Year 5

We will be offering running Introduction to Hardball training in October 2017.  Dates and times will be published here and communicated to all Y4 2016-17 players as soon as confirmed.

All playing and protective gear is provided by the Club.  However, players are welcome to use their own - for details of the 2017-18 Harball Gear Starter Pack available at Players Sports - click here.

Grade Convenor - Click here for details

Who

For boys who are in Year 5 at school at the start of the cricket season. (Whilst girls are eligible to play in this grade, there are girls-only grades available which may be more appropriate.)  It is Club policy that all players must play in their correct grade unless the player concerned has exceptional skills and if this is the case then he or she may play up one grade.

Where and when

Teams play against other teams from the University Club, and Parnell CC and  Grafton CC .

Play commences from 8.30am on Saturday mornings at the following venues:

  • Glover Park
  • Bloodworth Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Martyn Wilson Reserve
  • Auckland Domain

Cancellations

Saturday morning cancellations will be mde by 7:00am and published on this website - there is a quick-link to the cancellatios page in the left column.

Teams

Teams are made up of 8 players and where possible we put friends in the same team.

Team names are:

  • Commandos
  • Conquerors
  • Crusaders
  • Gladiators
  • Invaders
  • Knights
  • Saxons
  • Vikings
  • Warriors

Game conditions

  • Teams play on an 18-metre artificail wicket with a two-piece "composite" cricket ball.
  • Games last for approximately 2.5 hours
  • The grade is non-championship and the emphasis is on total participation and fun.

Season

The season normally starts on the first Saturday after Labour weekend and finishes on the last Saturday in March. The season breaks during the Christmas school holidays.

Rules

TBA for 2017-18

Coaching

The Club is reliant on volunteer support to coach and manage these teams. Teams would be expected to practice once a week for no more than 60-90 minutes.

Qualified coaching support will be provided by the Club to both volunteer coaches, umpires, scorers and all players at various times during the season.  This will consist of support during practice sessions and various coaching clinics for players.

Parental involvement

The Club relies on volunteer support from parents.

Each team will need a Manager and during the season parents are encouraged to score, umpire and maintain team records and player statistics.  It is important that the Coach be allowed to concentrate on coaching but this can only be achieved if parents are prepared to take on these other important tasks.

Alternatively, parents can also volunteer their time for sub-committee work (eg: social, prize giving, team photos etc).  The time commitment for most sub committee work would not exceed 4-5 hours during the entire season.  Refer Getting Involved.

Helmets

It is Club Policy that helmets be worn by all batsmen, and a helmet or face-guard be worn by all wicket keepers.  Three helmets are provided in the gear bag supplied by the club.

Uniforms

Players must wear the Club uniform during Saturday morning competition.  The Blue Cap and Club Shirt is available from Players Sports this season - Players Sports carries a full range of sports clothing. The AUCC uniform consists of:

  • Sky Blue cap or white brimmed hat with club logo
  • Club shirt - click here to view
  • White longs
  • White or cream sports socks
  • Sports shoes
  • White sleeveless jersey (optional)

Note: all playing equipment is provided by the Club.

Behaviour

Players, coaches, parents and supporters are required to abide by the Club’s Code of Conduct and behaviour must be consistent with the Club’s Values. Refer to the Code of Conduct and Club Values.

Awards

At the end of the season, the following team awards are be awarded to players in each team:

  • Batting award
  • Bowling award
  • Fielding award
  • Spirit of Cricket award

These awards will be made at the discretion of each coach and presented to players at the end of season prize giving.  Players may not receive more than one team award.

Players are also eligible to receive other Club awards which are determined from the team statistics that are submitted to the Club after each game.  Refer Club Trophies and Awards.

Outstanding performances by individual players are also recorded by the Club.  Refer Club Records.

Centurions Club

Tradition is very important at the University Cricket Club.  The Club recognises every player after they have played 100 games for the Club by presenting them with a special “Centurions Cap”.  They are then officially inducted into the Centurions Club.  It will take a player approximately seven seasons to reach this milestone.

Refer Club Records.

Inter-club fixtures

Every season teams will be selected from all the Year 5 players to represent the Club in these traditional fixtures:

  • Kohi Cup v. Ellerslie CC
  • Stephen Fleming Willow and Aces Willow v. Parnell CC
  • University Shield T20 Quadrangular tournament (2 games on one day)
  • Tamaki Cup versus Grafton CC

The representative team is called the Junior Blues. These traditional fixtures are played on Sundays. Refer Club Events Calendar

The Club’s Junior Coaching Coordinator will act in the role of Convenor of Selectors.  All team coaches will be involved in the selection process and selections for the Junior Blues squad will be based on player statistics, current form and a selection trial.

Because of the higher playing standard and more competitive environment in these games, players will be selected on merit.

You can find out how the Junior Blues have performed in previous seasons under About AUCC >> Traditional Fixtures from the top menu.

Club Manager

The Club employs a Club Manager who is responsible for the control, direction and instruction of anyone employed by the Club and the administration of the Club’s affairs in accordance with the direction given by the elected Board of Management.  Refer Elected Office Bearers

Complaints

Complaints on any matters with the way the club is administered or the conduct of any of its employees, volunteers or members should be referred in the first instance to the Grade Convenor.  If circumstances should not allow this then the complaint should be made directly to the Junior Club Captain or the Chairman of the Board of Management.

Under no circumstances shall a member, volunteer or parent directly reprimand an employee of the Club.