Weybridge Cricket club colts section – FAQ’s

Overview –The aim of the Colts is to introduce Boys & Girls to Cricket. We use drills and play games that teach key Cricket skills but that also bring smiles to faces. The squad should go home excited about cricket and keen to come again next week.

Our Mission –To attract young cricketers to WCC and help them enjoy Cricket, have fun, develop their talents and graduate into a lifetime of Cricket enjoyment.

Our Ethos We aim to create an environment where the emphasis is on enjoyment and doing our best.

  • We let the players make mistakes to help them learn.
  • We try to give equal time with everyone.
  • We focus on helping the players learn to enjoy playing sport.
  • We never forget we are coaching children – not mini adults.

 

What age can play? – We run 12 Colts squads, split by age. U10 and younger, train on Sunday morning with the older age groups training and playing matches in the week. Age groups are as follows –

AGE
GROUP
DATE RANGE
FROM
DATE RANGE
TO
School
Year
(in April)
Training times Team Manager
Big Hitters 1/9/2009 31/08/2010 Recep Sun 9.15 start – 10.15 Simon Rider (simonrider@hotmail.com)
U/6 1/9/2008 31/08/2009 Y1 Sun 9.00 start – 10.30 Simon Rider (simonrider@hotmail.com)
U/7 1/9/2007 31/08/2008 Y2 Sun 9.00 start – 10.30 ”                      ”                            “
U/8 1/9/2006 31/08/2007 Y3 Sun 9.00 start – 10.30 ”                      ”                            “
Girls U6-U10 1/9/2008 31/08/2005 Y1-Y5 Sun 9.00 start – 10.30 ”                      ”                            “
U/9 1/9/2005 31/08/2006 Y4 Sun 10.45 start – 12.15 ”                      ”                            “
U/10 1/9/2004 31/08/2005 Y5 Sun 10.45 start – 12.15 ”                      ”                            “
U/11 1/9/2003 31/08/2004 Y6 Tue 18.30-20.00 Paul Bruton (paul_bruton@hotmail.com)
U/12 1/9/2002 31/08/2003 Y7 Thur 18.30 – 20.00 Anthony Van Hoffen (AnthonyVanhoffen@eversheds.com)
U/13 1/9/2001 31/08/2002 Y8 Mon 18.30-20.00 Ryan Mangold (ryan.mangold@taylorwimpey.com)
U/14 1/9/2000 31/08/2001 Y9 Mon 18.30-20.00 Steve Gray (steve@choxaway.com)
U/15 1/9/1999 31/08/2000 Y10 Mon 18.30-20.00 ”                      ”                            “
   

When are the sessions? – Session start at 9.00 right by the clubhouse, please to aim to arrive in good time to allow for parking / registration. The Colts season runs from Sunday 19th April (first Sunday after Easter) to Sunday 27th July (15 weeks). Session last 90minutes to just under 2 hours depending on age, enthusiasm and weather.

Where? – At Weybridge Cricket Green, Hanger Hill, Weybridge KT13 9DA.

Can we try it a few times and see if he/she likes it? –  Yes, you can try for 2 weeks for £20 but after that you need to commit. Capacity is limited in each squad to ensure a quality experience for everyone.

What is the cost? –  Full 2015 Colts season is £160 with an early bird discount of £145 until 19/04 (unless all places are filled by then). We aim to offer a quality cricket experience so limit numbers across all the squads.

What should players wear? – Trainers, Shorts/ Tracksuit bottoms, top, sweatshirt, windproof layer depending on weather. Please be ready with hats and sunscreen for when the weather hots up. Please – no football tops, this is cricket. We have an on line kit shop so everyone can buy some quality teamwear (great idea for presents).

Anything else I should bring? – A top for afterwards if required, a water bottle, some money, any medication that may be required (inhaler, hay fever etc). Many parents spectate from a foldaway chair or rug.

Are there toilets? – Yes in the club house.

Who delivers the coaching? – The coaches are paid professionals from Twenty20 cricket assisted by the team managers and volunteers, usually keen dad’s or ex-players. All coaches are DBS checked and first aid qualified.  If you played any level of cricket, have enthusiasm patience and good humour come and join the team. We are popular so welcome help.

How long are the sessions? – Session last 90minutes to 2 hours depending on age group , enthusiasm and weather. We start at 9.00 and aim to finish the first session for around 10:30, Then the older ‘harder ball’ groups from 10:45 to 12.15/12:30 as we usually have to be off the pitch with all equipment packed away to allow the afternoon games to commence.

Are there matches? – For U8’s and up yes. Some are friendlies, some are local leagues and cup competitions. Matches can be home or away and may not always be on a Sunday. Match fee’s (typically £5) do apply to cover game coaches, equipment and pitch hire.

Can I get something to eat/ drink while watching? – Yes, you can get tea coffee, bacon rolls, muffins etc. from the Clubhouse, of course the bar will open later in the day. Please support the club – every penny spent goes back into cricket.

Can I get involved in anyway? – Yes – we always need volunteers whether to help coach, score, run the sweet shop or help with registration. Just ask and you will be warmly welcomed. The club is run by volunteers who give their time freely to help local cricket.

Can I bring my dog? – Yes, but please keep away from the cricket. No one likes chewed equipment.