MR I. PRINSLOO
About 250 learners choose cricket as their summer sport every year.
We regularly send our staff involved in mini-cricket and cricket on courses and trainings to stay up to date with the latest rules and coaching techniques.
In 2017 a general blueprint was created by Mr Prinsloo and is reviewed and updated every year to ensure that each team receives the same intensive coaching.
The following age groups fall under Mini Cricket:
A team consists of 8 players and each player gets 6 balls to bat and bowl. There are no boundaries, players have to run to get runs and the maximum is 4 runs. Matches are played with a red tennis ball but our u/9 players are exposed to the hard ball during practice in the 4th term to get them used to senior cricket for the following year.
Mini-cricket is important for our school because our foundation phase learners are our future 1st team players and therefore it is a big priority to give our players the best coaching.
Every year, our players get the opportunity to compete against other schools and players by playing weekly matches against our neighborhood schools and sports days against schools outside our regular opponents. Every year our mini-cricket takes part in several mini-cricket days, where all teams from u/7 - u/9 participates in matches.
The following age groups fall under senior Cricket:
- u/13 (consists of u / 12 and u / 13 players)
The u/13A team has a successful tour to the Boland every year but took on the West Coast in 2019.
Brackenfell Primary School has a unique U/13 6-a-side tournament every year where 12 participating schools are involved. This is a good opportunity to expose our players to a different form of cricket and to compete against the Top 12 schools in the area.
If you think cricket is for boys only, th
e learner mentioned above will prove you wrong on several occasions.
The rules say that girls can play 2 years lower then their age group, but Cara saw it as a challenge and showed everyone that a relaxation in rules does not apply to her. In Grade 5, she represented our school's u/11A team as a wicketkeeper and also achieved her WP colours. In 2019 she made our school's u/13A cricket team, as well as the WP u/13 girls cricket team.
We believe Cara has paved the way for a lot of girls to participate in cricket. We look forward to seeing many more girls on the field!