Wachusett School District Joins in and will launch Cricket to their 12 schools

Today, we had an opportunity to train the PE staff of 3 schools in Wachusett Regional School District. The 3 schools participated are Chocksett, Thomas Prince and Glenwood. Bradley Clark of the Wachusett School District also joined and we will be doing another clinic for rest of the schools in the district. We will also be introducing Cricket as part of the After School program. See what they had to say about Cricket and we can’t wait to introduce the game to other schools.

Paxton Center School – Thank You Bill!!

I had a chance to train PE staff of Wachusett Regional School District. Thanks to Bill for arranging the cricket clinic with PE staff of 3 other schools. Bill successfully launched the program and was very positive. It was great to see such a commitment and i am sure in few months time, Bill will be more knowledgeable and skillful than all of us who had been playing this game for years (check the board he used to teach the students!). His enthusiasm and commitment is infectious and thank you for helping us reach out to more schools in Wachusett School District.

What does he think about Cricket? Check the video below:

Another Milestone – Cricket ground in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury gets its first Cricket ground. This ground will be used as a home ground for the league’s most dominant team – Commonwealth Cricket Club (CCC). CCC are champions of the Mass State League A division 6 times out of last 10 years. The passion in which this club evolved comes from extraordinary leadership and vision of their leader – Fazal Alam.

Fazal is a good friend. His love for the game is infectious! His passion, determination is evident. With this same passion, he pursued the dreams of getting a home ground for his team. The effort paid off and CCC has a new home in Shrewsbury. Please check the site – http://shrewsbury.net/?p=12568

I am also glad to learn that Fazal and Saaqib are also planning for Youth Summer Camps. This is perfect especially when this pristine game is going to be taught by accomplished players. In the sub-continent, Cricket is like a religion, many grew up with a cricket bat and ball with the dreams of playing for the country some day! As some saw the dreams fade away, the passion to contribute back to the game didn’t fade. By contributing the time to youth – coaching, mentoring, it is evident that the game will grow in US in coming years. I am glad this is part of their agenda!

As we all, as Cricket lovers cherish this milestone, the growth of Cricket in US will be accomplished when pursued by ALL and not by some community. It is a long road but not impossible. Small contributions by many with the single goal of making Cricket Mainstream will take us there. The path of achieving it can be different but the goal is the same.

Good Luck Fazal, Saaqib and CCC for this milestone!

PS: There is an inaugural match in this ground scheduled on Monday, Sept 5th @ 11.30.

Paxton Center School Introduces Cricket as part of PE Curriculum

Paxton Center SchoolThe Massachusetts Youth Cricket Association and the United States Youth Cricket Association (USYCA) are pleased to announce a partnership with Paxton Center School, Paxton, MA, which will implement the USYCA Schools Program during the 2011-2012 school year and also as part of their after-school program.

The Massachusetts Youth Cricket Association will supply the Paxton Center School (PCS) with donated cricket sets, instruction and ongoing support. PCS will incorporate cricket into its Physical Education curriculum, while also providing other opportunities for students to play the game, such as in recess or after-school programs. The program is set to launch in the Fall semester 2011, when teachers will receive their initial training and cricket sets.

“Cricket will be beneficial to the students not only because the sport of cricket is a new way for them to work on basic skills of throwing, fielding, catching and batting, but also and possibly more importantly, it is a different activity that helps to improve the skills of concentration, communication, cooperation and decision-making. It will help to promote a thinking environment,” said William Sullivan, a physical education teacher at PCS.

“We are delighted to be working with Paxton in this initiative and we feel this is just a beginning,” said Vasu Ram, President of the Massachusetts Youth Cricket Association.

“The United States Youth Cricket Association is delighted to be working with the Paxton Center School on this exciting initiative,” USYCA President Jamie Harrison said. “The USYCA Schools Program is dedicated to bringing cricket to American children in their schools and in their neighborhoods, and we look forward to this expansion of our great game in Massachusetts.”

Massachusetts Youth Cricket Association (http://www.massyouthcricket.org) is the state chapter of the United States Youth Cricket Association (http://www.usyca.org). The United States Youth Cricket Association, a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Maryland, is dedicated to introducing the great sport of cricket to American children.

Hat Trick Campaign Rewards Donors With USYCA Apparel & Equipment

This is an exciting time for USYCA, as we are about to launch a new USYCA website and a comprehensive partnership with a number of large US school systems, such as Charlotte-Mecklenburg in North Carolina. That’s not to say that we haven’t been busy in the past.
Since May 2010, USYCA has placed over 360 cricket sets in American schools, and now has member organizations in over 30 US states. By September, when the 2011-2012 school year starts, this number will grow to over 750 American schools playing cricket, in over twenty US states. In the past three months alone, over 150 American schools and 23 school districts have contacted USYCA about its Schools Program.
Because of these unprecedented results, USYCA now has as its goal the introduction of cricket to one million American schoolchildren in 2011. Yes, these are exciting times.

 

In the next phase of our program, USYCA will be partnering with local government officials to pioneer inexpensive youth cricket leagues in American neighborhoods that have perhaps been left behind in the past few years. Neighborhoods with underutilized playing fields, in communities with families that would struggle to pay the typical $125 per year fee for other leagues, will become a target for sports revitalization through youth cricket. We believe that this exciting plan will be seen as a great benefit to communities and a great opportunity for cricket in the United States.

 

Behind the amazing success story of USYCA is a growing demand for schools cricket, which has placed increasing pressure on USYCA for American Cricket Champ sets. USYCA is committed to bringing cricket to every school in America that wants to play, and this commitment will soon be challenged as our stock dwindles. This presents an immediate crisis, as we have more than a dozen US school systems that wish to introduce cricket district-wide in August, and we estimate the cost of adequate resupply at $20,000. The news isn’t all bad, however.
USYCA has been in discussions with a private donor who, in conjunction with USACA, have agreed to a 1:1:1 matching program that, if successful, would allow USYCA to acquire its needed funding. Basically, the donor and USACA will each match every dollar USYCA raises on its own. This means that your gift is TRIPLED in value if given now, when our need is greatest.
Please take your personal “hat trick” by giving today to the USYCA Hat Trick Campaign. For those that give $100 or more, we will send you a USYCA stitched cap. Those contributing at least $500 will receive a hat & polo combination, and for those donors that give $1000 or more, we will add a genuine USYCA American Cricket Champ set. (You can see the hat & polo here: http://usyca.org/usyca-logo-apparel-and-merchandise/ )
Those that give will also be thanked in a public relations campaign that will begin as soon as our goal has been reached.
What are teachers saying about cricket?

Here at Eldersburg Elementary our kids just loved cricket. We would like to see a cricket league form in Eldersburg so that young students can become a part of an older but newer sport and maintain exercise and something new for the area!
Debbie Buenger, Eldersburg ES, 2008 NASPE National Teacher of the Year

I actually just started teaching Cricket yesterday for the first time here.  While I am still a little unsure of all of the exact rules and techniques associated with the sport, the students really seem to be enjoying the game. Cricket is something that I will definitely add to my yearly units for P.E.
Jarrett Emery, Bonnie Branch MS

On the whole, most  of my students enjoyed Cricket!  They told me how” Pumped Up” the players were when getting outs and scoring runs. Coach Hughes even brought in his video, so we could tape some of the games. We will play again this year!
Kevin Broadus, Long Reach HS

My 3rd, 4th and 5th grade loved cricket. It took a while for them to catch on but once they did the students really got into the game.  The game works on team cooperation that is what I really like. Thanks again for the equipment and the inservice. 
Sharon Gordon, Kent County, MD

Cricket is a great striking and strategy sport that can be enjoyed by students of all ability levels…. what a great addition this will be to our physical education curriculum!
Linda Kephart, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education for Carroll County Public Schools

The instruction provided was easy to understand, age appropriate, and it allowed the students to start playing a modified version of cricket within a twenty to thirty minute class period.
Charles Silberman, PE instructor, Prince George’s County

Tornado-Stricken Alabama Schools Get USYCA Cricket Sets

According to Donna Hester, Executive Director of the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD), the Alabama Department of Education has assessed 15 schools with a range of “major” to “massive” damage from the tornado, and as a result, the state physical education program is in need of all types of equipment.

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Dayton, OH discovers Cricket

On Friday April 15th, the Cincinnati Cricket Club conducted a cricket clinic for the students at Edwin D. Smith Elementary School in Dayton, OH on behalf of the US Youth Cricket Association. Nearly 80 children attended and enthusiastically participated in the event. For the students and PE teacher Deborah Osterfeld, this was their first experience learning and playing the game and they quickly got the hang it. The school’s PE teacher is also very much interested in implementing cricket into the school’s PE program. The event was a great success, and was conducted by Mathew Varghese and Jeremy Fernandes from the Cincinnati Cricket Club.

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