Australian Cricket Pathway

Backyard to Baggy Green
Cricket’s vision is to be a sport for all Australians. As well as welcoming everyone to play, we are determined to ensure a clear pathway to provide opportunities to progress to the highest level.

A pathway for all

Thousands of people across Australia play cricket every week, enjoying the camaraderie of being part of a team, taking part in our national sport and simply experiencing the joy of hitting the ball or taking a catch...

As well as ensuring the game is fun, inclusive and accessible to play, we are also dedicated to helping players from all backgrounds to reach their full potential, and in doing so continue the legacy of great players who have themselves inspired the next generation..

To do this it is important to create a clear pathway from our entry level programs and clubs to representative competitions right through to the national teams. While not everyone can represent Australia, players should know that if they have the passion, dedication and commitment, there is clear passage from the backyard to the Baggy Green.

When kids pick up a bat and ball, we want them to know that they can follow their dreams. Our commitment is to do everything in our power to support them on this journey and make their dreams a reality.

Nick Hockley
Cricket Australia

Australian Cricket Pathway

Australian Cricket Pathway

The principles of the Pathway are:

  1. Focus is on enhancing players enjoyment and retention by:
    • Encouraging players to compete at their skill level (age is indicative only)
    • Graduated player numbers to increase activity levels for all players by providing more space on field and game opportunities
    • Graduated complexity of match formats to support skill development
    • Providing options of game duration to suit players and families
  2. Consistent formats are aligned to the Australian Cricket Pathway competency framework.
  3. Representative cricket is designed to stretch the best players. This includes inter-association, Regional, State and National Championships
  4. Coach development, accreditation and skills are aligned to the formats and playing context of the player 
  5. Coaching resources are consistent with the Australian Cricket Pathway framework and support development of player skills throughout the formats
  6. Female pathways can use same formats however the progression may be different depending on experience and numbers of players