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Junior Section Chairman: Will Hasler
Junior Section Vice Chairman: Mandy Davies

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West Chilt remains dedicated to introducing boys and girls to the fantastic sport of cricket and providing an outlet for them well into their adult years. It is my fourth year as Chairman in 2017 following one as vice chair; once again, we couldn't run the section without my able vice chairlady, Mandy Davies, and our excellent team of colts' coaches, administrators plus assistance from our parents and friends. We continue to nurture children's skills and love of the game whilst positively encouraging older children to play for our senior sides in both league and friendly matches. At West Chilt, cricket is not just for the best players but for anyone who falls in love with the game. People who come to the Club on a Friday night or has ever seen me play will testify to that!
We had more than 200 colts in 2016 and will be full again in many age groups this season. The Registration Evening for all will be on Friday March 31st in the Pavilion and if you are nervous about securing a place for your child, you can send us a note through "Contact Us" on here. Priority will always be given to those who registered in 2016.
New for 2017. From the end of May, we start playing practice matches every week on our new drop in pitch on the football field. For some time now, I have wanted to raise the standard of running between the wickets and fielding which are two areas of the game too often overlooked. Practice can recreate game situations much better than nets and coaches often struggle to emphasise good and bad behaviours during "real" games when people are keen to get away. The practice games will be stopped as appropriate to highlight good behaviours and things which can be improved. As in many sports, the mental side of cricket (using your judgement and remaining calm) is as important as the players' technique and the more experience they get in practice and real games, the better.
I recently attended a talk by Dr Jim Wallis from Sussex University. Sussex CCC are using Jim to spread his gospel of inclusion, freedom to play all shots and fun to encourage more kids to stay in the game through and beyond adolescence. Kids should not care if they win up to the age of 12. (We have started pairs cricket at Under 11 this year so everyone contuinues to get a bat or bowl). This ethos starts at five years old when we start coaching and listening to Jim, we still have work to do at the Rec. We will try to get him down to Mill Road to run a session for our coaches, parents and captains. If you get the chance to attend, I would urge you to do so. We are always keen that kids stay in the game to play adult league or Sunday friendly cricket which now has more colts in it than oldies! Whilst it would be great to see some mums and dads back in our Women's T20 side or adult male teams, this club is being sustained by the youth and it's so important kids feel part of any team that they play in.
For those children who have not spent the winter playing in the Indoor Leagues or training with the Girls & Women on Sundays, indoor coaching will again be provided for U10-16s throughout April at Billingshurst Leisure Centre. Outdoor coaching will begin on Friday 28th April and leagues will begin for many almost immediately. If you are on Facebook, please do follow our club page which is where there's quite a bit of communication in and outside the season. Whether you use FB personally, we have found this an easy and the most effective way to contact a large number of people in a hurry!
I won't be around so much on Fridays this season but if you do see something that needs doing, please don't wait to be asked. Lend a hand! We're a great club and are sustained by many parents and others who make it such a great place to be in the summer.
As ever, if you need to contact me about anything, please do call or text on 07738 311260. I'll try and return your call as quickly as I can if I'm indisposed.
Best wishes



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