Regional Development Centre Stages 1 - 5
Key Stage 1 and 2 with a focus on enjoyment, fun and development. An introduction to cricket with softball games, skills, and challenges with a structure to allow progression onto hardball courses in the future.
This stage is for those starting their journey with cricket, those wishing to stick with softball or those simply wanting to have fun. Open to both boys and girls, no experience of cricket needed. All equipment will be provided.
Boys - School Years 5, 6, 7 / Girls - School Years 5, 6, 7, 8*
Focus on enjoyment, fun and development. A hardball transition course exploring the fundamentals of the game, using a hardball in net environments and fun games to develop tactical awareness.
This stage is for those who have completed the Stage 1 course and wish to progress from softball to hardball, those with experience of hardball at club or school and those who simply want to continue to develop their fundamental skills.
Courses split on gender to allow appropriate stage development and enjoyment within peer groups. Suggested that players have hardball equipment.
*Players must bring their own helmet, pads and other cricket equipment to sessions as we cannot allow the sharing or borrowing of equipment.
Boys - School Years 5, 6, 7 / Girls - School Years 5, 6, 7, 8
Foundation Phase, building on strong foundations, we will look to maximise the cricketer’s opportunity to improve their skills across all areas of the game. A focus on development of core skills with a high level of support and fun challenges. Opportunity to explore skills, begin to test them under pressure and develop further understanding on the wider game.
This stage is for those completing stage 2, for boys that have played representative district or interleague cricket previously and for girls who are experienced hardball players, and/or county experience at u11s.
Boys – County Age Groups Squads u10s, u11s, u12s / Girls School Years 8, 9, 10
Foundation Phase moving towards the Creativity and Exploration Phase. Building on strong foundations, we will look to maximise the cricketer’s opportunity to improve their skills across all areas of the game, whilst introducing more tactical / decision making elements into practice.
This stage is invitation only, and is for those completing stage 3, for boys in County Age Group Squads, and for girls with representative cricket experience or those in County Age Group Squads at u13, u15.
Boys – School Years 8, 9, 10
Creativity and Exploration Phase. Continuation of skill development, whilst introducing more tactical/ decision making elements into practice. A focus on refining core skills, expanding knowledge base and understanding of own game along with leadership and additional skills. Challenging the basics at pace and under pressure a theme throughout.
This stage is for boys that have played representative (district or interleague) or County Age Group (Performance or Development) cricket previously, and who have been part of County Age Group Performance or Development Squads and aspire to improve their game. This stage is not for those players selected in County Age Groups Performance Squads at u13, u14 and u15.