Year 9/10 boys grade

Grade Convenor - Click here for details

Who

For boys who are in Year 9 or Year 10 at school at the start of the cricket season. It is Club policy that all players must 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 either the Under 18 grade or in the Senior grades.

Season Format

The Year 9/10 grade runs as 3 distinct competitions – a 4 or 5 week Limited Overs competition which starts on the 1st weekend after Labour Weekend, a Twenty20 competition which starts after school cricket in term 4 finishes, and a 7 or 8 week competition from early February thru March. Players initially register for the first-half of the season only – this registration covers both the pre-Xmas 1-Day and T20 games. Teams will need to be re-formed for the T20 and second-half comps depending on the number of players who register for these competitions.

ACA are still to confirm details for the 2nd-half, which will change from recent seasons due to likely changes to the Secondary School comps.

The T20 competition in December provides the opportunity for those boys playing Colts cricket at school (or those playing morning school cricket but who do not also play an afternoon club game in the LO comp) to re-engage with their former Club mates. Players will be able to register for this competition in November. (EDCA Associate Memebers of AUCC are eligible to play in this T20 comp without further subscription being 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 whole Auckland region so some travel is required to venues when playing away from home. All games are played on Saturday afternoons - start times are TBC, see "Game Conditions" below. 

Draw>>

Refer to Ground Directory>>

Cancellations

Cancellations are only made by the ground authority or the Auckland Cricket Association (ACA) and will be broadcast by ACA as soon as possible after the decision is made.

Information about cancellations or ground changes will be available on the ACA website - refer 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 are:

  • Cavaliers
  • Barbarians
  • Mavericks
  • Buccaneers
  • Aztecs
  • Pirates

Game conditions

  • Teams play on a full-length pitch with a two-piece hard cricket ball.
  • All grades are championship grade but the emphasis is still on participation and fun.
  • All matches will finish by 6:30pm.
  • The normal rules of cricket apply to this grade with some minor modifications, which are outlined in the Auckland Club Cricket Playing Conditions as published on their website

This grade is currently being reviwed by Auckland Cricket with College Sport and the Colleges. This page will be updated and all potential players will be advised directly as soon as final decisions are made. 

Rules

See Auckland Cricket website - Club Cricket >> Playing Conditions for the 2016-17 Playing Conditions - there are likely to be some minor changes for 17-18.

Coaching

Where possible the Club will provide a coach for training for teams in this grade. However, the Club is reliant on volunteer support to manage the games on Saturdays. Teams are expected to practice for 1.5-3 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 AUCC 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 is provided by the Club.

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 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.

Inter-club fixtures

Every season a team will be selected from all the Year 9 & 10 teams to represent the Club in the following traditional fixtures:

  • Kohi Cup versus Ellerslie C.C.
  • Tamaki Cup versus Grafton C.C.

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 Director will act in the role of Convenor of Selectors. All team 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 for selection to represent the Eastern Districts Cricket Association (EDCA) in the Auckland Year 9 and Year 10 District Tournaments. Selection for EDCA is based on merit.

Club Manager

The Auckland University Cricket Club employs a Club 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 Club Personnel >>.

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 Captain.

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