Poloc’s juniors

Poloc runs junior cricket teams at three available age-group levels: Under 10, 11, 12, and 14, and compete in West District Junior Cricket Union – as well as Cricket Scotland – competitions.  Under 10 and 11 players compete in “Kwik Cricket” competitions, both indoors (in the winter) and outdoors, the Under 12s play in both softball hardball competitions, and the Under 14s play hardball matches.  Under 12 and 14 matches are played on Monday and Friday evenings during the season.  But, competitive play is only one, small, aspect of Poloc’s junior work and this page will tell you more about what’s going on at the club for the 50 or so youngsters registered with it.

The club’s coaching staff are all qualified and appropriately CRBS, Disclosure Scotland, PVG and/or Police checked, and the club is an enrolled body under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.  Poloc’s Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy can be viewed online and is also available from our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer, Keith Young, whose contact details can be found below and on the Contact us page of the website.


Junior news and match reports 

Washout! [posted 06/05/22]

Neither of tonight’s two junior matches made it to the starting line, very wet weather across the west of the country seeing chances of play disappear by lunchtime.

Eid [posted 26/04/22]

Monday coming’s Under 12 match at “Hughenden”, against Hillhead, has been postponed by mutual agreement between the clubs, with the 2nd of May being anticipated to be Eid.

Junior outdoor practice [posted 18/04/22]

This Thursday, the 21st of April, sees outdoor junior practice restart after the school Easter holiday.  At the club’s ground – “Shawholm” – it starts at 6pm, and runs until 7.30pm.  All registered juniors and their parents or carers should have been messaged about the restart date, and time, on the WhatsApp message group.  Here’s hoping for fair weather, and a good turnout after the healthy numbers we’ve seen indoors over the winter.

Junior fixtures (16th March 2022)

The 2022 junior fixtures are out, and can be found online.  The club’s entered three sides, in three different leagues: Under 12 softball; Under 12 hardball; and Under 14.  In addition the club will, as usual, participate in any Kwik Cricket festivals that take place over the summer.

Archived junior match reports

You can read earlier, and prior season, junior match reports online in our archive too.

 


Junior membership

 

The coaching provided by the club for juniors is free-of-charge, and young people attending do not have to become club members unless they want to.  The club, however, welcomes new junior members.  The related application and consent forms can be downloaded for completion direct from the website.

 


Club-based junior coaching

“Open-to-all” coaching

Outdoor junior coaching

Under the umbrella of the “Community Coaching Initiative”, outdoor coaching with coaches Keith Sheridan and Keith Young takes place on Thursday evenings at the club between late April and early September.  Under 14s (as at 1 September in the previous year) between 6pm and 7.30pm.  Older players practice along with seniors.

The club’s registered juniors, and parents or carers, are regularly updated as to what’s going on for them at the club and encouraging them to get along to these outdoor practices.

As with senior practice, sessions, whenever practical, involve “nets”, although teaching of the basics of the game is given a high priority. As such, genuine “beginners” are welcome along on any of the juniors evenings with children of both sexes, and as young as seven years old, taking part.  The use of “Kwik Cricket” facilitates safe play for even the youngest children.

Indoor junior coaching

After the end of the traditional summer playing season, coaching moves indoor with the facilities of Hutchesons’ Grammar School Sports Hall being utilised.  Indoor coaching sessions are advertised here on the website and are normally on weekends.

Juniors are co-ordinated by Junior Convenor Grant Cathcart, with the assistance of our registered coaches.

Interested parents and/or children can find out more about junior coaching by contacting Grant Cathcart and/or the club directly, contact details being found on the Contact us section of the website.