How we pick teams

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.

We are currently running autumn and spring term indoor training and our partners 360 Cricket will also be running cricket camps during most school holiday periods.

Our aim is to provide match cricket for all players

We run league teams in most age-groups. We also run friendlies against other local clubs and training games between our own players, which we continue every Friday evening throughout the summer holidays. We aim to ensure all players play in multiple matches per season. All games outside of our scheduled training sessions are run by parents volunteering their time, so please be pro-active about putting yourself forward. The more parents we have willing to help run games, the more opportunities for games we can provide.

League and knock-out cup matches

Our policy is that team managers should aim to select "a competitive team for each match - a team that will have a reasonable chance of winning if they play well".

This means that:

  • For league games, to be competitive with other clubs, we often need to pick the more advanced players more often and to rotate the developing players. This means developing players will likely play fewer league games, but we do try to get everyone some league game time.
  • The more league games a squad is winning, the more rotation of players we expect to see

Training games and friendlies

We aim to use these games to give as much game time as possible to developing players. At SMCC, as soon as the weather and pitch conditions are suitable after Easter, we aim to run matches every weekend through to the summer holidays. If there is no league match scheduled, expect there to be a training game or friendly in its place.

Training games mean we field two teams of our own kids and maximise the number of games that players can experience playing it. We therefore tend to run more training games than friendlies.

At SMCC, once the junior league season finishes in mid-July, our parents continue running training games every Friday evening throughout the summer holidays for players from U5s up to U12s. We usually have one hard ball game and two or three soft-ball games running and that means normally every child who turns up to play each week will get a game. We suspect this something that most other clubs do not provide.

We also encourage U13s and older to play during the summer holidays in appropriate open-age (senior) cricket teams.

Other factors

Selection is also influenced by practical factors such as:

  • Players must, in the view of the team managers (the parents volunteering to run the match), be able to take part safely and enjoyably
  • Submitting your players' availability in good time each week
  • Team managers needing enough parents who are willing to help with match-day tasks, such as lifts to away matches, putting out flags, pushing off covers, scoring, umpiring, and helping to maintain good behaviour
  • In conventional format cricket, aiming for a good balance of batting and bowling and a player keen to keep wicket
  • Regular attendance at training and turning up reliably at matches
  • Showing enthusiasm, effort and good attitude at training and in matches
  • Helping to maintain team spirit by being social and encouraging others in a positive manner

Selection for open-age (senior) sides

Selection for senior sides is also influenced by factors such as:

  • Players being considered able to take part safely and enjoyably. Generally players in the U13-U16 squads who are reasonably experienced players do feel comfortable playing in senior cricket, and many other clubs have players of around this age playing regularly as well. The best way to find out is generally to play a match in one of the low standard games, for example our 6th XI.
  • Submitting availability by the Monday 5pm deadline for the following weekend
  • Reliability of the player to show up to games every time, on time
  • Prompt payment or pre-payment (slightly cheaper) of match fees
  • How helpful you are on match-day - for example, doing your fair share of putting out flags, scoring, umpiring, etc.