May 18, 2010
- Virginia and South Texas join USYCA; fifteen states now represented
- Facebook Group passes 1,000 members
- USYCA gets a new logo; homepage gets a makeover
- Cricket introduced in schools in Kansas and Maryland
- Constitution Committee moving rapidly
- Jamie writes on youth development in DreamCricket
- Pitch of Dreams DVD available
- Be a state president, or volunteer with an existing association
The pace of events continues to accelerate as people interested in
youth cricket answer the call to serve. Added recently are the South
Texas YCA with Yogesh Patel at the helm, and the Virginia YCA, led by
Siva Narapareddy. Here's our list of state associations as of today, but
even now I am in discussions with individuals from several new states
who are interested in working with us.
Arizona - Sumeet Bhandari, President.
California - David Sentance, President.
Colorado - Dan Ruparel, President.
Connecticut - Rakesh Kallem, President.
Florida - Nino DiLoreto, President.
Illinois - Manish Varma, President.
Indiana - Jatin Patel, President.
Kansas Oklahoma - Edward Fox, President.
Maryland - Jamie Harrison, President.
Massachusetss - Vasu Ram, President.
New York - Lloyd Jodah, President.
North Carolina - Simon Percival, President.
North Texas - Yogesh Patel, President.
Virginia - Siva Narapareddy, President.
Another testament to our growing strength is that our Facebook group
topped 1,000 members yesterday, and our new Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-States-Youth-Cricket-Association/110438225660973?ref=ts) is already over 400. If you're not a fan, become one today!
The USYCA has introduced a new red, white and blue logo, which we
believe depicts our commitment to seeing girls and boys adopt cricket as
their sport. The USYCA website (http://usyouthcricket.org) has also been updated with an entirely new look. Check out the logo and the website and let us know what you think.
USYCA chapters have begun the process of introducing cricket to
children. The Kansas Oklahoma YCA is working with Augusta parents who
have volunteered to coordinate a club (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=122196037804651&ref=ts);
they will have their first game tomorrow. The Maryland YCA taught
cricket to five PE classes at Highland Park Elementary, and has posted a
slideshow on their site (http://mdyouthcricket.org/2010/05/14/slideshow-highland-park-elementary-gets%C2%A0cricket/).
They will be at William Paca Elementary, a school with over 500
students, on Friday. The MYCA has also been contacted this week by two
other schools that heard about the program and wish to be included.
The Constitution Committee is making good progress on the draft
constitution, and should have something ready for consideration by the
states within a few weeks. Thanks go out to committee chairman Edward
Fox, Orville Hall, Rakesh Kallem, David Sentance, Nino DiLoreto and
DreamCricket has published "Six Stages of Youth Cricket Development,"
in which Jamie describes in detail the process by which we introduce
cricket to youngsters and then bring them along in a way that makes
sense. It also addresses the role of the USYCA in this process. If you
haven't read it yet, here's the link: http://www.dreamcricket.com/dreamcricket/news.hspl?nid=14287&ntid=4
Rohit Kulkarni has produced a wonderful short documentary about the
state of cricket in America, called "Pitch of Dreams." As I watched it, I
recognized many of you, and I learned quite a bit. Rohit is offering
copies of the DVD for only $5, and I heartily recommend it. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pitch-of-Dreams-Cricket-in-America/212993357454?ref=ts
The United States Youth Cricket Association is a place where states
and individuals can network with each other and support each other in
this mission. If your state isn't listed above and you wish to organize
an association, and you are in agreement with our approach, please
contact me and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have
about getting one started. If you would like to volunteer or donate, I
can help you there, too.
All the best,