Spring and Summer Festivals
2022-23 Cricket Express CJCA Girls Spring and Summer Festivals-
The CJCA runs a Spring Festival in November/December and a Summer Festival in February/March each season. In addition to these CJCA festivals, we also host the Girls Intermediate (YrsÂ 7-8) South Island Invitational every January. See the Event page for the Girls SIPST here.
Nominations will open and be advertised in September.
We strongly encourage all girls to play in these festivals even if this is your first year of cricket. It is great fun, the girls get to meet and play with other girls from different teams and the games are generally very close because we select even year 5/6 & year 7/8 teams. They are played over two Sundays.
If you have friends who play another sport on a Saturday and would like to play in the festival then encourage them to nominate themselves, it is also a great opportunity for girls that play in our school competitions to play extra cricket.
The main emphasis is on raising the level of cricket and additional playing opportunities, further inter-districts playing opportunities are also organised from these festivals.
In Term 1 2021, the CJCA trialed a new 3 tier approach to attract as many girls from a wide of range current playing abilities to get together in a girls-only environment. The event was a great success with nearly 50 girls enjoying their cricket over two Sundays. We will use this format in future festivals to allow the flexibility required to accommodate girls of any age or ability.
It is hoped that skills developed at these festivals will provide players with added confidence to regularly compete at a high standard in their respective age groups and so increase their levels of enjoyment and commitment.
CJCA’s primary objective for these festivals is to provide all players with opportunities to further develop their skills further and enjoy playing with and against their normal teammates.
We will have three levels of competition in these festivals
- Incrediball Year 5/6s including new year 5s that may be coming out of Year 3-4 Cricket, can also include confident Year 4s)
- Novice Hardball Year 7/8 can also include confident Year 6s.
- Competitive Hardball Year 7/8, including the new Year 9s.
This tournament continues with the use of artificial wickets as we feel this is the best surface to enable their skills to develop. Many thanks to all the volunteers that offer their help. We simply could not run these tournaments without you.
The CJCA Executive is extremely grateful for all the hard work put in by the many volunteers who help make these tournaments take place. These include team managers, selectors, CJCA Executive members and umpires. Please remember that, as is the case in all sports, the Umpires decision is final and must not be debated or challenged.
Enjoy the festivals!
All girls that self-nominate will be placed in evenly balanced teams in regard to spin, medium and pace bowlers, batters, and wicketkeepers. As there are no assessments for the Girls festivals, we rely on prior knowledge and parental input to balance these teams.
The managers 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 Cricket Express Festivals provide all players with opportunities to further develop their skills. It is important that all players will have equal opportunity to develop. 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.