U12, U14, U16 Overview (SECA)
Elsternwick Cricket Club is affiliated with the South East Cricket
Association (SECA) for its junior competitions. The
SECA, formerly known as the City of Moorabbin Cricket Association, runs senior
and junior competitions on synthetic wickets. The majority of clubs affiliated with the SECA
are based in the cities of Bayside, Glen Eira and Kingston.
Elsternwick fields teams in the SECA U12, U14 and U16 grades, with games
played either on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings from October through to
March. Saturday games are played
officially between 8.45 and 11.15 (two-day games) and 8.15 and 11.30 (one-day
games). Friday evening games are played
between 4.30 and 7.00pm, however games can and often do start later by mutual
agreement between the two teams to accommodate travel times.
Competition is open to both boys and
Age group eligibility is determined
for boys, by their age at 1st September in the year the competition commences
e.g. for the 2013/14 season a player turning 12 on 31 August 2013 will play in
U14, whereas a player turning 12 on 1 September 2013 is eligible to play in
Minimum age - in the interests of
safety players must have turned 8 before being able to play in the SECA
A 2-year dispensation is applied for
girls i.e. a girl who would be playing U16 when applying the boy’s criteria can
play up to 2 years below, in this case U14.
Modified U12 Competition
A modified competition has been developed with special rules for first
year players in order to provide an easier introduction into competition
Features of this competition are: -
Final year U12 players are ineligible
to play in this competition.
Two-day games are played as usual
except that each team will bat for 20 overs on the first day and 20 overs again
on the second day. Therefore, every
player will get to bat and bowl every day.
An over will consist of six balls
only including wides and no-balls.
No finals games are played in this competition,
but an extra game is played at the end of the season.
Elsternwick Cricket Club is committed to developing the skills and
knowledge of our junior players. Our
preferred coaching structure utilises experienced senior coaches for each age
group who are supported by junior coaches for each team. The senior
coaches are qualified cricket coaches and usually senior players at the club.
The aim of having coaches accredited is to improve the playing experience
of the players knowing they are being taught by a qualified coach. All coaches are paid.
The junior coaches are generally older junior players whose primary
function is to support the team manager on game day with their cricket
knowledge and also to provide mentoring and encouragement to the players. Please note as the junior coaches are
generally aged between 14 and 16, we do not expect them to be able to provide
the skills development and direction that an adult can. This is the responsibility of the senior age
Coaches can complete the Introduction to Coaching course online and the
sub-committee highly recommends all coaches for the coming season complete this
on-line course if they haven’t already done so. The link to the course is: -
Elsternwick CC is proud of its junior coach program and believes it
assists in the development of both the players and coaches themselves. We hope parents see the benefit of the program
and ask that they do not have unrealistic expectations of the junior coach’s
role on game day.
Private Coaching & Holiday Camps
Some of the senior players at the club also make themselves available
for additional private coaching for our junior players from time to time. This coaching may be in the form of one-on-one
private sessions or school holiday cricket camps for groups of players. Details of current private coaching
opportunities and cricket camps can be found under the junior menu or by
The Club has insurance cover to reimburse players for certain medical
related expenses (non Medicare) where injuries occur while playing or training
during Club scheduled cricket activities. This cover is provided free of charge to
players who have paid their annual subscription.
All injuries should be reported to the Junior President and an incident
report filled out, irrespective of whether the injured party intends to make an
Anyone with a potential claim should contact the Junior President.
The strength of any cricket club is dependent on having sufficient
volunteers to perform all the tasks required to keep the teams on the field. The club asks parents to assist with tasks
such as scoring, umpiring and transport of players to matches. Parents are also encouraged to contribute to
the administration of the junior section by joining the committee or managing a
Parents who do not feel they can help on or off field are asked to
consider making a donation to the club in lieu of performing a volunteer role.
The Club is fortunate to have a number of sponsors
that support the club. The support of
these individuals and businesses allows the committee to keep player subscriptions at a manageable cost.
Accordingly, players are urged to support Club
sponsors at every opportunity. A list of
club sponsors can be accessed via the Other / Sponsors menu item at the top of
The Club has adopted several policies to ensure the health, safety and
enjoyment of all members participating in club activities. Policies include Sunsmart, Smoke Free, Alcohol
Management, Safe Transport and Risk Management. These policies can be accessed via the About
Us / Rules and Policies menu item at the top of the screen.
The junior section also has a Fair Go Policy that details the measures
the club will take to ensure all junior players get a reasonable opportunity to
participate in matches. This policy can
be accessed via the Juniors / U12, U14, U16 menu item at the top of the screen.
Codes Of Conduct
All people playing in or attending matches are asked to comply with the
codes of conduct listed on this site.