Australian Cricket Pathway
It’s never too soon or too late to get into cricket. Whether you start knocking a ball around with your family and friends or join up with a club and go straight into the game, there are plenty of opportunities to play. Getting moving, learning the skills and playing and competing build strong foundations.
In the early stages, the focus is on parents creating opportunities that get kids moving through a range of fundamental movement skills that are required to be healthy, active and involved in sport. Fun times with family and friends from the neighbourhood in the backyard, at BBQ’s and on the beach.
Learning the Skills
5-8 years: MILO in2CRICKET
It’s never too early to get kids started. The MILO in2CRICKET program aims to develop skills and an enthusiasm for the game for 5-8 year olds.
It has been running for over 20 years and is a brilliant activity for young boys and girls that introduces fundamental cricket skills. Kids hang out with their friends, make new ones, learn the skills and play in a team.
The basic skills required for cricket include catching, throwing, jumping, running and teamwork and all have wider benefits for children. Playing with bats and balls is a fun way to get kids interacting with their environment.
They may even get the chance to play at lunch during a Commonwealth Bank Test match.
7-12 years: MILO T20 Blast
Now the kids have learned how to bat and bowl, the next step is into a game environment and that’s where MILO T20 Blast comes in. MILO T20 Blast is an eight-week program consisting of 90-minute games. It takes place on a small pitch with eight players per side. Each player gets to bat, bowl, wicket-keep and field. While waiting to bat, there’s a Skills Zone where children actively hone their skills.
The kids are getting a chance to emulate their heroes in the KFC T20 Big Bash League (BBL) and Women’s T20 Big Bash League (WBBL).
School and Club Cricket provide opportunities to engage in competition and more specific skill development where mastering the basics of cricket are a priority.
There’s a game, and a standard, for everyone. Any child can play at a junior cricket club. Local clubs are thriving community hubs that provide a great environment for kids from all backgrounds to make friends and develop their cricket skills together. There is a range of formats to suit different skill levels and time commitments with T20 Cricket becoming more and more popular.
The focus is on providing an enjoyable cricket experience and this will mean playing at the level that suits their current skill level. Ensuring kids are playing at an appropriate level and in the appropriate game format is critical to providing the right challenges to facilitate their enjoyment and improvement.
Sometimes this means talented players might play with older players. Likewise players just starting out, may gain more from playing with younger players who are of a different age but of the same skill level.
Representative & Regional
The best juniors will have an opportunity to participate in local and regional representative competitions. The local cricket association or Indoor Cricket Centre plays a critical role in providing appropriate opportunities for the best junior cricketers to compete in local and regional representative competitions. The School Sports associations in each state also provide opportunities for cricketers to test their skills against other zones and regions. Indoor Cricket and School Sport Australia also provide opportunities for the best cricketers at this level to be exposed to various national and international playing opportunities in their age group.
In conjunction with States and Territories, School Sport Australia (SSA) and Cricket Australia are working together to strengthen and align the Australian Cricket Pathway. The best players in schools are identified and selected to compete in the National SSA Cricket Championships at 12’s and 15’s year age groups.
Senior clubs are the heart and soul of many inclusive communities. There are many different playing standards and formats that can cater for a variety of needs. Whether you are young or young at heart there is an opportunity for you to play on a regular basis experiencing all the physical and social benefits that cricket offers.
In many cases our best young talent will also be playing in senior level competition and this is seen as a great way to stretch these players to new heights. The senior club players have an important role to play in mentoring these young players.
Premier cricket is the home base for Australian cricketers. All talented cricketers with aspirations to reach the top will compete for a Premier Club. Premier cricket strives to deliver the best possible standards of coaching, playing facilities and experience of multiple formats to develop State and Australian cricketers.
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A host of top-class international players have graced the 100 indoor cricket centres across the country in games that take around an hour to play. There’s competition at state and national level for the best players at both junior and senior level.