Grades 4 & 5 (School years 4 & 5):

ENROLMENTS FOR THE 2017-18 PLAYING SEASON WILL OPEN IN EARLY AUGUST.

Enrolments for Grades 4 & 5 for the 2016-17 season have now closed. Teams will be advised in mid October.                                             

However, players may enroll after the close off date depending on available team places. Please contact the Grade co-ordinator if you wish to enroll your child after the close off date.

  • WHEN 

The 2017-18 playing season for Grades 4 &5 is as follows:

-Commence Saturday 28th October.                                                                                           -Last playing day before Christmas-Saturday 16th December.                                                    -Restart post-Christmas, 2018- Saturday 3rd February.                                                             - -Final playing day for season-Saturday 24th March, 2018. 

Saturday games start at 8.30am (8.15 arrival). We recommend that children bring a snack and drink to help energy levels.

DRAWS and RULES:

  • The Draws for Grades 2-5 can be found on the Auckland Cricket website, under the heading EASTERN DISTRICTS - JUNIOR CRICKET
  • Please CLICK HERE to view the 2016-17 season draws for Grades 4 & 5.

CANCELLATIONS:

  • Grafton Cricket Club are responsible for junior (Grades 2-5) cancellations for the 2016-17 playing season. Cancellations will be posted on their website by 7.15am on the day in question.                                                                                                                          Parnell will also post a cancellation notice once advised by Grafton CC. Please visit the Cancellation section on the main menu for cancellation information.                                 
  • Note that Auckland Cricket are responsible for all other grade cancellations-(Grades 6 and above, including all Girls grades).
  • PLAYING RULES

(As set by Eastern District Cricket Association (EDCA)).

Please click here for Grades 2 to 4 rules.

Please click here for Grade 5 rules.

Contact Information:

The Grade 4 Coordinator for the 2016-17 season is Andrew Kittle. Please contact Andrew on

027 429 8879 or akittle01@gmail.com for all Grade 4 queries.

The Grade 5 Coordinator for the 2016-17 season is Jacqui Sinclair. Please contact Jacqui on 021 522781 or jacqui.sinclair@outlook.com for all Grade 5 queries.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • WHO

Grade 4 & 5 cricket is suitable for children (boys & girls) in Years 4 & 5 at school. Girls in these years are welcome to play either in a mixed team or in a "Girls Only" team. See 'Girls Grade 4 ' section. Teams in Grades 4 & 5 are selected to provide a mix of abilities and schools as much as possible. Our grade coordinators do their utmost to accommodate team mate requests within these guidelines, usually with highly successful outcomes. However, we can offer no guarantees and appreciate your understanding that not all request can be met.

  • WHAT

Teams (8-a-side) play in the Eastern Districts Cricket Association (EDCA) Saturday morning competition.  The limited-over games are approx. 2 1/2 hours long.

In Grade 4 children play with a Junior size Incrediball (soft) and rules are formatted so that all children get the opportunity to participate equally throughout the game.

In Grade 5children play with a Junior size Hard Ball. In the first half of the season they will play a paired over format to ensure all players get an equal share of playing time. After Christmas the format changes so that players all face a minimum number of balls but after that have to leave the crease when they are OUT. (See Draws & Rules section below for details).

These grades will have a mid-week practice session organised by their Parent Coach at a time that suits. In addition the Club will schedule regular team net coaching sessions with one of our professional coaches to assist in developing player's basic skills. A coaching schedule for each team will be posted at the start of the season. All team parents are encouraged to attend ACA Coach Qualification programmes. Details of these will be advised throughout the season.

  • WHERE: 

The EDCA cricket competition involves teams from Parnell, University and Grafton cricket clubs and games rotate between the grounds of these 3 cricket clubs. A detailed draw will be posted under DRAWS & RULES below. Details of all venues can be found under Ground Maps in the main menu. 

Please note that the Parnell Cricket Club home ground is divided into two separate areas. Shore Road Reserve is the name of the area beside the main carpark where the main clubrooms are located. Bloodworth Park is the name for the area located westwards across the footbridge from Shore Road Reserve, opposite the dairy.

  • WEAR: 

Children should wear the Parnell Cricket Club polo shirt which is available from Players Sports, 14 Melrose Street, Newmarket. Ph 522 8170, In Grade 4 children generally wear white shorts. In Grade 5 we recommend that children wear white long pants as these are often more comfortable when wearing cricket pads. Suitable footwear, such as sneakers, should be worn. A sunhat is essential and PCC caps and hats are also available at Players Sports. In Grade 5 the Club's policy is that all players wear a cricket helmet when batting and suggest that they acquire their own helmet to ensure best fit. One helmet is provided in each team gear bag. All other required cricket equipment is provided in a team gear bag although many children start investing in some of their own gear by this age.

  • FRIDAY EVENING CRICKET:

In the 2016-17 season, the majority of games for Grade 4 will be played on Saturday mornings. However there will be some games on Friday evenings due to the shortage of grounds in our area. These games will be played only against AUCC or other Parnell teams. They will be held either at Bloodworth Park or at Merton Road grounds. It is envisaged that each team will play 3 or 4 games on Friday evenings during the season.

  • COACHING SCHEDULES:

Parnell Cricket Club provides comprehensive professional coaching support at all levels. Pre-season clinic and holiday clinics are also run.

Grade 4: Weekly team coaching times will be set by each team's parent coach at the start of the season. In addition, all Grade 4 teams will have a number of net sessions with PCC professional coaches.

These will be held at either the Bloodworth Nets (cnr Shore Rd and Brighton Rd) or Shore Road nets. Practice times TBA.

  • SELECTING GRADE CRICKET TEAMS:

Please refer to Junior Policies section for the Club's policy on selecting junior teams.