The objectives of these tournaments are to provide year 5 (girls only), 6, 7 and 8 players the opportunity to develop their skills at higher levels of cricket.
The creation of Development or Emerging teams at Year 7 and above is based on reviewing the feedback on previous events.
Each year group assesses whether Development and Emerging split should occur – in 2020 Development and Emerging teams were selected in Year 8 only.
- For Year 7 & 8 up to 40 players from Christchurch are selected and play in four even Development teams
- For Year 7 & 8 up to the next best 40 players from Christchurch are selected and play in four even Emerging teams
- Yr 6 in the Summer Tournament where up to 90 players are split into 10 teams of equal talent, based on the trials. In Spring Year 6 may be split into up to 10 Development and Emerging teams the spilt of which will be determined following the assessment day.
- These tournaments provide all selected players with opportunities to further develop their skills and enjoyment of cricket against players of a similar ability
- All players will have either equal opportunity (Year 6) or opportunity to develop at least in the skills they were selected for (Years 7 and 8)
The objectives of these tournaments are to provide year 5, 6, 7 and 8 girls with the opportunity to further develop their skills.
From 2018/19 no Girl assessments will be held and all Girls who are nominated will be placed in teams for the Tournament.
We continue to grow the number of girls who participate in the Spring and Summer tournaments and all girls are welcome. With lower numbers, we include all girls who register for a suitable team and year group. Our objective is to give the girls the opportunity to have fun, improve their cricket skills and meet new friends as well as offering a pathway to representative cricket.
Players are evaluated on a scale of 1–5 for batting, bowling, and wicket keeping, and any additional notes relevant to the selection process made. Emphasis is placed on sound basic technique and performance of the fundamental skills.
The selectors will have available the information supplied on the nomination form for each player. The selectors will also take into account the performance of players at earlier assessments and tournament games and what is known from other matches.
Immediately after the assessment trial the selectors meet and assign players to either Even or Development or Emerging teams. Unfortunately, there are often more players than positions available, so some players may miss selection. These players would be placed on a reserves list as often selected players are unable to play.
The selected teams are evenly balanced in regard to spin, medium and pace bowlers, batters, and wicketkeepers. The Grade Selector will appoint a coach for each of the teams.
Players are denoted their position for selection as a batter, bowler, wicketkeeper, or all-rounder.
The selectors pay no heed to which clubs or schools the players come from, and there is no obligation to spread team selections around to ensure someone from each club or school is represented. The selection criteria used for Representative teams can be found here.
The Cricket Express Tournaments provide all selected players with opportunities to further develop their skills. It is important that all players will have equal opportunity to develop at least the skills they were selected for. It is acknowledged that in year 7 and especially year 8, that players are beginning to specialise. Team bowling and batting orders may take player specialisation into account, but it is imperative that all players receive equal opportunity to participate. Player rotation is a crucial part of all players having equal opportunity.
Up to TEN players are selected in each Year 7 & 8 team with ten players, a batting 9 and bowling 9 will be named for each team, only 9 players may field at one time. This mirrors the conditions of the South Island Primary Schools Tournament which the Red and Black selected teams will play in January.
Playing conditions for the Mandeville Tournaments in January 2022 have yet to be confirmed.
Up to NINE players are selected in each Year 6 team with A Batting 8 and an Bowling 8 named for each match only 8 players may field at one time.