St Albans Cricket Club | Frequently Asked Questions

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Junior Cricket | FAQs

How many junior teams do you have?

St Albans Cricket Club run teams for boys and girls of all ages. We run boys teams in leagues from Under 9 to Under 19 and girls teams from Under 11 to Under 15.

Age groups are based on the age of your child on 31 August. So Under 8 equates to School Year 3, Under 9 equates to School Year 4, Under 10 equates to School Year 5 and so on.  

Do you have a minimum age?

We usually do not take children until they are in School Year 3. 

When does junior coaching take place?

We hold coaching sessions in Clarence Park for 7-15 year-olds from April to August. Under 8 to Under 11 boys and girls train on Friday evenings while Under 12 to Under 15 girls train on Sunday mornings and Under 12 to Under 15 boys train on Monday evenings. Girls U13 and above are also welcome to join training for the Women's XI team on Weds evenings. The timing of typical coaching sessions are set out in the following table. (Subject to change, based on current COVID guidance)

Age Group  School Year  Boys Girls 
Under 8 3 Friday
18:00-19:30
Friday
18:00-19:30
Under 9 4 Friday
18:00-19:30
Friday
18:00-19:30
Under 10 5 Friday
18:00-20:00
Friday
18:00-20:00
Under 11 6 Friday
18:00-20:00
Friday
18:00-20:00
Under 12 7 Monday
18:00-20:00
Sunday
10:00-12:00
Under 13 8 Monday
18:00-20:00

Sunday
10:00-12:00
Under 14 9 Monday
18:00-20:00

Sunday
10:00-12:00
Under 15 10 Monday
18:00-20:00
Sunday
10:00-12:00
Under 16-17 11 + 12 Adult nets Adult nets
Under 19   Adult nets Adult nets 

Due to the restrictions associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning a staggered start to junior coaching this year, with the provisional timetable as follows:

U12 Boys (School Year 7) - Monday 12 April*
U11 Boys (School Year 6) - Friday 16 April*
U12-15 Girls (School Years 7-10) - Sunday 18 April*
U13-15 Boys (School Years 8-10) - Monday 19 April*
U10 Boys (School Year 5) - Friday 23 April*
U9-11 Girls (School Year 4-6) - Friday 23 April*
U9 Boys (School Year 4) - Friday 30 April*
U8 Boys (School Year 3) - Friday 07 May*

*We are keeping this timetable under review as further Government and ECB guidance emerges, so these dates are subject to change. The weekly training day for a specific year group may be changed by squad managers to accommodate player and coach availability. Please keep an eye on the Club website and emails for further announcements.

The last junior coaching sessions will be Monday 23 August, Friday 27 August, and Sunday 29 August respectively.


Do we need to stay for training?

We do ask parents to stay for Friday night training given the age of the children.  Parents are welcome to use our well stocked bar while watching the cricket. We also hold regular Friday evening BBQs.

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be some changes to the way we organise junior coaching and the format of the coaching sessions to ensure that we operate in a COVID-safe manner, and to government training guidelines. This will include a requirement for all juniors to be signed in on arrival (no exceptions). Parents will be strongly encouraged to check-in using the NHS COVID-19 app by scanning the Track and Trace QR codes that will be displayed at the registration points and at the entrances to the pavilion.

There will also be additional rules in place to ensure the safety of our members, their families and other users of the park. All members and their parents will be required to follow these rules. Anyone who is found not to be following these rules may be asked to leave. Repeated breaches may result in members being banned from attending future sessions.


What happens if it rains?

Cricket is unfortunately a very weather dependent sport, especially for our juniors where the safety of the children is paramount. We will watch the weather forecast and try to let people know by e-mail if training needs to be cancelled.

Are your coaches qualified?

All coaches are ECB Level 1 qualified or above and hold DBS clearance. We also have a number of parent helpers and are always on the lookout for more people to help.

How do I join?

At St Albans CC, we have a thriving junior section, with almost 300 children participating in outdoor cricket coaching over the summer.  The number of children we can accommodate is limited by the number of qualified coaches and coaching assistants that we have.  Consequently, places are in high demand and we have a waiting list for all age groups.

Existing members, and those who attended winter nets, will receive registration forms by email by the end of February/early March. If you haven't received your registration email by the end of March then please email registration@stalbanscc.com.

If would like to add your child to our waiting list, please complete this form

Please note it is not possible to say how long they will have to wait for a place, as we cannot predict how many spaces will become available in each age group each year.  We will contact you if we are able to offer them a place. Unfortunately children who are not on the waiting list will not normally be offered a place.

How much does it cost?

For Summer 2021, the junior membership fee will be a flat rate of £60 per child, which covers all training sessions from April through to end August. On top of this, there will be a £5 match fee for participation in Club organised matches.

How do I pay the membership fee?

The annual membership fee is paid via the Club website. Once we have received and processed your registration form, we will contact you with instructions on how to pay your child's membership fees. Please wait until we have contacted you before attempting to pay their membership fees.

Note, to pay the membership fee, you must be logged in to the Club website. Click on the "Pay subs" option on the top menu and select the relevant membership option in the window that appears (there should be only one available). Follow the instructions to complete your payment. 

What teams will you be running this year in Herts Junior Leagues?

We expect to run the following teams in the Herts Junior Leagues in 2021:

Age Group Format Ball Boys Girls
Under 9 8-a-side Windball 1 team -
Under 10 8-a-side Hardball 1 team -
Under 11 11-a-side  Hardball  1 team -
Under 11 8-a-side  Windball  - 1 team
Under 12 11-a-side Hardball 1 team -
Under 13 8-a-side  Hardball - 1 team
Under 15 9-a-side  Hardball
- 1 team
Under 15 11-a-side Hardball 1 team (includes U13 + U14) -
Under 19 11-a-side Hardball 1 team (T20)  -


We will also run friendly matches with other local teams, or internal matches, to ensure all players get as much match practice as possible. We also play in a selection of Cricket Festivals for younger age groups.

What is Incrediball or Windball?

Incrediball and Windball cricket uses a rubber ball rather than a proper cricket ball so it is ideal for introducing younger children to the game for the first time.

How do games work?

Games for the younger age groups are run in such a way that every child bats for at least four overs and bowls two overs each. Games take around 90 minutes. The emphasis is very much on participation for everyone whatever their skill level. From Under 11 for boys and Under 13 for girls the format changes to more traditional cricket.

Where do you play your games?

Home games are played either at Clarence Park or Verulam School Playing Fields on Sandpit Lane. Away games are played at local clubs who are normally only a short drive away.

When do you play games?

Games can either be mid-week or at the weekend depending on the age group. A full list of fixtures can be found on the website, available from the end of March.

How do I get selected?

Go on to the website and use the drop down menus to let us know whether or not your child is available. We always do our best to give everyone who has expressed an interest as many games as possible. But selection will depend on how many players are available for any particular game. So please ensure your child's availability is kept up to date on the website.

Can my child play in Senior matches?

We actively encourage our juniors to transition into senior cricket as soon as they are ready. Any players in the U14 age group and older are allowed to play in senior matches. Players younger than U14 require approval from their county coach. Please see the Senior FAQ section for details on all the men's and women's teams that the Club currently runs.