About the summer term (cricket season)
2020 summer term
Regarding spaces available for the summer of 2020, our policy last year was that we had a limit of 25 players per squad and we had a period of about 1 month, in Dec/Jan, in which returners from the previous year, along with players booked into our indoor training courses, were able to book their children in ahead of the general public. We expect to follow a similar or the same process this year.
We are likely to finalise details of the 2020 summer term during the spring term of 2020. We expect things to be broadly similar to 2019, so for now you can read our 2019 information below to get an idea of what to expect.
How do I book my child in for the 2019 summer season?
Details are on our Summer season - how to book page. We recommend that you also read summer season training details and and Teams, match times and formats. If you are a parent of a girl, please also check out Girls' teams.
When is the junior cricket season?
The junior cricket season runs each year from just after the state school Easter holidays until just before the state school summer holidays. During this season we run training outdoors at SMCC and our teams from Under 8s upwards play matches against other local clubs.
At SMCC, when the league season finishes, we continue to play games of cricket between our own players every Friday evening throughout the summer holidays. This provides around 6 weeks of additional opportunities to play full games of cricket, especially for newer players who may have played less that more experienced players during the league season.
Which leagues does the club play in?
Most of our junior teams play in the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship (which replaces the Surrey North East & Central Junior Cricket League from 2020 onwards).
In 2020, we also plan to enter a Girls Under 13 team (hard ball) into the North Kent Junior League.
Our senior teams play in both Kent and Surrey leagues.
How many league matches do teams play in a season?
- U8s-U15s: About 9-12 league matches per year, depending on the division entered. Where there are fewer league matches, team managers may organise additional friendlies. In most age-groups, the average child will typically play in around 4-5 league matches, though some may play more than others - please see how we pick teams.
- U14/15s upwards can get up to approx 20 senior matches if playing the full season from mid-April to mid-Sept. We cannot guarantee a match every week as this depends on the number of teams that the player’s ability would be appropriate for, the number of fixtures, cancellations by other teams, the availability of other players, etc. The same applies to equally to senior players.
Knock-out cup games
From U10 up, in most age-groups there are also knock-out cup games. These are typically held on weekday evenings. Knock-out games from U11 up are played in conventional format rather than pairs format.
Within-club training games and friendlies
We normally arrange a number of within-club training matches and friendly matches agains local opposition each year, especially:
- Early season (late April / early May), before league matches start
- If teams have a weekend with no league match
- Kids in school years 1 and 2, who are generally not picked to play in Under 8 league matches, still get plenty of opportunities to play games between themselves in addition to the organised training.
- During the summer holidays, when the junior league seasons and our summer training have finished, we continue to have within-club matches (run by parents, not coaches) on Friday evenings.