The highlight of the Cricket Development calendar took place this week with nine teams competing in North and South country read more ...
Cricket Development Officer:
Our local development manager is Simon Roseingrave. Simon began his coaching career back in 2007 after retiring from Senior Club Cricket, where he played for Red Star. Prior to this, Simon made his way through the same entire Wairarapa Development & Representative system that he now oversees, back in the 1980s and 1990s (despite this he is still a young man).
As a volunteer coach Simon re-established Red Star junior cricket and was the driving force behind the growth of the club from one to thirteen junior sides in only six seasons. Simon also helped to reinvigorate Wairarapa Girls Cricket. In the past three seasons junior female numbers have grown by over 200% and a formal pathway and representative opportunities at all levels now exist.
As a volunteer Simon was the Wellington Sport Volunteer of the Year in 2014, and since being employed by Wairarapa Cricket he has won the 2014 New Zealand Cricket Initiative in Women’s Cricket Award, and the local Wairarapa Times-Age Sports Administrator of the Year 2015.
The 2015/16 season will be Simon’s second in the development manager role and already has numerous ideas for new initiatives looking forwards, which will hopefully continue the fantastic development work that Wairarapa has been priviliged to have over a decade or more.
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We will have 7 teams representing the Wairarapa for the 2015/16 season. Development Girls, Development Green Boys, Development Gold Boys, Under 15 Girls, Under 15 Boys, Secondary School Girls and Under 17 Boys.
Our Development Manager together with the assistance of “summer squad” coaches offer the New Zealand Cricket Super Star Academy and Super Start Skills programmes via primary and intermediate schools around the Wairarapa (both town and country). Central delivery centres for Super Star Academy will also be held in Masterton and Carterton in the fourth term.
All Wairarapa Primary and Intermediate Schools will also be invited to enter teams into our local “World Cup” day in November 2015.
Coach Education is a high priority for the new season, and a Wairarapa Cricket coaches pathway is being formalised. it is hoped that all JCB Club coaches will be provided with assistance from Development personnel at some stage over the season.
For 2015/16 Development personnel will be coming to colleges to deliver skills sessions and run a fun “Back Yard Cricket” lunchtime competition.
Secondary school junior boys and 1st XI Girls teams partake in either a Thursday night T20 competition, or the 30 over Trevor Martin Trophy on Saturday mornings.
Seniors 2nd XI’s play in the local “Open Grade” competition with Wairarpa College and Rathkeale 1st XI’s in the Premier Grade of Wairarapa Cricket.
There is a also Midweek “Super 8″ competitions for Secondary Girls, and a new Lone Star Girls Grade of Thursday hardball.
30% of our registered junior players are female,and we now have three female representative sides. We have the third largest playing numbers of females in Central Districts and will continue to grow.
Junior cricket is run in 4 separate grades. The beginners (5-7 year olds) play in the “kiwi” grade.
The next step up is our “Super 8″ grade which generally consists of 8-10 year olds. The third grade is “Incrediball” which is closer to standard cricket, and played over 20 overs. (All three grades are played on Friday evenings)
Our fourth grade is called “Hardball” and this is the traditional form of cricket. Hardball is played on a Saturday morning between 9am-12pm and is 25 overs per side.<