7 Reasons Kids Need Cricket (and we parents do too)

Ah, cricket how we love you. Excuse me whilst I froth over with enthusiasm and exuberance. And even bossiness.

You see, the sport of cricket has been so very beneficial to my three boys over the years. And I’m very grateful.

So I’m here to tell you parents of little ones that cricket is the best summer sport of ‘em all.

Here’s why cricket is so good for kids and how to get them started.

And it’s not just good for the kids, Paul and I have met wonderful people and learned lots from them too.

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So here are all the reasons I am trying to persuade my daughter to play cricket this year and why I reckon your kids should too.

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1. Cricket gets kids moving

They’re out in the fresh air and they are doing loads of throwing, catching, and running.  Kids get all the physical benefits of movement in the great outdoors.

2. Crickets builds friendship and community

My three cricketers say the best thing about cricket is that they get to be with their mates. The camaraderie amongst the children is obvious even from when they start their early basic cricket aged 5.

I can see that the kids love the challenge of the game, they love to see their skills improving. But they say it’s all about being with friends.

And, to be honest, my love of cricket is social too. You meet terrific people at cricket, we’ve made family friends, and even found a fab builder. You can’t beat that.

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3. Cricket builds resilience

From your five year old missing a shot and having another go, to your 12 year old being bowled for a duck. There is pain in cricket, but there’s a team behind the kids to help them recover.

I’ve seen my boys walk off the pitch with tears in their eyes. Dealing with disaster give lessons that last a lifetime.

They have gone on to have a laugh with their mates and get over it. And they’ve showed up again for more.

My two big ones are young men now and the lessons learned over the years have stood them in good stead.

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4. Cricket helps with concentration

Even the jumpiest kids can learn to focus fully on that very small, very fast ball. Once they start to bowl and to be wicket keeper, there’s a fierce amount of concentration.

Two of my boys had ADHD and I will swear that their attention improves in the cricket season. I’m sure the focus at cricket helps, and the hours of movement too.

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5. Kids need coaches

Significant role models are great for our kids. They learn sportsmanship, cricket skills and restraint from someone who isn’t us.

We have loved our boys having positive role models for adult life and are deeply grateful to their coaches for the hours and hours and hours they put in.

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Answering questions from these young cricketers are: Nicola Carey of Sydney Thunder, Holly Ferling of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team, Lauren Smith of the Sydney Sixers and Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood of the Australian Men’s Cricket Team.

6. Kids need heroes to look up to

My kids love all sorts of sports, but I think that cricket has given them the best role models. There’s courage and dignity out in the field. Cricketers seem to be able to live pretty decent lives off the pitch too.

7. Cricket wears them out

This is one for us parents… I do love an exhausted child… especially once they’ve gone to sleep.

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How to Get Started With Cricket

Start your sons and daughters with the junior programs and within a few years they will have the basics down pat.

Then they can start to play with pads and helmets… but in the initial years, for kids and parents too, there’s an easy start to the game.

The training and then the modified matches don’t take too long at all and leave the kids wanting more.

Play Cricket is Cricket Australia’s website and you can quickly and easily learn about the programs for learners and also how to find your local club.

Playcricket website is here.

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Big thanks to all the coaches who’ve helped us bring up our kids, and who are still helping this season.

Are you parents of younger children?

Can I answer any questions about cricket? Do ask in the comments.

And other parents of older kids, how has cricket benefited your family?

Catch you on the pitch,

PS And let us never forget the universality of cricket – we can play it anywhere and with anyone!

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  1. says: Mireia

    I loved all the points explaining why cricket is good for children! Maybe it is time to convince my daughters to start cricket.

    1. says: Seana Smith

      It is Mireia, I am on a campaign with my daughter as she doesn’t play a team sport and I really believe that the ups and downs of team sports are really good for building kids’ characters.

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Kids can start off very easily, and it’s a gentle introduction for us parents too. If Mr8 is keen, I really would recommend signing him up.

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Haha, yes, there’s nothing like a worn out kid… and I do feel so happy when they have spent hours charging around outside… and fresh air does me good too.

  2. I had a chuckle at your listed advantage of cricket wearing out your kids!

    But on a more serious note I love the development of resilience in kids from playing a team sport such as cricket.

    Being able to celebrate the wins with your teams mates is good but even better is kids developing resilience and learning how to lose and support each other through the disappointments.

    This is great training for life when things do go wrong from time to time and you need resilience to deal with it!

  3. says: Michal

    We are absolutely loving Cricket.

    We’re only 2 weeks in but my son loves it and I think it is so important, beyond just the sporting elements.

    It is fantastic for his concentration, perseverance and determination. It helps build character traits that kids aren’t picking up in their normal day-to-day because our lives have become “on demand” where they can get anything and everything quickly and there is no need to wait and develop and persevere.

    Thanks for the wonderful suggestion!

  4. says: Amanda Drew

    That’s really cool that crick helped your kids with ADHD improve their attention during the season. My son is always bouncing around and out of control. I want to find a good way for him to get rid of all of that extra energy. So maybe I should have him start playing cricket and get him some equipment to get started.

  5. says: Ellen Eburne

    Hi Seana, thank you for your 7 points on why kids should play cricket. I was searching the net for inspiration to motivate a crowd funding exercise for our school. My husband is the Headmaster of a small primary school in Livingstone, Zambia and we have one field (in the process of developing another) On this field we play all our sport. We have just started to introduce cricket and will be looking for funding for 2 cricket nets.So thanks, love the insight!

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