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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2018, 08:23:03 AM »

Finally somebody gets it!

Maybe the responses so far are symptomatic with the games problems! Cricket is an inward looking sport only!

Im not expecting him to be padded up facing the bowling machine!! Its introducing them to the sport! Running around stumps, throwing & chasing tennis balls. They are all introducing the sport getting the kid excited about cricket and its possibilities

Yes I sit and play catch with him most evenings and hell run around hitting balls with his autograph bat but its funny to think that without me driving it he wouldnt and wont play the sport at all as hes simply not exposed to it until after other sports have taken the vast majority of young children.


Its not really cricket though, so why pretend it is? Its just a series of little games that vaguely resemble some of the skills required in cricket. Be honest, you're doing this for your benefit rather than his because YOU want a kid who plays cricket. HIS development would be best served by doing the whole range of activities to improve the ABCs: agility, balance, coordination, dexterity, power. You need to see these other sports offerings for what they are - a marketing tool playing on the prejudices of parents.

8-9 years old is young enough for kids to start playing and practicing specific sports.
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2018, 08:26:43 AM »

Aged under 5 just let the kids Hit the ball
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2018, 09:26:22 AM »

I feel that the idea that what you can do with kids under the age of 5 bares little resemblance to a deciding game in an intensely fought Ashes series is rather missing the point.  If young kids are having fun going to a cricket themed session every week, it increases the likelihood of them wanting to keep coming back when they are old enough to play something more resembling the real game.  At that age it is about associating cricket as something fun that they enjoy doing, not learning how to pick a leg spinner from the wrist position at delivery. 

At my club we have always taken kids who other clubs have refused because they were too young.  And people wonder why  there aren't enough people coming into the game to replace those who are leaving it
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2018, 11:47:20 AM »

I suppose as well, this is a reflection on kids not playing on the streets anymore,,, we grew up playing outside, on the streets, in parks etc, playing cricket/football etc

Nowadays more than ever, a childs participation in a sport reflects more on what the parents interests are.

At the end of the day, Cricket is a weird one anyway,, I think its either in you to want to play or it isnt
My 21yr old does it for a career, my 6yr old has no interest, my 4yr old is mad for it, my two yr old is obsessed with football,(I hate football and its well over 30yrs since I played)
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2018, 01:13:31 PM »

I feel that the idea that what you can do with kids under the age of 5 bares little resemblance to a deciding game in an intensely fought Ashes series is rather missing the point.  If young kids are having fun going to a cricket themed session every week, it increases the likelihood of them wanting to keep coming back when they are old enough to play something more resembling the real game.  At that age it is about associating cricket as something fun that they enjoy doing, not learning how to pick a leg spinner from the wrist position at delivery. 

At my club we have always taken kids who other clubs have refused because they were too young.  And people wonder why  there aren't enough people coming into the game to replace those who are leaving it


That's just absurd. An 8-year old kid reflecting on whether he wants to continue all-stars for another year is not even going to remember the "cricket-themed session" he went to as a toddler.

Sport "themed" activities for U5s do absolutely nothing to encourage kids to play one sport over another when they're older, any more than providing a 2 year old with watercolours rather than felt-tips is going to make him prefer impressionism to expressionism when he's an adult. The whole idea is laughably ridiculous.

Little scrummers, little kickers etc exist purely for the benefit of the parents. The kids have absolutely no idea what sport they're supposed to be playing, they're just enjoying running around screaming. You honestly think if little scrummers was renamed little scrimmagers, kids would suddenly grow up wanting to play American football instead of rugby?


"And people wonder why  there aren't enough people coming into the game to replace those who are leaving it"

Actually, we know exactly what the problem is, and its not a lack of 8 year olds in the game.
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2018, 04:29:16 PM »

We currently run at senior level 3 Saturday sides, 1 Sunday team and one mid week team with a squad where only 5 of our players neither played junior cricket at our club or who aren't current juniors at the club so in the real world it is far from absurd.  If anything, in the current climate with no free to air live cricket it is more important to introduce kids to the game as young as possible
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2018, 04:56:24 PM »

It is an interesting point.... at what age do you need to get kids involved in your particular sport for them to take it up and get involved and therefore hopefully stay with the sport etc...
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2018, 05:58:42 PM »

The ECB had some data prior to launching the All Stars programme which worryingly identified that a large number of primary school kids didn't mention cricket when asked to name their favourite 10 sports.  There is some data to suggest that if they haven't played by the time they are 13 then they are unlikely to ever do so but my experience is the younger they start, the more likely it is that they will stay with the game
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2018, 06:15:26 PM »

The ECB had some data prior to launching the All Stars programme which worryingly identified that a large number of primary school kids didn't mention cricket when asked to name their favourite 10 sports.  There is some data to suggest that if they haven't played by the time they are 13 then they are unlikely to ever do so but my experience is the younger they start, the more likely it is that they will stay with the game

The alternative is if youve played from 5-20 you might get bored (especially if its always the same format of win lose ) .. and so when beer, girls etc come along you sack Cricket off
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2018, 06:16:24 PM »

If you must, here is a model: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee-ball

It doesn't mean they grow up to play at club level - I hardly know anyone who plays club baseball or softball but I know people who started this way.
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Re: Cricket - The sport that doesn't want kids??
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2018, 08:46:36 PM »

It is an interesting point.... at what age do you need to get kids involved in your particular sport for them to take it up and get involved and therefore hopefully stay with the sport etc...

The ideal time for starting any sport is between 8 and 10.
Kids should play as many different sports as possible until they're 13/14 and then begin to focus on one or two sports. This is the problem point for cricket. We get a lot of kids starting cricket, but not many sticking with it.
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