The role of Club Cricket is to create a hospitable environment in the national cricket league and junior club cricket that attracts and retains individuals who want to participate in the game of cricket within a community.
Affiliates and Associates are guided by the following administrative principles when registering a club or ascertaining the health status of their club cricket programme, which drives the CSA Presidential Plan objectives for club cricket:
- Minimum administrative compliance when it comes to Constitution; properly constituted committee; minutes of the last AGM held and approved financial statements;
- Number of registered teams as well as feeder systems;
- Ability to provide playing and practice facilities; and
- Suitably qualified coaches who are registered members of the Affiliate or Associate Coaches Association structures.
Blue Flag Status
A “Blue Flag” status is a Cricket South Africa recognition given to Clubs that drive the Objectives and Aims of the Presidential Plan (provides minimum criteria to operating an effective cricket pipeline structure). The Criteria used to ascertain the status of such a club will be based on administrative capabilities, adequate facilities, minimum number of teams and suitably qualified coaches.
Affiliate or Associate registered clubs need to complete a Club Index form to ascertain their status.
A Club Index is an administrative self-evaluation document that serves to guide or be used as a reference in ascertaining the status of a registered club in driving the CSA Presidential Plan club cricket objectives. A club wishing to ascertain Blue Flag Status must score 90 percent on the Club Index.
National Club Championship
The National Club Championship aims to provide a higher level of playing exposure to Premier national cricket league clubs. The club championships tournament stage is divided into 2 streams of 6 teams per pool as stipulated below:
- National Club Championship stream will encompass the 6 outright winners of the Franchise region play-offs and all respective premier club league winners are eligible to qualify for the play-off stage of the club championship; whilst the
- Multiply Community Club Championship stream will encompass the 6 outright winners of the extended Franchise region playoffs and all respective premier league winners or highest placed community club in the premier league are eligible to qualify for the play-off stage excluding Tertiary Institutions based clubs. The Multiply Community Club Championship is strictly for community-based clubs.
The Central Gauteng Lions heads up all Senior Clubs in the province. In total the Central Gauteng Lions can boasts that 114 teams actively participate in the Sunday Leagues and 70 teams in the Saturday Senior Structure. Gauteng can boast that we see 1645 senior fixtures effectively played in our province in the cricket season.
Club Cricket on a Sunday is played at eleven different levels and we see the Saturday Leagues play up to the seven leagues. The Premier, Promotion and Presidents League teams play two competitions i.e. Limited Overs (50 Overs) and a 20 Over Competition. On a Saturday they play a 35 over competition. These clubs are placed into the section based on points taken from the last season.
Sunday Seven & Eight league are our junior league and they play 35 overs only. This is a platform that clubs use as a transition from junior cricket to senior cricket. Players are exposed to conditions of playing cricket in a senior environment. The Central Gauteng Lions encourages clubs to have at least nine juniors with 2 adults in their teams.
The Central Gauteng Lions has six leagues in the Saturday Competition (Saturday One to Saturday Six) which starts at 13:00 each Saturday in the season. Each league comprises of ten teams and the eighteen fixtures are based on home and away bases. The Saturday leagues are used by clubs primarily to promote their clubs to people with time constraints and to juniors.
Junior Club Cricket is a programme that continues to grow under the Central Gauteng Lions and currently the season runs from October to December and then January to March in summer. Winter leagues are also played and run from April to July every year. Presently the Central Gauteng Lions has 32 Clubs involved in the Junior program.