SECA U12, U14, U16
Elsternwick Cricket Club is affiliated with the South East Cricket Association (SECA) for its junior competitions. The SECA was until recently known as the City of Moorabbin Cricket Association and 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 girls.
- 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 U12.
- Minimum age - in the interests of safety players must have turned 8 before being able to play in the SECA competition.
- A 2 year dispensation is applied for girls ie a girl who would be playing U16 when applying the boys criteria is allowed to 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 cricket.
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 in particular 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 group coaches.
Coaches are able to complete the Introduction to Coaching course (formerly Level 0) 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 clicking here.
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 insurance claim.
Anyone with a potential claim should contact the Junior President.
The strength of any cricket club is dependant 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 team.
Parents who do not feel they can help out 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 screen.
The Club has adopted a number of 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 / SECA 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.