Hemel Hempstead Town Cricket Club

Junior Cricket at HHTCC

Introduction

Welcome to the 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, our contact details, and most importantly if you are looking to join us, how to get in touch and start playing.

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 a key club 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.

Our teams

We play boys and girls cricket within the Hertfordshire Junior Leagues. In 2018, we will field sides at Under 9, Under 10, Under 12, Under 15, Under 16 and Under 17 for the boys, and are co-operating with Boxmoor Cricket Club on competitive cricket for girls. Our U15-17 boys also have the opportunity to play adult cricket. Note: we follow school years where U9 = Year 4, U10 = Year 5 and so on. Aside from matches in the Hertfordshire Junior Leagues, we also play many friendlies across all age groups. Our U16 Boys team will also compete for the Snowden Trophy in 2018, having won the competition in its inaugural year in 2014, retained it in 2015, and then won it again in 2017

We also have the Blue Development Squads for Year 2-4 boys, and are part of the ECB’s ‘All Stars’ programme for 5-8 year old boys and girls, details of which are here. 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’.

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.

Summer training

Summer training begins soon after Easter each year. In 2018, training times are:

All Stars (Richard Grayson)
9.00-9.45am every Saturday from 12th May to 7th July inclusive EXCEPT no session on 23rd June. This will be followed by four optional extra sessions from 14th July to 4th August inclusive, at the same time. To take part you must pay and register here.

Blue Development Squad (Richard Grayson / Martin Botha)
10-11am every Saturday from 28th April to 4th August inclusive EXCEPT no session on 23rd June.

Under 9 (Neil Morgan)
9.45-10.45am every Saturday from 28th April to 21st July inclusive.

Under 10 (Duncan Howard)
6.30pm-7.45pm every Thursday from 19th April to a date to be announced.

Under 12 (Chris Wright / Graham Clark)
6-7.30pm every Wednesday from 18th April to 18th July inclusive.

Under 15 (Kevin Morris / Khalid Sadiq)
With Kevin Morris: 6-7.30pm every Monday from 9th April to 16th July inclusive.
With Khalid Sadiq: 10.00-11.30 every Sunday from 22nd April.
Players should aim to attend one of the weekly sessions but are welcome to attend both.

Under 16/17 (Richard Grayson)
6.00-7.30pm on the following days:

Thursday 12th April Thursday 24th May Wednesday 4th July
Thursday 19th April Thursday 31st May Thursday 12th July
Tuesday 24th April Thursday 7th June Thursday 19th July
Tuesday 1st May Tuesday 12th June Thursday 26th July
Thursday 10th May Tuesday 19th June Thursday 2nd August
Thursday 17th May Thursday 28th June Thursday 9th August

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. Occasionally, league matches are played n 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). 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 Blue Development Squad cricket only, the annual fees are £20 (or £10 with a Dacorum Card) for the winter sessions and £20 (or £10 with a Dacorum Card) for the summer, and that squad is also free if another sibling has already joined either the Blue Development Squad or has an older junior playing sibling.

All Stars is bookable through the England and Wales Cricket Board who do not give any discounts and can be booked for £40 per child 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.

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