Youth Cricket

Emerging Players Squad 

Queensland Cricket's Emerging Players Squad (EPS) aims to identify, coach and develop the State's most promising young players in the 13-15 years age-group. Players are identified at junior intrastate championships, state primary and secondary school competitions, clubs, schools and via knowledge gained from regional cricket managers and respected coaches and cricketing authorities throughout Queensland.

The EPS is a fore-runner to the Australia Post Queensland U17 and Under 19 programs. When assessing players for inclusion selectors will consider the significance of:-

  • Past performances under pressure.
  • A younger player who performs and succeeds in a higher age-group or grade of cricket.
  • A player who is accountable and responsible for his performance and commitment.
  • A genuine love of the game.

Players are given specialised coaching at individual sessions in their respective regions.

Philosophy

The underlying philosophy of the career pathway of cricketers in Queensland is about personal betterment and testing yourself in their skills of the game where it really counts - in club cricket. Cricket is not a game of technical perfection. The ultimate measure of where a player is at is as simple as scoring runs, taking wickets, holding catches and fitting in with their teammates.

It is no coincidence that players who graduate to the top levels of the game work hard at their game and make responsible decisions. Queensland Cricket staff are always willing to provide technical and further assistance, and to make judgements and assessments, but they cannot provide drills for courage, responsibility and performance in club cricket ... they must do that themselves.

Development of a Cricketer

Essentially the first ingredient of the Emerging Players Squad is to provide a group of young players with a coaching opportunity. The main objective of Queensland Cricket staff involved at this level is to see cricketers develop as young people, enjoy cricket for its traditional values and continue their association with the game long after graduating from junior representative squads.

Since 1991 the youth and talent development programs have proved most successful. Key statistics are:-

  • About one player in 20 have been able to make a profession out of playing first-class cricket.
  • Three players in 10 have been selected in a Queensland Youth Team (Under 17 or Under 19).
  • Several players have been employed in the Queensland Cricket development department, either as full-time or part-time coaches.
  • Some graduates of the EPS who might not have quite been ready for a Queensland Youth team at 17 or 18 have developed later into successful first-class players.
  • It is encouraging that a lot of good characters graduate from the EPS to play club cricket and other sports.

Accordingly, it is the strong belief of Queensland Cricket that the organisation much continue to support talented young Queenslanders who commit their energies to simply enjoying the game. So, we hope young players who graduate from the EPS become committed role models for club cricket.