Girls can and do play cricket – real cricket!
Here at Whitfords Junior we are proud of our girl’s cricket program. This program is designed specifically to provide girls with the same opportunities as boys, teaching girls how to play and be involved in cricket as a player. Our experience shows that given the same opportunity and coaching, girls are as good as boys of similar age and experience. However, we understand that a girl (and her parents!) coming into cricket may be unsure of what is in front of her and the standard of competition.
The diagram below shows the pathway for girls in WA. The elements of the program offered this season by Whitfords Junior are highlighted in green.
Unlike “boys” cricket, transition between the elements of the girls program is primarily ability and experienced based. Each element has rules and a format to suit the skills of the players. Whilst ages are listed, these are a general guide.
The Whitfords Program for Season 2017/18
Our In2Cricket/T20 Blast program is specifically designed for boys and girls from 5 up to 10 – 12 yrs old and is based on school year (Pre-primary, Yrs 1, 2 and 3). Girls and boys participate equally in the same teams with no distinction being made. Our experience shows that at these ages, there is no difference between boys and girls (often girls are better than the boys!) with the players not noticing any difference either.
All Girl T20 Blast
This is a new program set up and run by the WACA. It is similar to our In2Cricket program but for girls only and for girls between 8 – 12 yrs old. It will be run at dedicated centres – the nearest one to us is at Penistone Reserve in Warwick. If we get 6 – 8 girls interested in playing this format, then we will form a Whitfords team to participate.
The Next Step – Boys or Girls?
Girls have three choices regards their pathway. Firstly, girls can transition to the girls only program. Or secondly, girls can continue to play with the boys i.e. continue with their male In2C team mates as they go into U10s and the Junior boys competition. Importantly in boys girls are able to play up to 2 years over the boys’ age group. At Whitfords, we also provide a third choice – girls can do both! Girls can transition at any time between both pathways.
This competition is run by the NWMCA. The Junior Girls program is played on a proper pitch with a rubber ball against other clubs/school teams. It is designed for players who are new to cricket and are learning the fundamental skills associated with cricket – how to bowl, bat and field. It is the equivalent to the U10 and U11 boys grades and is played to very similar rules.
This competition is run by the WACA. It is a home and away T20 format competition played with a 142 gram leather ball. This is a home and away competition with some variations to the Laws of Cricket (e.g. no LBW). This competition is intended for girls who can bat, bowl and field to a reasonable level.
The U15s competition is also the WACA’s prime recruiting group for girls into the State U15s squad. Whitfords is proud to have a number of girls involved with the State girls U15s program. Our intention this season is to have a team in this program.
Last year our U15s played in the Grand Final.
This competition is also run by the WACA. It is a home and away T20 competition and is full rules cricket with a 142g leather ball. This competition is intended for girls who can bat, bowl and field to a reasonable level.
The u18s competition is the WACA’s prime recruiting group for girls into the State U18s squad. Whitfords is proud to have a number of girls involved with the State U18s program.
Coaching and Training
Girls in the In2Cricket program will be coached by their In2Cricket coach.
Our Modified T20 and U15s girls will be again coached by Steve Emery (Club President) and Jared Correia. Training will nominally be on Friday afternoons at Macdonald Reserve.
Our u18s girls will have their own coach. Training venue and times will be decided at the start of the season.
To view a diagram of the pathway for Girl’s Cricket
If you have any questions about girls cricket, please don’t hesitate to contact Steve Emery at firstname.lastname@example.org