less?
There is no official coaching for children above the U15 age group. They are invited to train with the adults. Therefore coaching fees are not applicable to these age groups.
Do boys and girls train and play together?
In All Stars, Dynamos, U9 and U11 groups, boys and girls train together although they maybe split according to gender within these groups from time to time. At U13 level they separate. This is due to Covid restrictions this year limiting the group sizes and will be reviewed again for 2022.
There is an U11 and U13 girls team who enter a girls league. The girls are also eligible to play in the boys leagues. They can play 2 years down (or 1 year down if they are a county player) so an U11 girl can play in the U9 boys league.
What equipment will my child need?
Children who register for All Stars will be provided with their own equipment. Children who register for Dynamos will have their equipment supplied by the club.
Children playing in hardball matches (and at training in the nets/match play) have to wear protective clothing including pads, helmets and a batting pants/box (boys only). All boys should provide their own box and batting pants for hygiene reasons. The club has a supply of pads and helmets that in the past have been lent out – we are still awaiting guidance from the ECB about kit sharing.
What will my child need to wear?
Children who register for All Stars and Dynamos will be provided with their own t shirt. They should then wear tracksuit bottoms, leggings, shorts or a skort and a pair of trainers. Remember a skin/jumper if it is cold.
Other children will need to wear something suitable for training including trainers/pimples. The club does have its own training kit which can be purchased via our club shop
Or we do have a second hand Facebook shop where you might find kit suitable for your child.
For matches, children are expected to wear cricket whites. These can either be branded and purchased from the club shop or a generic set of cricket whites. They will need pimples and spikes are also useful but probably only necessary from U13s upwards.
As an adult how can I get involved?
If you are looking to play cricket then we have senior teams who cater for a wide range of abilities. Please find more details on the following page
If you are looking to get involved with coaching, please contact our head of junior coaching
If you are looking to help out as a volunteer in another capacity, please contact our volunteer coordinator
What is the selection policy for matches?
The club has a selection policy for junior and senior matches. It can be found here
How does the club support juniors moving into senior cricket?
When juniors are in Year 8 (or Year 7 county players) they are eligible to play senior cricket for the club. The usual entry levels are the C team for boys and the women’s team for girls. The coaches will determine when a player is ready and then speak with the player and their parents to confirm they would like to be considered for selection before passing their details to the senior captains. Opportunities for juniors to be involved in senior cricket vary across the season depending on availability.