Player Pathway Model – FAQs

We’ve answered some of the most common questions in relation to the updated Player Pathway Model introduced ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Why the change?

This is now a performance-based player pathway model where the aim is to streamline the opportunities for players that highlights ‘cricket working together’. There are now three distinct phases;

1. ‘Association’ or ‘Be Exposed’

We want to help strengthen the existing association competitions to give players their first experience of representative cricket. The phase is underpinned by extensive research specifically around the notion of being aware of ‘Early Specialisation’. Our CV Regional Talent Coaches will be involved to assist coaching and talent identification within these competitions, plus provide player developmental opportunities. These competitions will assist selection for All Star matches and Youth Premier League (YPL) squads.

Competitions:

  • Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union (VMCU)
    • U14 Russell Allen Shield and U14 Julie Savage Shield
  • Victorian Country Cricket League (VCCL)
    • Junior Country Weeks (U14/U15)
  • Victorian Sub District Cricket Association (VSDCA)
    • U15 Craig Shield

2. ‘Statewide YPL’ or ‘Be Challenged’:

We want to ensure every talented player across Victoria, regardless of postcode, gets the same opportunity to be identified and perform. This competition will be based on the existing region structure and will be delivered by Cricket Victoria. The CV Coaching and Talent Specialists (CaTS) will oversee this process and program. This is where the most talented players will showcase their skill sets in a statewide tournament. This will also assist Cricket Victoria with selection of players into CV Emerging Player Programs.

Age Group

  • U16 Male YPL (November to December)
  • U15 Female YPL (January)

3. Underage Premier Cricket competition or ‘Be Prepared’:

The final phase is an underage premier competition for all aspiring and talented players. Premier Cricket is the pinnacle club competition and players need to be playing this competition at a senior level to be selected for any senior Victorian team. The underage competition gives players the flexibility to play at a premier club without having to commit for the whole season, this is especially important for regional players who are unable to travel long distances consistently, and players who are undertaking VCE or an apprenticeship. This will also assist Cricket Victoria with selection of players into CV Emerging Player Programs.

Age Group Eligibility:

  • Dowling Shield U17M – For a player to be eligible for selection, they must have been born between 1st September 2004 and 31st August 2006.
  • U18F – For a player to be eligible for selection, they must have been born between 1st September 2003 and 31st August 2006.

Important note:

  • Top age YPL U16 Male players are eligible to play in the U17 Dowling Shield (Maximum of 2 representative competitions)
  • Bottom age YPL U16 Male players are eligible to play in the U15 Craig Shield or the VMCU/VCCL competitions respectively.

 

What is the CV Emerging Players Program?

The CV Emerging Players Program (formerly known as the CV Academy) is a program for selected players within the youth space. For males the age groups are U17 and U19 and for females it is U16 and U19. Whilst the squads formulate the teams to represent Victoria at the National Championships, this program absolutely provides a holistic approach for players to develop their own game. Squads are selected via an in-depth process that includes (but not limited to) performances at YPL, Premier Cricket, Coaching and Talent Specialist recommendations, State Talent Manager recommendations, player impact ratings from coaches/umpires and series performance ratings.

 

World leading research

Finally, this model was support by world leading research in talent development. The three key finds are as followed:

  • Early specialisation is not a pre-requisite for becoming an elite cricket player as a result emphasis on playing the game rather than selection in representative teams.
  • We cannot predict future talent with acceptable precision when players are young.
  • The relative age effect is an issue in youth cricket as a result we want an emphasis on development and training for young players. We also recognise that growth and maturation can be a factor in young players.

 

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