July 24, 2013
USYCA is delighted to welcome the San Diego Cricket Club Youth Academy as its newest member.
SDCCYA began five years ago as a Kanga program at a local YMCA, before moving to the leather ball and relocating to the San Diego Cricket Club nets at the Gurudwara. After training there for a few years, a field with City of San Diego was acquired this year and now sessions are conducted every Saturday morning.
The program now boasts over twenty youngsters between 6-14 years old. In SDCCYA's first competitive match, played last Saturday, they lost to a team from Los Angeles, but the coaches were encouraged by what they saw. A large turnout of over 50 parents and friends were in attendance, and it is hoped to have a match scheduled at least once each month.
The dedicated coaching staff is led by Wayne Copeland and includes Hari Sukumar and Raj Ghai.
SDCCYA is excited at the prospect of connecting with USYCA's philosophy to promote cricket at the grassroots level. SDCCYA sees USYCA's recent alignment with ACF as a step forward, and it is hoped that the ACF/USYCA collaboration will spur the thought to organize the unorganized, and the resulting inventory will provide the database to connect youth teams in geographic vicinities.
"We couln't be happier to have a growing youth academy like the SDCCYA join us," said USYCA President Jamie Harrison. "With its hard-working, experienced coaches, and excellent location in San Diego, the sky's the limit. Great things are happening with youth cricket in Southern California, and I look for the SDCCYA to lead the way."