Girls Yr 7 & 8 both options

Girls Years 7 and 8 (Hardball and Softball)

Grade Conditions  

Full conditions as at the start of the 2017/18 season

These are grades providing a stepping stone from younger CJCA competitions to more traditional formats against ALL girls teams of similar experience, size and ability.

In 2017/18 this grade is primarily for girl’s school Year 7 & 8.  Both Hardball and Softball options exist in this grade with the same rules applying to both Ball Formats.

For girls in the Hardball grade this may be their first experience of playing more traditional cricket with a harder ball, helmet and pads and most girls will thrive on the opportunity. The girls develop their technique, enjoyment and understanding of the game, participating equally in all facets of the game including batting, bowling, keeping and fielding.

Should clubs deem their teams not to be ready to move to Hardball a Softball option under all the same playing conditions will run in tandem with the Hardball grade.  Clubs may opt to move between grades during the break between December and recommencement in February.

It’s a great idea to print a copy of this to have available on match day

Grade Manager

Mike Dunlop - Phone: 021 969299 email:

Coaches of teams in this grade are required to email their contact information to the Grade Manager so that he can be in contact with you during the season if needed. A score sheet for this grade can be printed from the link on this web page

Grade Objective

The objective of this grade is to provide girls up to Year 8 for the 2017/18 season with a traditional format of cricket that encourages the girls to continue to develop their technique, enjoyment and understanding of the game, while still encouraging the girls to participate in all facets of the game. They should enjoy a high standard of skill and competition while still focusing on fun and team spirit which are all major objectives of this grade.  Having Hard and Soft ball options provides a choice to suit the participant in terms of their stage of delivery.

The grade is primarily aimed at girls aged School Year 7 and 8 at the start of the season and prepares girls for the Youth teams and U15 representative teams.

Should Year 6 girls wish to play these grades dispensation should be sought pre-season from the CJCA by emailing with the players details.


Fielding Exclusion Zone Graphic - note pitch length increases to 18m after Christmas


Playing Conditions Summary

•      Girls primarily Years 7 to 8 at the start of the season

•      9.00am start 

•      Games take approx. 3 hours 

•      9-a-side 

•      30 overs per innings - one innings per side 

•      Max 5 overs per bowler 

•      Compulsory batting retirement after facing 30 legitimate deliveries 

•      Back foot LBW’s 

•      Maximum 8 ball overs

•      Test Match wides

•      142g leather ball from the Kookaburra Range or an Aero “Match” Incrediball. 

•      18m pitch (artificial)

•      Fielding exclusion zone (10m from batsman)

•      Boundaries are set at 40m 

·       Last Man Standing applies