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2018 National Youth Cricket League Championship Expands to 50 Teams

2018 Mar 27 by DreamCricket USA

The National Youth Cricket League, now in its 5th year, will conduct its national tournament between June 30 and July 7.   The tournament is played in the T20 format and is extremely popular among academies and youth programs across the country.  This year's tournament has also attracted teams from Canada.

The National Youth Cricket League, now in its 5th year, will conduct its national tournament between June 30 and July 7.   The tournament is played in the T20 format and is extremely popular among academies and youth programs across the country.  This year's tournament has also attracted teams from Canada.

The tournament, which will be played in five age categories - U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, will feature 50 teams representing 19 academies or youth programs this year.  Since its launch in 2014, the tournament has been hosted in Dallas (2014), St. Louis and Raleigh (2015) and in Houston and Minneapolis (2016).    Last year's tournement, held in Connecticut and New Jersey, featured 45 teams.  The 2014 inaugural edition of the tournament featured just 18 teams.   The growth in participation in this tournament is a reflection of the overall growth in the popularity of the sport itself.  

This year's tournament will be held in the East Bay area in California and is being hosted by the East Bay Youth Cricket Association.  The games will be played in Morgan Hill, San Leandro, Union City and San Jose, California.   Ranjeet Singh, President of USYCA of which NYCL is a part, thanked the East Bay Youth Cricket Association for taking on the mammoth task of hosting the tournament and for accommodating the additional teams.   He hoped that the tournament will attract additional sponsorships given its immense popularity among youth cricketers.

The participating academies are: East Bay Youth Cricket Association, Missouri Youth Cricket Association, Triangle Cricket League from North Carolina, Minnesota Cricket Association, Future Stars Cricket of Washington DC, DreamCricket Academy of New Jersey, Washington Cricket Academy, Cricket Academy of Puget Sound, Cricket Zeal Academy of California, United Cricket League of Massachusetts, New England Youth Cricket Academy of Connecticut, San Ramon Cricket Academy from California, Dublin Cricket League of California, California Cricket Academy of California, California Cricket League - Youth Academy, Northwest Cricket Academy, Master Blasters Canada, California Cricket Girls and Maryland Youth Cricket Association.

The U12 and U16 legs of the tournament wil be held between June 30th - July 3rd and the U10, U14 and U18 age-groups will compete between July 5th to 8th.  The hosts EYCA are the defending champions in U14 and U12 categories.  Cricket Zeal Academy is defending its title in U10 category and DreamCricket will attempt to retain its title in the U18 category.  CricMax, the defending champion in U16 is not returning to the tournament this year leaving DreamCricket Academy as the top-seed in that age group.  DreamCricket Academy was the runner-up in U12 and U14 age groups as well. 

Over the years, the tournament has featured many girls playing for their respective academies.  For the first time this year, a girls' team has entered the tournament fulfilling the dream of Priya Singh, the tournament's convenor who expressed a desire to see a girls' team in the tournament in her closing speech last year.   Besides the all girl team, it is expected that over 15 girls will take part in this year's tournament playing for their academies.

The map below depicts NYCL's membership which has now expanded into Canada.