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Hertfordshire County Cricket Association (Incorporating Hertfordshire County Cricket Club) PRESIDENT David W S Beynon HERTFORDSHIRE PLAYER PATHWAY Covering the 2010/2011 Cricketing Year James Hewitt Performance Manager Contents Page 1. Introduction – Structure of the Player Pathway 2 2. Hertfordshire Player Pathway 3 3. Emerging Players Group 4 4. County Trials/Winter Excellence/Under 16s 4 -5 5. Area trials & Winter Excellence 6 6. Area playing programme 7-9 7. Woman & Girls cricket 10-11 8. Communication between Each Representative Level 11 9. Exit Routes Within and Beyond Hertfordshire 12-13 10. Timeline 14 1 1. Introduction - Structure of the Player Pathway The structure of the player pathway, which has operated well in the past, is a sound vehicle for cricket players of all ages to play at the correct level for their ability and also to move within the structure, offering all players the opportunity to play at the highest level that they can. This is a detailed examination of how the mechanics of the player pathway can be improved, over a 12 month cycle, in order to ensure a more coherent and smoother process. In particular, this document will look at: 1) The timeframes in which each representative level should operate – from trials to summer games. 2) The relationships between the different representative levels. 3) The necessary communication between the coaches and administrators at each representative level 4) The relationship with 1st Class Counties and the exit routes for players of high performance. The 12 month cycle runs from 1st September – 31st August. Key to Abbreviations CPM = Cricket Performance Manager CAGC – County Age Group Coach AHC – Area Head Coach EPP – Emerging Player Programme CDG – Cricket Development Group CB – County Board 2 2. Hertfordshire Player Pathway Hertfordshire Minor First Class Counties County XI Young Cricketers Development XI London and East County (U10 to U17) (U15) excluding U16 AREA PROGRAMME (U10 to U16) EAST NORTH SOUTH WEST CRICKET DEVELOPMENT GROUPS (CDGs) East (North) North Herts Welwyn/Hatfield St. Albans /Hertsmere East (South) Stevenage/ Three Rivers/ Dacorum Knebworth Watford SCHOOL AND CLUBS 3 3. Emerging Players Group (Taken from ECB Documentation) October -September The “Emerging Players Programme” (EPP) is an ECB initiative designed to provide the very best and most talented players, between the ages of 13-16, with personal development programmes. It is not proposed to take any of the emerging players out of their squads or away from their cricketing peer group, but to give them the opportunity to devote increased quality time to assist their development as potentially elite cricketers. The programmes will be overseen and developed by the CPM, with the assistance, where required, of the ECB Regional Performance Manager (David Young) It will be up to the CPM on behalf of Hertfordshire CB to establish how many players are identified for the EPP. For 2010/11 we have identified 4 EPP players to join the programme. Our EPP players train with Middlesex during the winter to help further their development. Over the next 12 months the ECB will be conducting further work into “What constitutes talent?” and “Talent Identification Criteria” which will in future assist player selection. 4. County Trials and Winter Excellence Programme September This year again will see the return of the 3-week trial for the County Winter Excellence programme. County players who excelled for their respective age groups in 2010 will not be asked to re-trial; they will go straight forward to the Excellence sessions which will commence in January. They will be nominated by their CAGC who throughout the summer’s playing programme will have viewed all their performances. The remainder of the 2010 County Age Group squad will be asked to re-trial along with the outstanding achievers from Area cricket who will be nominated by their AHC. From the trials a County Excellence squad of 20 for each age group will be picked and start their training in January. County Excellence Squad Sessions – January - March From January through to March the County Excellence squads will be taken through a serious of skill based drills to improve technique, and scenario based activities to put the boys under pressure. Also tactical sessions will be added to help the boys develop their field placements and to identify possible captains or leaders. At each of these sessions there will be specialist coaches in all disciplines to help and assist the boys in their continued development as cricketers. 4 We are very fortunate to have a group of coaches who have played 1st class cricket or represented Hertfordshire at 1st team level. Batting James Hewitt (Middlesex & Kent) Dave Smith (Warwickshire) Simon Greenall (Hertfordshire) Bowling James Hewitt (Middlesex & Kent) Spinners Chris Peploe (Middlesex) Dave Smith (Warwickshire) Wicket Keeping Tom Jenkins (Hertfordshire & Radlett) Simon Greenall (Hertfordshire) Over the winter programme players may be added or withdrawn from the programme if the coaches feel any player is not demonstrating the level of improvement expected or achieving the standard expected of a County representative player. Phase 2: County Age Group Squad Selection On completion of the indoor Winter Excellence Programme, there will be 2 outdoor games per age group before the final selection. (These will take place in the Easter holiday). Again for 2011 the summer squad will consist of 14 squad members per age group. Any player who is not selected for the County Age Group squad of 14 will automatically be placed in their respective Area summer squads. Their development and performances (along with every other player in the Area programme) will be monitored by the CPM and the respective AHC. Should the County Age Group squad require a replacement player for whatever reason, the CAGC will communicate with the four AHCs for feedback on any player who should be considered by the CAGC based on performances, and the appropriate selection will be made. County Under 16s After some considerable discussion, both internally and externally with other Counties, we have decided not to run a County U16 age group in future. The ECB withdrew support for this age group some time ago and many Counties have already removed it from their youth programme. Hertfordshire have now decided to follow this trend. Please note that U16 players can still be considered for the main County U17 squad. 5 5. Area Trials and Winter Excellence Programme October/November/December. Between October, November and December each AHC will run a 3 week trial to select their winter squads. To mirror the County selection process, the boys who were nominated for County trials by their AHC will not be required to trial for the Area programme. They will go straight through to the Area Excellence programme that will commence in January. The AHCs will receive nominations for the trials from all clubs and schools within their respective Areas. The winter squads will consist of 16-20 boys for each age group from Under 10s to Under 16s. January – March Each AHC will deliver an Area Winter Programme which will be written by the CPM and given to the AHC; the programme will mirror the training that the County squads will be receiving. It won’t be set in stone; it will depend on the needs of each of the squads. During this time the AHC will continually monitor the players’ development and will report back to the CPM on their progress. 6. Area Playing Programme There are some significant changes to the Area playing programme and the set up of organisations within each Area. These are explained in the following Note by Dominic Marsh, Cricket Development Manager. Area Sub Committees Background Traditionally the management of each Area programme has been the sole responsibility of the Area Head Coach (AHC). Although this has operated with reasonable success in the last few years, some feedback received is that the clubs have felt distanced by this arrangement and there have been cases, particularly in the East Area, where the programme has failed. Now that the Cricket Development Team (CDT) has established 8 operational Cricket Development Groups (CDGs) it is important that we empower these CDGs with responsibility and the Area programme is a perfect opportunity to do this. Each CDG has taken a very keen interest in becoming part of the Area programme and certainly would like the opportunity to become more involved. Under this new management scheme, the Area programme will gain a new competitive edge and take on more ‘meaning’. Previously, Area cricket has been a case of teams simply showing up on the day and playing some cricket. 6 Now, each age group will play for a ‘cup’ and there will be an Area Champion – the Area that wins the most age group ‘cups’. Clearly, this will engender a far more competitive edge to the playing programme, thus developing cricketers with a harder edge to compete for County positions. Formation of the Sub-Committees It is envisaged that the Sub-Committees will be formed from the two operational CDGs in each Area. Each CDG will nominate a minimum of 3 representatives onto each Sub-Committee. Ideally, these representatives will be from different clubs in order to spread the net more widely. This would give a minimum of 6 representatives for the Sub-Committee. The responsibilities for note taking and sending communications to members will be rotated. These groups are Sub-Committees of the CDGs and will not have a constitution or any official office bearers. The workload will be shared equally across the committee representatives. Role of the Sub-Committees The Sub-Committees will work in conjunction with the Performance Manager (PM) and will assist in the nomination and selection process for the AHC. The AHC will then join the Sub-Committee in managing the Area programme. In conjunction with the AHC, the Sub-Committee will be responsible for: Communicating with member clubs and organising nominations for trials Organising the venues and time frames for the Area coaching programme Assisting the AHC in appointing team coaches and assistant coaches Being the conduit between the CDGs and member clubs for the Area programme – thus enabling clubs to take more ownership of the programme and feel more involved Dominic Marsh Cricket Development Manager 7 Changes to Area Cricket For the 2011 Area playing programme we have extended the games from 3 to 4 for each Area, there will also be another game which will follow the completion of the indoor winter Excellence programme. Following the decision not to continue with the County under 16s we have decided to introduce an under 16 Area age group for the 2011. 1. Match Points • 10 points will be rewarded for a win • 0 points for a loss • the winning team will collect 10 points for the win plus their bonus points • the losing team will only receive the bonus points they have earned 2. Batting Bonus Points U10/11 • 50 runs – 1 point • 100 runs – 2 points • 125 runs – 3 points • 150 runs – 4 points • 175 runs – 5 points U12/13 • 50 runs – 1 point • 100 runs – 2 points • 150 runs – 3 points • 175 runs – 4 points • 200 runs – 5 points U14/15 • 75 runs – 1 point • 125 runs – 2 points • 150 runs – 3 points • 175 runs – 4 points • 225 runs – 5 points 8 U16 • 125 runs – 1 point • 150 runs – 2 points • 200 runs – 3 points • 225 runs – 4 points • 250 runs – 5 points One point shall be scored by the winning side batting second for every two wickets standing at the end of the game (Applies for all age groups U10 to U16). For example in an Under 15 match, if the side batting first scored 150 all out, the side batting second can only achieve 3 batting bonus points with the current rules. But if they were to achieve the total 6 wickets down, they still have 4 wickets standing so they will be able to get their maximum batting bonus points. This rule only applies for batting second and winning. Batting bonus points have been graduated to take account of the higher innings totals that are expected in higher age groups 3. Bowling Bonus Points The same bowling bonus points system will apply for all age groups (U10 to U16) • 2 wickets - 1 point • 4 wickets – 2 points • 6 wickets – 3 points • 8 wickets – 4 points • 10 wickets – 5 points Area Logistics Age Group Start Time Length of Match Length of Tea Under 10’s 11am 30 over’s per side 30 mins Under 11’s 11am 30 over’s per side 30 mins Under 12’s 11am 40 over’s per side 30 mins Under 13’s 11am 40 over’s per side 30 mins Under 14’s 11am 50 over’s per side 30 mins Under 15’s 11am 50 over’s per side 30 mins Under 16’s 11am 50 over’s per side 30 mins All teas will be taken in between innings. Umpires and balls will be provided by the HCCA. 9 7. Woman & Girls Cricket. County Trials and Winter Excellence Programme The Winter Excellence Programme (WEP) for Women and Girl’s will be designed specifically for that target as opposed to being coordinated within the Boys program. In order for this to be successful it is important for the management of the Girl’s game to be in order and for there to be appropriate squad numbers at all sessions. Squads will be selected from previous County Age Group (CAG) teams and from those identified at Area trials run in September plus club performances. The WEP will run fortnightly post Christmas and involve all players in each CAG squad. The sessions will be managed by each respective CAG Head Coach and assisted by either an Excellence coach or another CAG coach. The content of the program will be centred predominantly around drill skills and skill development both cricket specific and generic. The sessions will focus on cricket specific drills, net sessions and match play scenarios. These sessions will lead into the County competitive programme (U11/U13 and U15) with training sessions continuing throughout the competitive programme under the guidance of each CAG Head Coach. Districts and Cricket Development Groups The Districts and Cricket Development Groups (CDG’s) will provide the base of the Player Pathway. The Districts and CDG’s will provide and manage teams for Pathway competitions or festivals such as the Herts Youth Games and Kwik Cricket Festivals. Also players can progress through schools coaching initiatives like “Chance 2 Shine” into these competition formats. Club Competitions The clubs will provide the next level of match play for the Girl’s Pathway. For the first time in 2011 there will be a Girl’s League only, where six teams across the county play each other home and away (starting as an U13’s competition) Players can move forward from the club level by good performances and being recognised for Area teams. 10 Area Programme This program is a new development in Women and Girl’s cricket and is being established in order to improve the development of County Age Group teams and assist in the flow of players through the County set-up. There will be two Areas’ – North/East and South/West and each of these will provide teams in U11’s and U13’s. They will play 2 home and away matches, resulting in 4 games per age group. Each Area will hold trials in September for the following year’s program. Each side will train throughout the winter. Each team coach will be responsible for coordinating their teams’ winter program and will be overseen by an Area Girl’s head coach. Senior Women’s Squad The Hertfordshire Women’s senior squad is the pinnacle of the Women and Girl’s Player Pathway. This squad is selected from the best Women’s players in the County and is fed by the County Age Group program and the Women’s clubs in Hertfordshire. The Women’s team will also be training throughout the winter. The direct flow into the Women’s squad comes from the Development XI and U15’s as such; the Women’s Squad will be training with this age group. This is to help prepare the Development XI and U15’s for the senior squad but also to provide the senior squad with regular, quality training. There will be practice matches included in the Women’s program and training will continue through the competition stages and will be at the discretion of the head coach. The Women’s First Team will play 10 matches in the home and away season next year (2011) as the ECB has broken the Women’s County Competition into groups of 6 teams. This results in more matches for our women and a better opportunity for improvement. Exit Routes within and Beyond Hertfordshire Hertfordshire Women’s Team Players will be able to progress as far as their talent takes them ultimately into the Hertfordshire Women’s Senior XI. 11 National Recognition Talented players may be selected to join the Emerging Players Programme (EPP) which will automatically include them in the national talent pool and their performances will be monitored through the County match play competition to ascertain if they should be included in the Super 2s (U15) or Super 4s (U19) national squads. Any player who was not identified in the EPP programme but who performs excellently in County matches will also be monitored to ensure the best talent is captured. This could lead to any player who is performing outstandingly being included in the England Super 4s squad. 7. Communication between Each Representative Level To enable this pathway to operate effectively and allow players to flow between each representative level it is imperative there are clear and open lines of communication between the Head Coaches at each representative level. It is also extremely important that each Head Coach is aware of the standard of the players, at all age groups, in the level(s) outlined above. This will ensure that any recommendations made from one level to another are fair and accurate so as time is not wasted nor the expectations of any player built up unnecessarily. 8. Exit Routes Within and Beyond Hertfordshire South of England Nominations for U15-U17 London and East trials have to be made by the end of September by the CPM in consultation with the CAGCs and are based upon performances from the previous season. In the interest of the player and the credibility of Hertfordshire it is essential that players are only nominated if they are deemed to be of the correct standard. (If we feel as a County that we don’t have any player of the required standard then nobody will be nominated). To have an understanding of this standard it will be the responsibility of the CPM to attend London and East sessions on an observational basis. Hertfordshire Minor Counties XI and Hertfordshire Development XI A pool of about 25-30 players will be identified and named, from which both teams will be selected. This pool could contain the best U17s and possibly the most talented U16s. The principal criterion for inclusion would be the player’s potential for reaching the required standard to play for the Minor Counties XI. 12 These two sides will be more closely integrated than has been the case in the past. Both XIs will be handled by the same selection committee. In order for this to operate effectively it is essential that there is clear communication between the Minor Counties 1st team captain, the MC and Development XI coaches, and the CPM. The main aim of the Development XI is to develop into Hertfordshire’s second XI. The Development XI will provide potential Minor Counties XI players with experience of two-day inter-County cricket, and increased competition for places within the whole squad which can only be beneficial to the future success of the Minor Counties XI. 1st Class Counties It is vitally important that Hertfordshire develops excellent relationships with the neighbouring First Class Counties. To this end the CPM has regular meetings and contact with his counterparts in those counties. This helps to: Allow clear and open lines of communication regarding the progression of Hertfordshire players into the professional arena. If a talented individual is being monitored by a neighbouring First Class County, he/she should be encouraged to attend training sessions and/or match play with that County, provided there is no clash with Hertfordshire commitments. As that player develops and when the First Class County is prepared to offer him/her a long term proposition, Hertfordshire will fully support that decision. Develop and strengthen the coaching programmes run within Hertfordshire. Increase Hertfordshire’s pool of quality coaches and resources. The CPM will be the sole contact with the neighbouring First Class Counties regarding any of the above points. 13 Time line for the 12 Month cycle August: Nominations for County trials (From AHC) September: County trials October: County Winter Excellence Squads selected October: Emerging Players Programme starts Oct, Nov, Dec Nominations for Area trials (From clubs)/Area trials December: Area winter Excellence Squads Selected January: County/Area winter Excellence programme start March: County/Area winter Excellence sessions conclude April: Practise games/Selection for County & Area Summer squads April – August: Summer playing programme for both County and Area August: EPP concludes. 14
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