The decision made by the peak body for metropolitan community cricket follows on from the introduction of Australian Cricket’s Stage 1 Formats in their Under 10 community competitions last season. SAMCA also follows in the footsteps of the Under 12 Country Cup, which was played under the Stage 2 rules last season (see video below).
SACA General Manager - Game and Market Development Shane Bernhardt, said these junior formats changes are delivering a better cricket experience for junior players.
“The Australian Cricket Junior Formats provide boys and girls learning the game of cricket the opportunity to do so on grounds with shorter boundaries, appropriately sized pitches and less players on the field with all players having the ability to bat, bowl, and contribute in the field,” Bernhardt said.
“The formats have been very well received with over 300 junior club teams in South Australia playing under them last season. The evidence from scorecard data shows large increases in boundaries hit, wickets taken and a reduction in the number of wides and no-balls bowled."
The players selected to represent each of the five competing associations at the January 2019 tournament will play off an 18 metre pitch, with fielding restrictions in place, in order to create space for batters to take quick singles.
SAMCA Chairman Andrew Caldwell has already seen the positive impact the Stage 1 changes have made.
“After seeing junior formats trialled with some of our best junior SAMCA players in early 2017, we noted the benefit of improved run rates, replicated in our recent summer competition…and we now hope to see more accurate bowling as a result of this season’s Stage 2 introduction of reduced pitch lengths,” Caldwell said.
“We want to continue working with SACA to provide better experiences for coaches, juniors and their parents, with compelling evidence demonstrated through the new Australian Cricket junior formats.”
SAMCA are also exploring the exciting establishment of a Junior Girls Cup for the upcoming season, to provide newly-created junior girls’ competitions with community representative pathway opportunities in a carnival setting.
SAMCA Community Associations competing in the U12 Cup:
Western Suburbs Junior Cricket Association
Adelaide Turf Cricket Association
North Eastern Junior Cricket Association
South Central Junior Cricket Association
Para Districts Cricket Association