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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Yesterday was the first session for the brand new LTRC youth cricket program. Over twenty players turned out on a gorgeous Maryland morning, and after playing a quick “refresher” match, the players were split into three groups and spent the remainder of the session working on their batting, bowling and fielding skills.
The children, most of whom had no cricket experience (outside of their PE class) were very enthusiastic and eager to learn. The parents, many of who likewise had no cricket experience, joined in and became assistant coaches during the drills.
All in all, the Lutherville-Timonium Rec Council cricket program, which meets on Tuesdays and Saturdays, is off to a great start.
On Feb. 14, Sandra Ibarra, Ryan Harrison and USYCA President Jame Harrison brought an American Cricket Champ set to the St. Philip Neri School in Linthicum, Maryland. The USYCA team, which had been invited to the school by PE instructor Travis Bateman, spent the morning instructing students in cricket and leading them through their first matches.
The children had a great time learning the game, and asked many questions of USYCA team members. As a result of this outreach, the St. Philip Neri Sports Committee has now taken up the idea of launching a new introductory youth cricket program this summer, in between the softball and soccer seasons.