It all started with a question a couple of years ago. Why can’t we create a platform for young cricketers in our backyard? In a short two-year span San Ramon Cricket Association, Dublin Cricket League and Cricket for Cubs combined to answer the question in its entirety, and in the process achieved something phenomenal. They successfully conducted a PSD youth cricket tournament in the tri-valley area.
From November 19th to 22nd 2017 approximately 14 teams competed in Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 age categories in PSD Cricket tournaments. Players from as far away as San Diego and Michigan participated in the tournament, and one of the Under 11 categories was an all-girls team, and they rocked. Games were played on the Astroturf wickets at Patelco Sports Complex, Pleasanton and Fallen Sports Complex, Dublin. Some of the games were played under lights which was a visual treat for the spectators in attendance.
Just to put the grand success in perspective, in the entire tournament over 5000 runs was scored with the bat, including six centuries and 18 fifties. In the bowling department in excess of 300 wickets were taken with 200+ catches. These numbers indicate just one thing that every kid played their heart out. Visit https://cricclubs.com/PSDYCT for complete statistics. Off the field, over 1000 meals were served during the four days and countless volunteer hours from dedicated parents leading up to the tournament.
In the Under 15 category, San Ramon Cricket Association emerged champions and East Bay Youth Cricket Association was the runners-up. In the Under 13 category, Indus Prince was the champion and East Bay Youth Cricket Association the runner-up. In the Under 11 category, Cricket Zeal Academy emerged champions and East Bay Youth Cricket Association the runner-up.
The success of the PSD tournaments was a perfect way for the kids to say Thank you to Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Dublin City officials, for providing their unconditional support to make the tournament possible.
The closing ceremony was facilitated by Jerry Thorne, Mayor City of Pleasanton. Kathy Narum, Council Member City of Pleasanton. Bill Clarkson, Mayor City of San Ramon, Sridhar Verose, Parks and Community Services Commissioner, City of San Ramon. William Doerich, Parks, and Community Services Commissioner, City of San Ramon and David Haubert, Mayor City of Dublin.
On behalf of PSDYCT Organizing Committee, a special thank you to all the volunteers, parents, coaches, players and sponsors, for making the first ever youth cricket tournament in Tri-Valley a memorable one.
About Cricket for Cubs:
Established in 2016 to promote youth cricket in schools and communities at no cost, Cricket for Cubs (CFC) successfully introduced cricket in 16 schools in Dublin, Pleasanton and San Ramon school districts in California, with cricket established as part of Physical Education curriculum in three middle schools.
The uniqueness of our program is, in each of the schools we do a year around program (32 weeks) with professional coaches training the kids in the respective schools weekly at least one hour with CFC sponsoring the complete program year #1 , CFC trains the PE / Athletic staff, builds the curriculum based on the school grade (Elementary, Middle School and High Schools) to establish cricket as part of the P.E. curriculum in year #2, and in year #3 we work with the school district and respective athletic leagues to establish cricket as an athletic program.
Cricket for Cubs also hosts inter-school tournament in three different editions namely, Elementary, Middle and High School every year during the fall and spring. Fourteen teams from four different school districts participated in 2017. The spring tournament was hosted in May, 2017.
Cricket for Cubs is working with different cities and school districts to build the cricket infrastructure that is shared with respective community members at no cost. Cricket for Cubs completed its first infra project – two cricket batting cages at Emerald Glen Park, Dublin partnering with City of Dublin and working on finalizing agreements with two other cities to construct cricket pitches. Additional information can be found at www.cricketforcubs.org
About San Ramon Cricket Association:
San Ramon Cricket Association (SRCA) conducts a year-round adult league in San Ramon, CA with 30+ teams currently, and has been doing so for the past 8+ years.
SRCA started its youth academy in 2016 with dedicated practice facilities, cricket fields and Level II certified coaches from India and West Indies. Currently SRCA is one of the largest youth academies in the nation with 150 children being trained every week. In just its second year SRCA players (7 out of NWR 12 member team) led from the front to win the Under 13 USACA National Championship. In addition, SRCA was the runner-up in the NYCL Under 10 tournament held this summer. More information about SRCA can be found at www.srcausa.org
About Dublin Cricket League:
Established in 2017, Dublin Cricket League (DCL) is providing competitive cricket coaching to youths in Dublin, Pleasanton, Mountain House and Tracy cities with year around coaching of youth cricketers seven days each week. More information about DCL can be found at www.dublincricketleague.com