For the 2019-20 season, all MSW junior cricket competitions are converting to the CA junior cricket formats. The MSW formats will be virtually identical to the standard CA formats with only a small number of minor variations.
Click on the link below to read about Cricket Australia’s junior cricket formats.
These formats have features which are scaled to match the smaller stature of young cricketers. This makes it easier for junior cricketers to acquire the skills of the game. For Stage 1 cricketers, the length of the games has been shortened to 20 overs, batters face a fixed number of balls and all bowlers bowl the same number of overs. These and other features make the game faster, simpler and more fun for young players.
Stage 3 cricket is very similar to traditional cricket, and Stage 2 is in the middle. The result is a flexible game format which is tailored to suit the skills and stature of the players.
Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket introduced these formats in 2017, and they were progressively introduced into MSW junior competitions since the 2017-18 season.
What changes will I see for the 2019-20 season?
In real terms, the format changes in 2019-20 season will actually only be very minor compared with the previous season.
The real change for this season is that under the new “Stage” system, player grading will be primarily based on player skills with age being a secondary consideration. This is a much better way to organise players than the previous age-focused system in which age was the primary consideration in grading and skill level was a secondary issue!
Does this mean everything will be different for the 2019-20 season?
Not at all! You’ll still attend a grading day at Graceville Memorial Park, you’ll be put into a great team (and wherever possible we’ll keep you together with your mates, as per usual), and you’ll play cricket in virtually the same game format that you would have done if the system had remained the same.
The main changes you’ll see will be a bit more variation in the ages of your team-mates and the label on the competition will change from “Under 13 Div 2” to something like “Stage 3 Red”. Easy!