U19 boys

Grade Convenor - Click here for details

For full details of playing options for the 2018-19 season click here 

Who

For boys in Years 11, 12 and 13, and under the age of 19 as at 1st September, at the start of the cricket season.  Note that some players who are eligible for this grade might prefer to play in the Senior Men's grades - and some Y11's might prefer to play in the Club U16 grade.  Please contact our U19 Grade Convenor for advice.

Season Format

The Club Under 19 and Under 16 grades run as 2 half-season competitions this season, on Wednesday evenings starting at 5pm and lasting approximately 2.5 hours. This enables boys who are playing for their College on Saturdays to continue to engage with their former Club mates who might be at other colleges.

There are no club-only U19 or U16 competitions scheduled on Saturdays during the traditional season. However, there is a combined School-and-Club Saturday afternoon competition, Senior Open, which Year 11-13 boys can play in - either in a college team, or a club team, or a combined team. Please contact our U19 Grade Convenor if you are interest in this combined School/Club competition.

There will also be Club Under 23 and U16 "Summer Holiday" competitions (T20 and LO40 in both grades) available on Saturdays during the break in school cricket - playing dates are Dec 8th, 15th, 22nd, and Jan 12th and 19th. Players interested in playing in any of these Summer Holiday competitions should contact our U19 Grade Convenor. 

Players register for U19 (or U16) for the full season - teams might need to be re-formed for the T20 second-half comps depending on the number of players who wish to play. Any player who decides not to play in the 2nd-half will be entitled to a partial refund of subs paid. 

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 on Wednesday evenings starting at 5pm.

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 Cancellations page as soon as possible after the decision is made. Refer: Auckland Cricket >> Club Cricket >> Cancellations.  

Teams

Teams are made up of 9 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

  • All U19 games are played on full-length wickets with a two-piece hard cricket ball
  • The normal rules of cricket apply to this grade with some minor modifications - refer to the ACA website for the Playing Conditions

All grades are Championship grades but the emphasis is still on total participation and fun - teams compete for the Grade pennant. 

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.

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 are 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 complulsory for helmets to be worn by all batsmen; and a helmet or face-guard to be worn by all wicket keepers.  Refer NZ Cricket Helmet Policy.

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 may be selected from all the Under 19 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 District Tournaments - Year 11 or Years 12/13 combined.  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.