Australian cricket has a long tradition of producing outstanding female cricketers through the traditional system of incorporating girls into ‘mixed teams’. Of course while we might refer to these teams as being ‘mixed’ they more often than not have been boys teams with a girl included. Unfortunately, while this system has produced some outstanding cricketers it has not been the ideal model for expanding crickets appeal to girls of all ages.
The fundamental point of difference that BNJCA has employed is the need to have girls playing in all girl’s teams within an all girls competition. Obviously smaller clubs might find this difficult in the early stages of their development and in these circumstances we encourage clubs to form all girls teams to play within their competitions.
BNJCA has used the following principles to develop its girl’s competitions:
- All girls teams;
- Playing in an All Girls Competition;
- All Girls Competition being played at HUBS concentrate the experience.
The HUBS system involves multiple Girls Cricket Competition games, being player at the same time, at adjacent grounds to maximise the visible presence and experience of girls cricket.
This allows the girls to see the other girl’s teams playing at the same time and really fosters a sense of belonging, solidarity and reinforces the fact they are a part of building something very special.
The reality is the expansion and growth of girls cricket requires a certain amount of paradigm shifting as we shatter the traditional cultural construct that cricket is exclusively a ‘boys sport’.