Year 7

Grade Convenor - Click here for details

Full details of the grade for 2018-19 can be read in a letter from our Grade Convenor here.  

Who

For boys who are in Year 7 at school at the start of the cricket season. 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 may play up one grade.

Season Format

ACA has introduced a Tuesday evening T20 competition this season in addition to the traditional Saturday morning and afternoon competitions.  All players in the grade are eligible to play in the Tuesday competition; on Saturdays there are morning T20 "White" and 2 afternoon "Pink" competitions - 40-over Limited Overs or T20.  To play in a Pink team players must be selected through a trials process. 

Players can elect to play in the Tuesday competition, or one of the Saturday competitions, or both Tuesday and Saturday.

Full details are in the letter from our Grade Convenor.  

Where and when

Teams play against clubs from across Auckland so some travel is required to game venues when playing away from home. Teams will be into regional pools to minimise travel. Tuesday T20 games start at 5pm, Saturday morning White games start at 9:30am and afternoon games at 12:30pm. 

Teams

Teams are made up of 9 players and where possible we put friends in the same team:

  • Hurricanes
  • Lightning
  • Storm
  • Thunder
  • Tornados

Season

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

Game conditions

  • Teams play on an 18-metre pitch with a two-piece hard cricket ball.
  • Every player must bowl 2 overs, with the exception of the designated wicket keeper
  • Batsmen get two lives within their first 6 balls (wides or no balls counted). If a batter is dismissed a 3rd time within 6 balls they are out.
  • Batters retire "not out" after 21 balls faced in T20 and 42 balls in LO40 
  • All competitions are Championship grades but the emphasis is still on total participation and fun.

There is a wide variety of Playing Conditions which apply to the competitions to suit the different grade formats and hours of play. For Playing Conditions please select the appropriate competition below:

Boys Year 7 Hard Ball Smash Pink L.O.

Boys Year 7 Hard Ball Smash

Coaching

The Club is reliant on volunteer support to coach and manage these teams. Teams are expected to practice for 1-2 hours per week.

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 a helmet be worn by all batsmen; and a helmet or face-guard be worn by all wicket keepers.

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 Sporst also carries a full range of cricket equipment and sports clothing. The uniform consists of:

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

Note: all cricket 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
  • Most improved 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 “presentation 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 two Rep teams will be selected from all the Year 7 players to represent the Club in our Traditional Fixtures:

  • J. T. Sparling Super Series versus Parnell, Cornwall, Grafton and Howck-Pakuranga
  • University Shield Quadrangular tournament (2 x T20 games)

Games are played on Sundays and the dates for the fixtures will be published on our Club Calendar as soon as they are finalised.

Selection process for the inter-club fixtures

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.

However, 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.

Representative Cricket

Year 7 players are eligible to represent the Auckland Eastern Districts Cricket Association (EDCA) in the Year 7 Auckland District tournament.

Selection for the EDCA teams is based on merit.

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.

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