U18 boys

For details of the U18 grade format and options for 2015-16 - click here

Grade Convenor - Click here for details

Who

For boys in Years 11, 12 and 13, and under the age of 18 as at 1st September at the start of the cricket season.  It is Club policy that all players should play in their correct grade unless the player concerned has exceptional skills and if this is the case then the player concerned may play in the Senior grades.

Season Format

The Under 18 grade runs as 3 distinct competitions – a 4-week Twenty20 competition which starts on 31st October, a 4-week 1-Day LO competition which starts on 28th November, and a 4-game 2-Day competition from early February thru March.  Players initially register for the first-half of the season only – this registration covers both the pre-Xmas T20 and 1-Day games. Teams will need to be re-formed for the 1-Day and second-half comps depending on the number of players who register for these competitions.

The 1-Day competition in November/December provides the opportunity for those boys playing school cricket to re-engage with their former Club mates. Players will be able to register for this competition in November.
Due to the small number of players involved in this grade, no trials will be held. Players will be put into teams at the discretion of the Grade Convenors using prior knowledge of the players and statistics, in consultation with coaches and the AUCC coaching team where appropriate.

Where and when

Teams play against clubs from the Auckland region so some travel is required to game venues when playing away from home.  All games are played in the afternoons - 1:45pm start whilst school cricket is being played and 12:30 when it isn't.

Draw>>

Refer to Ground Directory>>

Cancellations

Cancellations are only made by the ground authority or the Auckland Cricket Association (ACA) and will be posted on the ACA Info Line as soon as possible after the decision is made. Refer: Auckland Cricket ssociation >> Fixtures >> Cancellations.  

Please do not telephone Radio NZ for information.

Teams

Teams are made up of 11 players and individual players are seeded in this grade based on ability.
Team names will be allocated prior to the start of the season.

Game conditions

  • Teams play on a full-length pitch with a two-piece hard cricket ball.
  • Play commences from 1.45pm on Saturday afternoons, except for matches played during official school vacations, which commence at 12.30pm.
  • All matches will finish by 6:30pm.
  • The normal rules of cricket apply to this grade with some minor exceptions, which are outlined in the Auckland Club Cricket Handbook. The Handbook is produced annually and is available from the Club and available on the Auckland Cricket website

All grades are Championship grades but the emphasis is still on total participation and fun.

The teams in the various Under 18 competitions compete for the Auckland Championship for their respective grades and the “winners flag” which is presented to teams at the Auckland Cricket prize giving held at Eden Park in April.

Season

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

Playing Conditions

Auckland Club Cricket Handbook or the ACA website - Club Cricket >> Playing Conditions

Coaching

Where possible the Club will provide a coach for teams in this grade. However, the Club relies on volunteer support to manage these teams on Saturdays. Teams would be expected to practice for no more than 1-3 hours per week over 1 or 2 practice sessions.

Qualified coaching support will be provided by the Club to both volunteer coaches, managers, 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 will be available from Players Sports this season - Players Sports also carries a full range of cricket equipment and sports clothing.  The uniform consists of:

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

Note: all cricket equipment can be provided by the Club if players don't have their own.

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 Team 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.

Traditional Fixtures

Every season a team will be selected from all the Under 18 teams to represent the Club in the following traditional fixtures:

  • Kohi Cup versus Ellerslie C.C.
  • Tamaki Cup versus Grafton C.C.
  • Harold Bennett Trophy versus the Fingletoads (Club Old Boys)

The representative team is called the Junior Blues. These traditional fixtures are played on Sundays.

Refer Club Events Calendar

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.

Because of the higher playing standard and more competitive environment in these games, players will be selected on merit but it is also important that the team composition achieves balance in order to facilitate succession planning for the senior playing grades in future years (e.g. teams generally should comprise five specialist batsmen, one all rounder, a specialist keeper and four bowlers including at least one spinner plus a 12th man).

You can find out how the Junior Blues have performed in previous seasons under About AUCC >> Traditional Fixtures from the top menu.

Representative Cricket

Players in this grade are eligible to represent the Eastern Districts Cricket Association (EDCA) in the Auckland Under 18 Distrist Tournament. To qualify players must be under the age of 18 restriction as at 1st September preceding the tournament. Selection for EDCA is based on merit.

Club Manager

The Auckland University Cricket Club employs a Cuib 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 Convenor.

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