October 2, 2013
The following has been received from USYCA Affiliate Member Missouri Youth Cricket Association:
September 28th 2013, MYCA (Missouri Youth Cricket Association) conducted a six hour cricket clinic at Camp Tuckaho in Troy MO (about 50 miles from St. Louis). The camp was attended by more than 1800 Girls Scouts & 200 parents/volunteers.
MYCA set up an information booth at this event to create awareness of cricket and encourage girls to play cricket. The troops visited our booth in group of 6 to 14 girls and got the hands-on experience of playing cricket for the first time. Though many walked in saying "What is cricket?," most of them walked out saying "Cricket is really cool!"
MYCA divided each troop into two teams and set up a quick 4-5 overs game that was coach pitched. Considering the time and attendance we had no more than 15 minutes per troop, so MYCA did its best to introduce the cricket to the girls and make it as positive and fun as possible. The MYCA Cricket brochure received lots of positive feedback as it was easy for troop leaders to quickly get acquainted with basics of cricket. They asked us lots of questions and gave us quite a few positive feedbacks.
Six hours of a non-stop cricket workshop was quite exhausting, but the satisfaction of reaching out cricket to so many new players made it all worth it.
The next Girl Scouts Camp is at Pevely, MO on October 5 and it is expected to be even bigger with about 3000 Girls Scout attendees. MYCA is looking forward to further using this opportunity to introduce cricket to more girls in the region.
MYCA would like to thank the Eastern Missouri Girl Scouts for giving us this wonderful platform to introduce cricket to girls and also to USYCA for providing cricket sets to promote cricket.
Priya R Singh
Missouri Youth Cricket Association (MYCA) http://www.mocricket.org