SDCCYA Membership Info and FAQs

Registration Information

Dues per player

  • Annual registration: $50 (Non-refundable), prorated on quarterly basis
  • Monthly dues (Players of age 8 years and above): $60, paid quarterly
  • U8 program monthly dues: $25, paid quarterly

Payment method

  • Electronic payments against Paypal invoices (payments via Paypal or major credit/debit cards)

Membership freeze policy

  • Contact Executive Committee (EC) via email to request membership freeze at least 2 weeks in advance (EC email address: [email protected])
  • Email must include the following 
    • Player info
    • Reason for membership freeze
    • Freeze dates – From / To  (Max. 2 months per calendar year, must be continuous)
  • NOTES: 
    • Membership will be void if frozen for over 2 months; re-registration will be required upon return
    • For approved freezes, you will be contacted by EC in 2 weeks on credits
    • For emergency situations where 2 week advance notice is not feasible, contact EC for next steps

Credit policy

  • No credit will be considered for up to 4 continuous missed sessions in a month.
  • If your child misses more than 4 continuous sessions in a month, contact EC with details/reasons for consideration. Include (a) Player info and (b) Reason for the refund request / missed sessions. A one-time consideration per 6 months may be made by EC for emergency / medical reasons, and you will be contacted within 2 weeks on next steps.

FAQ

Q: Will I have to pay full registration fees even if I join mid-year?

A: Registration fees will be prorated to account for the start date on a quarterly basis.

Q: Are trials allowed?

A: Once the waiver is signed, the  academy will allow up to 2 trial sessions. Contact EC for more details.

Q: What equipment does my child need to have? Do I need to have everything before the 1st session?

A: During initial sessions, consult with team manager/coach or EC member on what is required and when. As a guideline, 

  • Each player needs to have all batting and (if applicable) keeping gear within a month. 
  • A typical kit should include (at a minimum) a bat, helmet, batting gloves, batting pads, arm guard, abdominal guard, chest guard and thigh guard. 
  • For players interested in wicketkeeping, keeping gloves, inners and keeping pads will be required as well.
  • For girls, the team manager / coach may suggest additional equipment.

Q: Can I pay for the full year in advance? Will it affect the dues?
A: At this point dues are collected on a quarterly basis only for the amount(s) stated above.

Q: Can I pay in cash, or via check / P2P / bank transfer?

A: We use Paypal for dues and registration collections. This provides EC with the ability to invoice efficiently and minimizes the overhead. No other methods are accepted at this point.

Q: Do we play Cricket year-round?

A: Yes. With weather such as ours in San Diego, why not…? We have a brief lull in July (summer break) and we take a couple of weeks’ break at the end of the year.

Q: How old should the child be to start as a member of SDCCYA?

A: We have a Level 0 (beginner) program aimed for kids 6-8 yrs of age. They start with the tennis ball, and the aim is to have fun and enjoy the game with their friends, while slowly learning the basics along the way. For ages 8 and above, or when the coaches determine that the player is ready for it, they move up to play with the cricket ball.

How do I determine the right sizing for my cricket gear?

Finding the right size for your cricket bat and other gear, such as pads and gloves, is extremely important. Improper fit of your cricket gear hinders your game and skills development, and can also be a safety issue. Here are some references to find the right fit: https://www.talentcricket.co.uk/pages/general-services.html; https://cricketwarehouse.com.au/blogs/cricket-articles/98468358-size-guide; https://www.cricketsupplies.com/cricket/Size-guide.html;

Q: What should I look for in buying a cricket bat?

A: Having the right sizing and weight is very important. Heavy bats are not recommended by coaches for kids. Between Kashmir willow and English willow: Kashmir willows are cheaper and may suffice when you start, but as you start playing matches English willows are recommended.

Q: Do I need to oil and knock in my cricket bat?

A: Knocking is highly recommended, both for the health of the bat as well as for good stroke play. It compresses the fibers in the willow. Knocking with a “cricket bat mallet” for even an hour (spread across several days) does your bat a lot of good; it is, of course, a tedious and noisy process. Professionals recommend several hours, but seriously…? 🙂 After knocking, bat in the nets with an old ball for a bit before exposing it to the hard new cricket ball. Make sure you follow the right technique and not do more harm than good in the process. There are several references on how to do it right: Click here.

If you choose to oil, use only raw linseed oil.

Q: Do I need cricket shoes with spikes?

A: Shoes with spikes are good for turf wickets. But you should not use them, nor will you be allowed to use them on anything but a turf wicket; so it’s a strict no-no on mat-on-turf, mat-on-concrete, flix pitches, etc. There are also shoes with rubber studs; they are also not recommended for matted and flix pitches. For such pitches, get a good pair of shoes with a nice grip in the sole, and reasonable protection at the toes. Choose a comfortable pair with a good fit, since you will be in them for several hours.

Q: What about chest guards?

A: For safety, it is recommended to get in the habit of wearing one and getting used to it. There are also expensive alternatives such as padded vests. You will have to figure out the right protection vs comfort/convenience.

Q: Where can I get my Club’s uniform?

A: Our Club orders uniforms in bulk a few times a year, so you need to catch those time windows to get yourself our proud colors. Measure yourself for the right fit. For shirts: There are 2 ways to measure (a) Lay a t-shirt on a flat surface and measure the length across the chest between the bottom of the 2 sleeve holes (ie, where the sleeve is connected to the rest of the shirt) or (b) Measure your chest circumference, and add 2-3 inches of slack. For pants: You need both the waist circumference and the outseam length.