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Northern Cricket League. NCL. NCL Juniors steering committee. Why the NCL?. What’s good and bad about the current setup? What things could be done better under an NCL banner? What things do other competitions have that we don’t, can’t or haven’t thought of?. Current structures.

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why the ncl
Why the NCL?
  • What’s good and bad about the current setup?
  • What things could be done better under an NCL banner?
  • What things do other competitions have that we don’t, can’t or haven’t thought of?
current structures
Current structures
  • DVCA Friday nights  (5.10 - 8pm) U10, U12, U14, U16? Sat morning (8.45am) U14 & U16
  • HDCA

Friday nights  (5 - 8pm) U13, U15 & U17 Wed nights (5 - 7pm) U11

  • NMCA

Friday nights  (5 - 8pm) U13, U15 & U17 Monday nights (5 - 8pm) U11



Even ages

16, 14, 12 & 10


Odd ages

17, 15, 13 & 11


Odd ages

17, 15, 13 & 11

benefits of new structure i
Benefits of new structure I

- More teams makes for a wider competition platform

- Not just giving a higher standard to be considered but also more playing ability levels (“a game for everyone”) - Choice and flexibility in terms of age groups and days of play 

benefits of new structure ii
Benefits of new structure II

- Stronger representative cricket with players challenged to a higher level

- More competition for rep cricket ‘spots’ should lead to stronger teams- Opportunity to create a geographically based elite cricket competition whilst still allowing players to play with their mates in a local competition (4 zones as “intra-region rep”)

benefits of new structure iii
Benefits of new structure III
  • Offers the potential for stronger administration in the longer term
  • Wider pool of talent for coaches, team managers
  • More integrated approach to build strategies for junior coaching and player development
what are our basic directions
What are our basic directions?


  • What is “Best Practice”
  • Access for all
  • Age groups
  • Playing nights
  • Rules
  • Grading and fixturing
  • Improving the game
observations i
Observations I

What did we check out:

  • DVCADiamond Valley; NMCA North Metro; HDCA Heidelberg
  • ECA Eastern
  • MPCA Mornington Peninsula
  • GDJCA Gisborne
  • NWCA North West
  • RDCA Ringwood
  • DDCA Dandenong
  • WRJCA Western Region
  • MJCA Melton
  • BHRDCA Box Hill Reporter
observations ii
Observations II
  • Competitions vary between odd and even age groups from U10 through to U19

[but no competition offers every age group]

  • Competitions vary in their approach to grading; evidence of Division 1 being the top (‘elite’) and so on; not so clear in others… eg. U14 Blue and U14 Red
observations iii
Observations III
  • Competitions have varying rules and guidelines such as in batting and bowling limits

[DVCA/HDCA/NMCA vary on these things too]

  • Games are mostly played on Friday nights and Saturday mornings; there is some Sunday play and during the week

[but no competition plays every night/day]

observations iv
Observations IV
  • Lots of evidence of competitions trying new things either by adjusting:
  • Rules (such as shorter pitches, lower batting limits for participation purposes)
  • Age groups (especially bridging comps from in2Cricket such as U9 or U10 ‘ankle-biters’ / Joeys etc
in principle recommendations
In principle recommendations
  • That each junior cricket program from DVCA, HDCA and NMCA competitions transition to being under the NCL banner over 2 seasons
  • In 2011-12 only a minor transition to take place; but that free movement can occur across the 3 associations in terms of entering teams in age groups (grading)
  • In 2012-13 -> full transition and integration
2011 12 transition
2011-12 transition
  • For season 2011-12 in DVCA, HDCA and NMCA Junior cricket, any club/team can enter a team in any of the other competition forming under NCL
  • For one more season:
    • The DVCA will run its junior program
    • The HDCA will run its junior program
    • The NMCA will run its junior program
2011 12 transition1
2011-12 transition
  • NCL to run a 20-20 knockout competition for clubs (players 17 & Under) using HDCA model as its basis in February 2012
  • NCL to oversee all Under 18 (17 and 17+) cricket programs

BUTDVCA U17 (need to decide on interim rule as new comp)

HDCA U17 will run under its own rules

NMCA U17 will run under its own rules



Even ages

16, 14, 12 & 10

Run by DVCA

+ rep


Odd ages

17, 15, 13 & 11

Run by NMCA

+ rep





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Odd ages

17, 15, 13 & 11

Run by HDCA

+ rep

2012 13
  • In Year 1 the NCL will offer all age groups from Under 10 to Under 18 with varying/multiple playing days to all clubs
  • Clubs will be surveyed and based on this advice the NCL will form the viable age groups and divisions of play and fixturing arrangements


All juniors









In-2-Cricket (club-based)

T20 comp

Regional rep

and ???

some of the work to be done
Some of the work to be done…
  • Work on a standardised set of junior rules for the NCL
  • Broadly assess the capability of clubs/teams to assist with the development of grading principles
  • Transition all junior umpires to the NCL
  • Competition to find new colours, logo…
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Northern Cricket League

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