Australian Cricket Pathway
It’s never too soon or too late to get into cricket. Whether you start knocking a ball around with your family and friends or join up with a club and go straight into the game, there are plenty of opportunities to play. Getting moving, learning the skills and playing and competing build strong foundations.
In the early stages, the focus is on parents creating opportunities that get kids moving through a range of fundamental movement skills that are required to be healthy, active and involved in sport. Fun times with family and friends from the neighbourhood in the backyard, at BBQ’s and on the beach.
Learning the Skills
5-7 years: Woolworths Cricket Blast - Junior Blasters
Junior Blasters is for kids learning the basic skills of cricket with participants building their skills through fun, game based activities
The games are designed for small groups to ensure every child gets a go, allowing them to test and learn new skills
When they have mastered the basics they will be ready to graduate to Master Blasters where they can play modified games of cricket.
7-10 years: Woolworths Cricket Blast - Master Blasters
Master Blasters is a fun, social, safe, cricket program for boys and girls who can bowl with a straight arm over 14m.
It is much shorter than traditional cricket, with a maximum of 90 minutes playing time.
All the equipment is supplied and the games usually take place at the same venue each week, at a local cricket club or community centre.
School and Club Cricket provide opportunities to engage in competition and more specific skill development where mastering the basics of cricket are a priority.
There’s a game, and a standard, for everyone. Any child can play at a junior cricket club. Local clubs are thriving community hubs that provide a great environment for kids from all backgrounds to make friends and develop their cricket skills together. There is a range of formats to suit different skill levels and time commitments with T20 Cricket becoming more and more popular.
The focus is on providing an enjoyable cricket experience and this will mean playing at the level that suits their current skill level. Ensuring kids are playing at an appropriate level and in the appropriate game format is critical to providing the right challenges to facilitate their enjoyment and improvement.
Sometimes this means talented players might play with older players. Likewise players just starting out, may gain more from playing with younger players who are of a different age but of the same skill level.
Representative & Regional
The best juniors will have an opportunity to participate in local and regional representative competitions. The local cricket association or Indoor Cricket Centre plays a critical role in providing appropriate opportunities for the best junior cricketers to compete in local and regional representative competitions. The School Sports associations in each state also provide opportunities for cricketers to test their skills against other zones and regions. Indoor Cricket and School Sport Australia also provide opportunities for the best cricketers at this level to be exposed to various national and international playing opportunities in their age group.
In conjunction with States and Territories, School Sport Australia (SSA) and Cricket Australia are working together to strengthen and align the Australian Cricket Pathway. The best players in schools are identified and selected to compete in the National SSA Cricket Championships at 12’s.
Senior clubs are the heart and soul of many inclusive communities. There are many different playing standards and formats that can cater for a variety of needs. Whether you are young or young at heart there is an opportunity for you to play on a regular basis experiencing all the physical and social benefits that cricket offers.
In many cases our best young talent will also be playing in senior level competition and this is seen as a great way to stretch these players to new heights. The senior club players have an important role to play in mentoring these young players.
Premier cricket is the home base for Australian cricketers. All talented cricketers with aspirations to reach the top will compete for a Premier Club. Premier cricket strives to deliver the best possible standards of coaching, playing facilities and experience of multiple formats to develop State and Australian cricketers.
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A host of top-class international players have graced the 100 indoor cricket centres across the country in games that take around an hour to play. There’s competition at state and national level for the best players at both junior and senior level.