BCB revs up youth drive for new season
The Bermuda Cricket Board has opened registration for youth players in the junior leagues, with matches in the eight-and-under, 11-and-under, 14-and-under and the Player Development League for under-17 and second-team players set to begin next month.
The youth leagues are sponsored by Tokio Millennium Re, Hiscox and the Bank of Bermuda Foundation, with the Tokio Millennium Re eight-and-under league set to start on April 8. All games will be at the National Sports Centre from 9.30am to 11.30am.
The Hiscox 11-and-under league will be played on Wednesdays or Fridays, starting on April 12. The games will be 15 overs between 5.15pm and 7.30pm. All games will be scheduled on a Wednesday evening; however, teams are welcome to reschedule the game with the opposition for the Friday.
The Bank of Bermuda Foundation 14-and-under league will play its 35-overs matches on Saturdays starting at 9am, with the first games scheduled for April 15.
The Under-17 Development League will involve T20 games on Saturdays between 2.30pm and 6.50pm.
“Once again I am very excited to launch the BCB Youth Leagues,” Lloyd Fray, president of the BCB, said. “Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Tokio Millennium Re, Hiscox and the Bank of Bermuda Foundation, their support enables us to offer registration for the leagues at a financially subsidised rate of only $20, which also includes providing a free shirt to each registered player. Girls play for free
“The aims of the BCB youth programme are to provide a clear pathway for players to progress from the age of 5 through to the senior level, keeping Bermuda's kids active and involved in sport. All three organisations share the BCB's strong focus of bettering the lives of Bermuda's youth through sport.”
Registration forms can be downloaded from www.cricket.bm under “Forms” and players are urged to register with a club or school near them. Contact the BCB by e-mail at email@example.com or call 292-8958 for more information. Players have to be registered to play.
Once registered, players receive a white cricket shirt. Parents are responsible for providing white cricket pants, which can be purchased from various local sports stores.
The BCB will also have a Super Summer League, the Digicel & BTC Under-12 League (Wednesdays, starting on July 5) and XL Foundation Under-15 League (Mondays, starting on July 3).
The date for the Hiscox U-11 Skills and Drills competition, and Celebrity Cricket Festival is July 15 at North Field, National Sports Centre.
The Hiscox U-11 All-Star and Bank of Bermuda Foundation 14-and-under All-Star games will be played on June 10.