Junior Cricket Formats

Superstar Cricket Academy  

Superstars is an introduction to the basics of the game for 5 & 6 year olds.  Led by qualified coaches with parent involvement, children develop a range of fundamental skills – such as throwing, catching and striking a ball while playing a variety of fun play activities, drills and games.

Superstar Cricket Academy is the first step on a pathway that can lead to a lifelong involvement in cricket.​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Softball Cricket Grades

The soft ball grades are for boys and girls in school years 2 to 4.  The games are played on Saturday mornings starting at 8:30am, 9.45am or 11.00am.  Year 2 and Year 3 grades play 'Dual pitch' which means the game is over in under an hour. Click here for information on Dual Pitch. 

The games are played with a junior sized soft ball, so no protective gear is required.  Each team has 8 players and to encourage full participation, all players must bowl and bat.  Batsmen cannot be ‘out’ but instead have runs deducted from their side, with everyone generally batting 4 overs. It is 6 ball overs regardless of how many wides or no balls are bowled.

The Year 2 and Year 3 games are 16 overs per side, thus the game usually is finished in under an hour. Year 2 plays on a 12m pitch to limit wides and help get the ball down there. Year 3 plays on a 14m pitch.

In Year 4 the players get a little more cricket with each side batting 16 overs and lasts around 90 minutes and play on a 14m pitch.  It is 6 ball overs regardless of how many wides or no balls are bowled.  Like Dual pitch, everyone still bats in pairs facing the same amount of overs.  You still bowl 2 overs.  Out have runs deducted.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Hardball Cricket Grades

The hard ball grades are for boys and girls in school Year 5 (at the start of the season) onwards.  Girls do have an option to play in the girls only team, if we have sufficient numbers to form a team; otherwise girls may play up to two grades down in a mixed team.

Games are played with the smaller 142g cricket ball.  Protective gear is worn by batsmen and wicket keepers.  Helmets are complusory.  Many players choose to use their own equipment, but the club also provides each team with gear.  The games are generally played on Saturday mornings.

In the Year 5 and Year 6 grades each team has 8 players and to encourage full participation, all players must bowl and bat.  In the Year 5 and  6 grades each side bats for 20 overs on 16m pitches.  Outs have runs deducted. Click here for these NZC rules

In the Year  7 and 8 grades each side bats for 30 overs on 18m pitches. there are 9 players to a side. Players face a maximum of 30 balls (including wides and no balls) before facing retirement. You can go out before this, but not within the first 6 balls you face. Click here for these NZC rules