Clubs can now enter our 2020 Premier Youth Competitions, the Gloucestershire Youth Cricket League (U11, U13 & U15) and the U16 and U19 T20 Competitions. We are excited to introduce structural changes at U15 to better connect the age group to our performance pathway and at U16 and U19 to engage a wider range of clubs.
The Gloucestershire Youth Cricket League will introduce a Festival at the U15 age group, alongside the existing Countywide League, to further enhance the opportunities for players at the older age groups to be identified for performance pathway squads. Non-Development Squad/County players will be selected to make up four festival teams based on their GYCL Performances. Teams will play against each other over three days at the end of next summer in front of County and Development Coaches. The top festival performers will be invited to play for a GYCL Select XI game against the Development Squad. The aim is to maximise the opportunities for young Gloucestershire talent to be identified.
In addition, the U16 and U19 T20 Competitions will introduce Development Leagues, which aim to increase the competitions appeal to a wider range of clubs using localised leagues. Clubs have the opportunity to opt into the standard of cricket most suited to their current age group or if they have the capacity, to enter a team into each competition (player crossover restrictions will apply). Alongside the Development Leagues will sit the Performance Competition, the structure that existing clubs and any club that has entered in the past will be familiar with.
Finally, we are delighted to announce that the U19 T20 Finals Day will return the Bristol County Ground on Sunday 6th September. For clubs and players, it is all to play for in the group stages next summer, with the prize of experiencing the life of a professional cricketer for a day awaiting those from four lucky clubs. We would like to thank the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club for supporting the competition in what will be another very busy summer for the club.
Premier Competition Entries are now open. Sign your teams up using the button below – the deadline will be Sunday 12th January.
My club is interested, but we’re not sure we have enough players?
In order to promote and increase the number of young cricketers playing the longer game, if your club is unable to enter a team on its own we are happy for clubs to link together to field a joint team. Of course this needs to be well thought through with effective communication between clubs. We have several good examples of where this has worked to great effect, for example, in the North West of the County, four clubs came together to form Leadon Young Cricketers at all age groups.
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