Cricket participation continues to evolve in Tasmania with women’s Club cricket growing by 22% with new competitions started in Hobart and the North West creating more opportunities and pathways for women and girls to participate in the game. 

The Southern Cricket Association became the latest competition to develop a Women’s League with a new and innovative competition launched during the season. 

Cricket North West expanded its competition offerings with a women’s second division of competition. 

These developments now see 34 clubs around the state offering female participation opportunities. 

In 2018/19, registered female participation grew by 14 per cent with females now making up 30 per cent of cricket participants in Tasmania.

Club participation increased overall by 7.2 per cent in Tasmanian competitions this season.

Acknowledging the critically important role that clubs play in their local communities, Australian Cricket through Cricket Tasmania continues to prioritise investment in grassroots cricket to make participation options more enjoyable and accessible and to make volunteering easier. This has included: 

• Transforming Junior Cricket through embedding new formats where games are shorter, faster, have more boundaries and are more inclusive and the launch of a new entry-level program – Woolworths Cricket Blast – to provide a strong platform for junior cricketers to develop a love for the game.

• A series of significant investments into community facilities, free coach education, competition administration support and equipment grants. The game’s professional players have been important contributors to some of these initiatives.

• Digital technology solutions including the award-winning CA Coach App, a refreshed MyCricket App and Live Score App and a new learning management system for volunteers.

Nick Cummins – Chief Executive of Cricket Tasmania said:

“In season 2018/19 we have seen participation in cricket continue to diversify across many areas of the game."

“We are indebted to the hard work of our committed volunteers, teachers and Tasmanian cricket staff around the state who are uniting and inspiring communities, dedicating an enormous amount of time and energy to providing great participation experiences."

Female participation

“Of particular significance, female participation has continued to grow in line with cricket’s long-term goal to be Tasmania’s leading sport for women and girls."

“With a clear pathway to National and International representation for Tasmanian girls, the exciting cricket being played by the Tasmanian Tigers Women’s team and the Hurricanes WBBL team it’s a great time for Tasmanian girls to get involved in Cricket."

“An action-packed and standalone Women’s Big Bash League with home games in every region of Tasmania is a clear reflection of our commitment as Tasmania’s team to continue to provide great opportunities to the kids and families of Tasmania."

Investing into cricket’s heartland

"Clubs continue to be the lifeblood of the cricket community and Tasmania Cricket is doing more to support clubs through a series of landmark investments."

"Tasmanian Cricket has demonstrated our commitment to the sport’s heartland through increased funding and support."

Cricket Tasmania committed $237,000 through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund towards projects with a range requests from Turf & Synthetic centre and practice wickets, change room upgrades, lighting, scoreboards and grandstands. Supported projects will have a total value of $4.4 million upon completion. 

The Grassroots Cricket Fund is a contribution from Australia’s professional cricketers through to 2022-23 which is delivered via a partnership between the players, the Australian Cricketers’ Association and Cricket Australia.  

In 2018-19, the Grassroots Cricket Fund contributed $134,000 in equipment grants which were directly provided to 55 affiliated Tasmanian community clubs across the state.

Digital uplift

Australian Cricket has also taken our digital offerings to the next level to better connect with cricket communities and make life easier for volunteers. 

The electronic scoring program saves our volunteers valuable time which they can then devote to more rewarding tasks and engagement and social activities at their clubs. 

The increased uptake of the system this year saved an extra 916 hours of volunteer time with each game scored saving up to an hour eliminating double handling and manual processes. Electronic scoring will be further expanded this season with increasing acceptance that the traditional paper scorebook is headed for the museum.

The award-winning CA Coach App also helps coaches communicate, collaborate, and create engaging training sessions and has had 15,000 unique downloads, over 30,000 videos views and 20,000 training sessions planned since launching in September 2018. 

We’ve also made significant upgrades to improve the functionality and stability of MyCricket for clubs and cricketers to keep a close eye on their own statistics and competition developments.

Junior participation

The introduction of new junior formats and a refreshed entry level program – Woolworths Cricket Blast – is in response to changing expectations of kids and parents and within an increasingly competitive landscape of recreation options.

The environments for kids to learn and develop confidence need to be fun, inclusive and action-packed.  We feel we’ve now got an offering that is based on sound research and will enable Australian cricket to strengthen its junior playing base and inspire more kids to join and stay in our game.  

The connection with the BBL and WBBL is also important so that there is a direct link between the colour and excitement of our popular domestic T20 leagues and the experiences at the local club.

In Tasmania, over 75 Woolworths Cricket Blast centres offering modified formats, we have a strong platform for future growth.

School participation

Over 23,000 kids participated in cricket in Tasmanian schools this year, assisting in the development of physical and social skills, as well as making friends along the way.

A strong culture of cricket in schools is a great foundation for the future generation of players and that’s why we also help teachers by having a program that aligns to the school curriculum, making it easier for them to do their jobs.

About the Australian Cricket Census

The 2018/19 Australian Cricket Census is the 18th annual audit of Australian cricket participation. The Census has become an important measure for game development, setting targets and monitoring successes and trends for the long‐term enhancement of Australian cricket.

A ‘participant’ is defined by the Australian Cricket Census as someone who participates in at least four sessions of a formal cricket program in a season.

The 2018/19 Census has been compiled by the Community Cricket department at Cricket Australia and each State and Territory Cricket association.