Zurich Crickets Cricket Club is one of the largest junior cricket clubs in Switzerland. Formed in 2004 it now has about 70 junior playing members aged between 7-18, and an army of mums and dads helping out behind the scenes.
Teams train on Saturday mornings (outdoors in summer at the Deutweg ground in Winterthur and at the indoor facility in winter at the Kantonsschule Hottingen in Zurich) with competitive games or tournaments held over the weekend period. In addition, there are indoor net sessions on Friday evenings. The club is affiliated with Cricket Switzerland, the premier governing body for cricket in Switzerland, and plays competing teams from across Switzerland. Players are also given the opportunity to play for the national junior XIs that usually go on tour in summer.
Games are played under MCC Laws of Cricket, as modified by each Association to suit junior competition (local rules). The local rules relate primarily to batting and bowling limitations or requirements, aimed at ensuring all players have a fair go.
Our club is run by parents of players, none of whom are paid for the many hours of work they contribute to the club. Your help as a parent in running our club is vital. We urge you to participate by volunteering to become a manager, coach, scorer, or umpire, or by assisting our committee in organising events or by facilitating the movement of equipment to training sessions and game venues.
The club's philosophy mirrors that of the MCC guidelines for youth development, namely to provide a well-organised competition that enables as many junior members as possible to enjoy the game of cricket, and for them to get the most out of their participation. Differential skills within the same team should not lessen the enjoyment and sense of achievement of player, regardless of standard.
The emphasis is on:
Playing in and being an integral part of a team
Giving all players a fair go
Improving cricket skills
Learning the laws of cricket, and how to play within them
Learning good sportsmanship and the principle of fair play
Whilst we obviously play with the aim of winning, we do not play to win at all costs.
We remember that this is Junior Cricket, not the Ashes!