Master Blasters - FAQ's for season 2020 / 2021Master Blasters logo

Master Blasters online registration now closed

Registration for the 2020/2021 Bentleigh Cricket Club Master Blasters season is
now closed.

Sorry, you are too late! Our program is extremely
popular, and we've been swamped.

If you would like to be considered for any places that become available please email the Blasters Coordinator.

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Please note there have been changes to the session dates effective November 27, 2020

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 date comes closer.

How do I register my child for the Master 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 $89 per participant. This cost does not include a shirt (see below).

Is there an introductory/information/launch session?

Yes, this will be held on Friday 13 November at the Bentleigh Cricket Club (Arthur Street, Bentleigh - behind the RSL) starting at 5:30pm and finishing around 7pm.

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 a Master Blasters shirt and how do I get one?

We strongly encourage all participants to purchase and wear their Master Blasters shirt to each session. This allows us to easily identify that participants are part of our program, separate Master and Junior Blaster participants, and the kids love the shirts as they can pick their favourite BBL team!

NOTE: The shirts offered for purchase in the registration process are NOT Master Blaster shirts. Master Blaster shirts are purchased separately from the registration process via the CricketBlast shop. They cost $14.95 (see link at bottom of this FAQ).

How do I get my Master 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 programme 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?

Master Blaster participant packs contain a cap in your choice of team colour (selected at registration) and an activity tracker watch. The remaining equipment is supplied by us.

What if I can't register online?

Contact the Blasters Coordinator for assistance.

What if 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 child needs to be registered individually.

Can I still register mid-way through the season?

You can register and go to the next available session. However, please contact us before completing the registration form to ensure there are enough sessions left to provide value for your child’s cricket development.

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.

Can I receive a refund?

Following registration and payment for the Master 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 Master Blasters Helpdesk by email at cricketblast@cricket.com.au.

What is the Master Blasters program?

Master Blasters is a super fun, social, safe, cricket program for boys and girls.  The program has been developed to ensure junior cricketers can progress with confidence from Master Blasters cricket to competitive club cricket competitions.

An example of what you can expect at a Master Blasters session includes:

- Fun warm up games and activities
- Master Blasters modified games
- Skills Zone where your child can learn cricket-based skills i.e. catching, throwing, bowling and batting.

Can parents get involved?

The Master Blasters 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.

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

PLEASE NOTE THE UPDATE TO DATES BELOW:

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

All sessions are one hour and start at 6:15pm, finishing at 7:30pm. We will reconfirm starting times closer to the program start.

The first session is on Friday December 4, and then the 11th and 18th of December 2020 where we break for Christmas. We then resume for the first session after the Christmas break on Friday the 29th of January, and go through until Friday the 12th of March 2021. 

What program should I select for my child?

The Master Blasters program is for children aged 7 to 12 who can bowl with a straight arm over 14m.

The Junior Blasters program is for children new to cricket. Generally, these children are aged 5 to 7.

What do I wear to Master Blasters cricket?

Children should wear comfortable clothing suitable for sporting activity. Your child will receive a Master Blasters cap. This item will be sent to the address specified at registration. It is advised that your child wears this item to each session. Remember to be Sun Smart!

NOTE: Please make sure you have purchased a Master Blasters shirt from the CricketBlast shop (see link at bottom of this FAQ).

Do I need to bring anything else?

Just a full, named drink bottle.

Who delivers the Master Blasters sessions?

The Master Blasters program is a professionally developed cricket program. At Bentleigh, our on-field Coordinator is experienced in program delivery. All parents are encouraged to get involved in Master Blasters in the roles of Team Manager, Scorer, Umpire or Skills Zone assistant and no experience is necessary.

My child has never played cricket before. Will they be able to keep up with the other children?

Master Blasters is a very inclusive program that can be picked up by children who may have never played cricket before. if you believe your child has natural coordination then they will be more than capable to participate in Master Blasters. If your child is not ready for Master Blasters they can start with Junior Blasters or if they are ready to advance from Master Blasters, we offer an excellent Junior program.

Why are the Master Blaster rules and equipment modified?

Master Blasters is a modified cricket program designed to be a bridging program from Junior Blasters. Master Blasters bridges the gap between Junior Blasters and weekend competitive junior cricket. It engages those children that might not be ready for club cricket. Children can continue to learn to play cricket in a fun and safe environment without the pressure of playing to win.

Can my child play Master Blasters and Rookies cricket?

Yes, as long as we consider it safe. We will consider both their age and current skill level. Be aware that Rookies cricket is played on the weekend. Rookies teams play 20/20 matches and the equipment and clothing apparel is different to Master Blasters. To play a combination of Master Blasters and Rookies you will have to register for both Master Blasters and Junior cricket.

Where do I go for more information on Master Blasters?

For more information on the Master 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 - Purchase a Master Blasters shirt from the CricketBlast shop.
4 - Wait to hear from us...

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