JUNIORS – oh no, we're now full
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOW FULL FOR 2021 AS A RESULT OF ECB COACH-TO-PLAYER RATIOS AND INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS. PLACES ARE AVAILABLE FOR OLDER CHILDREN (YEAR 9 AND ABOVE) WITH EXTENSIVE HARDBALL EXPERIENCE, ALTHOUGH THERE WILL BE A TRIAL. WE'RE REALLY SORRY. WE CAN PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH OTHER LOCAL CLUBS THAT MAY BE ABLE TO HELP.
Witney Mills CC is a an ECB Clubmark club. Clubmark is an accreditation scheme that shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. The club provides junior cricket for children from the age of five to 19.
Membership is £45 per year and coaching runs for most age groups from late April until the schools break up for the summer. When the demand is there from the kids (almost always) coaching can go on through the summer holidays, although this depends on the availability of individual coaches.
We stream players on ability as well as age, which means they can play hardball when they are accomplished and confident enough.
girls & boys in YEAR 3 & below
The cricketing journey for our boys and girls starts with All Stars softball sessions for fives to eights. These are held on a Monday (5pm to 6pm).
year 4 boys
Once juniors leave All Stars they do another year of softball, when they can represent the club in one of our two under 9 sides. Under 9 softball is on a Tuesday evening (5pm to 6pm).
year 4, 5 & 6 GIRLS
We run under 11 softball sessions for girls on a Thursday. These operate under the England and Wales Cricket Board's Cricket Dynamos brand.
YEAR 5 TO YEAR 8 BOYS
Hardball cricket starts when children are under 10 – in Year 5 at primary school (although they can start hardball earlier). We run an under 11 team and an under 13 team. Both teams practise on a Wednesday (5.15-6.30pm & 6.45-8pm), with the under 11s playing league games on Sunday mornings and the under 13s playing league matches on a Thursday. If your child is looking to join us, then you should read the information below before contacting us.
YEAR 9 & ABOVE BOYS
We are a founding member of West Oxfordshire Warriors, a side that draws players from a number of local clubs and plays in the county's under 15 and under 19 competitions. Under 15s and under 19s train and play league matches on a Monday evening at Witney Mills and at Freeland. PLACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR EXPERIENCED HARDBALL CRICKETERS. FOR SAFETY REASONS, WE CANNOT ACCEPT BOYS WITHOUT EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE OF HARDBALL CRICKET.
We do not put pictures of our juniors or details of matches or training sessions on this site. These details can be found on our junior section Facebook page, which you will be invited to join when your child is a member. Communication with parents about training and matches is done using the Spond app.
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The following information comes from a place of caring for your child's safety and making sure that nothing gets in the way of them developing a lifelong love of the game.
Places in our junior section are limited because of ECB guidelines on coach-player ratios. We regret that we cannot take more children than permitted by the ECB because doing so would invalidate our insurance. This might mean we are full when you ask to join and we apologise for this.
We regret we cannot accept children over the age of 11 who have not previously played hardball cricket. There is no softball cricket in England for boys once they are in Year 7 at school.
We regret we cannot immediately introduce children in Year 5 and Year 6 at school to hardball cricket. Girls in this age group can do softball Dynamos, while boys will be assessed by taking part in our under 9 softball sessions and allowed to move on to hardball when they are ready.
A cricket coach's answer to the question "my child is ten, when can they play hardball cricket?" should always be "we don't know until we have seen them".
The aim with Year 5 and Year 6 boys who are starting cricket for the first time is to move them on as quickly and safely as possible to hardball cricket. The aim is not for these Year 5 and Year 6 'late starters' to stay playing softball – although we are working towards having the coaching resources to do this.
The first few sessions for Year 5 and Year 6 boys trying cricket for the first time will be free until we establish whether they are likely to make the step to hardball quickly enough.
As a parent of a Year 5 or Year 6 boy, we would like you to ask yourself: "Does my child have the natural sporting ability and confidence to move quickly to hardball cricket?" If the honest answer is "yes, I think so", then we will do all we can to help them.
If they are a Year 5 and Year 6 coming late to cricket because they have not enjoyed or been successful at other sports, then they may well struggle to make the transition to hardball quickly enough at Witney Mills.
We will assess and support all children in Year 5 and Year 6 who want to give cricket a try – but we will be honest with parents about the likelihood of their child being able to move safely to hardball as quickly as they need to. The safety of children is paramount at Witney Mills.