Junior Blasters - FAQ's for season 2021 / 2022Woolworths Junior Blasters logo

Junior Blasters online registration is now open!

Registration for the 2021/2022 Bentleigh Cricket Club Junior Blasters is now open!

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Is this information still applicable/relevant given COVID-19?

Yes. The dates/times below have been planned based on a later starting date and applicable restrictions relating to the pandemic. We will stay in contact with all registered parents relating to any further developments.

Do parents have to take any precautions or adhere to any rules relating to COVID-19?

We will advise as to any restrictions/precautions/rules for both participants and parents as the program commencement comes closer. This may include signing in and wearing masks where advised.
At all times, the Government advice will override any club, parent or casual comments or policy.

How do I register my child for the Junior Blasters cricket program?

Follow the link at the bottom of this FAQ. Parents must register online, and payment is required at this time.

How much is the program?

The cost is $129.00 per participant.

Is there an introductory/information/launch session?

Yes, this will be held on Friday 19 November 2021 at the Bentleigh Cricket Club (Arthur Street, Bentleigh - behind the RSL) starting at 5:30pm and finishing around 7pm. This will be an informal opening of the program, with some casual drills, games, and information for parents.

What happens if it rains on the day of information/launch session?

Please come if it rains on the day of the information/launch session. Further information will be provided so it is important you come along, no matter how the weather is. Your instructors will tell you at this session what to do if it rains in other weeks.

Do I need to purchase a separate Junior Blasters shirt?

No, only those participating in Master Blasters need to purchase a shirt. All Junior Blasters participants receive a shirt in their participant pack.

How do I get my Junior Blasters participant pack?

Participant packs are sent to the address you specify at registration. If you have not received a participant pack within a week of the program starting you should contact the Cricket Blast Helpdesk at cricketblast@cricket.com.au or call 1800 CRICKET (1800 274 25 38).

What do I get in my participant pack?

Junior Blaster participant packs contain a T-Shirt with your name (specified at time of registration), a bucket hat in your choice of team colour (selected at registration), a plastic bat and rubber ball. The remaining equipment is supplied by us.

What if I can't register online?

Contact the Blasters Coordinator for assistance.

What if I can’t select my school on the registration form?

All schools should be listed on the online registration form. Please ensure that the correct school name is entered including any apostrophes.

Can I pay for my children in one transaction rather than separately?

No, each participant needs to be registered individually as all Junior Blaster participants receive a pack with a named shirt.

Can I still register mid-way through the season?

Generally, you can register (if available) and go to the next available session. However, this is subject to resources and recent COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact us before attending sessions to ensure there are enough sessions left to provide value for your child’s cricket development.

Can I receive a refund?

Following registration and payment for the Junior Blasters program there are no refunds. The only exception to this is if your chosen Master Blasters program gets cancelled prior to the commencement date. If you have any further questions about refunds, please contact the Junior Blasters Helpdesk by email at cricketblast@cricket.com.au.

I’ve registered for the wrong program/club, what do I do?

If you have enrolled in the incorrect program, please contact the Woolworths Cricket Blast Helpdesk via email at cricketblast@cricket.com.au or call 1800 CRICKET (1800 274 25 38). At club level, we are unable to swap participants between programs.

What is the Junior Blasters program?

Junior Blasters is for kids new to cricket with participants building their skills through fun, game-based activities. The activites are designed for small groups to ensure every child gets a go, allowing them to test and learn new skills in a supportive, non-competitive environment. The active, inclusive program allows kids to make friends, develop social skills and team work. It's about fun, fitness and being a good sport!

As a Junior Blaster participants will learn how to catch, throw, bat and bowl while developing their game sense in fun interactive activities. It's specially designed for kids new to cricket. When they have mastered the basics they will be ready to graduate to Master Blasters where they can play modified games of cricket.

Junior Blasters is a fun and fast program, completed in a maximum of 60 minutes. All equipment is supplied and each participant receives a participant pack so kids can practice their skills during the program and at home with family and friends.

Can parents get involved?

The Junior Blaster program is designed for parents to get involved and spend some quality time with their child learning the skills of cricket.  Parents involvement is a huge determinant of participant enjoyment, skill progression and achievement. The ‘Blast Crew’ has been developed to provide clarity and options for parents and volunteers to get involved.

When parents/guardians fill out the participant registration form online, they have the option to select whether they are willing to assist on-field or off-field, and we actively encourage this. You can also contact us directly to express your interest in assisting with the program.

NOTE: This season we will be looking for more parental support with on field drills, set up and the famous BCC BBQ!

How old does my child have to be to participate?

The program is for girls and boys aged between 5 - 8 years old.

What ability is the program aimed at?

Junior Blasters is aimed at boys and girls aged 5-8 and of all abilities. Absolutely no prior experience with cricket is necessary. Junior Blasters is Australian cricket's entry level participation program. It is designed to teach children the basics of the game in a fun, safe environment.

What are the dates for the program and how long does each session go for?

NOTE: We will confirm any changes to dates below once COVID-19 issues settle down and the club has access to the ground.

The program at Bentleigh runs for 10 weeks, five sessions before Christmas and five after.

Sessions commence at 5:30pm and wrap-up at 6:30pm. We will re-reconfirm starting times closer to the program start.

The first official session is on Friday November 26 (info session on the 19th), and then each Friday until 17 December 2021 where we break for Christmas. We then resume for the first session after the Christmas break on Friday the 28th of January, and go through until Friday the 25th of February 2022.

How safe is the program and are participants insured?

The weekly lesson plans for the Junior Blasters cricket program have been carefully written by Cricket Australia and the program is supported by the Australian Sports Commission. Each venue has been selected for its suitability to be used for this type of program.

Our program is run by a Cricket Australia Level 1 Accredited coach and once a participant's parent/guardian signs a registration form, participants are insured.

If you have a medical and/or a physical condition that may require you needing assistance during the program, make sure you tell us on the form when you register. This way, we know who you are and can ensure our staff are there to help you if you need it.

What if I am too old for the Junior Blasters program or I want to move onto playing junior cricket?

We have an excellent junior program and offer both the Junior Master Blasters program and an Under 12 Rookies team for kids just starting out in junior cricket.  

Details about our junior program, including the Master Blasters program and the Rookies cricket can be found on the juniors page of our website.

What do I wear to Junior Blasters cricket?

Children should wear comfortable clothing suitable for sporting activity. Your child will receive a Junior Blasters T-Shirt and bucket hat. These items will be sent to the address specified at registration. It is advised that your child wears these items to each session. Remember to be Sun Smart!

Do I need to bring anything else?

Just a full, named drink bottle.

Where do I go for more information on Junior Blasters?

For more information on the Junior Blasters program click here.

We want to participate, what do I do next?

1 - You've read through this FAQ, right?
2 - Register your child(ren)- make sure the contact email you supply at registration is correct!
3 - Wait to hear from us...

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