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News from Around the U.S.
Featuring news of junior programs affiliated with USJC.
Hartford, Connecticut - West Indian Foundation -
Junior Cricket Program:
In our last edition, we mentioned that Malcolm Nash would be attending
an inaugural planning meeting in Hartford to discuss a presentation
to the Hartford Public Schools System for an in-school cricket program.
Under the careful direction of Keith Carr, Executive Director of the
Foundation, an Advisory Committee has now been formed and plans are
under way to present the program to teachers at upcoming 'in service'
days. Keith writes: "Your [Malcolm's] visit here gave us the boost
necessary to take our Junior Program a step forward." Malcolm will
probably be back in Hartford this spring. According to Keith, several
district schools have already secured cricket kit and are anxious to
get their programs under way!
For more information contact email@example.com
or call 860 241 0379
Utah Cricket Association:
Steve Hooper or "Hoop" as he likes to be called is
the President of the newly formed Utah Cricket Association. According
to Hoop, " Our goals are three fold, first, we want to utilize
the Kanga, or KWIK Cricket youth sets to introduce the sport to
elementary school age children. Secondly, we are going to spring
board off the school program interest to create a little league
with several teams to start. Third, look to obtain sponsorship
to afford a fixed site for an academy where year around training,
clinics, and games can be played. All this then needs to be expanded
each year by moving the school program into the middle and high
schools levels while working with county and cities recreation
departments to build several cricket venues amid the current soccer/football
Congratulation to Hoop and the Utah Cricket Association!
So far the first part of their three-step plan has seen great
success. "There has not been one PE instructor from the schools
say-were not interested, or this is really not for our kids. In
fact, the response has been more than what I can handle!"
says Hoop. Jeremy Neville is one of the association's volunteers
who coach the kids. Jeremy says he's seen Cricket before and always
wanted to learn more about it. When Hoop asked him to be a volunteer
he didn't hesitate. He thinks Cricket has a lot to offer the youth
especially the way many sports have evolved such a "win at
all cost" attitude. Jeremy also said "I couldn't get
over how much fun the kids had when we showed them the game. These
kids just love it, when it's over they are always asking the teachers
when can they do it again."
For more information contact: Steven Hooper at
or 860 241 0379
Shot Cricket program
One of the newest junior programs in the country is also one of the
fastest growing. Organized by a dynamic and energetic Australian,
Edward Fox , the Hot Shot Cricket program has gone from nothing to
over 7000 children in Wichita KS area schools having learnt about
cricket in under 2 years. A Cricket little league is active and
and Hot Shot Cricket is spreading around the country. KCA owes
a lot of people for getting the start it did. Hoop and Dan as
well as Mike and Malcolm are but a few of the many, Thanks. Moving
kids from the softer ball version of Cricket to regular junior
Cricket has proved to be easier then expected . The KCA's junior U13
team , having taken part in a series of matches with Colorado Junior
Cricket in CO, with CJC winning 2 games to 1. The games were played
in the true spirit of Cricket and CJC were great hosts. Fresh from
that several players were selected to go to the USJC Jamboree in Van
Nuys California . The Kansas Cricket Associations Jr team is always
looking for teams to play , please
contact them if you would like to arrange a match. Call Edward
Colorado Junior Cricket:
Colorado Junior Cricket uses the winter break to publish their
first newsletter and add to their first class web site. Visit
them there for the latest on cricket in the high country!
For information contact Dan Ruparel at: 303 290 0159 or