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Sandy Cricket Club - Youth DevelopmentYouth Development

Sandy Cricket Club currently has a U10, a U12 and a U14 Colts squad.

Details about our Youth Development plans and policies will appear below as published.


Junior section coaching sessions every Saturday morning:

Venue: Sandy Upper School Sports Hall

Time:   9am-10am
           
Every Saturday morning.


All new players welcome. If you have never played cricket before, please feel free to come down for a couple of sessions, and see how quickly you can learn the basics of the game. You'll pick it up quickly and start to improve immediately with the help of our qualified coaches.

The Club presently runs sides at Under 10, Under 12 & Under 14 age groups. Please contact us (see homepage for details) if you are interested in playing for any of these age groups.

We would also like to create a pathway for Junior Members to advance towards full Senior Cricket. Running a Development Team (only 4 of the 11 players can be over the age of 18) would help create this pathway. If you are 14 years or over, and would be interested in playing Development Cricket, please contact the club (see contact details on homepage).



RESPECT

The Spirit of Cricket involves RESPECT for:

  • The Game's Traditional Values
  • Your own Captain and Team
  • The Role of the Umpires
  • Your Opponents


HINTS & TIPS

BATTING

The Three Phases of Batting:
  • Pre-Delivery Phase: Focus on the bowler's hand holding the ball.
  • Decision Making Phase: Watch the ball from the bowler's hand, to help judge length early and move accordingly.
  • Shot Execution: To hit the middle of the bat every ball, the full face needs to be presented.
  • Always watch the ball right from when it leaves the bowler's hand until it makes contact with your bat.

GRIP
  • Lay the bat face down on the ground in front of you.
  • Now pick it up as though it is an axe, and you are going to chop down a tree.
  • This is the same principle for both right and left-handed batsmen.
  • Try and keep your hands fairly close together.
  • Your thumb and index finger should form a V-shape.
  • Your top hand should then rest gently against your inside front thigh.
STANCE
  • Relaxed & side-on position, with feet about shoulder width apart.
  • Feet either side of the popping crease.
  • Weight evenly distributed, knees slightly flexed (bent).
  • Eyes & head level.
  • Stance is position you take whilst the bowlers runs up to bowl.
  • This position (stance) should be the same for every delivery.

BACKSWING & STEP
  • Keep head and eyes level.
  • Bat swings back and up (arms and bat form figure "9").
  • As backswing starts, move either forwards or backwards.
  • Keep a firm grip of the bat handle and move head smoothly towards the line of the ball.

FRONT FOOT DEFENSIVE AND FRONT FOOT DRIVE
  • Head and eyes level.
  • Bat swings back as front foot steps forward (comfortable stride) towards ball.
  • Front knee bends as weight transfers to front foot.
  • Bat swings down to meet ball beneath the eyes.
  • Bat is angled towards the ground, slightly in front of the front leg, but close to the pad.
  • Back heel is slightly raised & bottom hand relaxed. THE BAT SHOULD NOT FOLLOW THROUGH, BUT REMAIN CLOSE THE FRONT PAD.
FRONT FOOT DRIVE
  • As above, but the bat accelerates forward as contact is made with the ball.
  • The bat should accelerate through a straight path, with the face of the bat pointing towards the sky.
BACK FOOT DEFENSIVE AND BACK FOOT DRIVE
  • Played to a ball that is bouncing to thigh level or higher.
  • Head and eyes level.
  • Push back with front foot to transfer weight on to back foot.
  • Back foot moves back and across towards line of the ball, bat swings back and arms form figure "9".
  • Weight should remain slightly forward as front foot draws back towards back foot (remain side-on to the bowler).
  • Bat swings down to meet ball and decelerates to contact with full face of the bat under your eyes.
  • Bat should be angled towards the ground, and hands should be relaxed to help take the pace off the ball.
  • Keep front elbow high with bat facing back down the wicket.
  • If the ball bounces quite high, you may need to get on tip-toes to help play the ball down towards the ground.

BACK FOOT DRIVE
  • As above, but the bat accelerates through as contact is made with the ball.
  • Keep front elbow high, head over the ball, and weight slightly forwards to help keep the ball on the ground.
  • The top hand on the bat controls the shot, the bottom hand punches through to provide the power.

PULL SHOT
  • Cross batted, attacking back foot shot, played to a short pitched delivery.
  • Head and eyes level.
  • Push back with front foot to transfer weight on to back foot.
  • Back foot moves back and across towards line of the ball, bat swings back and arms form figure "9".
  • Front foot pulls back to establish a solid base, head remains forward.
  • Your body should now be more front-on, facing towards the bowler.
  • The bat swings down and across to make contact with the ball in front of your body.
  • The bat accelerates downwards from "high to low", hitting the ball towards the ground to help avoid being caught out, with a full follow through.
  • Try to roll your wrists at the point of contact and keep you weight slightly forward.

If you want to learn more about Sandy Cricket Club, please email us or use the Contact form.

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