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Residents of San Ramon, California, are now familiar with the game of Cricket, thanks to San Ramon Cricket Association (SRCA) and their activities.
Pic (Right) SRCA coaches along with the young cricketers in summer camp outfits sponsored by DreamCricket.com
SRCA arranged for a Youth Summer Camp at Windemere Ranch Middle School that started on July 17th, 2010 and ended on August 7th, 2010. The summer camp training sessions were conducted on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
During this period, SRCA Youth camp committee members Ali Qadri, Balachandra Ambiga, Satyen Lokanandi and Naren Punati planned well ahead and arranged for 15 enthusiastic volunteering coaches (all from SRCA Professional Cricket League) for every session. The coaching team headed by Dashrath Sankhe met 30 minutes before every session and discussed the coaching strategy for the session. When the organizers needed additional coaches a few enthusiastic parents volunteered to fill in.
About 75 boys and girls, from the age groups 6 year to 9 year, 9 year to 11 years and 12 years to 15 years participated in this summer camp. The kids were trained on various aspects of game and skills such as how to hold a cricket bat, how to defend, how to drive different strokes, how to catch a ball, how to field a ball and how to throw a ball. Cricket is a strategy game and the kids were surprised to learn that they could score runs without going for big swings.
The summer camp equipment that included bats, balls and stumps was co-sponsored by SRCA and DreamCricket.com.
The SRCA president, Sridhar Verose - who also volunteered as a coach during the camp, hosted the closing ceremony on August 7th, 2010 at the end of final training session at Windemere Ranch Middle School ground.
DreamCricket's representatives Nithya Bayya and Nigel Coutinho handed off medals to the coaches that volunteered for this event. SRCA platinum sponsors Rama Mehra from Keller Williams Realty and Dr. Rupam Khanna from San Ramon Family Dental also attended the event and awarded medals to the young cricketers.
Excellent planning by SRCA's Youth Camp committee, matched by enthusiastic execution by SRCA coaches, equipment supplied by the event sponsors and overwhelming response from San Ramon residents made the Youth Summer Camp a huge success.
SRCA has rededicated to improve and regularize youth cricket in San Ramon area. SRCA plans to add such youth cricket camps as a part of City of San Ramon’s Recreational guide.
SRCA also plans to build a Youth Cricket Team that will participate in competitive youth tournaments arranged by USA Cricket Association and its affiliated leagues including the Bay Area Cricket Alliance.
Kids learn Cricket as SRCA coach Satyen Lokanandi overlooks the training session
SRCA President, Sridhar Verose, addresses the Summer Camp closing ceremony
SRCA Summer camp participants receiving medals from SRCA Platinum Sponsors - Rama Mehra and Dr. Rupam Khanna
SRCA Summer camp participants