Under 10s Information
Coolbinia West Perth Junior Cricket Club
Coolbinia West Perth Junior Cricket Club

Under 10s Information for Current Season

  • Age group Year 4 in school at time of registration.
  • Game Days -Saturday Mornings
  • Training Starts - Mid to End of September / Beginning of October
  • Training Day - Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 at Coolbinia #2 Oval off Wordsworth - near Park Coffee setup and playground.
  • 1st Game - 17th October - Check Fixtures for after that
  • 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

Info Updated: September 2020


Registrations for Under 10s are still open.

Note - Registrations for under 10s for Coolbinia 

- While Registrations are open - go to playcricket.com.au and register (Use postcode 6050)

- Once Registrations are closed -  If you have an under 10s player, please register them at one of our great neighbouring clubs.  You can always transfer into Coolbinia next year if you still want to.  Just go to www.playcricket.com.au and put in your postcode to find local clubs.  Register under 10s player here

Or contact the club to see what options are available


Training Nights

Coach Contact - Kieran Mills -  0402 463 965

Training Night: Tuesday

Oval: Coolbinia #2. (Car park is the one near to the Million Dollar Playground and Park Coffee)

Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm



Coaching and Co Coaching and Team Support

Under 10s is the first age group where a parent or parents need to take on the role of coaching for the team to run.  Training for this age group should take around 1 hour and game day is about 2 hours of play.   We recommend two parents co-coach or Coach and assistant coach.  Enthusiasm, patience, and positivity are the key ingredients as the goal is fun and skills development.

All parents are encouraged to ask what they can do to help.   Just ask the coaches - "Is there anything I can do to help".

Everyone is busy with lots of commitments and so everyone needs to prioritize helping out to make a better community and cricket experience for your kids.

If you would like to coach or share coaching or support your coach at training, just offer and ask. And ask every week "Anything you need a hand with?"

That's all we ask.

Parent Help is easy

  • Help Setup Shade, tables for scoring etc
  • Boundary setup with cones and string
  • Organise someone to throw balls at kids for batting practice on game day before they go out to bat.
  • Hit some balls for catching practice on game day before fielding
  • Bring some snacks, water for your child. No food sharing due to covid restrictions
  • Sunscreen your child yourself
  • Rotating roster for scoring (Book or App) - Scary at first but we all get through. 
  • Teach someone how to score by helping out for an hour after you have done it previous week.
  • Sit in the shade and chat





There is a level 1 coaching training session on Sunday 11th October at Hamer Park- The Club will pay for this for the parent(s) who volunteer to coach.

Go to below link and look for below one to register.


Community (Level 1) Coaching Course - WA

 Community Coach Course - Mt Lawley

11/10/2020 12:00
Western Australia



Player Information for Start of Season


To help the boys achieve the best that they can be, we would appreciate as many parents as we can to help out during the training when you can, so that we have smaller groups doing different training drills during the sessions. Please note, in selecting the teams we will do our best to accommodate individual requests to be with friends, however, we are unable to provide any guarantees with this.


Training is scheduled for each ___________ afternoon from 4.30pm, at Coolbinia Oval number 2 , with the first training session scheduled for _________________.

We acknowledge that the first training that some of the boys will not be available for training this week.

The kids’ first game is currently scheduled for the weekend of the 19/20 of October.



For match days, the boys will need to wear white shirts and white long trousers, and preferably mostly white shoes, and the Association has a no hat/ no play policy, so a hat is also required.

So the kids play as a team, we recommend that the club’s shirt and hats are worn and these can be purchased online at https://www.coolbinia.cricket/

It would be appreciated if orders can be completed as soon as possible, as we have been advised that the supplier has requested orders be submitted early next week to ensure items are ready for the start of the season.  

Plain white trousers can be bought at numerous outlets including Kmart, Rebel and Jim Kidds etc. 

We would recommend collared long sleeve shirts and a wide brimmed hat for best sun protection of players, especially in this young age group.



The club should have enough helmets for under 10s so each player can use their own for covid policy this year.

We will likely lend helmets for the season with the idea they are returned and can be re used for a few more seasons as the boys heads will get bigger of course. 

We recommend for covid that batting gloves be purchased individually as well

And a personal protector (Abdominal Guard) should be purchased.

Pads can be shared and the club kit will have 4 or so pairs. 

Whist the club provides some kit for each team, that includes all the equipment required to play on game day, the boys are more than welcomed to bring and use their own gear, but please ensure they have their name on each item. We also highly recommend that each player buys their own “box” (official term- abdominal guard).

Bats in this age group can be the Kashmir bats which are generally cheaper as the ball is a softball and they will be growing so when they hit under 12s, an English willow bat is then recommended. 

The kit bag will include batting pads and gloves but also consider some hand me downs from friends or older players for your player.

If your player has medical issues that the coach should be aware of please inform them at the beginning of the season and remind them as appropriate.

Buying Gear can be done from revo sports in Shenton Park (Past the bus depo, near cat haven) - mention the club to get a 10% Discount.   - www.revocricket.com.au  (Cricket Shop is upstairs in this complex)

37 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park, WA 6008 - Phone: (08) 9388 3430 - www.revocricket.com.au



Games are played as home or away games on different fields, generally, within 5-20 minutes drive from Coolbinia/Yokine.


Website for more information for our area






Prepared by David Hawkins.

Field setup

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

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 are completed and the player comes off and the new one goes in, you start preparing the next in line.


  1. Fruit- some teams runs 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 batsmens “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.



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



Starting fielding position


Child 1- three overs



Child 2- three overs

Mid on


Child 3 (second keeper)

Square leg


Child 4- three overs



Child 5- three overs

Off the field


Child 6- two overs



Child 7- two overs

Mid off


Child 1- three overs



Child 2- three overs



Child 3- two overs



Child 8 (first keeper)



Child 4- three overs



Child 5- three overs



Child 6- two overs



Child 7- two overs



Child 1- three overs



Child 2- three overs



Child 8- two overs



Child 4- three overs



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 goes 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 an 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 off side but you can put more players on the on side if you like.