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.

Is Cricket going Mainstream?

It will take a while before cricket hits main stream. There is increasing awareness about the game and it will grow. We are seeing major news channels like ESPN covering the game and willow TV is introducing a 24 hour channel for cricket in Dish Network. But the sucess and the exposure to the game will come only by promoting the game in grass roots level. USYCA is doing its part and all the local affiliates are joining in to promote the game. I would like to introduce the game to all and below video links will provide some background about cricket in USA:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/498987.html

Part 2, 3, 4

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/498986.html

Grafton High School – PE Service day – A Tremendous Success!

Grafton High School PE Service day went off as planned on September 25th 2010. It was attended by 4 PE Staff, Karrah Ellis, Jason, Kerry and Maureen. MYCA was ably supported by Vikram and Bhavith. We went through a 30 minute video to provide some background on the cricket history and its popularity in USA. Once done, we headed to the field to play the game. As Jamie said “fun starts when you actually play the game”. This is so true, all of them started loving the game the moment they started playing the game. We split the team into 4 each and played a 10 over game taking time to explain the game. All of them got the hang of the game and stared getting involved. End of the game, all they said “Such a awesome game. A perfect team game and the kids would love it”. Once the game was over, i also took time to explain some of the benefits – batsman trusting each other, leader of the team putting the right person at the right place, strategy behind the game. They all truly appreciated the benefits.

As Jason, one of the PE staff quoted as we were leaving the school “I never played this game before. All i can say it’s physical but has lot of mental aspect to it. It is a thinking game and can’t wait to introduce it as part of PE Curriculum”

Karrah Ellis, Director of Athletics, said that the next steps will be to present to the superintendent and get the approval from board which she see as no problem. Once done, which she anticipates within a month, game will be introduced in spring 2011 or earlier as part of the indoor activity.

Pretty encouraging and now we will be moving on to Shrewsbury!!

Grafton High School PE Service day confirmed

Grafton High School confirmed the PE Service day with MYCA on September 24th. This will be the beginning of the induction program that will be followed by other schools.

Excellence is a drive from inside…

One of my friends forwarded this story and I felt this is very apt to the cause we will be working towards. Our laser sharp focus and commitment to excellence will guide us to achieving our goals.

A German once visited a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making an idol of God. Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby. Surprised, he asked the sculptor, “Do you need two statues of the same idol?” “No,” said the sculptor without looking up,

“We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage.” The gentleman examined the idol and found no apparent damage. “Where is the damage?” he asked. “There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.” said the sculptor, still busy with his work. “Where are you going to install the idol?”

The sculptor replied that it would be installed on a pillar twenty feet high. “If the idol is that far, who is going to know that there is a scratch on the nose?” the gentleman asked… The sculptor stopped his work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said, “I will know it.”

The desire to excel is exclusive of the fact whether someone else appreciates it or not.

“Excellence” is a drive from inside, not outside. Excellence is not for someone else to notice but for your own satisfaction and efficiency…

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