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1.     Explain how St Bede’s cricket subs are set and how are the funds used!


St Bede’s subs are reviewed at the end of each year for the following year and are ratified at the AGM early in the New Year.  The subs are set in three tiers; 1st and 2nd XI (2014 sub $250), 3rd XI and Colts ($220) and Year 9 and 10 grade teams ($175).  The following graphs show the breakdown of income and expenses for the 2013 year.  What is important to note is that income from player subscriptions makes up just 45% of the income required to run cricket for a season.


2013 Income


2013 Expenses


2.     What is the St Bedes’ team selection process and can players progress to a higher grade during a season?  If so, what are the criteria?
Teams at St Bede’s are chosen for the calendar year  (Jan-Dec).  Year 9 teams are chosen shortly after the Year 9 camp.  Other teams are based on knowledge of the players by the coaches.  Teams are chosen by the team coaches, in collaboration with “club” coaches, but boys may, and do, move between teams during the season based on consistent performances, team fit and balance.


3.     How will the cricket coaching programme operate at St Bede’s this coming season and what will be the point of difference from past seasons?
All teams have been assigned a head coach, and will have two practice sessions a week unless an alternative arrangement is agreed.  At least one of these sessions will be attended by a “club” coach employed by the club, and coaches will be assisted by designated helpers.  Coaches will have formal feedback from the Saturday managers regarding performances.  This will be considered when making team selections and developing targeted coaching in collaboration with the club coaches.  Plans are being developed for wet practice days, where boys will have classroom sessions on different areas of cricket, including umpiring and scoring.


4.     How can I get individual help (specialist coaching) outside team practices?
The club is fortunate to have skilled and specialist coaches available and willing to help.  Please don’t hesitate to ask.  You can do this by talking to the director of coaching Ben McCord.

5.     If I didn’t play cricket for St Bede’s in Term One but now I am keen to join a team, can I still join and what do I do to register my interest?
Yes, go to our website and complete the registration form (
https://sites.google.com/site/stbedescricketchch/playerinfo/details-update).  You can also talk to Clare Kissick about your intention.  This year St Bede’s cricket has an ambitious recruitment plan so we are very keen to get players representing St Bede’s.  You will be most welcome at the club. However, once you have signed up to a team there is an expectation that you will be committed to play cricket for the full year.


6.     When does the cricket season start?
The cricket season is broken into two parts – early February to late March and mid October to mid December. See the 2016 Timeline for a list of important dates including season start dates.


7.     Will my son’s team have a coach this coming season and, if so, when will this be communicated together with confirmation of his team and practice times?
All teams have been assigned a head coach, and will generally have two practice sessions a week.  These sessions will be attended by a “club” coach employed by the club, and coaches will be assisted by designated helpers.  Coaches and practice timetables will be communicated via email and will be posted on the website by early February. See the Practice Timetable for practice times for the various teams


8.     What is the best way to keep up to date with St Bedes’ cricket during the season?
The Club recognises that an effective communication plan in today’s busy world is multi channelled.  At St Bede’s our club‘s website is the primary “go to” channel.  We would encourage you to save this as a favourite and spend time checking what information is available on this site.  In addition you can sign up to our Facebook group
We also have regular newsletters going out to those with email addresses and, finally, the weekly St Bede’s school newsletter will have important information for all cricketers.


9.     Who can I talk to during the season if I want to ask questions, provide feedback on the St Bedes’ cricket club?
Our chairperson is Maurice Lawlor and Maurice is keen to hear from any club member.  
See the The Committee page for contact details. If the chairperson can’t help they will put you in contact with someone who can.  In addition, the club will be appointing Club Captains at school.  These will be senior boys who are passionate about cricket.  They will keep in contact with team captains during the week.

10.  How can I keep up to date with what is available through Christchurch Youth Cricket (Metro cricket), i.e., coaching/fixtures, etc?
You can go to the Canterbury Cricket website