Earlier this year, Cricket Australia released its intentions to transform the game for juniors, introducing smaller equipment, shorter pitches, and other modified rules to assist in skill development and increased enjoyment for young players.
SAMCA, which is the overarching body for the five metropolitan junior associations, namely the North Eastern Junior CA, Para Districts CA, South Central Junior CA, Western Suburbs Junior CA and the Adelaide Turf CA, has recommended to standardise age groups to include Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16, ensuring uniformity across the board.
To remove the discrepancy that currently exists between community cricket and representative cricket, representative teams will also be Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16, and date of birth eligibility will be standardised to 1 September.
The implementation of the new junior formats will begin at community level for SAMCA in the 2017-18 season starting with Under 10s and filtering upwards over subsequent seasons, while representative cricket format changes will follow in the 2018-19 season, starting with Under-12s.
SACA commends SAMCA and all associations for working collaboratively to simplify the process of executing junior formats changes in the coming years and for helping to ensure junior cricket in South Australia is a leader in the standardisation space.