Do we play Cricket year-round?

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.

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

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.

What are the essential components of my cricket gear?

Bat, pads, batting gloves, helmet with a visor, abdominal guard, elbow guard, thigh guards, chest guard. For a wicket-keeper, you need wicket-keeping pads, wicket-keeping gloves, inner gloves. Boxers with a slot for the abdominal guard is a very convenient option (you can even get yourself baseball protective cups & boxer).

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;

What should I look for in buying a cricket bat?

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.

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

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.

Do I need cricket shoes with spikes?

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.

What about chest guards?

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.

Where can I get my Club’s uniform?

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.