The MCA is extremely keen to both grow the female game and also provide an enjoyable environment for girls to get involved in cricket. It forms a major part of our development programme and we have come up with a girls-only cricket pathway to ensure that girls can get started in cricket at any age group. You can see the female pathway by clicking on the link below:
A summary of the cricketing options for girls within that pathway is provided below:
Superstar Cricket Academy
The Superstar Cricket Academy (SCA) is for girls aged between 5-8. It is an 8-week introductory skill-based programme that provides participants with the basics of batting, bowling and fielding. Run by the MCA Girls Club, the SCA programme allows girls to build their confidence in the sport by using softer balls and plastic equipment to take away that fear factor associated with cricket. In a girls-only environment taken by female instructors, the SCA programme participants develop quite quickly and can progress onto organised games. The SCA programme is run mid-week at Ongley Park between February and March with a cost of $40.
SCA Venue Term 1 2022
Tuesdays (15 Februrary - 22 March)
3:30pm - 4:30pm
To Register for Term 1 2022 please click the above link for the MCA Girls Club and select SCA as your preference.
We have set up a junior club called MCA Girlswhere girls have the opportunity to register to play in girls-only teams. They play in the normal junior cricket grades against the boys but we match their ability up with their grade. The girls we have had in these teams over the last few years have really enjoyed the chance to play in female teams as opposed to joining in with the boys.
A reminder that the MCA Girls Club is a club like any other and relies on enthusiastic members of the public for coaching and managing. These girls thrive under female coaching and we are on the hunt for interested ladies. Full training and support will be given to anyone willing to put their hand up.
There are three grades your daughter can play in when they sign up for the MCA Girls Club, these are:
Dual Pitch - Tuesday Ongley Park 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Incredi-Ball - Training on Friday afternoons 3:30pm - 4:30pm with games on Saturday mornings from 8 am - 11:30 am
Hardball - Training on Friday afternoons 3:30pm - 4:30pm with games on Saturday mornings from 8am - 11:30am
Run through the Schools, the Primary & Intermediate festival days provide girls with an opportunity to give cricket a go alongside their peers.The great thing about the festival days is the girls get to play four or five games in a day meaning they get ample opportunity to hit a four, take a catch or contribute towards a win. The games only take 30 minutes so they are not left standing around for long periods of time. The MCA will provide coaches for the day that umpire the games and give the girls some coaching throughout the day to help upskill them at the same time.
Intermediate Skills Challenge
Once again the Skills Challenge is run through the schools (normally in class groups). The skills challenge is six sessions long and runs the participants through batting, bowling and fielding. The sixth lesson of the programme is a testing day where everyone takes part in a series of tasks which provides them with an overall score and ultimately a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate.
Secondary School Girls
The Secondary School competition is run on a Wednesday evening with School teams taking part in T20 fixtures. This is an entry-level competition and provides a great platform for our secondary school girls to try cricket and play alongside their mates.
All schools in the Manawatu are invited to enter a team, so talk to your sports coordinator and get a team together.
Please click the following link for details about playing rules
Secondary School Girls Competition
Term 4 competition starts October 27th-December 8th, 2021
Term 1 competition starts: February - March 2022
Secondary School Girls Festival Days
Much like the primary and intermediate festival days, we run one for the secondary school girls too. These festival days are fun and engaging and provide an opportunity for girls to give cricket a go for a day without the commitment. These festival days include prizes, the opportunity for teams to get dressed up and for the girls to interact with other schools. We find that festival days are the perfect opportunity for us to showcase cricket and the new.
The MCA are proud to offer Women's Club Cricket this season, there are a number of clubs joining to support teams.
This is a great opportunity for new and existing players, if you haven't played before, don't be scared to sign up, you will have all the support you need to succeed.
The club competition details are as follows:
Games: 9 a-side T20 competition
Locations: Home and away games for clubs
(Hokowhitu Park, Timona Park, Kowhai Park, and Dannevirke Sports Club)
Times: All games will start 2-3pm on a Saturday afternoon.
Competition Games start 30th October and finish on the 4th December.
Please register your interest with the following clubs(use the links to register on CricHQ with the club you would like to play for):