They earned a big story in the NY Times of March 24, 2009.
In 2011 for the 3rd American College Cricket Spring Break Championship, 30 teams competed in 5 days in a record 67 matches – the largest ever cricket tournament in the world !
For the 5th Championship, this year the limit was set at 24 teams but as American College Cricket President Lloyd Jodah said, “Because of the hard work it takes to get to the Nationals for these clubs, its difficult to say no, because at this stage of our development we want to encourage clubs.”
As a result 28 teams will compete & get the chance to play on TV Asia across USA & Canada, with Coca Cola as the major, and Dish Network the supporting sponsor.
UMBC University of Maryland Baltimore County
UPenn University of Pennsylvania
UB University of Buffalo
USF University of South Florida
FIU Florida International University
Auburn Auburn University
South Alabama University of South Alabama
Memphis University of Memphis
CMU Carnegie Mellon University
MC Montgomery College
Harvard Harvard Unniversity
Penn State Penn State University
ASU Arkansas State University
Texas A & M Texas A & M University
Texas Tech Texas Tech University
UH Cougars University of Houston Cougars
UHCL Hawks University of Houston Clearlake Hawks
Ohio State Ohio State University
Ryerson Ryerson University
Iowa State Iowa State University
Embry Riddle Embry Riddle Aeronatical University
GWU George Washington University
WVU West Virgina University
UTA University of Texas Arlington
Wayne State Wayne State University
Phoenix East Phoenix East Aviation
Each year there will be clubs which don’t make it for a variety of reasons:- because they didn’t do the paperwork to keep their official status, or graduation has depleted a team, or a disciplinary issue, or lack of leadership, or inadequate strategic planning.
Each year there will be newcomers, ecstatic to be playing in the Nationals, & ready to kiss the ground when the step on the field, just like the first players did in 2009 !
So March 13 – 17, over 400 college students will have the best Spring Break of their lives, and give their all on the cricket fields of Florida – they’ll live out their fantasy of being a cricket star, & competing at a high level ! As Wayne State U’s Dhruv Pharmar said, “ I’ve been dreaming of this all my life …thank you for the opportunity.”
The 2013 American College Cricket Spring Break Championship will be dedicated to Colin Michael Jodah (brother of Lloyd) who was an important part of American College Cricket, behind the scenes. Among other things he did the schedule for the record setting 2010 & 2011 as well as the 2012 National Championships. He died Jan 18 at age 56.
Lloyd said, “My brother & I shared a lot, most of our lives, cricket, music, our sense of humor and much more. I’ll really miss him.”