Youth Cricket Tournament #2 - 2012

Rules for Level U7:

  1. The distance between the two stumps would be 14 yards.
  2. The distance of boundary would be 20 yards from the crease approx.
  3. Both Coaches (batting coach and bowling coach) can be present on the ground from each side to assist/guide the players (Maximum two coaches from each side).
  4. Objectives: Introduce Cricket to the younger players of age 4-7. Develop their hand eye coordination. Teach them proper batting techniques and fielding techniques. Also guide them on when to run and when not to run. Encourage the players and get them prepared for the next level.
  5. The batting coach will be doing the bowling. He can chose to bowl overarm or underarm based on the batters stature. Gamma children 60 Tennis Ball will be used, which offers low bounce for younger players. The coach needs to bowl on the stumps or on the offside. If the coach bowls more than 2 delivieries on the leg side, the following over will be bowled by the bowling coach. If this repeats again, then the rest of the remaining overs in the inning will be bowled by the bowling coach. The reason for enforcing this is we need to teach the players to play proper cricketing shots and not baseball like cross bats, which is poor foundation for the younger ones. The bowling coach is inactive after the ball is bowled and cannot catch or be involved in a run out. 1 extra run awarded to the batting side if the bowling coach handles the ball after bowling.
  6. When the batting coach is bowling, then there are no extras like wides or no balls or dead balls. If the bowling coach is bowling then the batting side will get the credit for extras like wide and no balls.
  7. A ball bowled from beyond the front line is a no ball with free hit. A ball bowled full toss over batsman's waist or pitched over batsman's shoulder after bouncing is also a no ball. A ball bowled away from the crease not offering the batsman a fair opportunity to play will be a called wide.
  8. It will be 10 overs per inning.
  9. A batsman cannot be retired unless he has faced 6 legal deliveries. If the entire team is out, then the team can chose to bat again with 2 runs penalty per batsman, however the batting order will need to be from low to high based on the runs scored in the 1st round of batting. So the person who scored 0 will go before the batsman who scored 5 in the 2nd round. The 2nd round batting is an exception made not so the team can win, but so the team can give opportunity to the player who did not get chance to bat properly in the 1st round. If the team is allout 2nd time, the inning ends. There would be no third chance. 2nd round can only start after all batsmen are out.

 

Rules for Level U9:

  1. The distance between the two stumps would be 18 yards.
  2. The distance of boundary would be 30 yards from the crease approx.
  3. One Coach from each side (The batting coach from batting side and the fielding coach from the fielding side) can be present on the ground from each side to assist/guide the players.
  4. Objectives: The players at this level are expected to have the basic knowledge of cricket. They have decent hand eye coordination and know the basics like how to bat, when to run, how to bowl, what are the rules ? The focus at this level is introduce them technical batting skills like drive, pull, defence and bowling essentials like straight arm delivery, proper runup and basic line and length. They are expect to catch and field 75% of the balls accurately.
  5. A bowler can bowl maximum of 3 overs. Though a perfect action is not mandatory it is important that player have some runup and bowl with a continuous action. Stop and Throw like baseball will not be allowed. After the bowler has bowled 4 wides, the coach can chose to bring another bowler to finish the over. No coach bowling allowed. The balls are counted in the quota of original bowler, and no points awarded to the replacement bowler for the over but he gets points for any wickets.
  6. A ball bowled from beyond the front line is a no ball with free hit. A ball bowled full toss over batsman's waist or ptiched over batsman's shoulder after bouncing is also a no ball. A ball bowled away from the crease not offering the batsman a fair opportunity to play will be a called wide.
  7. It will be 10 overs per inning.
  8. A batsman cannot be retired unless he has faced 6 legal deliveries. If the entire team is out, then the team can chose to bat again with 3 runs penalty per batsman, however the batting order will need to be from low to high based on the runs scored in the 1st round of batting. So the person who scored 0 will go before the batsman who scored 5 in the 2nd round. The 2nd round batting is an exception made not so the team can win, but so the team can give opportunity to the player who did not get chance to bat properly in the 1st round. If the team is allout 2nd time, the inning ends. There would be no third chance. 2nd round can only start after all batsmen are out.

 

Rules for Level U14:

  1. The distance between the two stumps would be 20 yards.
  2. The distance of boundary would be 45 yards from the crease approx.
  3. One Coach from each side (The batting coach from batting side and the fielding coach from the fielding side) can be present on the ground from each side to assist/guide the players. However it is highly recommended that team has a captain, and the coach only steps in between the overs to talk.
  4. Objectives: The players at this level are expected to have good handle of cricket. The know a few cricket shots and have close to legitimate bowling action, and are clear about their role and position. They have good hand eye coordination and need minimum coach involvement during the game. The focus at this level is to help the players master the art of cricket and get them prepared for leather ball cricket. The batsman should target to aggregate at least 20 and the bowlers should target to bowl accurately with minimum extras. They are expected to field and throw confidently and accurately.
  5. A bowler can bowl maximum of 3 overs. A legitimate or close to legitimate action is required. A ball bowled with incorrect action will be called a dead ball if the umpire feels the batsman did not had fair opportunity to play it. So you cannot get a person out, with a ball bowled with incorrect action, however if you bowl a wide with incorrect action those runs would be get awarded to the batting side. The idea is to force the bowlers to adapt proper bowling action and develop. This might frustrate the chuck/throw bowlers in the beginning but over time it would enable the league to produce some quality bowlers and increased competition which would benefit he growth of cricket in the region in long run.
  6. A ball bowled from beyond the front line is a no ball with free hit. A ball bowled full toss over batsman's waist or ptiched over batsman's shoulder after bouncing is also a no ball. A ball bowled away from the crease not offering the batsman a fair opportunity to play will be a called wide.
  7. It will be 10 overs per inning.
  8. A batsman cannot be retired unless he has faced 6 legal deliveries. If the entire team is out, then the team can chose to bat again with 4 runs penalty per batsman, however the batting order will need to be from low to high based on the runs scored in the 1st round of batting. So the person who scored 0 will go before the batsman who scored 5 in the 2nd round. The 2nd round batting is an exception made not so the team can win, but so the team can give opportunity to the player who did not get chance to bat properly in the 1st round. If the team is allout 2nd time, the inning ends. There would be no third chance. 2nd round can only start after all batsmen are out.
Basic Ground Rules for U14:
  1. The Umpires are parent volunteers, and are not certified paid Umpires. If a coach has a doubt on the ability of the Umpire, it has to be brought up at the start of the game, so a mutually agreeable Parent Umpire can be appointed. Once the game has started, the Umpire decision has to be RESPECTED. If Umpire made an incorrect call, then the acting coach can POLITELY bring to the attention of the Umpire. The Umpire can then reconsider his/her decision if needed. The coach should not be pressurizing the Umpire to make a call in their favor.
  2. Once a call is made by the Umpire like stumping, run-out, wide, no ball, etc. are completely at Umpire's judgment and no matter what the coach or an outside parent think, it must be RESPECTED.
    Note: (Don't forget, even at international level we see the Umpire's sometime makes a wrong call, but everyone respects the decision made by the Umpire and not even the Third Umpire interferes. Umpire himself can decide if he wants to reconsider his decision).
  3. For any discussion/concern related to the active game, ONLY following members will be allowed to take part in the discussion. Players, Spectators and others will NOT be allowed to comment or influence the progress of the game.
    • Umpire,
    • Team Coach (only one per side). If a team has multiple Coaches, they need to decide and let the umpire and opponent team know who will be the main coach for the game before start of the game.
    • League Head Coach and Managers.
  4. If any Parents and/or Players have any issue concerns related to the game, they can bring the issue to their respective Team Coach during the game break time or after the game in nice and respectful manner. If Team Coach cannot address the issue, please let the League Coordinator/Manager know.
  5. A player showing tantrum on the field or negative behavior on the field could be warned by the Umpire and if the behavior continues, the Umpire can ask the player to leave the field. A player showing dissent to Umpire’s decision will be penalized by being banned from participation in the following game. When the Umpire's finger goes up, the player must walk out. Respecting Umpire's decision is vital part of cricket training.

Recommendation for U14 Team Coaches; U14 Players are big enough to be able to manage their game without having the coach on the field. Team Coaches can be outside the field and can guide their player's before start of the game and/or during drinks/inning breaks. Two Neutral Parent Umpires, one from each side can be on the field and would be in charge of the game. There would be 5 minutes drinks break after the 5 overs, and that would be the opportunity for the coaches to get in the field and talk to the boys.


 

Common Rules for U7, U9 and U14:

  1. If both the teams have more than 6 players, then both teams need to provide the list of their 6 players and rest as substitute(s) for that game. The listed 6 players can bat and bowl but if the substitute player(s) wants to bat/bowl then there will be a penality of 2 or 3 or 4 runs per player respectively to their levels. (U7, U9 or U14). The substitute player(s) can field without penality but at any given point of time, their should not be more than 6 players on the ground. If team wants 7x7 or 8x8, both teams should agree before the start of the game.
  2. No player outside the league is allowed to participate in any circumstance. The player list is posted on the website, and these are the only players who are eligible to participate.
  3. The players must wear the t-shirt/jersy of the color that their team has picked.
  4. The team/parent coaches needs to take care of drinks/snacks and other team needs. The coach must ensure each child is treated fairly and with respect.
  5. The coach must also make sure that their players behave positively and with respect towards other players and coaches.
  6. One coach will be present on the field to guide the team. The 2nd coach from the batting side or a neutral knowledgeable person would serve as umpire when their team is batting.
  7. If a team is not ready to take field at the allotted time, then it would lose 1 over from its batting side for every 5 minutes of delay. A team has 40 minutes to complete its 10 overs. There will be a 10 minutes innings break.
  8. No LBW. No Leg Byes. All other scoring options including, byes, wide's, no balls, overthrows are allowed.
  9. A ball pitching in the grass and passing the batsman will be called wide (even if it comes back on the stumps).
  10. A ball pitching in the grass and not passing the batsmen will be called a dead ball.
  11. A ball pitching more than twice is considered a no ball.
  12. A ball pitching one bounce over the batsman's shoulder is no ball.
  13. A ball passing full toss over the batsman's waist is considered a no ball, even if it hits the stumps. The stumps are not customized to youth size and we have players from 5-14, so this rule ensures no one is bowled unfairly.
  14. Minimum 3 bowlers must be used per game. Maximum no of overs per bowler is (No of Overs per inning/3) and rounded to lower integer.
  15. Run Outs and Stumping's would be awarded as normal cricket.
  16. A player not present on the field within 15 minutes of the start of the game is ineligible to participate in the game. He can be only used as substitute fielder if needed, but cannot bat/bowl.
  17. It's important that the coaches don't compromise/bend the rules. These rules are designed so we can have a fair and competitive cricket, and if we bend it for one player, then other players might expect the same, and soon the tournament would become meaningless.
  18. Parents are not allowed to enter the field or get into discussion in case of issues. Each team has assigned Parent Coach(es) and he/she are the only person who needs to get involved in case of conflict.
  19. A parent or a guardian must be present during the games/practices. The coaches are volunteers and while they are busy coaching/guiding if a child wonders away, it might be hard for them to know. Your child might need to go to restroom, or need medical attention, or just want to go home in the middle of a session, maybe there is weather related situation and coach might need to call off the session immediately, and in such a situations a coach might not be able to spend time trying to track the parent. So it's the parent's responsibility to either be present, or have another parent/friend take responsibility of their child, and let the coach know, before you leave that who is the guardian for their child during their absence.
  20. The league is committed to provide a positive and learning experience to all the participants, and if they have a comment or complaint, they can send it to STL Cricket League and we will address it as needed.
  21. Each participant must have paid their dues, completed the registration and signed the disclaimer form before they participate. The player is expected to carry their own health insurance in case on injury or need of any medical attention. STL Cricket League is only conducting the tournament, and is not responsible for any accidents or injuries during the games.
  22. The coaches must ensure that safety of the players is first priority.
  23. All the players must arrive at least 15 minute before the start of the game. Please inform your coach in advance if you are going to be late or if you cannot make it.
  24. All the rainout games would be rescheduled on a weekday evening, based on the willingness/availability of the teams. If either of the team is not willing, then it would be considered a tie, and both the teams would share 1 point each.
  25. The players are advised to use abdomen guards when batting or wicket keeping.

 

Guideline and Expectation for STLCL Parent Coaches:

  1. Ideally there would be two coaches per team. One batting coach and one fielding coach.
  2. The Coach is expected to attend at least 75% (which is 8 out of 12) practice sessions. This would give opportunity for the coaches to understand the team better.
  3. The batting coach would focus on guiding the players on batting stance, various hitting techniques, taking proper guard. The coach should work with player on one or two techniques per session, so the players can get clear/concise understanding about it.
  4. The fielding coach will be handling the fielding techniques as well as bowling techniques. No throw bowling, the players must have some runup and attempt to bowl with legitimate action. The practice session is better time to work on bowling techniques, and not the game. So bowlers must be more regular in the practice session. Have at least 30 minutes fielding/catching session every practice day.
  5. Treat every child like your own. Please note that the childrens are looking up to you, and the parents are also expecting you to help their child, so the coach must not show favors and try their best to help every player. If the coach gives more opportunity to one player than others, it would cause disinterest and frustration among both the children and the parents, and would have a negative impact on the progress of the league.
  6. Parents want their children to do everything: batting, bowling and keeping. This is not possible. We want to train the players on a specific primary role in the beginning, and make sure the child understands thier role and strives to excel at it. The roles and batting order would be defined before the game, so the child and their parent knows what to expect during the game. The Coach would be sending an email with the roles/batting order by Thursday of the week. All the parents must let the coach know about their availablity for the coming game by Wednesday evening.
  7. The U9 and U14 coaches should try to minimize their involvement during the game. Let the bowler set the field. Let the batsman decide when to run and when to not. The coach interfering every ball slows down the game, and makes the player feel like spoon fed. We want to make independent/confident cricketers, and apart from cricketing skills also nourish leadership and ability to handle pressure.
  8. Everybody enjoys success, but how you react when you fail shows the mental strength of the player. We want to make gentleman sportsman who can smile in both success/failure. The feedback from coach to players should be positive and constructive. Sometimes the parent coaches take their own children foregranted, and start descipling them on the field in front of everyone. This is not good for the moral of your child plus a bad reflection of you on other parents and players. So if you get angry or frustrated, its best to take a step back and cool down, as in that mood what might come out will most probably be not good.
  9. The coaches must assign a parent to keep the scoresheet. Please take the printouts of the scoresheets from the website and bring to the game.
  10. There would be a performace spreadsheet, which every coach must fill at the end of the game. It would have a column for runs scored, wickets taken this way I can post the top 5 players per level every week.
  11. The winning team's coach is also expected to document the scoresheet of both the innings using the template and email it to STL Cricket League, so it can be posted on the website. This needs to be done by following Tuesday after the game.
  12. We will get a knowldgeable parent umpire for the game. If he makes an incorrect decision, please go talk to him. Do not show your frustration on the field. If you have volunteered for a coach and feel that above expectations cannot be met or fulfilled, please let us know so we can request another parent coach. The role demands your valuable time and commitment and your willingness to help and comply is greatly appreciated.