The recommended Junior Formats will give children a great experience of playing cricket, allowing them to develop skills in an age and stage appropriate environment. The recommendations are based on insight and build upon the findings of a three year ECB and Loughborough University PhD research project, findings by other cricketing nations, most notably Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket, and feedback from Counties, Clubs, Schools and Junior Leagues.
The Junior Pathway has been developed to help young players progress at their own pace and play in games which are best suited to their age and/or ability and signal a fundamental change in junior cricket. More children are playing the game and through All Stars Cricket we have seen an influx of children taking up cricket.
“The Junior Format recommendations are a step change for the development of young cricketers. They provide the structure that allows coaches to ensure that every player develops their game in a safe and competitive environment” (John Neal, ECB Head of Coach Development & Professor of Practice).