Singapore Cricket Association-Overview

Singapore Cricket Association is the official governing body of the sport of cricket in Singapore with its current headquarters in Stadium Crescent. Singapore Cricket Association is Singapore's representative as an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1974. Singapore Cricket Association is also a member of Asian Cricket Council, Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore National Olympic Committee.

Singapore Cricket Association was constituted as a society on 4th of November 1965. Singapore Cricket Association's vision is to develop the game by making cricket a recognized and enjoyable sport for all levels and ages of players in Singapore by embedding cricket into the cultures and passion of the people of Singapore. Singapore Cricket Association's Key values are embedded within its mission statement: "Singapore Cricket Association is the guardian of a contemporary game in Singapore. Singapore Cricket Association is an accessible, financially viable, vibrant, performance driven organization. Self-sufficiency is valued within Singapore Cricket Association, member associations, clubs, players and other stakeholders of cricket. We aim to be the top echelon of cricket associations in this region in all aspects of our organization."

Singapore is currently ranked 27th in the ICC global ranking (17th outside of the test playing countries). SCA successfully hosted the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in Singapore in February 2012 and earned promotion to Division 4 by virtue of being crowned champions of the Division 5 tournament. Singapore narrowly missed promotion to Division 3 in the later part of the year finishing third in the Pepsi ICC WCL Division 4 in Malaysia; however, Singapore improved its world ranking by 5 places this year moving on to 27th place from 32nd place last year in the ICC world rankings.

Singapore Cricket Association's domestic scene has more than 100 teams participating in the Singapore Cricket Association league spread over 6 divisions for the club competition, 2 corporate league divisions for Singapore based companies. Singapore Cricket Association also runs the national school's championships in three divisions and other ad hoc tournaments for the schools. The first women's league was put into place this year with 3 teams participating in the inaugural season.

Singapore Cricket Association's domestic scene has more than 100 teams participating in the Singapore Cricket Association league spread over 6 divisions in the club category, 2 divisions in for the institutions and corporate league. Apart from the national league, SCA also organizes the women’s league, Junior Cricket League, national school's championships in three divisions and other ad hoc tournaments for the schools.

Apart from the above, Singapore Cricket Association as a governing body organizes various cricket education programs in conjunction with the Asian Cricket council for Coaches, Umpires, Scorers and Curators. Singapore Cricket Association also caters to the cricket community through the SCA Cricket Academy by organizing weekend coaching clinics and holiday camps and development tours for the cricket enthusiastic kids in Singapore.

Youth Development.

Singapore Cricket Association continues to grow the participant base of the game throughout the island through an integrated development program targeting schools by working closely with the education department. It is recognised that growth in this area will only be achieved through a strong school's competition structure and accordingly the emphasis at all times will be on sustainable long term development with appropriate infrastructure and support systems.

The youth development program is delivered in 3 phases:

The Discover Cricket Program is a part of the SCA's continuing quest for creating awareness of the game of cricket and developing the game in the Island. The Discover Cricket Program is aimed at introduction of cricket to kids between the ages of 8 and 12 at local Ministry of Education schools; the program focusses on inculcating life values such as spirit of self-confidence, self-reliance, leadership, teamwork, discipline, justice, fair play, etc. through the game of cricket.

SCA plans to introduce the game of cricket to new schools at the primary school level through the Discover Cricket Program and encourage more local schools to participate in junior cricket competitions by providing opportunities at both primary and secondary school levels.

The key deliverables of the program are:
• Initiate kids to the basics of the Game of Cricket; help understand the Rules of the game and how it is played.
• Build basic skills across the Three aspects of the game – Batting, Bowling, Fielding.
• Awareness on Fitness levels required to play the game; help understand basic Fitness drills to keep fit for the game.
• Inculcate sense of Teamwork and Camaraderie – key essence of Cricket.
• Provide an environment of Fun & Excitement.

The Discover Cricket Program introduce children to "New Skills" in a fun filled manner and while at it, teach them "values" and contribute towards creating a healthy lifestyle and fit kids.

SCA's philosophy revolves around using training methods that are intelligent, intensive and purposeful that creates a stimulating and challenging environment for the youth as well as providing the right opportunity for those with the right attitude.

The Discover Cricket program, which runs for 12 weeks, can be delivered both in –house at the schools or at the SCA premises at the Kallang Cricket Ground (SCA).

The Stage 2 program, "Emerging Talent Program" is designed to enhance the skill levels of existing MOE cricket playing schools and other International schools at the primary and secondary school level through specially designed coaching programs for age groups including specialized clinics for batting, bowling and fielding and by facilitating school teams and individuals to play the game better by organising competitions.

The Emerging Talent Program will also provide an opportunity for individual players and school teams to train under experienced SCA coaches who will identify and nurture talent with high performance training to hone their cricketing skills. Through this program, SCA hopes to create talent groups that provides the path to the National squads.

Competitions and tournaments are vital to harness the competitive spirit in players and also to provide a venue for talent spotting for the selectors to pick up squads which are feeders to the different age groups squads and to build a pool of players who have the potential to represent Singapore at the international level.

Current SCA tournaments:
CCAB A Division
CCAB B Division
CCAB C Division
SCA U-15 Schools
Tournament SCA Primary Schools
8 a side SCA Primary Schools 11 a side SCA U13 Development

Current SCA tournaments:

A comprehensive high performance program is vital to the growth & development of our elite players to excel in international tournaments and thereby improve our standing in the ICC world ranking. SCA firmly believes in long-term sport and athlete development to help our elite athletes reach their highest potential in the international arena.

Through the SCA Cricket Academy, A High Performance Program is designed to assist the elite athletes which include:
HP Management Team
HP Policy
Player Support Services
HP Equipment , Technology and Facilities
Performance Monitoring
Sports Science & Bio Mechanics

HP Program Structure (juniors)
National Squad
The best players in each age group
Each of the age group national squad will train under an appointed national coach
Emerging Development Squad
Emerging players in each age group.
Each of the emerging development squad will train under a HP coach.
The development squad will train parallel to the National. The program will be similar to the National squad training program where the players can further improve their skills and become better players.

Player Pathway:
There are stages in the player development pathway that allow young cricketers to progressively acquire the skills and values of the game and to make the transition through youth to adult cricket.
Young players progress along the pathway at varying rates. Through our pathway we can monitor player transition from youth to adult stage.
SCA provides a clear Player Pathway for both BOYS AND GIRLS, which shows how a talented player can further their game.

SCA International Women's T-20 Challenge, 3rd to 5th July 2012: Angela Moghe

The inaugural SCA (Singapore Cricket Association) tournament that was held here in Singapore from the 3rd to 5th July, 2012 can be considered a huge success. Five teams, Cricket without Borders (Australia), Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Thailand took part. Even the rain could not put a dampener on the proceedings though it did try a few times. In fact the rain, made it possible for the players to achieve even better comradery and bonding within teams and with other teams whilst waiting for the games to start. The cricket played was at a high standard and it was heartening to see a wide range of players from different countries, cultures and ages all united under the love of a game of cricket.

The tournament started on the 3rd of July, each team was supposed to meet each other with a 3rd /4th placing Match and the Finals to be held on the 5th afternoon. Unfortunately even the best planning in the world could not have predicted the amount of rain that would suddenly hit Singapore during the week of the tournament. Credos to the organisers who managed to rearrange the events so at least everyone got to play three matches even if not the full 20 over innings. There was even a bowl out amongst two of the teams. Although the points where shared in the end, Thailand and CWB went to the centre of a muddy pitch and provided a thrilling spectacle for their supporters and other teams with a bowl out that CWB eventually won. Rain prevented the possibility of a 3rd and 4th placing match but Thailand met Japan in the finals and after an exciting game they went on to become the first winners of the International Women's T-20 Challenge.

Enthusiasm, excitement and enjoyment took precedence over the whole tournament and it was evident in the dinner held at the SCA ground. All the teams were encouraged to mix around by the organisers and get to know players from other countries. It was a wonderful sight to see that language was not a barrier.

Congratulations to Thailand, the winner of the Tournament, however, each team could be considered a winner and hence the success of the tournament. Each player was given a chance to play against teams that they might not have played and this benefits them, their teams and cricket as a whole. Let us hope this is the start of many more such tournaments held for Women in this region.

Singapore Women's Cricket from a player's perspective: Angela Moghe

Women's cricket has certainly come a long way in the last few years. Since I have started playing cricket here in Singapore the changes that have taken place have been tremendous.

A cricket clinic held by Charlotte Anneveld from 9th to 13th December, last year, set a solid foundation for us to start this year off to a flying start.

The Women's league is back stronger and better. From 3 teams last year, 4 teams are now playing in a league made up of women of all ages. All the teams are again named after semi-precious stones. The first match was not played due to rain, but last weekend the match between Ruby and Emerald took place. Amongst other things it gave the girls match practice and team work, was evident throughout. Although one team went on to win the fun and enjoyment seen by all meant all went home winners.

As well as the women's league, the women have now also joined the Griffin Kinetic League in Division 6. Although a full ladies team has not been played as yet, due to several factors, a number of women have benefited from playing against the men and with the teenage boys who have helped make up the team. The support and encouragement from the men as been great and a lot can be learnt from each game.

The match practice, training and support is now all coming together for women's cricket and I cheer for a successful year here in Singapore.

Training session with Charlotte: Tanya Sen

Former Australian National cricketer, Charlotte Anneveld, held an eye-opening training session with the Singapore National Women's Cricket team and under-14 boys team in a bid to increase the level of play and participation in women's cricket in Singapore. She gave a number of beneficial tips and strategies and taught each player how to intelligently achieve the goals set in a game of cricket.

Charlotte assigned each player tasks according to their strengths and capabilities. She explained how confidence and a good mind set are the key weapons for any sports person. There was a positive and immediate change felt by the players.

"It is truly inspiring to have someone who has played at the highest level of the game impart her wisdom to us. I can feel that my game has gone up a notch," said Tanya Sen, a bowler in the Singapore squad. "We hope she comes back again for another awesome session."

SCA Women's League 2011: Angela Moghe

The first match of the inaugural Women's League got under way on Saturday 16th April, 2011 at the Kallang Cricket Stadium.

The league consists of three teams including two women's teams and one boy's team. The boys team named The Rubies, met The Diamonds which is captained by young Vritti Sethi, for the first match. It was a well-played game with several close shaves but the boys proved their mettle and went on to win the match. The Player of the Match award went to a member of The Rubies, Janak Prakash, for taking 4 wickets. The team work amongst the ladies was evident throughout the game and this holds well for the future of women's cricket here in Singapore.

The League will be played over the next few weeks with the final match to be played on 14th May, 2011. The event was graced by Mr Syed M H Kirmani, a member of the 1983 India World Cup winning team and a world-class wicket-keeper. At the end of the match, Mr Kirmani shared his vast experience, gave advice and encouraged all the players.

The Singapore Cricket Association has a strong coaching and development program in place monitored and developed by the Head Development Officer and the team of 8 full time Asian Cricket Council/ Cricket Australia/ Singapore Sports Council qualified coaches with individual field specialization and supported by 20 over part time coaches. In addition specialists coaches are also invited for specialized coaching sessions as and when required.

This coaching and development panel manages over 32 teams with in a week with an effective implementation of result oriented program for individual teams and individual players developed by the panel.

Saad Khan Janjua
Director of Coaching
Sarika Siva Prasad
Senior Dev. officer
Shoib Abdul Razzak
Dev. Officer

Mahesh Kumar
Facilities Manager
Chetan Suryawanshi
Dev. Officer

SCA Basic Umpiring Course July 2012

In line with the ambitious goal of having over 100 registered scorers by the end of the year, SCA has been organising training courses for Scorers. A basic scorer's course was held by SCA on the 14th and 15th July at the Singapore Indian Association to introduce the basics of scoring to the participants.

The Umpires Committee under the Singapore Cricket Association successfully concluded the week-long SCA Basic Umpiring Course for aspiring umpires in Singapore. The course conducted by senior umpires Sri Ganesh, M.V. Ramesh, Madhavan and Sarika Prasad from the 14-18 May 2012, was attended by 28 participants held at the Singapore Indian Association daily from 6.30 to 1030pm.

The participants were taken through the MCC Laws on day 1,2, 3 and 4. They were divided into 4 groups and each group was asked to study a particular Law, come out with the salient features of that Law and present to the Class the following day. The educators then moderated and summarized those presentations. There was excellent interaction amongst the participants with animated discussions on some of the laws. The laws were presented with Power point presentations and Video scenarios from International matches.

On Day 4 the participants were taken through the ICC and SCA Playing conditions. On day 5 there was a field session organized where the participants were explained about the technical aspects of umpiring and its relevance to the game. An examination was held from 7.30 to 9pm. The presenters then went through the answers.

All participants were issued Participation Certificates by Mr. Neethiananthan, Vice President, SCA and some members of the Umpiring committee. Richard Elliot spoke on behalf of the participants and thanked the SCA and the Educators for an excellently organized course. Pareet Desai, another participant complimented the professionalism and commitment shown by the Course Presenters. Dharmesh Mehta commented that he was very impressed with the videos and the presentation skills of the Educators and would recommend his friends for such future courses.

Feedback forms were obtained from the participants with all of them very appreciative of the course. There were a few suggestions that we should hold the course during the weekend as it would be more convenient for all.

For SCA the addition of this new pool of umpires to their existing panel will augur well for the future as the sport is getting busier with various competitions being held right through the year.

The SCA would like to thank the clubs who have sent some of their members for the course, IA for providing their facilities and the course presenters for their excellent delivery of the course.

SCA Basic Scoring Course July 2012

In line with the ambitious goal of having over 100 registered scorers by the end of the year, SCA has been organising training courses for Scorers. A basic scorer's course was held by SCA on the 14th and 15th July at the Singapore Indian Association to introduce the basics of scoring to the participants.

The response for the course was overwhelming with a strong attendance of 31 participants, which included 5 women. It is really heartening to see that more women are now coming forward to be a part of the cricketing community. Mr Raghuram, an experienced scorer and member of the SCA Scorer's sub-committee conducted the Basic scorer's course. Various topics related to scoring including mechanics of scoring, duties of the scorer, laws relating to scoring, understanding Umpire's signals, exercises on symbols used and scoring for a game.

The participants were given the opportunity to view the video of an SCA league match which was played recently and practice scoring for that game. This helped simulate a real life out door situation and the participants, especially those with no scoring experience, enjoyed this exercise. A Scorer's handbook which has the Code of conduct for scorers and Pointers for scorers was also released to the participants during the course.

Feedback from the participants has been very encouraging. One of them, who has never done scoring but only been playing cricket, mentioned that his respect for the scorers has gone up after attending the course.

SCA would like to thank all the clubs for sending their members, SIA for making the venue available, SCA staff for the relentless efforts, with a special mention of Pramodh Raja for making sure that all the training materials were ready on time,Members of the scoring panel for their support and finally all the participants for making this a great success.

Elementary Course For Scorers April 2011

SCA's target is to have at least 50 registered scorers at the end of 2011, who will officiate in all the league games. In line with this, the first course for the scorers was conducted late January this year. The overwhelming response of over 30 participants for this course prompted us to organize one more in April. The response exceeded our target of 20. We had 24 participants. It was a good mix of those with some experience and some with no knowledge of cricket at all.

The course was conducted in the evenings this time around between the 25th and 28th of April from 7 to 10 pm at the Netball centre.

The syllabus included various topics some of which are the duties of the scorer, Laws of cricket relevant to the scorer, mechanics of scoring, ICC symbols, laws specific to SCA, practical exercises and so on. On day 4, the participants had to take an examination which was to score for a 20 over game. They were provided with a ball by ball written commentary.

18 out of the 24 participants who took the test passed. This is testimony to the interest shown by the participants and their capability to learn, said the course conductor Mr. Raghuraman. He also added that the feedbacks from the participants are very encouraging and they would like SCA to host such courses frequently.

Certificate of participation was given out to all while the certificate of achievement will be given out to all those who passed the exams.


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