Get Inspired: How to get into cricket
|Why get into cricket?||It's a game of brilliant intricacy and variety, and the sound of leather on willow is incredibly satisfying!|
|Who is it for?||Cricket has evolved in recent years and can be adapted for any age, ability, or type of weather.|
|Is there a cheap option?||For playground cricket, just grab a bat and a tennis ball. You can improvise to create some stumps.|
|What if I want a proper workout?||Cricket can be explosive, especially if you're a big-hitting batsman or a fast bowler in shorter formats.|
|Can I take it to another level?||Join a club to receive proper coaching and play competitively.|
|Is there a disability option?||Disability cricket is popular across the UK, with a growing number of local, regional and national teams.|
|Is there a family option?||Kid's cricket sets can be cheap: families can work off a big picnic by playing together in the park or at the beach!|
Cricket is a social sport that is becoming more accessible due to a variety of formats - games can be played in a host of environments, ranging from 15 minutes to five days. It's a team sport, but key skills - batting, bowling, fielding - rely on individual gifts. Traditionally it's been played on a field with 11 players per side. While still popular, there are now many other ways to play newer, scintillating styles - within sports halls, local parks, playgrounds and, in some cases, cages! Get started in England and Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.
If you're serious about your cricket and want to train on a regular basis, then joining a club is your best option - you'll receive professional coaching and guidance, and build your endurance and stamina as well as improving your coordination - all essential skills in cricket. Players can show promise from a very young age, so if you're talented, you'll likely compete in regional and national competitions. The ECB Cricket Network - Play Cricket - is a mine of information to help you get involved with a club. There are many domestic competitions that clubs enter teams into from as young as nine years old. These take place across the UK, so you can also try your relevant governing body to find a club near you in Scotland,Northern Ireland, England and Wales.
There's been a thrilling transformation in the last 20 years: more than 600 clubs in the UK now offer cricket to women and girls. Whether you just want to play for fun or be right up there challenging for honours, there's a place for everyone. To start playing, contact the ECB in England and Wales; in Scotland, Cricket Scotland will tell you all about its initiatives as well as contact information if you want to join a club. in Northern Ireland, contact the Northern Cricket Union.
Explosive action and lurking suspense… it's a Hollywood version of cricket! The short format (where two teams have a single 20-over maximum innings each) was created to provide a fast-paced version of the game to attract a fresh crowd, and it's been a success. For information on how to get involved contact your local club in England, Wales,Scotland or Northern Ireland. The ECB also offers a version of Twenty20 called 'Last Man Stands' which caters for those who are too busy for traditional cricket. Each team consists of eight players and sides can only be bowled out when all eight players are dismissed. It's a great cardiovascular workout, with shorts bursts of sprinting and throwing.
Truth is, the sun doesn't always shine in the UK - cricket can be rained off. But there are several variations of indoor cricket to fall back on. Soft ball indoor cricket is played on a specially-designed 'tension net' court with a softer leather ball and in teams of eight: it's for those with no experience. The 'hard ball' version is aimed at people who have played before: often club cricketer's play in the winter as it gives players the opportunity to keep their fitness and skill levels up through the off season. For details in England and Wales click here. If you live elsewhere in the UK, contact your local club or sports centre for more information.
Easy does it
Cricket can be complex, especially Test cricket. But quick, simple, engaging and informal variations have been developed, so if you're new to the game of cricket and looking to learn the basics - or you're simply looking for a fun way to stay fit and active - these options are for you. Easy Cricket is an inclusive game that can be played with minimal equipment, across mixed abilities and genders. A popular form of easy cricket for children is 'Kwik Cricket', which focuses on developing skills while having fun. For more information visit the ECB's website while Cricket Scotland has its own game. For information in Northern Ireland contact your local club.
Coaching and volunteering
Whether you've played in the past or just have a keen interest in developing talent, coaching opportunities are always available. The ECB Coach Education initiative supports the development of coaches at all levels of the game. Cricket Scotland has all the information you need on how to become a coach and the qualifications in Scotland. You can also try Sports Coach UK for coaching opportunities across the country. If you want to lend a hand to a club near you, find out about volunteering in England, Wales,Scotland and Northern Ireland. Join In UK can also help you find a club that needs your attention.
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