Building on the successes of the women and girls’ soft ball cricket festivals in 2019 and 2020 there is a number of new initiatives planned for 2021 as well as the traditional festivals. Soft Ball Cricket Festivals Pairs cricket, played on a smaller field and due to the softer ball no protective equipment is needed. Playing time at festivals is usually about two to four hours. It’s a game for absolutely everybody, no matter the experience, skill level, fitness, or age. Festivals will continue to be IOMCA run and hosted in clubs. Any age is welcome and festivals are open to individuals or club sides. People can form their own team of 8 players, join a local team or sign up individually and be allocated to a team on the day. Not available to IOMCA Senior Squad players.
Soft Ball Cricket Leagues (new for 2021) A more serious offer teams who want to play more competitively. 16 overs 8-a-side pairs game played with larger boundaries with two fixtures played at a venue. The games will be umpired by the host club, scored and points recorded on Play Cricket. League fixtures will be club run, for age 11+ and open to club sides and anyone who would like to form a team of 8.
Soft Ball Cricket Cup (new for 2021) 8 - a-side knock out cup pairs format run by the IOMCA at one central venue.
The women and girl's soft ball festivals will be taking place again in 2020 after the success in 2019 with over 110 new participants over the summer. A huge thank you to the clubs who are hosting again in 2020.
Regionalised Girl's Soft Ball Cricket Training 2019
There will be regionalised weekly soft ball cricket sessions running over the summer for girls aged 8-15 across the island.
All sessions will be free of charge Free Cric Start t shirt for new participants Free Cric Start soft ball bat and ball for all participants
South & East Training Dates - Tuesday 21st May Tuesday 27th May Tuesday 11th June Tuesday 18th June Tuesday 25th June Tuesday 2nd July Tuesday 9th July Tuesday 16th July All sessions 6-7:30 at King William's College (meet outside the main pavilion).
North & West Training Dates - Thursday 23rd May Thursday 30th May Thursday 13th June Thursday 20th June Thursday 27th June Thursday 4th July Thursday 11th July Thursday 18th July All sessions 6-7:30 at Ramsey Grammar School (cricket pitch side).
The IOMCA has organised women and girl's soft ball cricket festivals across the Isle of Man in 2019.
Soft ball cricket festivals - what's it all about???
Festivals are all about celebration, a women and girl's soft ball cricket festival is no different, it's all about getting together to enjoy the game.
The softer ball means no pads and gloves, the colourful bats are perfect for smashing boundaries with, and it all leaves you with pure cricketing fun: bat, bowl, catch and laugh.
You don't need to have any previous experience of playing cricket. It's open to any female player - you can form your own team of 8 players or sign up individually and be allocated to a team in advance.
All players will receive a free Cric Start bat and ball set and hoodie or t shirt.
Please come along and enjoy it all so don't delay, book now by emailing iomcrickethotmail.com
Venues & Dates 15th June Crosby CC Marown Playing Fields 22nd June Peel & St Johns CC Mullen-E-Cloie 29th June Cronkbourne CC Tromode Road 6th July Finch Hill CC Ballafletcher Sports Ground 13th July Ramsey CC Ramsey Grammar School 3rd August Castletown CC King William's College 31st August Crosby CC 8th September Peel & St Johns CC 14th September Castletown CC All festivals will start at 2 o'clock and run for 2 to 3 hours.
IOMCA Soft Ball Festival Rules & Scoresheet
Softball Cricket Festival Rules
General • Open to females of all ages. • The games will be 8-a-side but can be increased or decreased dependent on festival numbers. Team numbers are flexible to allow everyone to participate. • Pitch size is 16 yards and can be shortened depending on the age of the player. • Pairs cricket format will be used. • Each innings will be 2 overs per pair dependent on team number. • IOMCA W&Gs softball equipment will be used, this includes an incrediball, which is soft. • Ideally no IOMCA Senior Squad players to play at this level.
Batting • Batters will bat in pairs • Each pair will face 2 overs (12 balls in total) • Batting team starts on 200 runs • 1 run is scored every time the batters change ends • 4 runs are scored if the ball is struck over the boundary along the ground • 6 runs are scored if the ball is struck over the boundary without bouncing • If a batter is out then the team lose 5 runs and the batter continues batting but swaps ends • Modes of dismissal – Bowled, Caught, Run Out, Stumped, Hit Wicket
Bowling • 6 ball overs • No extra ball for wides or no balls. If a wide or no ball is bowled 2 runs are scored, extra runs can also be scored off wides and no balls • Every bowler has at least one over • Bowlers may bowl either over or under arm