What are the programs objectives?
Among the key objectives of the Premier Cricket Program are the following:
- Provide a platform for ACA Members to remain in Premier Cricket through playing, coaching, talent identification and administrative roles
- Narrow the gap between Premier Cricket and High Performance/Domestic Cricket
- Create additional opportunities for clubs to support and enhance existing budgets and structures
- Grow a sustainable program that ensures Premier Cricket remains the lifeblood of Australian Cricket within the National Player Pathway
- Retain Australian and Domestic Cricketers who are able to support young talent
- Provide a higher level competition for all players involved in Premier Cricket
- Excite, inspire and improve the next generation of Australian and Domestic Cricketers
- Support the development of emerging talent while balancing club objectives
What Clubs are eligible for funding under the Premier Cricket Program?
This program is designed to narrow the gap between Premier Cricket and high performance/domestic cricket. On this basis funding is available to any Premier Cricket Clubs who have 1st XI teams competing for the entire season in the top Premier competition in the state. These are the clubs that provide a direct pathway or ‘home club’ for current and aspiring professional cricketers.
How much funding can my club access?
Based on a number of citeria including the number of teams within the club, the number of games played and time committed to Premier Cricket we anticipate that in 2017/18 most male Premier Clubs will continue to be able to access $10,000 and most female Premier Cricket Clubs will be able to access $7,500. We therefore anticipate fully integrated clubs will be able to access $17,500 of funding.
Female clubs will have the ability for this amount to grow as the number of teams, games played and time committed to female Premier Cricket grows.
No individual ACA member is able to access more than $10,000 of program funding.
Who is eligible to fill a club role?
- Male & Female uncontracted ACA Members
- Recently delisted players who still having playing aspirations
- Past players (who are current or eligible ACA Members) with a desire to identify, coach and develop players within the Australian Cricket Pathway.
- Players who still have BBL/WBBL contracts are still considered contracted players and therefore ineligible for the program.
What are the potential roles?
ACA Members in this program can fill one of or a combination of the roles listed below:
- Senior Club Coach
- Senior Assistant
- Junior Talent Coach / Lower XI Player￼
What sort of tasks are involved?
ACA Members appointed in these roles will need to make a regular commitment to the club for the full season and will undertake a range of tasks including:
- Assisting in the identification and recruitment of talented players;
- Providing intelligence from Premier Cricket competitions to State Talent Managers/Selectors;
- Reviewing and assessing potential contracted players for underage and senior state squads;
- Promoting National/State coaching and selection philosophies to club leaders and players;
- Mentoring and 'coaching' of coaches - utilising high performance language, messages and game styles/plans;
- Identifying strengths and weaknesses in Premier Cricket;
- Acting as a conduit to share information and expectations to coaches, selectors and players at club level.
Who are the key stakeholders?
- Australian Cricketers' Association (the Program is managed by the ACA)
- It is supported by Cricket Australia, and the States and Territories
- Premier Cricket Clubs
- State Talent Managers
How is the program funded?
- The funding comes as a result of Cricket Australia's (CA) most recent media rights deals with Channels 9 and 10 (2013). CA advised the ACA that the Player Payment Pool (PPP) is estimated to increase by $43m compared to the original estimates for the 2012-17 MOU period.
- As part of the process of compiling the State of the Game report, the ACA met with all current players who unanimously chose to contribute some of this Player Payment Pool increase to initiatives that will help strengthen the game.
- It is money that would otherwise have gone into the Player Payment Pool and is essentially a donation from the current male players to the past players for their, and the game's benefit.
- The Player Partnership Fund (formally known as the State of the Game fund) incorporates the ACA Premier Cricket Program, the Female Health Insurance Scheme, the Premier Cricket Volunteer Recognition Program and an Internship Program.
How do I reconnect with a Premier Club if I have been out of the system for a number of years and/or how can clubs access past players outside their current network?
We encourage that ACA members and clubs reach out to each other directly but if either a club or an ACA member needs assistance to engage in the program, please register your interest by contacting us and applying through the appropriate online forms.
Can ACA members engage across both the male and female premier cricket roles?
Yes, members can work across both roles however, no individual ACA member is able to access more than $10,000 of program funding.
Can multiple members be utilised within a club?
Yes, as long as the funding is used to engage an ACA members, clubs can split the funding between multiple members. For fully integrated clubs no individual ACA member is able to access more than $10,000 of program funding. It is important that ACA members involved are to engage in genuine ongoing season long commitments and not used as sporadic specialist coaches.
How do you apply for the ACA Premier Cricket Program?
Premier Cricket Clubs
It is the responsibility of Premier Cricket Club administrators to complete an application form once a working relationship with an ACA member has been discussed. This is still required for clubs who would like to continue a working relationship with their ACA Member from the 2016/17 season. this application process is also our way of maintaining up to date contact information.
Alternatively, if a Premier Cricket Club finds it difficult to establish a relationship with an ACA member, the club administrator can complete a 'Premier Cricket Club Vacancy' form which allows the club to identify the specific role they would like an ACA member to fill. This vacancy will then be published on our website and circulated to ACA Members.
Club administrators will need to enter the password sent to the club admin email address which will allow clubs access to the secure Premier Cricket Program section of the website.
ACA members must complete a member application form whether a relationship has already been discussed and established with a club or you are expressing your interest in the program. Members will need to sign in using their ACA Member login to gain access to this form.
When do applications need to be submitted?
First round Expressions of Interest and Application forms must be completed by 31 July 2017, however please submit applications as early as possible. This date is set to allow enough time for agreements to be formalised and ACA Members to make a significant contribution in the clubs pre-season.
ACA Members and clubs involved in the program will be required to attend an induction/development session that will take place late in the pre season or the start of the Premier season. Dates will be confirmed at a later time for respective states.
What is the process once an application form or club vacancy form are submitted?
By completing a member registration form and indicating that you have not established a relationship with a club your details will be provided to clubs that are still looking for an ACA Member.
Similarly the details of premier clubs that complete an opportunity in your club form will be collected and provided on the website and circulated to ACA Members. It will be the clubs responsibility to establish a working relationship with an appropriate member once that connection is made.
What if I haven't renewed my ACA membership?
ACA Members wishing to apply will need to ensure they are current ACA Member for the 2017-18 season before the ACA can process their application. Contact us on 03 9698 7200 or email Kylie Crowley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do I need a Working with Children check/Police check?
It is a legal requirement in Australia for anyone working with children to undertake an authorised check. Participation in this Program will involve working with children. You will need to undertake a check and provide details to your club executives.
What are the reporting/administration expectations?
You will be expected to maintain regular contact with club executives and engage with High Performance staff and State Talent Managers to identify and monitor talent.
Clubs will need to provide the ACA with two (2) invoices: one at the start of the season coinciding with the start of the season and a second at the conclusion of the season.
Mid and post-season reporting will need to be completed by a club official and the ACA Member at the instruction of the ACA's Program Manager.
When will I receive payment and what are my obligations?
The fees are paid in two equal instalments to the club. One payment at the start of the season and a second payment will be paid at the conclusion of the season subject to the satisfactory completion of roles and reporting and the provision of valid tax invoices.
If the Club is required by law to make any superannuation contributions in respect of any amounts payable under this Contract, the Club will make these payments at the times and in the manner required by applicable legislation. You acknowledge and agree that these superannuation contributions form part of the Fees.
The Club will make payment of each instalment (excluding the superannuation component (if any) and net of any amounts which the Club is required by law to withhold) to the bank account nominated by the ACA Member.
If GST is payable by you on any Fees then, subject to the provision by you of a valid tax invoice for the amount of the GST, the Club will pay you the amount of the GST at the same time as it makes payment of the Fees.
You acknowledge that you are responsible for any tax, GST and other payments required to be made by you by law.
If i have any questions or would like further information on the Premier Cricket Program who do i contact?
Phone: (03) 9698 7200
Fax: (03) 9698 7299