Recommended formats for Junior Cricket

February 1, 2019

ECB`s recommended formats for junior cricket in clubs, schools and talent environments which come into effect from 1st April 2019.

The recommended formats will give children a great experience of playing cricket, allowing them to develop skills in an age and stage appropriate environment. The recommended formats build upon the findings of a 3 year ECB / Loughborough University PhD research project, findings by other cricketing nations, most notably Cricket Australia and New Zealand, and feedback from Counties , Clubs, Schools and Junior Leagues . These formats are designed to help young players progress at their own pace and play in games which are best suited to their age and/or ability.

The standardised formats that we recommend focus on the following areas:

  • The appropriate number of players in a team to allow all players to be actively involved.
  • The appropriate length of pitch to allow bowlers and batters to progressively develop their skills, including running between the wickets.
  • Having appropriate boundary sizes to experience success, while also highlighting the importance of fielding.
  • Having an appropriate game length to keep players engaged but also allows opportunity for skill to develop.

ECB Recommended Junior Formats


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