Summer season - how to book

Our Under 9s in action, summer of 2017

This section currently contains details of the 2020 summer term / outdoor cricket season. Details of the 2021 summer term will appear here during the 2021 spring term. When new courses and camps are bookable, we always publish information here on the website first (please look here first rather than emailing us). We then email parents on our mailing list. Use our registration form to add yourself to our mailing list.

2020 Summer term (summer season) information

  • 2020 summer term bookings will happen in the following phases:

    • Phase 1 (from Sun 2 Feb 2020 to Sat 15 Feb 2020)- booking is open to parents of players who played at SMCC in the summer term of 2019 only.

    • Phase 2 (from Sun 16 Feb 2020 to Sat 29 Feb 2020) - booking is open to Phase 1 parents + parents of players booked in to our indoor training (Oct-Dec 2019 or Jan-Mar 2020)

    • Phase 3 (from 1 March 2020) - booking is open to all

Please note that the switch-over from one phase to another is a manual process, so should happen at some point during the day-time on the dates planned above (admin availability permitting). We will email you once changes have been made.

As ever, SMCC is proud of our 'ability to pay is not a barrier to play' policy. If the fees are not affordable for your family, please contact us at smcccolts@gmail.com explaining your circumstances. We are normally happy to agree a more affordable fee.

How to book summer term places (LoveAdmin)

Summer term places may only be booked through SMCC Juniors' system LoveAdmin (unlike other periods of the year and camps, for which bookings are taken via the 360 Cricket website).

See our About registering, booking & paying page, which explains what to do if you are a new or returning member, and links through to our online booking system.

Paying either the full fee or the first instalment secures a place. The fees are explained on our costs page.

How many spaces are still available?

Squads generally have a limit of 25 players per squad (same as 2019), though this varies slightly for some age-groups.

The details below section will be updated every few days to let you know the number of places remaining per squad. Once the limit is reached, the system will not allow further bookings and will instead display an option to add yourself to a waiting list.

Please don't leave it until the last minute. Once age-groups get close to full, the last few spaces tend to be snapped up very quickly, and we usually also get more and more interest from new members the closer we get to the outdoor cricket season.

The below figures were updated on 14th June 2020:

  • U5 & U6 Mixed (reception & year 1): FULL** (23% girls, 3 on waiting list)

  • U7 Mixed (year 2): FULL** (31% girls, 1 on waiting list)

  • U8 Mixed (year 3): FULL** (8% girls, 1 on waiting list)

  • U9 Boys (year 4 boys): FULL** (1 on waiting list)

  • U9-11 Girls (soft-ball) (years 4-6 girls): 14/30 spaces available

  • U10 Boys (year 5 boys): FULL** (6 on waiting list)

  • U11 Boys (year 6 boys): FULL** (6 on waiting list)

  • U11-13 Girls (hard-ball) (years 6-8 girls): 11/25 spaces available

  • U12 Boys (year 7 boys): FULL** (1 on waiting list yet)

  • U13 Boys (year 8): 4/25 spaces available

  • U14 Mixed* (year 9): 18/25 spaces available

  • U15 Mixed* (year 10): 10/20 spaces available

  • U16/U17 Mixed - there's no limit on these players who play in senior cricket

*These tend to be nearly all boys, but last year we had one girl playing in these age-groups. From year 8 up, girls are welcome to play either women's cricket, junior cricket, or both.

**LoveAdmin will allow you to add yourself to the waiting list if you follow the same process as for booking a course. We do occasionally have drop-outs, so we recommend you do this.

Why a maximum of approx 25 players per age-group?

We aim to get our squad sizes just right so that we can put a team out every week of the season and not have to cancel any games. Some weeks, squads will probably have 15+ kids to pick from, while other weekends such as the bank holiday weekend at half-term and the end of the season, we expect to have only just enough kids to get all teams out.

We have found that around 25 is the optimum size for most squads. In the U5-U9 age-groups it is possible to play more than one match on a pitch at the same time, so when we have enough players available we tend to run a second game alongside the first. In 202o we are also aiming to run more friendlies at the times when we tend to have high availability.

For more information on this, see Teams, match times and formats, and How we pick teams.

There's space for one of my children but not the other

If you want to book more than one child, but some age-groups are full, please contact us as in this circumstance, we are normally willing to create an extra space in that age-group within the system.

What if you have no spaces left? Can you suggest anywhere else?

We would love to be able to provide space for more players than the limits shown above, but we limit numbers so that players get to play a reasonable number of games per summer. We are not able to consider running multiple boys’ teams per age-group as the volume of the administration (already 500+ hours/year) would become impossible.

We will be very sorry if some players who booked into the indoor training are not able to book in for the summer term.

If you are unable to book in, what alternatives are there?

SMCC/360 Cricket summer camp & other holiday camps by 360 Cricket

Our summer camp is open to anyone. You don’t have to be a member in the summer term to book into the summer camp. 360 Cricket may also be running further camps at Easter and/or the summer half-term.

Platform Cricket

Platform Cricket runs numerous low cost cricket hubs for kids aged 8-11. It has a particular focus on aiming to increase the number of low income and BAME players playing cricket. About 30% of their players are also girls. Platform has Kent player Daniel Bell-Drummond as its figurehead. The day to day operations are led by a chap called Chris Willetts, who I have met with several times to talk about junior cricket in our area. He’s very passionate about what Platform are doing and expect his hubs are well run. We are looking to partner with them provide a somewhat fast-track route for their 11 year olds into club cricket.

Some other clubs nearby that run cricket for juniors:

Not in a league:

  • Southwark Park (relatively new, small and growing club that would love to have new members - coaching there is also provided by 360 Cricket). The juniors is run by a chap called Martin Kovats, who is passionate about trying to grow junior cricket in the area around Southwark Park.

In the Surrey league (tend to train on weeknights and have matches on weekends), listed very roughly in terms of distance / travel time from SMCC:

  • Dulwich Cricket Club (likely to have long waiting lists)

  • Alleyn Cricket Club (also in Dulwich)

  • Spencer (likely a long waiting list)

  • Wimbledon (coaching provided by 360 Cricket)

  • Old Rutlishians

  • Old Wimbledonians

  • Beddington

  • Old Whitgiftians

  • Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian

  • Purley

  • Roehampton (coaching provided by 360 Cricket)

There is a map and links to websites & email addresses on the Surrey Cricket Foundation website of Surrey-affiliated clubs, see . Please note that not all of the clubs listed on that page run junior cricket.

In the Kent league (so tend to train on weekends and play matches on weeknights):

  • Catford & Cyphers

  • Beckenham

  • Bank Of England

  • Blackheath

  • Bromley