St Pat's College
Goal : To offer cricket to any boy who wants to play at St Patrick’s College
Our Commitment: To provide the support to help our players enjoy the game of cricket in a safe and organised environment.
St Patrick’s currently has seven cricket teams entered into various College Sport cricket competitions.
St Patrick’s is committed as a school to always having a Teacher in Charge of Cricket to interface between the committee, the players and college.
Who does what?
The Rector of St Patrick’s is the Patron of the Cricket Club. The Rector also has final say on all things relating to Cricket.
The Teacher in Charge of Cricket is Mr. Mike L’Estrange
The Committee is elected at the Club’s Annual General Meeting. This meeting is to be held by 31st October each year.
At the first Committee meeting, officers of the Club are appointed. The executive consists of the Chairman, the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Teacher in Charge of Cricket.
The Committee is to have a minimum of 7 members including the Teacher in charge of Cricket.
The current committee is:
Brent Stephen Chairman 4730973 email@example.com
Richard Piesocki Treasurer / Secretary
Mike L’Estrange Teacher in Charge of Cricket
John Wiggins Committee member
Darrin Thomson Committee member
Kevin McAlister Committee member
Jonathan Millmow Committee member
Roles on the Committee
The Chairman’s role is one of oversight and liaison between the Teacher in Charge of Cricket and the College Sport Cricket management Committee. The Chairman also sets the agenda for each committee meeting and runs the committee meetings.
The Treasurer is responsible for supplying a statement of the cash position for the cricket club at the start of the year and the budgeted cash position at the end of the year. The College handles finances through their Executive Officer and all funds and payments pass through the College bank account that the Executive Officer manages. The Treasurer is also in charge of grant applications to the various trusts that support cricket.
The Secretary produces notes of each committee meeting to assist all of the committee in following up their relevant delegated duties and to prepare for future meetings.
Committee members are expected to offer their views on agenda matters at committee meetings to assist in robust decision making.
We also look to delegate gear and fundraising to individuals on the committee.
1. How we deliver Cricket
4. Umpiring and Scoring
5. Eligibility for Selection
6. The Rules
7. Protocols for younger players playing up the grades
8. Code of Conduct
How we deliver Cricket
St Patrick’s College has an organised structure whereby the committee meets 5 times a year to consider issues relevant to St Pat’s cricket and issues that are arising within the College Sport environment. St Pat’s College’s Chairman is a representative on the College Sport Cricket Management Committee.
Cricket at the secondary school level is based on the school year, with the first half of the season commencing in term 1 and the season concluding in term 4.
The Committee in term 4 looks to confirm coaches for the relevant teams in the New Year. This includes Junior through to First X1. Where there is a new coach to be appointed the Teacher in Charge of Cricket, the Chairman and at least one other representative of the committee will consider relevant candidates before presenting the recommended selection to the committee for approval.
· Once a player has committed to a SPC Cricket Club side in February, they are committed to that side until the end of that season, the following December.
· Players are expected to attend all team trainings.
· Players must attend all team meetings called by the Teacher in charge of Cricket.
· Players must train in appropriate training gear, shorts or pants, white shirt or PE shirt. Correct footwear must also be worn.
· On Saturdays players must turn out in full whites unless using approved SPC one day alternative strip.
· Players have to play within the spirit of the game and respect the code of cricket.
· At all times RESPECT all coaches and managers, the opposition, your teammates, match officials, equipment and the facilities you train and play on.
Umpires and Scoring
The majority of matches will be umpired by players or parents. All umpires are to have attained an umpiring badge.
The Club would like players to adhere to the following protocols:
· If you edge the ball to the keeper or know that you have been dismissed, YOU SHOULD WALK. Undue pressure should not be applied to teammates or parents when umpiring, by not walking when out.
· As players when umpiring you are expected to know the LBW law! You must be certain a batsman is out! The batsman is entitled to the benefit of the doubt! Players should take time when making decisions.
· Scoring is extremely important part of the game and must be done properly. Always sit next to the opposition’s scorer to ensure the total always match.
· Make sure you watch every ball and keep your eyes on the umpire for any signal, always signal back to let the umpire know you have seen the umpires signal.
Trials are held for the First and Second X1’s early in the New Year. Trials for new entrants are held at the end of January before school commences. Previous teams and playing history will be taken into account with selections. Selections will be reviewed as we acknowledge occasionally mistakes can be made. The appointed coaches in consultation with the Teacher in Charge of Cricket and an independent third party, make the final team selections.
Form can mean a player can be relegated or promoted during the season. It should be noted that once a player has played in a higher team for 3 games he is considered to be a permanent member of that team by College Sport and this player must be re-graded by College Sport if he is to play back in the lower grade.
Player injuries are a common reason for a player being promoted and are taken into account when getting a dispensation from College Sport for a re-grading.
Eligibility for Selection
At St Patrick’s, it is expected that a boy must attain a 4 Weekly Note average to be considered for selection. The College’s focus in this regard is helping to develop our young men as complete individuals.
College cricket is played under Local playing conditions as stated in the College Sport Handbook and also under the MCC Laws of Cricket.
Protocols for young players playing up the grades
Some schools discourage younger players from playing outside their peer group in Year 9 or 10. At St Pat’s Town we believe there are circumstances where a player should be promoted outside his year group. This will be considered case by case, as not only ability, but maturity and the correct player environment must be considered. The relevant coach and the Teacher in charge of cricket will recommend to the committee a player or players where this needs to be considered and the committee will have final say.
SPC Cricket Player Code of Conduct Requirements of being a Good Sport
- Play hard but play by the rules.
- Never question the umpire and always accept decisions made on the field.
- Recognise positive contributions made by team-mates and opposition.
- If watching a game, or playing as 12th man, only make positive comments from the sideline.
- If you have any issues regarding opposition players or spectators these should be directed to your coach.
- Never take the law into your own hands.
- St Patrick’s College has a proud tradition of fair play and this reputation will continue in the future.
- Be positive towards your team-mates and compliment positive play.
- Commitment to a sport requires you to attend all trainings, meetings and games.
- All players must attend all trainings and all team meetings.
- If a player cannot attend training, he must personally see the coach to excuse himself from practice.
- If a player is absent from school he should ring his coach at school to inform him he will not be at practice.
- Follow the coaches instructions and be a valuable team member.
- Give your captain your total support and follow his instructions on the field.