Two Maryland Schools Receive Cricket Instruction

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Two Maryland schools received cricket training this week from USYCA President Jamie Harrison. On March 19, Harrison visited Oakland Mills High School in Howard County. Oakland Mills had been supplied with four USYCA American Cricket Champ sets purchased by the county, and sought instruction so as to put the equipment to better use. Harrison worked with several Physical Education classes, starting with a brief introduction to cricket before getting the students organized for a quick match. Here’a a brief video of the students playing.

On March 20, Harrison joined Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council head cricket coach Warren Prestwich at Timonium Elementary School in Baltimore County. The two stayed at the school the entire day, teaching children in all grades how to play cricket. At the end of the day, the school was presented with its own USYCA American Cricket Champ set to keep.

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MYCA Adds Officers, Launches Junior Cricket League

Maryland Youth Cricket Coaches (L-R: Anu Babbar, Warren Prestwich, Ajith Silva, Sham Chotoo. Not pictured: Greg Edwards.)

Maryland Youth Cricket Coaches (L-R: Anu Babbar, Warren Prestwich, Ajith Silva, Sham Chotoo. Not pictured: Greg Edwards.)

On Saturday, December 15, Maryland junior cricket coaches huddled with Jamie Harrison and Justin Bruchey of the Maryland Youth Cricket Association in Glen Burnie. The meeting was set to work out the details of the new Maryland Junior Cricket League, set to launch in June 2013. The attendees also decided to expand the administration of MYCA, with the coaches stepping up to assume offices in the organization.

The junior cricket league will play throughout June and July, with league semi-finals and finals to be played at the conclusion of the league schedule. Embracing the developmental nature of the players, most of whom are new to cricket, matches will utilize heavy tennis balls, which will be safer for the children. The league will also have two divisions, separated by skill level, with programs sending one team to each.

Programs from across Maryland are slated to participate in the league: Germantown Kids Cricket Club, Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council, Bowie Boys & Girls Club, South Carroll Junior Cricket and the Washington Cricket Center.

Locations of MYCA programs

Locations of MYCA programs

After a discussion of the vision, plans and needs of the MYCA, these officers are announced:

President – Jamie Harrison

1st Vice President – Anu Babbar, Germantown Kids Cricket Club

2nd Vice President – Greg Edwards, South Carroll Junior Cricket

Treasurer – Sham Chotoo, Bowie Boys & Girls Club

Secretary – Warren Prestwich, Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council

Member at Large – Ajith Silva, Washington Cricket Center

Member at Large – Justin Bruchey

The new MYCA Board of Directors will be meeting again in February as it continues to prepare for the coming cricket season.

Howard County Breaks Ground On New Cricket Pitch

County Executive Ken Ulman speaks about the new cricket pitch

On November 2, Howard County Recreation & Parks welcomed County Executive Ken Ulman and other dignitaries to Schooley Mill Park in Highland for the groundbreaking of its new cricket pitch there. The county, led by Recreation Supervisor Derek Ludlow, has been actively expanding its cricket offerings in response to the growth of cricket in the area.

The county will also be launching a new introductory youth cricket program for area children next year.

The ground will be regraded with a pitch that will be artificial turf over concrete, and should be ready for play in Spring 2013 and allows the Howard County Cricket League to double its team capacity.

After the ceremony, County Executive Ulman took a few minutes to have a bat and a bowl on the new site.

Cricket Takes Center Stage At Maryland School’s Fitness Fair

On October 27, the Timonium Elementary School in Maryland held its annual Fitness Fair, and cricket was a featured sport. USYCA, represented by President Jamie Harrison and Greg Edwards of South Carroll (MD) Cricket, hosted an information table at the fair, and spent the day teaching children the basics of the game. In addition, the school’s gymnasium was the site of an hour-long cricket demonstration. At the end of the day, Timonium Elementary’s principal, Donna Scaccio, was presented with a USYCA American Cricket Champ set for her school’s use.

A number of the students attending were already cricket fans, having participated in the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council cricket program last summer.

St. Mary’s County In Maryland Joins The Cricket Revolution

Physical Education teachers in St. Mary’s County in Maryland gathered on September 21 for their first lessons in cricket and to receive USYCA American Cricket Champ sets for their schools. After being introduced to the history and rules of the game, the teachers played against each other, asking questions as the game progressed.

USYCA was invited to St. Mary’s County by England native Dr. Andrew Roper, the county’s Supervisor of Physical Education, Health Education, and Athletics.

Coach Mike Young Visits Germantown Kids Cricket Club

Michael Young, who has served as fielding coach for the Indian Premier League’s Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab, plus both the Australian and South African national cricket teams, and is the only American in international cricket, conducted a free youth cricket coaching clinic on August 26 at Raider’s Edge indoor facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The clinic was co-sponsored by the United States Youth Cricket Association and the Germantown Kids Cricket Club.

After observing the players and their coaches during drills, Young provided practical advice and led the attendees through a number of fielding drills. Afterward, he spoke to the players and coaches in small groups, shared stories from his time in international cricket and fielded questions. Mike also took the time to sign autographs and pose for photos.

Videos:
Mike talking to players about throwing at the stumps – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Mike tells a story about Justin Langer – See The Ball
Mike talks to the players of the Germantown Kids Cricket Club about playing cricket in America – You are our future