The South Wales Junior Cricket League
Producing Test and County Cricketers since 1973
Affiliated to: Cricket Wales
Chairman’s Address 2016
Fun is a major motivator for children in sport. Whenever children are surveyed as to why they play sport, the prime reason is always “to have fun”. Winning is on the list but it is last on the list. Children like to compete, but it is the fun of competing, the excitement of competing, not just the winning. Junior coaches should not be measured on win: loss ratio but rather on how many players wish to continue to play the following season.
Cricket can provide many benefits for children and adolescents physically, socially and psychologically. With continued participation the benefits of cricket are transferrable to many aspects of life.
The benefits of regular activity can include improved fitness, lower resting heart rates. Higher oxygen carrying capacity during maximal exercise, enhanced muscle growth and bone density and contribute to decreased incidence of obesity and weight problems.
The social benefits of playing cricket are meeting a variety of new people, developing new friendship groups, working as part of a team, development of responsibility and development of communication skills.
The psychological benefits of playing cricket can include increased self-esteem, development of strategies to deal with mistakes and challenges and enhance confidence and concentration skills.
The main factors about cricket ( along with many other sports) that appeals to children as an attractive form of physical activity can be summarised as – fun and belonging, cooperative and competitive experiences, established and consistent challenges and developing a great sense of community. The key words being Enjoyment and Accessibility.
On behalf of the committee of the SWJCL I would wish to thank all the members of the clubs who attended and contributed to the debating sessions we have held in the past year to find ways of improving the experiences of the youngsters who play and wish to remain playing cricket in the future. The structural alterations and rule changes we have instigated for the 2016 season can only help to benefit the immediate and long-term future by increasing participation and encouraging progression. Social needs and aspirations can change very quickly in this day and age and we must be prepared to change our ways and outlooks to ensure we are fulfilling the needs of the youngsters at all times.
My personal gratitude goes out to all the Committee of the SWJCL who give their time and energy freely to ensure that junior cricket is played in a highly structured, fair and safe manner each season. I am sure you all appreciate how much time and effort they all dedicate to the cause. A special mention and dedication must go out to our Treasurer Mr Brinley John Esq who is an absolute legend and achieved the highest honour for services to junior cricket and the community at this year’s achievement awards.
May the 2016 season be blessed with good weather, good fortune, good sport and most importantly be fun and highly enjoyable for all who participate and support.
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