Hemel Hempstead Town Cricket Club

Junior Cricket at HHTCC

Introduction

Welcome to the Junior Section web page. In this area you will find details on our activities, winter and summer; you will find information on our fixtures, our coaches, our contact details, and most importantly if you are looking to join us, how to get in touch and start playing.

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

Our teams

We play boys and girls cricket within the Hertfordshire Junior Leagues. In 2017, we will field sides at Under 9, Under 11 (two teams), Under 13, Under 14, Under 15 and Under 19 for the boys, with our U15-19 boys also having the opportunity to play adult cricket; and at U11 for the girls, with our U17 girls playing as part of our U15 boys team. Note: we follow school years where U9 = Year 4, U10 = Year 5 and so on. Aside from league games, we also play many friendlies across all age groups. Our U15 Boys team will also compete for the Snowden Trophy in 2017, having won the competition in its inaugural year in 2014 and retained it in 2015.

Boys as young as Year 3 can join our Under 9 team. However, we also have Developments Squads for Year 1 and 2 boys, meaning that boys can start cricket much earlier at HHTCC than at most other clubs. We are also part of the ECB’s ‘All Stars’ programme for 5-8 year old boys and girls, details of which are here.  In addition to our main Development Squads which train on a Saturday morning (10am to 11am) in summer 2017, All Stars provides an option for those who want more cricket or cannot make Saturday mornings.  There are no formal matches for Development Squads, but we run training/playing sessions and take part on occasional friendlies. It is a great way for boys to get involved in cricket as young as possible. See subscription details below.

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’.

To join one of our teams, simply contact our Head of Boys Cricket: Richard Grayson, preferably by email to rsgrayson5@gmail.com but also on 07989 344063.

For girls teams, please contact our Head of Girls Cricket: Simon Smith, preferably by email to thisworks14@sky.com but also on 07977 430645.

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. Details are available from Richard Grayson (boys) or Simon Smith (girls) using their contact details on this page.

Summer training

Summer training begins soon after Easter each year. More details can be obtained from Richard Grayson (boys) or Simon Smith (girls) using their contact details on this page. Training days vary from squad to squad.

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 and normally finishing around 8.30 pm.  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 £80 per year (or £40 with a Dacorum Card). However, 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 match fee charged by the venue. For those playing Development Squad cricket only, the annual fee is £40 (or £20 with a Dacorum Card) and that is also free if another sibling has already joined either a Development Squad or has an older junior playing member.

Signing up

Juniors, boys and girls, of all ages and abilities are very welcome to join us. Simply contact Richard Grayson (boys) or Simon Smith (girls) using their contact details on this page.

Disability cricket

We work with Special Olympics St Albans in the provision of disability cricket.

Buy Club Kit from Romida

Club kit is available from: http://www.romida.co.uk/hemel-hempstead-town-cc.html Romida is also known as 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