Traditionally we have talked about junior sport in terms of age ranges and while this is also true of cricket, we would like to shift the focus more towards skill level.  The reason for this is girls with significant exposure to cricket will often have more developed skills than girls who are newer to the game.  Although experience has taught us girls pick up the skills required of cricket rapidly, once they start playing, and are more than capable of making remarkable improvement over short periods of time.

Another point to be considered is girls are permitted to ‘play down’ up to 2 age groups to account for any difference in skills or maturity levels.

Please note: there is often overlap between the programs and age ranges below.  This accounts for girls who might still be developing the skills require to play in games or simply might prefer to enjoy this particular format for various reasons.  Therefore we will discuss the cricket pathway in term of age ranges as follows:

Girls Aged 5 – 7 (IN2Cricket)

Cricket Australia has introduced some outstanding Junior formats that are played at local clubs to develop the basic introductory motor skills and confidence to play cricket. MILO IN2Cricket represents the most basic skills for children aged 5 – 7.

While these program is generally mixed they can be made girls only where numbers and demand are supported.  More information on these programs can be found at the following website:

www.playcricket.com.au

Girls Aged 7 – 11 (T20 Blast)

Cricket Australia has introduced some outstanding Junior formats that are played at local clubs to develop the basic introductory motor skills and confidence to play cricket. T20 Blast programs take the skills developed in MILO IN2Cricket a little further to accommodate ages from 7 – 11 to develop their cricket skills in a fun and safe environment.

In Brisbane North these programs are generally girls only to provide the most appropriate environment for girls starting their cricket journey.  More information on these programs can be found at the following website:

www.playcricket.com.au

Girls Aged 7 – 10 (Super 6’s)

Bridging the gap between the acquisition of basic cricket skills and being ready to participate in games with teams of 8 players or more is Super 6’s.  This exciting format uses 6 players per team, real cricket equipment and a specialized ‘bouncy’ ball so it can be played without the need for a natural turf or synthetic turf pitch.  Generally played under lights during the evening, these games are tremendous fun for both children and parents, providing the perfect introduction to match play and team based competition. 

You will notice there is over lap between the Super 6 format and the Girls Cricket Competition (GCC) that follows.  As mentioned earlier this is because some girls might require longer in Super 6’s to develop the skills required for the step up to GCC and inter club cricket.

Before we move on it is probably worth mentioning many girl’s choose to play both Super 6’s at night and GCC on the weekends!

Girls Aged 9 – 18 (Girls Cricket Competition – Junior Cricket Stages 1 to 3)

The Girls Cricket Competition (GCC) allows girls aged 9 through to 18 to play in club teams against girls from other clubs.  Of course the girls are divided into Junior Cricket Stages 1, 2 or 3, according to their abilities, with the rules of these games adapted to accommodate their particular skills level and physical maturity.  This is accomplished by varying the pitch length, ball weight and boundary size among other things to ensure the format suits the particular age range in question.

2017/18 Draws Have been released:

u11 Raymond                    http://www.bnjca.org.au/draw/Pre/u11%20raymont.pdf

u13 Barsby                          http://www.bnjca.org.au/draw/Pre/u13%20barsby.pdf

u15 Prestwidge                 http://www.bnjca.org.au/draw/Pre/u15%20prestwidge.pdf