Cricket is one of the greatest sports for kids to play.
At Sports Movement, we train hundreds of talented young players – many of whom show an aptitude for and desire to become pro cricketers.
But cricket isn’t as popular in America as it is in countries like England and India. As a result, the dream of becoming a pro cricketer can be a little bewildering for young players and their parents alike.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be a total mystery any longer! In this guide, we’ll talk about what you can do to help your kids work toward their goal.
How Do I Become a Pro Cricketer?
The road toward becoming a pro cricketer isn’t much different in the US than it is elsewhere in the world, though it can be a little more difficult.
Because it isn’t as popular a choice for American kids as sports like baseball or basketball are, there aren’t as many opportunities available.
The national focus isn’t there – which is, unfortunately, where nations like England, India, and South Africa have the advantage.
Still, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to become a pro cricketer in the US!
Your first step is to check with your school if they have a cricket program available. You might be pleasantly surprised!
But don’t despair if that isn’t the case. If your kid first learned about cricket from one of their friends at school, it’s possible their parents know of a cricket program in your area.
It’s important to get started on the path to becoming a pro cricketer at a young age. While it’s not impossible for younger teens to get introduced to the sport and make it big, it is significantly more difficult for them.
Starting young gives young cricketers plenty of time to develop all of the cricketing skills necessary to launch a professional career later in life!
Another important step in becoming a pro cricketer is attending as many cricket camps as possible.
In addition to regular school programs and joining a kids cricket club (if your area has one), cricket camps give young cricketers a unique opportunity to practice. And, as with any sport or discipline, practice is key!
It’s always a great idea to go with a coaching organization that offers both winter and summer cricket camps, as well as having different coaches available.
This helps the young cricketer learn different playing styles, including bowling and batting techniques. Plus, by playing in different weather conditions, they’ll be better prepared for international matches when they go pro.
Watch the Pros
Observation is an important life skill. This is no less true for kids who want to become pro cricketers!
Let your young cricketer watch as many televised professional cricket matches as possible. Don’t force them, of course – but encourage them to follow their favorite teams and pro cricketers at every opportunity.
If there are any cricket matches happening over the weekend, take them with you to watch the game live too. Encourage them to use what they’ve learned to study and analyze their favorite cricketers’ techniques.
Balancing School and Becoming a Pro Cricketer
One of the main concerns we hear from parents is the young sportsman (or sportswoman) is going to let their dreams of becoming a pro cricketer interfere with their performance at school.
This is an especially big worry for parents of kids approaching their teens.
When kids reach adolescence, at around the age of 13, their school work becomes more demanding. And almost simultaneously, their sports training also intensifies.
At Sports Movement, we understand this concern. We strongly believe in fostering healthy lifestyles – which don’t only include physical activities, but also a healthy balance between sport and academics.
Encourage your kids to excel in their academic life just as much as you do their sports.
A sad reality of life is not every highly skilled cricketer is going to become a full-time professional, so their studies are still going to be very important.
How Sports Movement Can Help
Sports Movement offers different services that can help your child become a pro cricketer: after-school programs (age 4-15), private camps (different skill levels), and private training (1-on-1 or in small groups)!
Sign-up today and see what we can do for your budding young cricket professional!