Christchurch is proud to enjoy a very strong Junior Girls competition. We have more than 200 players in girls only junior teams, across 3 grades, playing cricket on a Saturday morning. The CJCA are very committed to continue this success and continue to grow the number of girls playing junior cricket in Christchurch.
Girls can play in mixed or girls only teams. Generally younger girls (Yr 1 - 4) play in mixed teams and as they get older they move into a girls teams that plays in one of the three girls grades that CJCA offers. There are three girls only grades which cater for ages Yr 4 - 8 (primary/intermediate school age group).
Girls Super 8 targets years 4 - 5 and plays with a soft ball
Girls Yrs 5/6 targets years 5 - 6 and plays with a leather ball
Girls Yrs 7/8 targets years 7 - 8 and plays with a leather ball
The broad range of ages for each grade take into account the experience and range of ages typical in a club's girls only team. There are subtle differences between the grades. The Girls Yrs 5/6 grade plays with a soft ball using pads and helmets. Our Girls Yrs 7/8 grade provides a competitive hardball grade for experienced and/or talented primary and intermediate players.
Progression through youth and ladies cricket
Beyond our junior grades our girl’s progress to the girls Youth grades, which can be found under the Adult Metro competition which is administered by Canterbury Cricket. A female programme flowchart outlines the progression for females in Canterbury. This under age rep teams document from Canterbury Cricket provides a relatively detailed overview of the team and player pathways within the representative programme for the forthcoming season together with confirmation of the rep teams that are being selected this season.
The CJCA runs a “spring tournament” in November/December and a “summer tournament” in February/March each season. Parents or coaches can nominate the girls here
We strongly encourage all girls to play in this tournament – even if this is your first year of cricket. It is great fun, the girls get to meet and play with other girls from different teams and the games are generally very close because we select four even year 5/6 teams and 4 even year 7/8 teams. They are played on two or three consecutive Sundays away from Hagley Park.
If you have friends who are good cricketers but play another sport on a Saturday but would like to enter the tournament – then encourage them to nominate themselves.
The main emphasis is on raising the level of cricket- but representative teams are also selected from this tournament.
We strongly suggest that you play in the regional tournaments in order to be selected as a CJCA representative.
Representative teams will be selected from the spring tournament to play in the South Island Primary Schools Tournament taking place in January each year.
Click here to see the current contact details for all the girls convenors.
Want to help?
We are always looking for people who may want to help – we would love to hear from you if you are keen either for a few weeks or to be involved on the committee. Please call Mike Dunlop on 021 969299 if you want to discuss what is available.