Adelaide High School Cricket Program
Adelaide High School is committed to providing all students with an opportunity to learn, develop and excel in the game of cricket. This noble and ancient game has a great deal to offer individuals: acquisition of skills, development of self-esteem and character, physical fitness and conditioning, an opportunity to play in a team environment, to be involved in representative cricket, and to compete in state, national and international cricket carnivals. Opportunities exist to tour internationally and to develop sister school partnerships interstate and overseas. It is expected that the knowledge, skill and experience gained through our Cricket Program of Excellence will foster a life long passion for the game and create opportunities for all players to fulfil their potential. The ultimate honour is national representation – a dream that can be achieved.
Lessons and Training sessions will include:
- Development and application of cricket skills
- Fitness and conditioning
- Game strategies
- Origins and history of cricket
- Rules, etiquette and game strategies
- Leadership / teamwork
- Sports psychology
- Diet and nutrition
- Health, Wellbeing and Resilience
- Applied exercise physiology
- Factors affecting performance
- Fitness analysis
- Cricket and technology
- Maintaining a cricket folio
Facilities and Resources
- Accredited coaches
- Turf and hard wicket practice facilities
- Turf and hard wicket pitches
- Indoor cricket nets
- Bowling machines
- Current technological coaching software
For all teams, training takes place either at school, SACA facilities or Gillespie Sports Indoor Centre. Cricketers must also attend fitness sessions which take place at school.
Opportunities to compete in:
- Secondary School Sport SA (SSSSA), Sports Association for Adelaide Schools (SAAS), Statewide Knockout and Zone Competitions in One Day Games, Super 8s, Twenty 20
- Regular Saturday morning competition
- A season of Annual Games
- Regional, state and national cricket carnivals
- Adelaide Invitational Cricket Carnival
- Australian Five Highs Cricket Carnival
- Southern Skies Cricket Challenge
Pathways for Player Development
Adelaide High School liaises closely with both the South Australian Cricket Association [SACA] and the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association [ATCA]. Cricket Australia governs all cricket in Australia. Our cricketers are expected to play for grade clubs and they are automatically registered to play for the Adelaide High School Old Scholars’ Cricket Club in the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association:
Adelaide High School hosts the Adelaide Invitational Cricket Carnival which involves Mt Gambier High School and other invited schools.
Adelaide High School also competes in the annual Australian 5 Highs Cricket Carnival, which is a First XI national competition. Other participating schools are Brisbane State High School, Kent Street Senior High School (Perth), Melbourne High School and Sydney High School. Each capital city hosts the carnival once every five years.
Our 2nd XI competes annually in the Southern Skies Cricket Challenge which is held every year in Brisbane.
The Adelaide High School Cricket Program of Excellence also incorporates a talent identification selection process, whereby talented cricketers from outside the school zone can apply to enrol at Adelaide High School. Students will be selected on the basis of a skills test, a written application, an interview and their primary school report.
Information about this process is available from Adelaide High School and all primary schools in early March. Successful students commit themselves to the Cricket Program during the period of their enrolment at Adelaide High School. Their involvement in cricket takes precedence over their involvement in other sports.
The Cricket Program of Excellence is also available to Zone and sibling students who are enrolled at Adelaide High School and who have a passion for cricket.