County Age Group Managers help to organise and administrate Devon representative teams. We currently run boys teams from U12 to U18 and girls teams at U15 & U18. The manager’s role is a crucial one in ensuring that players have a positive experience of playing for their County. We currently have managerial vacancies at girls U15 and U18 level that we are seeking to fill for the coming season (2021).
Managers are role models for young players, and all aspects of their behaviour need to reflect this responsibility. Below is a list of characteristics that we believe are crucial to the role of a county age group manager:
- Good communicator
- Player focused
- Well mannered
What you will get out of it:
Our aim is to help produce not only good cricketers, but also good people. We hope that all managers get a feeling of fulfilment and satisfaction by playing a major part in enabling young people to experience something special and helping them to develop as players and people during the process.
You will feel part of two teams: Your own age group side and also the Devon Cricket family, where we all try to develop players to be the best they can be whilst enjoying themselves at the same time.
You will become part of a highly respected County youth set up that has produced some outstanding professional cricketers and will play your part in creating the star cricketers of the future.
You are able to claim your travelling expenses incurred to and from games
The role of a County Age Group manager includes the following:
- Attending all winter training sessions and matches.
- Liaising with your coach to select winter and summer squads as well as teams throughout the summer match programme.
- Manage the team on match-days, which will include liaison with the opposition, umpires and the host venue.
- Be the main point of contact for parents throughout the summer, sending and receiving relevant information to/from players (and parents).
- Produce match reports for local media
- Confirm pre-arranged fixtures with other counties and communicate match and travel information to parents, umpires and venues in advance of any fixture.
- Attend the relevant county age group festival (three to five days long), ensuring players/parents know travel arrangements and full festival details. Act as the guardian of the players at the festival, assisted in turn by the coach.
- Attend occasional meetings with the County Age Group committee.
- Produce annual report for Yearbook and annual Awards evening, as well attendance at Awards evening.
Match Day – in partnership with team coach
- Responsible for the appearance of your players.
· Responsible for equipment including first aid kit.
· Check the pitch and give advice for captain on toss.
· Sort batting order and name 12th man (to field, bowl, but not bat)
· Brief team on aims of game and any short term targets.
· Responsible for the appearance of your players.
· Ongoing communication to players. This includes batters knowing their roles, 12th man being included and rotation of fielders.
· Observations of fielder’s angles / depth of keeper / overall shape and feel of the team.
· Assign roles to team members e.g. vice captain, ball shiner and encouragement.
- Thank the appropriate people.
- Make any notes necessary for future reference
Approximate time commitment:
- Eight Sunday winter age group sessions; either 9:00am-12:00pm, 12:00pm-15:00pm or 15:00pm-18:00pm.
- Attendance at Youth Development training and matches to observe potential players for summer squad.
- Approximately eight to ten county age group matches through the summer - these are T20 days, 40/50 overs per side, mostly midweek and occasional Sundays depending on the age group.
- An annual festival with a maximum of five nights away.
- Maximum of three to four hours administration per week during the season and significantly less in the winter.
Qualifications and checks required:
Managers must currently possess the following or commit to doing so shortly after appointment.
- ECB DBS (formally CRB) clearance certificate.
- A valid First Aid certificate (completed within three years).
- A valid Safeguarding & Protecting Children certificate (completed within three years).
Desirable qualifications and experience:
Desirable but not necessarily required qualifications and experience for the role are:
- Minimum of a Level 2 qualified cricket coach.
- Experience at managing a youth squad at club or district level.
- Essential - Not having a child in the county team you wish to manage.
How to apply:
If you are interested in applying for the role of girls U15 or U18 County Age Group Manager for the 2021 summer and hopefully beyond, please contact our Pathway & Coaching Manager, email@example.com or County Age Group Chairman, Jim Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
1) Personal contact details.
2) Current work/time commitments.
3) Why you would like to become a County Age Group Manager.
4) What relevant skills you have to fulfil the role.
If you have any queries or questions about the role, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Sandy Allen’s number is 07951 127199 & Jim Parker’s 07703 129682.