Grades 4 & 5 (School years 4 & 5)
ENROLMENTS FOR THE 2017-18 PLAYING SEASON are now open.
NOTE THAT JUNIOR ENROLMENTS CLOSE ON FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER. (LAST DAY OF TERM 3).
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 2017-18 season draws for Grades 4 & 5 will not be released until late October.
- The Draws for Grades 2-5 can be found on the Auckland Cricket website, under the heading EASTERN DISTRICTS - JUNIOR CRICKET.
- Grafton Cricket Club are responsible for junior (Grades 2-5) cancellations for the 2017-18 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 cancellations for Grades 6 and above, including all Girls grades).
(As set by Eastern District Cricket Association (EDCA)).
Please click here for Grades 2 to 4 rules.
Please click here for Grade 5 rules.
The Grade 4 Coordinator for the 2017-18 season is Janeen de Zoysa. Please contact Janeen at email@example.com or 021 02435098 for any queries or requests regarding Grade 4.
The Grade 5 Coordinator for the 2017-18 season is Tony Burt. Please contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 985567 for any queries or requests regarding Grade 5.
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.
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 5 children play with a Junior size Hard Ball. Throughout the season they will play a paired over format to ensure all players get an equal share of playing time.
TEAM PRACTICE TIMES:
Weekly team coaching times will be set by the team's parent coach at the start of the season. In addition, all Grades 4 & 5 teams will have a series of professional coaching sessions taken by the Club's professional coaches.These will be held at the Shore Road nets. Details will be advised once teams are determined.
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.
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 2017-18 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 Grade 4 team will play 3 or 4 games on Friday evenings during the season. Grade 5 teams will always play on Saturday mornings.
- SELECTING GRADE CRICKET TEAMS:
Please refer to Junior Policies section for the Club's policy on selecting junior teams.