Year 8 - boys

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.  


For boys who are in Year 8 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 or she may play up one grade.

Season Format

The seaon runs as 2 distinct half-season competitions – one before Xmas (Year 8) and one after Xmas (U14). 

In both halves, ACA has introduced a Thursday evening T20 competition as well as the traditional Saturday morning and afternoon competitions.  Players can elect to play on Thursdays, or Saturdays, or both. 

Teams will likely need to be re-formed for the second-half depending on the number of players who continue to play for the Club after Xmas - some players might decide to play only for their school in term 1, and some of the younger Year 9 players might decide to play in the U14 grade rather than U16. 

Where and when

Teams play against clubs across Auckland so some travel is required to game venues when playing away from home.  Teams will be placed into regional pools to minimise travel.
For full details please refer to the letter from our Grade Convenor.


Teams are made up of 9 players. As the grade is seeded, individual players are placed into teams based on ability - trials will be required. Teams will need to be re-formed for the second half of the season.

Team names are:

  • Asteroids
  • Comets
  • Galaxies
  • Novas
  • Planets
  • Quasars
  • Stars

Game conditions

The pre-Xmas Year 8 games will be played on 18-metre pitches; post-Xmas the U14 games will be on full-length pitch.  All competitions in these grades are Championship but the emphasis remains on 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. Please select the appropriate competition below for the playing conditions:

Boys Year 8 Hard Ball Smash Pink L.O.

Boys Year 8 Hard Ball Smash



The Club relies on volunteer support to coach and manage these teams. Teams would be expected to practice for no more than 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.


It is Club Policy that a helmet must be worn by all batsmen; and a helmet or face-guard be worn by all wicket keepers.


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 also 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 longs
  • White or cream sports socks
  • Sports shoes
  • White sleeveless – optional


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.


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 a team will be selected from all the Year 8 teams to represent the Club in the J. T.  Sparling Junior Super Series against Parnell, Cornwall, Grafton and Howick-Pakugranga, and possibly other fixtures.  These traditional fixtures are played on Sundays and the dates will be published on  our Club Calendar as soon as confirmed.

Selection criteria for the inter-club fixtures

The Club’s Junior Coaching Coordinator will act in the role of Convenor of Selectors. All 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 8 players are eligible for selection to represent the Eastern Districts Cricket Association (EDCA) in the Auckland Year 8 Boys District Tournament. Selection for EDCA is based on merit.

Club Manager

The Auckland University Cricket 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 Club Personnel .


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.