Under 10s Coach Tips
Coolbinia West Perth Junior Cricket Club
Coolbinia West Perth Junior Cricket Club

Under 10s Coach Game Day Tips

  • Game Days -Saturday Mornings
  • Ball Size - 142 Grams - Softball Junior  (Traditionally harder ball comes in at Under 12s)
  • Summary Rules and Format of Game - Click To See PDF.
  • Players Per Side - 7 up to 9. If additional registrations, generally a player rostered off system is done.
  • More info on rules in detail

 

The following Tips were Provided by one of Coolbinias Under 10s and Under 11s Coaches.

Field setup

Pitch is 16 metres long from stump to stump, with a crease of 1.2m at both ends.

All bowling is done from one end, which is generally the end where the stumps are brought forward from the normal pitch to make 16m.

The field is meant to be 40m, measured from the batting end wickets.

Each team has a gazebo which is to be set up for the scorers if you are the home team, otherwise, it is used for the boys when batting. If another parent has a gazebo it is good to bring them to home games for the boys.

I tend to also take a small table for the scorers to use.

We aim to get to the ground around 30 minutes before the game starts to set the field up (takes less than 15 minutes) and then start the boys warm up.

Parent helpers

We try to run a parent roster to help out at each game.

The following roles are required for most games:

  1. Scorer (there needs to be one scorer for each team).  At this age, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

 

  1. Field set-up- helps to get the field set up including the gazebo and if you are the home team you also need to complete the ground checklist for insurance. There is an app called the “Marsh Cricket Australia National Club Risk Protection programme” which needs to be used. It takes about 2 minutes to complete.

 

  1. Batting prep- a parent to help the next couple of batsmen to get ready and be padded up and then throw a couple of balls to them to get their eyes in. You tend to have two batsmen padded up ready to go at all times, so when the number of balls faced is completed and the player comes off and the new one goes in, you start preparing the next in line.

 

  1. Fruit- some teams run a roster for this and other just let each child bring their own fruit etc, That one is up to you

 

  1. Umpire- tends to be the coach. Speak with the other coach but generally, you umpire at the bowlers end for the whole 20 overs when your team are bowling and then you umpire at square leg when your team is batting. This works as all the bowling is done from one end and you can organise your bowlers better this way.

 

General game rules

Games are 20 over each side.

There are no lbw or (stumpings- this might change this year), so generally only batsmen “get out” by being bowled, caught or run out.

All batsmen and keepers must wear helmets when batting and keeping.

Association has a no hat no play rule so all fielders must wear a hat.

Fielders are also meant to be at least 15 metres from the bat, to allow for kids to get more runs

You need to nominate the team the night before the game using the “mycricket” app or website. We can help with this until you have a mycricket admin id etc, which needs to be arrange through the club.

Subject to whether scoring is being done via the app or in the manual scorebook, the home team also needs to put the scores into mycricket as well. After the scores are entered into you can then enter the individual player stats like the runs they scored and their bowling figures etc. We can sit down with you to show you how this is done.

 

Batting

Each child is to receive the same amount of balls, so if 8 players play they all get 15 balls each. If seven play, they get 17 balls each with one batsmen getting 18. If nine play, 6 will get 13 balls and 3 will get 14 balls. The scorers will track this and ask them to advise when there is two balls left to face by each batsmen.

Wides and no balls are not rebowled so there is always only six balls bowled per over, so a no-ball or wide counts as ball faced by the batsmen. However, if they hit a no-ball or wide they get a run for the no-ball or wide plus the amount of runs as well, so if they a hit a four off a no-ball they get 5 runs.

With the batting order, it is recommended to keep the same order of batting but each week they move one down the order, i.e.

Week one

Week two

Child 1

Child 9

Child 2

Child 1

Child 3

Child 2

Child 4

Child 3

Child 5

Child 4

Child 6

Child 5

Child 7

Child 6

Child 8

Child 7

Child 9

Child 8

 

After a couple of weeks, you may wish to slightly change the order if you have some boys that are stronger at calling runs, so that you have a strong caller with a quieter one, evenly spreadout.

Then around the middle of the season perhaps move the order around again so the first 4/5 players bat with boys they haven’t batted with previously.

Generally when a player gets out, you swap the two batsmen in the middle over so the person who just got out goes to the non-striker end. The boys can get out multiple times, with no runs deducted from the batting team but the bowling team gets 4 runs added to their batting score for each wicket taken.


Bowling, fielding and keeping

The aim is to try and give each child the same amount of overs, over a two week period. If eight players play, four boys will get three overs and four boys will get two overs each (with two of these boys being the keepers). So the following week, you swap over the boys who bowled three overs to bowl two overs and vice versa.

You are also required to have two different keepers per game, so normally after ten overs, you have a quick drinks break and swap over keepers.

The boys bowl six balls per over, no matter how many wides or no-balls are bowled. Generally a no-ball is called if the ball is bowled above waist height without bouncing, if the ball bounces more than two times before reaching the batsmen (discretion can be made on this) or if the ball is bowled wide and doesn’t hit the pitch. Wides are generally called if they are too wide for the batsmen to be hit. Before each game it is best to speak to the other coach about what they consider a wide down the leg side, just so that both teams are consistent.

Below is an example of how I arrange the bowling and fielding position when there are eight players playing

Overs

Bowlers

Starting fielding position

1

Child 1- three overs

Bowler

2

Child 2- three overs

Mid on

3

Child 3 (second keeper)

Square leg

4

Child 4- three overs

Gully/point

5

Child 5- three overs

Off the field

6

Child 6- two overs

Cover

7

Child 7- two overs

Mid off

8

Child 1- three overs

 

9

Child 2- three overs

 

10

Child 3- two overs

 

11

Child 8 (first keeper)

Keeper

12

Child 4- three overs

 

13

Child 5- three overs

 

14

Child 6- two overs

 

15

Child 7- two overs

 

16

Child 1- three overs

 

17

Child 2- three overs

 

18

Child 8- two overs

 

19

Child 4- three overs

 

20

Child 5- three overs

 

 

After each over apart from the keeper, the boys move around in a clockwise position with cover going off the field and the player who is off then going to point/gully. This always assumes that the scorers and everything is set up on the offside. At the drinks break, there is a slight adjustment in that the player at mid-off goes off and the player off goes to cover, due to the change of the keeper who needs to bowl the 11th over.

I tend to keep an excel spreadsheet of the batting and bowling order so that I can print two copies out for game-day, which I give one copy of each batting/ bowling order to give to the scorer for the day. I then give the other batting order copy to the parent helping with batting prep and I keep the bowling one on the field with me so I can remember the order. This is probably overkill, but it keeps me sane.

Technically, you are not meant to have a fielder at long-on behind the keeper but you will note that some teams do this. I also tend to have more fielders on the offside but you can put more players on the on side if you like.

 

Hopefully these tips help you in your coaching role.

 

 

 

 

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