Junior Cricket Grade Information

Junior Cricket

Hutt District Cricket Club – Juniors, is well organised providing cricket for children from the age of 5 up to the age 13. Grades are based on the child school year at the start of the cricket season.

Our junior club is one of the largest clubs in the Wellington area, where we have around 30 junior teams, over 250 boys and girls, playing cricket throughout summer. Many of our past junior players have gone on to play 1st Xi cricket for their colleges, Senior Premier for our club and even higher playing for the Firebirds and for the NZ cricket teams (age grade, Black Caps, White Ferns).

Our teams are managed and coached by a dedicated group of parents who enjoy the challenge and reward of seeing their children grow into great cricketers. We teach the value of good sportsmanship, positive attitude and perseverance in doing the best you can do.

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Have a Go - Years 0 to 1

Who : Age 5, School Year 0/1

A fun introduction to cricket, learning the basics of batting, bowling, and fielding. This achieved by using a variety of play activities, basic drills and minor games using safe, plastic equipment to improving their skills.

The emphasis will be on having a great time with friends.

This will be run on Friday evenings @ 5 pm at the Hutt Rec outside the club rooms with parent participation and support by club coaches.

Softball - Years 2 to 3 Dual Pitch

Who : Age 6-7, School Year 2/3

This grade is played on a Saturday morning. The games are played on dual pitches, meaning all players are involved for the whole game. Games last about an hour and are scheduled to minimise travel. Teams generally comprise a minimum of 8 players. Games are played with a soft ball.

Every effort is made for the players to be in a team where they have a number of their friends.

What is dual pitch? Click here for more information

A fun youtube view showing how to play Dual Pitch cricket using lego : click here to watch

Softball - Year 4

Who : Age 8-9, School Year 4

Year 4 Softball is a 20 over game. Similar to "normal", cricket but played with a "soft" ball

Teams have 8 players and play against other cricket clubs around the Hutt Valley each Saturday morning between 8.30am and 10.30am, in the Year 4 competition. All gear playing gear is provided by the club. No safety gear required. Every effort is made for the players to be in a team where they have a number of their friends.

In an effort to speed up the games all teams bowl all their overs from one end.

Click here to watch the NZC Age & Stage video

Girls Soft Ball Cricket

Who : Age 9-13, School Year 5 through to Year 8

Cricket Wellington offers a “Girls only soft ball competition” on Sundays at 1pm. The games take approximately 1.5 hours to complete and there will be up to six games throughout the season.

All year 5 – 8 girls are eligible to play and we are keen to enter a team into the competition. If you know others that may be interested to give cricket a go please encourage them to register. Players can play both Saturday and Sunday cricket with one registration only.

Hard ball - Years 5 to 8

Who : Age 9-13, School Year 5 through to Year 8

Year 5 is the start of the hardball journey which continues onto Year 8. Playing formats and pitch lengths increase as you get older. Details of each grade can be viewed below.

Year 5 & 6 Playing Guidelines from NZC

Year 7 & 8 Playing Guidelines from NZC

Games are played with the smaller 142g cricket ball. Protective gear is worn by batsmen and wicket keepers. Helmets are complusory. Many players choose to use their own equipment, but the club also provides each team with gear. The games are played on Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 11:30am

Click here to watch the NZC Age & Stage video

Year 6, 7, 8 Development teams

The Junior Development Year 6, Year 7 and Year 8 teams take part playing in the Cricket Wellington Zone competitions that include Sunday games throughout the season for our Year 7 & Year 8 players and tournaments in January for the Year 6 players. Also the development teams take part in the Hawkes Bay Cricket Camp during the January school holidays .

The junior club invites all Year 6, Year 7, Year 8 players to take part in club trails at the beginning of November.

Youth Girls Cricket Years 9 to 13

Please contact our Premier Girls coaches for more information :

Shay Peters 021 224 6392

Des Boyer 021 454 527

Youth Boys Cricket Years 9/10 and Year 11-13

Our Year 8 teams have the opportunity to take part and play in the Cricket Wellington Year 9, Year 10 & Year 11-13 tournaments in December .

More Information on Youth cricket will be update here very soon.............

When will teams be named?

Your Team Coach will be in contact with their team around 10 days prior to your first game. ​​​​​​​ They will provide you with team training and game details.

Club Team Selection Policy

Where possible we aim to keep the same players together from one season to the next. Ideally new players will be placed in a team with their school mates, unless that team already has enough players and another team is short on numbers.

Club Grading policy

Our policy is that children play in the grade that corresponds to their school year at the start of the season. Where they are currently playing up a grade, corrections are made at Year 5. This may require applicable players to play two seasons in Year 5*.

Females playing Saturday hardball cricket are eligible to play down one grade.

Players who start playing hardball late may play one grade lower than their school age until they are competent to move to their correct grade.

Selection for Year grade development teams (Cricket Wellington Year Zone competition), is that players must be the correct school year to represent the year development grade team ie Year 7 school year only play in the Year 7 team (If a player is playing up a grade, they will eligible for selection for the Year Grade below). For girls playing , they can be consider for the development team one grade below their school year

*Exceptions can be made in writing to the Junior Convenor and generally apply to siblings, where parents are coaching their own children.

Wet Weather Cancellation Policy

Cricket Wellington will as close to 7am as is possible on Saturday morning post any changes to draws on their Facebook page should the weather look doubtful for play.

Cricket Wellington cancellation policy can be found here.

For junior games, in the event that you turn up to a game and the field is unsuitable for play (ie. it’s under water) or the weather has turned dramatically, please discuss with the opposition and make a decision as to whether to play.

We will also update our Facebook page with details from Cricket Wellington should games need to be cancelled due to wet weather