Hemel Hempstead Town Cricket Club

Junior Cricket at HHTCC

Introduction

Welcome to the HHTCC Junior Cricket web page. In this area you will find details on our activities, winter and summer. You will also find information on our fixtures, our coaches, and our contact details.

Our ethos is quite simple: we want our juniors to have fun, progress and ultimately play cricket at the highest level they can. HHTCC is one of the largest clubs within Hertfordshire and we follow all the guidelines on best practice within the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) directives. We have Clubmark accreditation which is renewed every three years and reviewed each year.

We also aim to be a family-friendly club, so that parents/carers can enjoy watching their children play cricket and also feel part of the club community.  To that end, we aim to have either our bar or café open during matches and (as far as possible) training sessions.  We also hold a range of social events for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Coaching

We have a high calibre coaching team, with a ratio of qualified coaches to junior players which vastly exceeds ECB requirements.  The coaching team contains a mix of: ECB-qualified coaches; current and former players of club cricket of a high standard; people who have represented the MCC and/or minor counties as players; and people who have taught PE in schools.

Our team coaches/managers all give their time unpaid and as volunteers, and we are always interested to hear from parents who might wish to support a team in which they have a child playing.  The club can support such volunteers by funding training of coaches and support workers.

Our teams

For the youngest age groups, we are part of the ECB’s ‘All Stars’ programme (which covers 5-8 year old boys and girls).  Details for 2019 and booking are available here.

For Under 9 ( school Year 4) and above, we have teams for boys and girls in the Hertfordshire Junior Leagues (HJL). Aside from matches in the HJL, we also play friendlies across all age groups.  In 2019, we will field sides at:

  • Under 9 Boys (led by Richard Grayson)
  • Under 10A Boys (led by Neil Morgan and Martin Botha)
  • Under 10B Boys (led by Colin Willetts and Rahul Kedia)
  • Under 10 Girls (led by Rebecca Kelly / Richard Grayson, jointly with Boxmoor CC playing as ‘Grand Union’)
  • Under 11 Boys (led by Duncan Howard and Andy Turbutt)
  • Under 12 Boys (led by Graham Clark, Nick Hodgins and Hannah Clark)
  • Under 12 Girls (led by Rebecca Kelly and Richard Grayson, jointly with Boxmoor CC playing as ‘Grand Union’)
  • Under 13 Boys (led by Ben Dumpleton)
  • Under 15 Boys (led by Khalid Sadiq, jointly with Boxmoor CC playing as ‘Grand Union’)
  • Under 17 Boys (led by Richard Grayson)

Our U15-17 boys also have the opportunity to play adult cricket.

Note: we follow school years where Under 9 is the same as Year 4, Under 10 is Year 5 and so on. In working out the age group for your child for 2019, it is their age on 31st August 2018 which determines the age group.  For example, a player who is 9 years old at that point would be an Under 10.  Whether they have their 10th birthday on 1st September 2018 or later in the 2018-19 school year, they would still be an Under 10.

Successes in recent years include playoff qualifications for several teams, while the team which is currently playing as the U17 Boys won the Snowden Trophy in four of the five years from 2014 to 2018 (and has now kept the Trophy in perpetuity).

Although many girls choose only to play cricket with other girls, we are delighted if they wish to train with the boys and indeed they will often be selected to play in the boys’ teams. Several have done so very successfully in our teams and will continue to do so. They are allowed to play two years down to compensate with the differences in ‘strengths’.

Winter training

We run indoor winter training from January through to March. We use a variety of gymnasiums and specialist indoor cricket venues in or near to Hemel Hempstead.  Please contact us for information.

Summer training

Summer training begins soon after Easter each year and is held at the club. We will publish 2019 training times is due course.

Summer fixtures

Most teams play eight to ten league games from late April to the early July, followed by playoffs in the first half of July if they qualify. Games are usually once a week, any day Monday to Friday, starting at 6.00 pm (except for the first two weeks of the season which have a 5.30pm start) and normally finishing around 8.30 pm. Occasionally, league matches are played on a Sunday. For some age groups there is then a ‘summer league’ with about three games played in July and August, and also friendly matches. We also occasionally play games on Sunday mornings. Parents should expect to take their child(ren) to away fixtures, staying throughout the game. Our fixtures are listed on the Hertfordshire Junior Leagues website.

Subscriptions

Our basic junior subscription is £90 per year (or £45 with a Dacorum Card). Since 2015, this fee has included not only social membership for parents/carers but also free membership for any subsequent siblings who join.

The subscription covers all costs associated with coaching, ground maintenance, match fees, league registration, and so on. The only activity it doesn’t cover is the indoor cricket winter league which takes place in September-December each year and in which we do sometimes enter teams. That does have a fee for each match charged by the venue.

All Stars is bookable through the England and Wales Cricket Board who do not give any discounts and details/booking for 2019 are here.

Signing up

To join one of our squads or to find out more, simply contact our Junior Cricket Manager, Richard Grayson, by email to rsgrayson5@gmail.com.

Buy Club Kit from Romida

Club kit is available from: http://www.romida.co.uk/hemel-hempstead-town-cc.html   Romida might be known to some people by its previous name of Extra Cover Cricket and is the cricket shop on the industrial estate in Hemel Hempstead, so you can also visit them by finding their location at http://www.romida.co.uk/contacts