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USA Cricket plans combines, launches membership

2018 Feb 23 by DreamCricket USA

Following a successful inaugural 2016 season, the second edition of USA Cricket Combines will be held between March and June 2018 in various cities across the U.S.  The Combines aim to identify the best talent in Men’s, Women’s and Youth cricket from across the United States of America.

Following a successful inaugural 2016 season, the second edition of USA Cricket Combines will be held between March and June 2018 in various cities across the U.S.  The Combines aim to identify the best talent in Men’s, Women’s and Youth cricket from across the United States of America.

Unlike the 2016 Combines, 2018 Combines will be open to Member League and Academy Nominations.  Leagues and Academies that register as members of USA Cricket can nominate up to four players for consideration to each of Men's, Women's and Youth categories.   The Combines will allow Individual players who are not nominated by their leagues, and are members of USA Cricket, to put themselves forward after league nominations close.  This requirement is expected to give a boost to the membership drive that was launched by USA Cricket last week.

The Combines will be managed by ICC Americas USA Project Staff and coordinated in conjunction with local coaches, administrators and analysts. Each of the Combines will have a four-day assessment program which will include cricket skills, matches and fitness testing.   Here is the schedule for the Combines:

 
City
Dates
Player Type
North Carolina March 2 - 4 Youth
San Francisco March 9 - 11 Womens & Youth
Los Angeles April 19 - 22 Womens, Mens & Youth
Fort Lauderdale May 3 - 6 Mens & Youth
Houston May 10 - 13 Womens, Mens & Youth
Chicago May 24 - 27 Mens & Youth
New York May 31 - June 3 Womens, Mens & Youth
Washington DC June 7 - 10 Mens & Youth
Invitational (TBC and dependent on interest) June 14 - 17 Womens, Mens & Youth
Selection Camp - Houston June 21 - 24 Mens

The deadline for Member League and Academy nominations is February 25.  Member Player Applications will open on February 26 and close on March 9 for those players who have not been nominated by their league or academy.   Following an extensive review of the submissions with USA Cricket Coaches and Selectors, successful applicants will then be announced for the Regional Combines.  Prospective Combine attendees must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Resident for their application to be valid. 

Speaking about the 2018 Combines, ICC Americas USA Project Manager Eric Parthen said: “I am hugely enthused by the previous editions of the Combines we have conducted and believe this is an important process to ensure a fair, transparent and all-inclusive selection process for our national teams while we work towards the creation of regional performance structures across the country.”

Ricardo Powell, Chairman of Selectors for USA Cricket said: “The Combines provide a crucial platform for us to see the raw talent that is spread around the country. With the Combines taking place this year, we believe that we’ll be in a fantastic position to spot the next generation of USA Players in the Women’s, Men’s and Youth squads and I would implore anyone who thinks they have what it takes to get involved in the 2018 Cricket Combines. I look forward to seeing what talent we can unearth this year.”

More information on the application process for the USA Cricket Combines 2018 and the full schedule of Combines can be found on the USA Cricket website here - https://www.usacricket.org/cricket-combines/

Article Source and Picture Credit: USA Cricket