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Player Pathway

Head Coach Rich Hudson
BCB provides a structured player pathway which enables our talented young cricketers in Bucks to achieve their full potential.


County Cricket within Bucks starts at U10 (boys) and from this small acorn a large oak tree grows, spreading its branches to take into account the development of both boys and girls through all the age groups.

We work closely with Bucks County Cricket Club to ensure that our best players have the opportunity to progress to the Bucks Academy side and on to the full Minor Counties XI. We also work with neighbouring First Class Counties to provide a structured transition to First Class Academies for those players who show the highest potential; Tom Helm who is currently under contract at Middlesex and Alex Hales of Nottinghamshire and England are both successful products of the Bucks pathway.

Each year clubs and schools within Bucks are asked to nominate their talented young cricketers for our development programmes. This procedure starts during August & September. During November and December trials are held and players deemed to have the ability and attitude to benefit for one of our programmes are allocated to a Girls’ Squad, Boys’ Development Squad, or a Boys’ Winter Coaching Group. Early season trial matches take place in April and May before final County Squads are selected.

Throughout the summer months there are over 100 representative games, including ECB Competitions at U14, U15 and U17 along with Festivals and Tours. Our Girls' Squads play competitive fixtures at each age of U11, U13, U15 & U17. In 2012, our Boys’ teams were extremely successful, with the U12s winning the Ipswich Festival, the U16s winning the Jersey Festival and the U15s reaching the ECB National Finals for the first time.

Boys 2015 Selection Process:

 

  • Trials for Boys U10-U17 in September and October, followed by the Autumn Training Programme of mixed ability groups

  • In December ATP groups will be cut, and selections made for County and Development Winter Training Programme squads to start in January

  • WTP runs from January-April with progression from Development to County Squads possible. Summer Squads to be selected by the end of March

 

Girls 2015 Selection Process:

 

  • Trials/training sessions for Girls U11-U17 & Women’s team in November, followed by selections made for County and Development Winter Training Programme squads to start in January

  • WTP runs from January-April with progression from Development to County Squads possible. Summer Squads to be selected by the end of March

 

In 2015,Buckinghamshire Cricket Board will be running the following age group teams,with all squads receiving winter and summer training, and a summer matchprogramme:

 

Boys Cricket

Women and Girls Cricket

County Under 10s

Development U10s (2 Regional Squads, inc. Countyplayers)

County Under 11s

Development Under 11s

County Under 12s

Development Under 12s

County Under 13s

Development Under 13s

County Under 14s

Development Under 14s

County Under 15s

Development Under 15-17s

County Under 17s




 

County Under 11s


Development Under 11s


County Under 13s


Development Under 13s


County Under 15s


County Under 17s

County Women’s Team




 

The link between Boy’s County & Development squads:


  • County winter squads will again consist of smaller numbers (circa. 10)

  • Development squad players may be asked to attend County squad sessions or play for the County team in theSummer. Likewise, players selected in the County squad may play for theD evelopment side during the season depending on availability (although not at the expense of Development squad players)

  • Development Squads will have a full summer programme of fixtures, including the pre-season practice/trial matches(as were held this year) and against other Counties’ Development/District teams


 
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