All You Need to Know for Under 9 Cricket
Here's everything you need to know before the season starts. Firstly, thank you for registering your child to play cricket with Gordon Juniors. We hope they play for Gordon from U9s right through to under 17s, into Grade and finally for Australia!
Friends made in these early cricket years often last for life. Here are some useful notes on what to expect this season. Please remember Under 9s is the perfect starter for children of all abilities. You don't need experience to play Under 9s. It is a moderated form of the game designed for enjoyment and learning. The children use a softer match ball, all the protective gear and play on a shortened pitch. See RULES below.
Please go out of your way to make sure the kids have fun. Don’t put pressure on them to perform. Encourage them and guide them and they will flourish. Enjoy the season and reward good sportsmanship. In fact, have a Good Sportsmanship Trophy.
The club is here to support. Please raise any issues with us through your manager. If you feel you need coaching support, then please let us know and we can organise a paid coach through the Gordon Cricket Academy. We want all our teams to enjoy the game and be successful.
You need 12 each game. Some teams have 13 registered players which allows for illness, injury, weekends away or other reasons not to be at the game.
All players must wear an official Gordon hat or club cap, a Gordon shirt, white shorts, white socks and trainers. This season the shirt comes with the registration fee. Hat and cap can be bought from the club when registering or anytime through the ONLINE SHOP.
Shorts, socks and shoes are available from sports stores.
For boys, we also recommend you purchase the special underwear with a pouch that allows or a protector.
We recommend Kingsgrove Sport at Artarmon. 481 Pacific Highway, Artarmon, (Next to Barbecues Galore)
Phone: 9420 2842
All Gordon teams receive a complete kit. There is no need to buy any gear or equipment for Under 9s. We recommend you let your potential superstar get the hang of cricket before buying bats and other equipment. However, it’s your money.
Each game you must have 12 players plus:
• A Manager.
• A Coach plus as many assistants as possible,
• At least two umpires although three is better.
• Two scorers. Three is better.
• Someone to set the ground up each match.
• Someone to look after the kit.
• A social co-ordinator.
Don’t let one or two people do all the jobs. Get everyone involved.
Always Saturday morning. Games will start at either 8am or 10.15am.
U9 - 8am start for teams who played last year or teams with older players U9 - 10:15am start for new teams or those with younger players. See www.nsjca.asn.au.
Always ask your manager if in doubt.Your season starts 15 October. See www.nsjca.asn.au for school holiday breaks.
Please see our website and NSJCA for key dates. See: www.gordonjuniorcricket.com and www.nsjca.asn.au
This can be a lot of fun and the kids get a big thrill seeing themselves online. We ask all teams submit a match report to our webmaster by Sunday night. The report can be as short or long as you like. It doesn’t have to be serious.
We would like lots of photos for the site. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday nights.
We have recorded a club song – We Play for Gordon. The song and lyrics are on our club
site. Click HERE.
We really want all our players singing the song before, during and after each match. If it’s
good enough for the football codes, it’s good enough for cricket!
Most of your games will be at Bales Park, Chatswood; Thompson Oval, Artarmon;
Naremburn Upper; Mowbray Public School, Primrose, Bryce Oval, St Ives – and others.
Again, see NSJCA site for a list of ovals.
Speak to your manager about weekly training grounds and times.
Gordon Juniors does not have a home ground. However, we regard Artarmon Reserve as our home base. We try to use Beauchamp Park, Chatswood, for club functions.
Games are a maximum of two hours.
It’s Average Cricket. That means players bat in pairs for three overs. Runs are divided by the number of times they get out. For example, batting pair scores 10 runs but gets out twice. Average for that pair: 5 runs. There are bonuses for not getting out.
No LBWs. Pitch is reduced to 16 metres. We suggest you get a 16m rope and some chalk to mark the pitch.
You use metal stumps as supplied in your kit.
All players must bowl at least one over. No player may bowl more than two overs. All overs are six balls regardless of how many wides or no balls are bowled (there’ll be plenty of those!).
Two players must share wicket-keeping duties each week. There are batting and fielding restrictions.
Full rules on NSJCA website. See BLUE BOOK in Library. This is very important!!
There is no table or official comp. No results in MyCricket website. Points are not kept. It’s about having fun.
The Under 9s have a special score sheet which can be found under the LIBRARY tab on the NSJCA site or by clicking HERE. Print it out and use each game.
The club provides bonus skills sessions once a month for all Under 9s on a Monday at Artarmon Reserve. Please see SKILLS SESSION tab.
It’s the bible. Download for all rules. BLUE BOOK.
This is a very serious issue. All games must be immediately cancelled if the temperature hits 38 degrees Celsius in the shade. This is an NSJCA rule. Please stop a game when this happens.
Umpires can call a game off if the temperature hits 34 degrees Celsius by mutual agreement. We suggest you buy a thermometer and take it to each game. Make sure all players wear a hat and sunscreen. Provide lots of water and extra drinks
breaks in hot weather. Weather Policy is in Blue Book and must be read.
All communication is vial email and through your team manager and the website.
Have a great season with Gordon.