I thought I'd keep everyone up to date with the new modifications to being trialed next season for our Junior Cricket Competitions. There are to be changes made to our local and surrounding junior competitions. The idea is to cater for the physical capabilities of children to play under adult regulations, to help the speed of play, increase participation and reduce the number of no balls and wides bowled. Stage 1 (under-10s and 11s) will introduce a reduction in pitch length by 4m to 16m, boundaries will be limited to 40m, teams will ﬁeld just seven players, games will be limited to 20 overs and a softer, modiﬁed ball will be used. In Stage 2 (wider-12s and 13s), players will play on an 18m pitch, boundaries will be limited to 45m, teams will ﬁeld nine players and games will be limited to 25 overs. I'm all for it as it will make the introduction to cricket so much easier and more enjoyable for young kids. Do you blokes in other countries have anything similar or any suggestions about how things could be modified for young kids.