Responsible Parent Participation

The club is a volunteer organisation that runs based on parents putting in their time to the club. Unlike senior clubs where there is a stable membership, as players grow up they leave, hence there is a constant need for incoming parents to volunteer.
The club particularly needs new committee members as a number of the existing committee will be finishing up at Whitfords Junior this season. Committee membership is not particularly time consuming or onerous yet  greatly assists with the running and success of the club.

The club does not provide teams with a Coach or Manager – each team is required to nominate an adult as a coach and an adult  as a manager. This is done at allocation day. The club has a strict liability requirement such that “no coach = no team”.

The club provides Cricket Australia accredited coaching training as well as direct assistance to managers.

Parents of players will usually be asked to assist the coach and manager throughout the season with duties such as ground set  up and scoring.
Player happiness and team performance is strongly linked to parent involvement in training and on game day – even as a  spectator. WJCC strongly encourages parents to be involved in their child’s progression through cricket.

How do we allocate players to teams?

We do NOT grade players or assign them to teams based on their abilities or skills. Players are allocated on the basis of factors such as team numbers, ages, last season’s team and if possible, their preferences. Preferences are not guaranteed.
However, whilst the age rules allow players 2 years below the nominal age, our policy is that in U12s, players are held until they are at the right age – i.e. 11 in U12s, 12 in U13s etc. This is done specifically because of the physical changes that players go through at these ages. Our overwhelming experience is that at U12/13/14, the “growth spurt” that boys go through puts younger players and their team mates at a distinct disadvantage causing a number of problems.  
This policy is common throughout the Association.
Team sizes are as follows:
Team Min Max
U10 8 10
U11 10 12
U12 upwards 10 13

When is Allocation Day?

Allocation day for the U10s upwards is advertised on the web site – it is usually mid September. Timings and further details will be provided by email closer to the day.  At allocation day, team kits are also issued. There is a separate Allocation Day for T20 / in2Cricket players. Parents/players will be advised of this date prior  to the commencement of the season. This has usually been at the start of the October.

Do you have to come to Allocation Day, even if you’ve previously been at Whitfords?

We strongly prefer you to come to Allocation Day. Not only will teams be formally announced (there is no guarantee you will get  into the team you ask) but numerous announcements are made on the day that affect all players and parents.

What are the key season dates?

In2Cricket / T20

The season usually starts towards the end of October and goes till early December. It restarts in early February once school goes back and goes to mid March.

U10 & 11

The U10 & U11 season usually starts in mid October and goes till mid December. It normally restarts in early February once school goes back and goes till mid March. The Association sets the dates once all teams from all clubs are finalised.

U12

The U12 season usually starts in mid October and goes till mid December. It usually restarts in mid January and goes till end of February. The Association sets the dates once all teams from all clubs are finalised.

U13 to U17

The season usually starts in mid October and goes till mid December. It usually restarts in mid January and goes till end of February. Finals are played over 4 weeks in March. The Association sets the dates once all teams from all clubs are finalised.

Girls

Refer to the Girls page on our website for the latest information.



What days do we play?

Pre Christmas, in2Cricket / T20 Blast is played on Saturday mornings 8:30 – 10:30

The last game before the Christmas break is a Friday night game.
After Christmas break, the games are on Friday night 6pm to 8pm.
U10/11/15/16/17 play on Sunday morning throughout the season.
U12/13/14 play on Saturday morning throughout the season.

Where do we play?

In2Cricket/T20 games are held at two venues. Prior to the Christmas break, the games are held at James Cook Reserve (near the Whitfords shopping centre). After Christmas, the games move to Macdonald Reserve. All U10 to U17 games play on local fields as allocated by the Association.

Where and when do we train?

Training times and venues are determined at allocation day by the team. In2Cricket/T20 is usually ½ hr prior to the game. For Junior teams, the nets and fields available for Whitfords Junior Cricket Club are allocated by the City Of Joondalup. They are in the local area. Training is in the afternoons at times and venues selected by the teams based on availability. Usually training is only one afternoon per week.

Uniforms

For all age groups there is a no hat – no play policy. The preferred hat for U10s
upwards is a broad brimmed hat. Refer to uniforms page


A broad brimmed hat is provided free with all new players joining from U10s and upwards teams. This includes players coming up from T20 Blast into U10.
New Broad Brimmed Hats are $15.
In2Cricket players are provided with an In2Cricket shirt as part of the pack provided at the start of the season. They wear shorts  and sandshoes.
T20 players are provided with a T20 Blast shirt as part of the pack provided at the start of the season. They wear shorts  and sandshoes.
U10s upwards wear uniform shirt, white cricket pants (preferably long pants) and sandshoes. Spikes are only permitted when playing on turf pitches (an unusual event).

Equipment – in2Cricket

Each in2Cricket player is provided with a bat, ball, hat, shirt and backpack. This is paid for out of the registration fees. The club provides to each team a kit bag with cones, stumps, 1st aid kit, scorebook. There is no need for parents to provide any  equipment. A protector, pads, helmet, gloves, wood bat etc are not needed for in2Cricket.

A basic 1st aid kit is also provided. If the child has any special medical needs such as asthma medication etc., this is to be  provided by the parent. The parents should also inform the coach at the start of the season of the particulars.

Equipment – T20 Blast

The club provides each team with a complete kit. T20 Blast play with special Milo T20 branded wooden bats and soft ball suitable for younger children.  The team kit includes helmet, cones, stumps and scorebook. There is no need for parents to provide any  equipment. Use of helmet for wicket keeping is optional.

A basic 1st aid kit is also provided. If the child has any special medical needs such as asthma medication etc., this is to be  provided by the parent. The parents should also inform the coach at the start of the season of the particulars.

Equipment – U10s upwards

The club provides each team with a complete kit. This kit includes an allocation of personal gear such as helmets, gloves, pads, bats and protectors. The club has found that the higher the age, the more likely the child has his/her own gear, hence the older age groups have less personal equipment provided in kits.

Use of personal gear is permitted, provided the gear is in good working order.
It is recommended that from U10 upwards each child has his own personal protector. 
A basic 1st aid kit is also provided. If the child has any special medical needs such as asthma medication etc, this is to be  provided by the parent. The parents should also inform the coach at the start of the season of the particulars.
The U10s play with a “Softa” rubber cricket ball.
The U11s to U13 play with a 142g leather cricket ball.
The U14s and upwards play with a 156g leather cricket ball.

FAQ – Should your child stay in T20 Blast or go up to U10?

Most children between 8 and 9 years old at the start of the season with prior T20 Blast experience are able to play in U10s – the U10 rules are set up to be a transition from T20 Blast. The decision to put a player up is a personal one – the answer should be where  would your child be most happy? Remember that NO age group is graded on ability and ALL players go through radical changes in skills and ability throughout their junior years. 
An 8 yr old player new to cricket however should have a year in T20 Blast.
At the other end of the age spectrum, 9 year olds go into U10s, even if they have not played T20 before.

FAQ – Because your child wishes to do other sport on Sunday should they go from T20 last year directly into U12s this year?

Whilst from an age perspective, it is possible to go straight from T20 to U12s, WJCC policy is not to allocate 9 year old players directly from In2C T20 into U12s. It represents a significant risk to player safety and enjoyment as well as adversely affects team training and cohesion. Unless exceptional circumstances are presented with the registration, we will not allocate a player into U12s from T20. “Wanting to do both surf club and cricket so he doesn’t miss out” or “He was better than all the T20 players in his team last season” are not exceptional circumstances.

 

FAQ – Does WJCC apply the minimum age?

As a general approach, we aim to allocate players to U10/11/12 teams such that a child should be a year above the Minimum age for the Team, although some flexibility is applied in these age groups.  The U10/11/12 age groups are intended to be the time for a player to establish themselves and become ready for the challenge of more formal cricket.
However, at U13/14s, most boys enter their “growth spurt” and hence significantly change in size and strength. This represents a significant disadvantage to younger players, adversely affecting their skill development , enjoyment of the game and ability to perform with the team. District cricket, school and other commitments also become significant, impacting not only the player availability and experience, hence making player and team organisation difficult. 
As a result, for U13s upwards, it is WJCC’s policy that a player may only be one year younger than the maximum age for the  relevant age group. As a result, a minimum age player below U13s will have to spend a second season in a younger age group prior to entering the U13s. This is usually the U12s.

FAQ – Should a player be held back/put up because of his/her skill level?

We do not grade/allocate based on skill. The usual question asked is whether a player should stay down. This is often associated with perceived skill or ability problems from last season or a desire for the parent for the player to do “better” before going  on. Each child is different in how his/her skills develop and experience has shown that players of all ages and skills quickly adapt  over the season and change remarkably over the off season. It is not unusual for a “struggling” player last season to star this season and star players last season to come back to the rest of the team this season. Further, the rule changes over the various  ages are an effective skill leveller. 
Past performance is NOT a good indicator of future performance or talent. The only question that really needs to be answered is in what age group or team would the child enjoy the game the most – and almost without exception, that team is of players of the same age as the player.
However, the WJCC policy regards to age outlined above still applies, irrespective of skill level.

FAQ – Should I get my child specialist training?

At the younger ages up to about U14s, your child is still learning the game and will undergo significant physiological and mental  changes. At this time, the objective is to learn to enjoy the game whilst cementing basic technique/skills. There is usually some  real or imagined pressure to “hit sixes” or “bowl fast yorkers”- this is not what is required. The focus should be on accuracy for  bowling rather than pace, defensive footwork and placing the ball for batting rather than slogging and of course catching/throwing for fielding. “Throw downs” or simple hit and catches with a parent is usually as effective as a professional coach at these ages.
For ages from U14s upwards, specialist coaching becomes more attractive. However, the majority of effort goes into setting a  baseline set of skills, rather than developing extravagant playing style. It should always be remembered that even up to U17s, the  player is still a junior and going through significant physiological and mental changes.

FAQ – What Age Group should my child play in?

 

Girls Cricket Ages

Girls are actively encouraged to play cricket at WJCC. Girls are eligible to play in In2Cricket, T20 and in Junior cricket up to any age. Girls above T20 age can also play in the WACA sponsored Girls Only cricket. Refer to the Girls cricket page on our website.

In2Cricket Age Groups

In2Cricket is based around School years. There are 2 years – Pre Primary and Grades 1.

T20 Age Groups

T20 is based around School years. There are 2 years –  Grades 2 and 3.

Junior Boys Cricket Ages

The Association has the following rules for players in U10s through to U17s:
Player’s Age Restriction

Each age competition shall be restricted to players no more than 2 years under that age  as at 30th June in
the year the season commenced. (See table below)
Team Min Age Max Age (boys) Max Age (girls)
U10 7 9 11
U11 8 10 12
U12 9 11 13
U13 10 12 14
U14 11 13 15
U15 12 14 16
U16 13 15 17
U17 14 16 18
Overage and Underage Players
a) Girls may play up  to 2 years below their age.
b) Upon application to the Association the Executive may grant permission for an over age player with documented disabilities to play in a lower age group within one year of the players age.
c) All other overage players can be referred to the Association for its consideration to play in an age group one year lower than he/she would be qualified to play, based on age
This means that if a boy is 13 at 30 Jun, he would be eligible to play U14, U15 and U16s.
If a girl is 13 at 30 Jun, she would be eligible to play U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16s.
Note that the club would only make application under c) by exception.

FAQ – How do I ensure that my child plays in a team with his/her friends or school mates?

Whilst we try to take into account preferences we are often in a position where preferences have to be broken to ensure that  teams have the minimum and maximum numbers of players. This is unavoidable. This has usually been more of a concern of the  parents rather than the player – our experience is that players very quickly fit in to which ever team they are put in. With the  dynamic nature of player numbers, it is impossible to predict before registration how many or the make up of future teams. Our approach is to try to satisfy as many people as possible.