USACA Youth Committee Meeting
Attendees: Rahul Sharma, Ricky Kissoon, Shantha Suraweera, Asif Ahmad, Hemant Buch, Manaf Mohamed, Lisa Brulport, Rajesh Uppalapati Absent Due to Prior Commitments: Syed Shahanawaz, Vasanth Krishnaswami, Michael Gale

Core Agenda
To set three potential goals for the core USACA youth strategy going forward and recommendations on potential budget and funding allocation
1 Introducing and having the game adopted
2 Potential youth based tournaments (regional and possibly super regional focus)
3 Developing coaching resources.

Introducing and adopting the sport
Have 10,000 new youngsters adopt cricket and playing at least 10 weeks a year in one year.
Committee members discussed the various needs and opportunities in each region or area represented. A number of the discussions evolved around how to reach to P/E teachers for zero based certification and a focus on potential schools in each region that each member of the committee can reach out to.
For example Hemant Buch talked about training 200 secondary schools by December of 2012. The agreed approach to budgeting is to take 50% of potential budgets for this and seek additional funding from bodies such as the ICC and interested sponsors the USACA board members will help with.

Regional and National tournament and Super regions
Each member recognized that this is a key platform for keeping youth engaged and involved in the sport once they have been introduced and are playing more regularly. Asif Ahmed and Rahul Sharma volunteered to develop the framework and this will be discussed at the next committee meeting. The allocation of budget for this would be 20% to 35%. There should be a published calendar of events and tournaments to be published on the website. Three members agreed to coordinate that Hemant Buch, Ricky Kisoon and Manaf Mohamed.

Develop coaches and coordinators
The key is to develop coaches and mostly coordinators. At the next meeting the committee should set up a small sub group to focus on building programs, content and budget for this purpose.

Manaf Mohamed to send request to identify at least 2 trainers from each region who will be trained by Wendell Coppin of ICC from each region. The time frame for this is middle November.

Other Items:
• In order to develop a finding model members involved in each of these three objective areas will come back with requests and plans to draft a proposal to USACA that will show: objectives and measurements for success, resource needs and funding requirements (USACA, others and partner funding). Manaf Mohammad will require a set of funding plans within three weeks for integration into the national budget
• The committee will work with the USACA board member (Michael Gale) on key information that needs to be loaded and managed on the USACA Youth website (for example local market cricket playing communities), teaching and coaching content and ongoing news.
• Full committee invites for the USACA youth committee for the G-mail account will be sent out and confirmed by October 28th.

The Next Meeting:
Will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at 6.00PM Pacific time. USACA will send out the meeting reminder to the team members. We will try and have ongoing meetings on the second Tuesday of every month.



  1. concerned parent says:

    I think this is the way usaca should have gone a long time ago,however for those groups or individuals who are working timelessly to improve or promote cricket usaca should work with these people together for the upliftment of grassroots cricket.usaca needs the proper infrastructure, programs ,high performance centers etc in place to take grassroots cricket to a very high standard,only then cricket will take off;having 10,000 kids for 2013 is a good thing,but the proper people/coaches has to be in place ,not those people who are out there for there own financial gain,or those who been recycle over and over again doing nothing for cricket but destroying it and other good people creditability so they can gain inroads to usaca for there own gain. we need new people with fresh ideas ,talented in cricket and wants to work hard for the development of cricket,and can connect with kids,only then we can get somewhere.

  2. Orville Hall says:

    I think this is was a good first meeting for the Youth Cricket Committee. However, I was puzzled by the fact that, in spite of USYCA being the premier location to access this kind of talent, not a word was mentioned in the recorded minutes about this group. I am hoping this was merely an oversight and not an attempt to try to ostricize this talented group of individuals who are working tirelessly to move cricket into the mainstream in US sports. I know that Jamie Harrison, president of USYCA, has reached out to USACA before. I’m hoping that we can find a way to work together towards the advancement of the game in the USA.

  3. Excellent idea of having these meetings. If we are to get the American public to accept our game then we have to work with the youths. Create the interest in cricket for them. Let them enjoy thejoys and rewards of cricket. It must be imbedded in their beings. USACA must find ways to “reach’ the youths. The committee on youths have a lot of work to do.

    Most importantly, once decisions are made as to a plan of action, then there must be execution ina timely manner.

    In New York City presently, the PSAL runs a Varsity Cricket Program each year from March through early June. At present there are 29 High Schools that are enrolled in the program. ( Hemant Buch mentioned the nedd to get 200 HS involved). The PSAL program is an excellent start. As usual, financing is a problem. The youths need proper equiptments: pads, batting gloves, bats, etc, and, of course, proper cricket attire. There is money shortages in the school, which as a result are not able to provide adequately for the players. The USACA Youth Committee tals about getting finances to youth programs. They could start with helping to finance the PSAL program and the players in this program. Ricky Kissoon, Asst. Cricket Commissioner at PSAL is part of the USACA Committee. He could speak to the other members, and make them more aware of PSAL and the need for more money to run the program more efficiently.