It's a little more than three weeks to the start of the new district season and we still don't have manager/coaches in place for three age groups, Under 10, Under 14 and Under 15.
I appreciate that the job is, in some respects, a thankless task and financially unrewarding, but parents will also recognise that we need to get our players on the pitch if they are to show off their skills, make progress and perhaps reach higher levels.
We were told two years ago that there were lots of people around who were willing to run a district team. This would not appear to be the case. Jobs have been advertised on this website in 2016 and 2017 and there were two applicants in total, one of whom withdrew.
I am prepared to compromise and suggest that applicants offer to do one game only and that we fill gaps in the fixture list that way. Otherwise, if people are not forthcoming, I will soon have to start calling games off.
Tues 5th Jan 2016
DISTRICT CRICKET IS CHANGING
Districts have been re-organised along these lines : Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, North Yorkshire and Cleveland, South Yorkshire and East Yorkshire and Selby.
Each team will pay the other five during the course of the season, as well as the county B team (although it will be one combined West Yorkshire team which opposes the B team and not three).
The other three matches will be played from the beginning of June onwards, to maintain some form of continuity - something that been lacking with previous district schedules.
To ensure the full programme gets underway in 2016, the YCB needs more Managers and/or Coaches.
Managers/coaches will be required to:
1. Help select each age group team.
2. Organise, manage and coach that team for six fixtures across the season.
4. Arrange for scoring and umpires.
Please note that some matches will take place on Sundays, some during holiday periods and a few during mid-week term-time. Each district will have a convenor who oversees the entire programme for that area.
Players will be selected on residence only. For example, Leeds players must live within the Leeds Metropolitan District. It is boundaries that count. Postcodes, where you go to school, were born or play your club cricket is not relevant.
Trials for district teams will take place during the spring of 2016 and the first matches for some age groups will take place on April 24th.
Anyone who wishes to be considered for a job as Manager or Coach, which promises to be bigger and better than any other similar competition in the country, should contact Graham Purdy at the YCB office 0113 2899245. Those specifically interested in managing/coaching a Leeds team should ring Keith Dickson on 07773722952.