Off to a flyer!

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Thank you to everyone who came to the open evening last week and Monday’s gorgeous sunny start to coaching. Sorry we couldn’t lay on the same weather for the first U14/16 coaching session! It’s been great to see so many enthusiastic youngsters and parents getting involved already.

With your new Junior committee still finding its feet there have been one or two rough edges to proceedings so far. We are working hard to get up to speed but there is a lot to do, especially at the start of the season, and we are a club run by volunteers with day jobs. We really appreciate your patience when things don’t run 100% to plan or your questions take a little while to respond to. One example on Monday was some confusion of our own making around finishing times for the various coaching sessions. To clarify, timings are:

Monday 6-7pm All Stars

Monday 6.15-7.15pm Girls and P3-P5 children

Monday 6.15-7.30pm P6/7 children

Tuesday 5-6.30pm U14/U16

As a reminder, full details of the coaching sessions can be found here: https://www.watsoniancricket.com/club-news/summer-junior-training-sessions/

We will in future be joined by not one but two current Scotland internationals in our coaching line up. Besides head coach George Munsey, Sarah Bryce, Watsonian and Wildcats star, will be helping out with the girls coaching from next week.

Parent helpers are extremely welcome and useful. If you are spectating why not join in? No special skills required – our coaches have the superpowers! They will help you to make a big difference for little effort and a lot of fun.

This week’s sessions (except All Stars) were free tasters for anyone who hadn’t already made up their mind. We hope that those trying it out loved it and will come back next week. If so, please make the appropriate payment as per the web post linked to above.

In the event of inclement weather, cancellations of training or matches will be advertised via Twitter @WCC_Colts.

The reason most of the children train, of course, is to develop and improve for match situations. The full fixture lists for all age groups can be found here: https://www.watsoniancricket.com/jnr-fixtures/ To be eligible for selection children need to be registered on the website and have paid their yearly or termly subs. When those two things are done we will send links to join the relevant squads on Teamer (the team management app that we use). Depending on the age group and what else is happening in any week, we may have more available players in a given week than team requirements or less. When there are more then some children will have to wait a turn. When there are fewer then there can be exciting opportunities for younger players to try their hand at a higher age level, as many players have already done very successfully this season so far. Please respond promptly to Teamer match invites that you receive – this is a huge help in putting out full teams which is of enormous benefit to all the players. We will publish a selection policy shortly. In the meantime, please bear with us if there is a necessary degree of expediency in selection early on – be assured that we will ensure fair treatment over the course of the season.

Our five regular teams have all been in action already this season with wins on the board for each. The two U14 sides have a win and a defeat apiece whilst U16 beat Carlton away and both U12 sides got off to winning starts last Friday. Keep up the good work! Short match summaries are posted on Twitter and longer reports are available to squad members via Teamer.

We would love for the children to come up with some more imaginative names for our two U12 and U14 sides (currently A and B). Entries via email are very welcome, emblem suggestions too, or else please mention your ideas to the coaches at next week’s training sessions.

The first Kwik Cricket festival of the summer takes place at Carlton on Sunday. The team is currently being selected but if your child is not picked this time round, fear not, there will be lots more opportunities – just check out the fixture list!

Any children playing U12 and above are likely to play some or all of their matches with a hard ball. It is very important that your children are appropriately kitted out to keep them safe. As a minimum they will require their own bat, helmet and box (for boys). We are able to loan pads and gloves if required, though regular players will likely want to invest in their own. Our lead coach is happy to recommend Bellingham & Smith kit, in particular a junior kit bundle which will be available very shortly on their website (https://www.syndicate4.com/bellinghamandsmith1/). Masuri helmets are a great option for keeping players well protected. Aitken & Niven are a handy local stockist of cricket equipment but there are many other options available of course.

If you’ve made it this far, well done! A newsletter may be an easier way to communicate this volume of information in the future – watch this space.