Airline and hotel deals were finalized in March and fixtures were announced earlier in April. Leading cricket equipment maker, SG, signed on as the equipment sponsor once again.
The National Youth Cricket League, which was launched at the end of 2013 as a forum for fostering structured interactions among youth programs and academies in the U.S., announced the completion of all registration formalities for the 2015 annual tournament. Airline and hotel deals were finalized in March and fixtures were announced earlier in April.
Leading cricket equipment maker, SG, signed on as the equipment sponsor once again.
"It is a privilege to have SG Cricket as our equipment sponsor for the second year in succession. The fact that they have reposed trust in our tournament is something that we are especially proud of. Their motto 'believe. become.' resonates with our own views on the potential for cricket in the US," Priya Singh, of the Missouri Youth Cricket Association (MYCA) said.
"Our participation numbers have grown significantly this year. We are now focused on the operational aspects of the tournament," Priya noted.
A total of 32 teams representing 16 academies and youth programs have confirmed their participation in the tournament, making it the largest youth cricket event in the country in recent times. The tournament will be played with a white ball and colored clothing.
Last year’s inaugural tournament, hosted by the Dallas Cricket League (DCL) featured 18 teams in three age categories, and was heralded as a huge success. The tournament organizers were praised for the efficiency with which they pulled off nine games simultaneously on four consecutive days.
This year, the tournament features four age-categories and will be jointly hosted by Triangle Cricket League and Missouri Youth Cricket Association.
The U10 and U14 age group tournaments will be held in St Louis, MO between July 2 and July 5 and U12 and U16 age group tournaments will be held between July 9 and July 12 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ten teams will play in each of U12 and U16 categories while the U14 will see the participation of eight teams. Four teams have registered in the junior most U10 category.
CLNJ Colts are the defending champions in the U16 age group. Atlanta won the U14 age group and California Cricket Academy won in the U12 category.