WHERE & WHEN : Ft Lauderdale, Florida…….March 14 – 18, 2012. March 13 is available for practice.
FIELDS : As in the past 3 Championships we will use the CBRP (Central Broward Regional Park) Cricket Stadium (ICC-Certified for ODIs) & its satellite fields, as well as Brian Piccolo fields in Ft Lauderdale Flordia.
The Stadium’s wicket is TURF. The satellite fields are ARTIFICIAL (not matting or carpet) that drain well and play fast and bouncy. Brian Piccolo wickets are TURF .
The outfields are the best in the USA. The grass is cut low.
HOTEL : We have used Quality Inn Sawgrass Conference Center .They have provided us with a good rate & facilities, allowing 4 to a room. Free hot breakfast. Free transportation to & from the Stadium fields. Free Wi Fi (improved).
You can start booking at this hotel, tell them your College name & you’re with “American College Cricket” for the rate of $ 79 per night – 4 to a room. Teams staying anywhere else are responsible for their own transportation to & from the fields.
NEARBY BEACHES etc – The beaches and attractions of Ft Lauderdale, South Beach and Miami are all close by.
UNIFORMS : WILL BE PROVIDED FREE TO ALL TEAMS REGISTERED BY JAN 31 st.
All uniforms must have your school and American College Cricket logos ONLY. No exceptions.Teams not adhering to this will NOT play. Going forward new uniforms will have “American College Cricket” written across the torso (see 2011 York College photo) – before ordering uniforms contact Lloyd.
HATS : must be school or American College Cricket caps or hats or plain.
Colored uniforms (school colors) & white balls.
EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PARTNER : In USA & Canada, TV Asia will televise the Semis & Finals of the Spring Break Championship (nationals), and the Semis & Finals at least 6 of our Regionals in 2012. International options are being explored.
Additionally highlights will be shown from the regionals & nationals other matches and reports on American College Cricket clubs throughout the year.
TV Asia will host a Bollywood concert in the break between the Semis & finals on March 18
FLIGHTS : the nationals is March 13 -18 – a fun time to be in Florida so millions of college kids will be going there. The earlier you can book your flights the better. March 13 is for practice.
TEAM COMPOSITION : Undergrads, Grads, MD & Phd students, & up to 2 alumni in the playing XI (if your school rules allow) . A minimum of 2 Undergrads. The touring squad may be as large as you wish.
As in all our tournaments, ROSTERS are verified by the school. Teams must be picked regardless of nationality.
DOWN THE LEGSIDE : this is not baseball,with a known strike zone. Balls deemed playable on the legside (within about 3 inches of the leg stump) will NOT be called a wide – so practice your leg-side shots !
FACEBOOK : Every player must “like” the Facebook Fanpage of our website: “AmericanCollegeCricket.com”.
SCORING : Each team will provide a scorer for each game. The games at the Stadium will be computer-scored.
MEDIA INTERVIEWS : Many of our players have been interviewed by their college & other media such as New York Times, Washington Post, NY Daily News, India Times, etc. TV Asia will also be interviewing you so be prepared to speak in front of a camera, as a representative of your College team, and American College Cricket.
Do NOT refer to cricket as a “gentleman’s game” !
CLUBS ON THE WEB: I suggest every club have a Facebook group or Fanpage (you figure out which is better), and a page on your College’s website. You can also send major info to AmericanCollegeCricket.com.
I DON”T recommend you have your own website – its too much work, & often difficult to get someone to maintain it.
CONFERENCES : Last year we webcast the drawing of the groups. This year we will either televise on TV Asia or webcast the drawing. This year the Top 8 seeds will be separated, so we don’t have the “Group of Death” like last year.
Therefore your Ranking going into the Championship is important – how can you help your ranking outside of tournaments ? Post AmericanCollegeCricket.com articles on Facebook & other Social Media.
Do other off the field activities – get an article in your college media ! This will also help your team earn Bonus Points going into the Championship.
UMPIRES, FIELDS, BALLS,STUMPS : are provided by American College Cricket.
HELMETS : mandatory against all medium & fast bowlers. Mandatory for in close fielders & wicketkeeper standing up.
TIME LIMITS : Each game will finish in 3 hours or less – we have done this for the past 3 years, & it works well.
We’re adding penalties for delays by batting or fielding side.
NUMBER OF GAMES : In 2010 we played 47 games, in 2011 over 65 in 5 days. In 2012 each team will play a minmum of 3 or 4 matches, plus the playoffs & Finals if you make it.
REGISTER for the American College Cricket Spring Break Championship : Contact Lloyd Jodah,President. Dogevpr2@aim.com , 646 515 0712
SPONSORS: do NOT sign an agreement with a sponsor without contacting Lloyd. We can provide advertising for your sponsors.
EQUIPMENT : our preferred vender is CricketzoneUSA.com, contact Ravi 347 387 2381.
American College Cricket GEAR : is now available for purchasing through CricketzoneUSA – check our website.
COLLEGE SOCCER FIELDS: Thanks to Arvin Varma & the Trojans Cricket Club, we used the USC soccer field for the West Coast Championship – using a matting pitch. It was incredible ! The outfield was the best we have played on anywhere – resulting in REAL batting – not “bush” cricket !
Work with your college admin to get access to school soccer fields to play ! Contact Lloyd for more info.
QUESTIONS or to start a club in your college , contact Lloyd Jodah by phone, email or Facebook.
by Lloyd Jodah