Dates and results
"Hooked on Cricket has a fantastic impact on a different group of children from your 'normal' cricket families".
Hooked on Cricket's objective is to introduce cricket to kids from non traditional schools and communities, and to help remove some of the barriers to participation.
Established in 2005, HOC remains one of the most important activities for our members. The Current Players love the chance to help the kids learn new skills and inspire them toward success during the successful HOC Tournament days.
Hooked on Cricket continues to be popular with participants and the schools continue to provide a glowing endorsement about the programme and the effect the tournaments in particular, have on their students. Were it not for Hooked on Cricket these kids would not think about playing cricket, let alone playing it. Team sports have a positive effect on children and the NZCPA is especially proud to provide the inspiration and aspiration to play cricket to our next generation of New Zealanders.
Eight schools within the six regions participating in an initial skills coaching session. The coaching sessions focus on the core cricket skills such as catching, throwing, bowling and batting and include at least thirty (30) children from each school. The coaching sessions are a vital component in the programme as they provide each student with the chance to learn new skills and to provide them with the aspiration of participating for their school in the HOC Tournament.
Each HOC Hooked on Cricket tournament is made up of teams of eight players from each of the eight schools. The most exciting aspect of the tournament is that the professional players are actively involved with their adopted team for the day.
The teams play three matches during the day with the main focus on participation, enjoyment and skill enhancement in a competitive environment - and of course to find the winners.