Superstar Academy

For players up to Year 2 in October (these players can stay in this grade until the end of March). This is a coaching programme and does not involve playing competitive matches. Not all clubs and schools run a "Superstar Academy"  programme so use the contacts in this site to find the best one for you. 

Grade Manager - Rob Wilkinson (CJCA) Phone 2818676 or 027 6644999 Email: cjca@hotmail.co.nz

New and young players join “Superstar Academy” to learn how to bat & bowl and to develop their general cricketing skills with strong parental & Club support in a learning and fun (but not team playing) environment. Check out the NZ Cricket 'Black Caps' website HERE for further information. The following provides an overview:

Some of these players will migrate into Kiwi teams during the season as their confidence and skills develop.

Players should be encouraged and praised in learning to bowl in progressive steps to...
  • aim and throw at a target from a standing position
  • bowl over arm from a standing position
  • bowl with a straightened arm from a standing position
  • bowl with a straightened arm from a short run up

the objective should be to build skills and confidence to be able to bowl to a target with one bounce reasonably often.

Players should be encouraged and praised in learning to bat in progressive steps to...

  • hold the bat and hit a ball placed on a cone (bats must not be too big for the players!)
  • hold the bat in a good stance and use their feet well to hit a ball from a cone
  • hold the bat in a good stance and use their feet well to hit a ball from a cone - and aim to hit the ball in a desired direction
  • learn to hit the ball which is tossed underarm from a short distance. Parents should try to consistently land the ball in a area that provides the player the best opportunity to hit the ball. When parents can do this well, players can start to develop their foot work to position themselves to hit balls well. This process takes time but good levels of encouragement and practice will see coordination start to develop over several weeks.
  • progressively stand a little further back from the player when tossing the ball underarm and allow the player to build their confidence in hitting the ball.
The objective should be to build skills and confidence to be able to hit a moving ball with the bat reasonably often.

Players should be encouraged and praised in learning to field in progressive steps to...
  • pick up a ball and throw to a target
  • run towards a ball, pick up quickly and throw towards a target
  • catch a ball tossed from short distances by parents
  • catch a ball tossed from short distances by parents and to throw the ball to a target
  • chase a ball thrown, stop it and throw to a target
  • while having to run a few paces, catch a ball.
  • while having to run a few paces, catch a ball and throw to a target.
The objective should be to build skills which have the player understand and demonstrate they can catch a ball (sometimes) but know it's good to stop a ball and throw back to a target quickly.

When players have developed their confidence and knowledge for what's required and can demonstrate the above skills, reasonably often, judgements should be made as to when it's best to place them into a Kiwi cricket team. Care should be taken not to place players either too early (as this might have a player loose confidence quickly) or too late (as this might have a player lose interest) into a Kiwi cricket team. Every player will be different. Skills and habits developed and practiced at this level will provide young players with the confidence to and opportunity to further develop their cricketing and team skills over many years. 

School years - for each grade a player remains eligible for the WHOLE season in that grade if eligible for that grade at the start of the season in October.

Grade Objectives: Each grade is to provide players with a fun, fair & learning game with a connection to International cricket as close as the age group, player abilities & time allows.

Safety: Coaches are to ensure players remain a safe distance from batsmen.