ECB announce new recommended formats for the whole junior pathway from U9s to U17s
The ECB has announced new recommendations for junior formats and pitch lengths for the 2019 season, affecting all cricket and mapping recommended formats through the whole girls and boys junior pathway.
The new measures will come into effect in school, club and performance cricket from April 1.
The changes follow a three year ECB research project, findings from other nations including Australia and New Zealand and consultation with counties, clubs, schools and leagues.
The recommendations will ensure matches have:
- The appropriate number of players in a team to allow all players to be actively involved.
- The appropriate length of pitch to allow bowlers and batters to progressively develop their skills, including running between the wickets.
- Appropriate boundary sizes to experience success, while also highlighting the importance of fielding.
- Appropriate game length to keep players engaged but also allows opportunity for skill to develop.
For full details of the recommendations please click the link below:
Please note that in terms of pitch lengths, the above information represents some developments in terms of pitch lengths that are slightly different to the information Wiltshire Cricket released in early December 2018
(*namely U12 Boys, U14 Boys, U15 Girls)
Confirmed Cricket Pitch Lengths for Junior Cricket
From December 2018, the following pitch lengths have applied to all levels of cricket in Wiltshire, including:
- Schools Cricket
- Local Youth League Cricket
- Wiltshire Youth Cricket League
- District Cricket
- County Cricket
|Indicative Age||2018 Pitch Length||New Pitch Length (2019)|
|U9||16 yards||15 yards|
|U10||19 yards||17 yards|
|U11||20 yards||17 yards|
|U12||21 yards||18 yards|
|U13||21 yards||19 yards|
|U14||22 yards||21 yards|
*20 yards for girls
|U15||22 yards||22 yards*20 yards for girls|
|U17||22 yards||22 yards|