Play Ball – Cricket in New York City Public Schools
March 4, 2008
Come this spring, the phrase “Let’s Play Ball” will
take on a whole new meaning.
No, this is not America’s favorite pastime -- baseball, its
Schools, students, parents, teachers, cricket leagues, cricket umpires
and cricket officials in the United States and around the world are
all talking about Cricket in New York City Public Schools.
This is a very exciting for cricket in New York City and the United
States of America.
Two years ago, when officials of the New York City Public Schools
Athletic League (PSAL) sat down to plan their activities for the upcoming
season, the question was asked, what new sport can be added to the
PSAL program? Cricket was suggested.
Because of immigration pattern, a vast amount of students from cricket
playing countries are in New York City Public Schools.
PSAL officials soon realized that they were on to something special.
They found that students of immigrants from cricket playing countries
are not interested in traditional American sport -- they are only
interested in playing cricket.
So adding cricket to the New York City Public Schools Athletic League
(PSAL) program was an easy decision to make.
Officials of the PSAL then contacted the Untied States of America
Cricket Association (USACA), the parent body for cricket in the United
States, and immediately sought their assistance in setting up a school’s
program for cricket.
USACA officials responded immediately and provide the assistance and
support PSAL was looking for.
Some may be asking the question, what kind of cricket are they talking
Well make no bones about it, the New York City Public Schools cricket
program is the most comprehensive cricket program you will find anywhere.
This level of organization is unmatched, not only here in the United
States, but also anywhere else in the cricket world.
Yes folks, this is hardball cricket with regulation size cricket balls
and cricket equipment for both boys and girls!
Like every other sports in the PSAL, cricket has its own Commissioner
in Mr. Basset Thompson. Again, this is a first in Cricket.
Beginning April 1, 2008, fourteen (14) schools will be participating
in the pilot program.
list of participating schools)
Schools that expressed interest for next year are Edison HS, Jamaica
HS, Hillcrest HS, John Bowne HS, Francis Lewis HS and Flushing HS
just to name a few.
These schools have a large population of students that are from cricket
Obviously, the long term plan is to teach American Born kids the sport
ICC “Teach Cricket”, video and print material, were already
distributed to several schools in New York City and were well received.
Several clinics were held the coaches already with more scheduled
before the season starts. Coaches are teachers within the NYC Public
Cricket fans and officials are being encouraged to come out to the
games and support students and the program.
PSAL Cricket for Schools and Schedule
The fourteen (14) schools will divided into two groups of seven (7)
Each school will play twelve (12) games in the regular season competition
– with home and away games.
After the regular competition there will be a play-off to determine
About the games
As stated earlier, these are legitimate cricket matches, with complete
cricket equipment, for both boys and girls.
The matches will be of 20 overs duration.
Games will start at 4.00pm and end at 7.00pm.
Each school will have their own uniform -- with the number and name
of the player.
Close-in Fielders must wear protective gears, including helmets, at
It is mandatory that each school have a teacher-coach.
The USACUA will provide umpires for the games which I might add that
they are being paid for their services. Two umpires per game.
Mandatory, two scorers are required per a game. Box scores and results
will be published within two days.
At the end of the season Trophies will be awarded in the following
PSAL END OF SEASON AWARDS
Best Batting Average by a player
Most Runs Scored by a player
Highest Individual Score by a player
Centurions (players that scored a hundred)
Best Bowling Average by a player
Most Wickets by a bowler
Best Bowling Figures by a bowler
5 Wickets or More in an Inning by a bowler
Hat-trick (3 wickets in 3 balls)
Regular Season Competition
Champion and Runner-up
Season’s Most Valuable Player (MVP)
NORTH EAST DIVISION
H.S. 610 Aviation High School
LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS
H.S. 440 Dewitt Clinton High School
H.S. 480 John Adams High School
OZONE PARK, QUEENS
H.S. 555 Newcomers High School: Academy for New Americans
LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS
Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and Sciences
H.S. 475 Richmond Hill High School
RICHMOND HILL, QUEENS
H.S. 450 Long Island City High School
LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS
SOUTH WEST DIVISION
H.S. 405 Herbert H. Lehman High School
H.S. 590 Medgar Evers Preparatory School at Medgar Evers College
H.S. 440 Prospect Heights High School
H.S. 415 Samuel J. Tilden High School
H.S. 475 Stuyvesant High School
H.S. 620 William E. Grady High School
H.S. 505 Franklin D. Roosevelt High School
Official Website: www.psal.org
USA Cricket Association: www.usaca.org
PSAL Cricket Link: http://www.psal.org/psalsports/sport/psal_sppage.aspx?csport=056