Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cricket coming to CMS schools this year

A new sport is coming to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools this year: Cricket.

The U.S. Youth Cricket Association and CMS have announced a partnership, with a goal of becoming a model for the rest of the nation in their implementation of the USYCA Schools Program during the 2011-2012 school year.

Here's how it works: USYCA, in cooperation with its associate member Charlotte International Cricket Club, will partner with CMS to supply their 136 elementary and middle schools with free cricket sets, instruction and ongoing support. CMS will incorporate cricket into the Physical Education curriculum, while also providing other opportunities for students to play the game, such as in recess or after-school programs.

USYCA will also explore the possibilities for sponsored cricket activities between individual Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, as well as other extra-curricular opportunities for CMS students.

In addition, USYCA will approach local community leaders to establish cricket programs in neighborhoods, especially in locations where the need for youth athletics is great. It is hoped that under-utilized playing fields might become sites for low-cost, introductory cricket leagues that can attract children who might otherwise have limited team sports alternatives.


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Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me.....Why cant we partner with the MLB and have Baseball in Middle School. This is crazy. Whats next Fencing???

Anonymous said...

Ah, but will there be a standardized, end-of-course cricket test? This is CMS, remember?

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. The fields are under utilized because they are taking away the sports our kids want to play. I do not understand why we can't organize as parents and create our own way to fund the sports our kids find exciting to them. Can we boycott the sport in school until we get baseball and golf back?

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Anon 5:44

Yes, please, boycott and stay away.

Anonymous said...

Somebody agrees to give the schools thousands of dollars in sports equipment and teach the kids a new game (new to them; it's the second most popular sport in the world) and all some narrowminded people can do is whine.


Anonymous said...

And hot on the heels of cricket is rugby!! At long last we can offer our kids alternate club sports after they graduate from high school, especially if they do not qualify for college sports scholarships - thanks to US Youth Cricket Association and North Carolina High School Rugby Association!!