October 3, 2010
From Vasu Ram and the Massachusetts YCA:
"Grafton High School PE Service day went off as planned on September
25th 2010. It was attended by 4 PE Staff, Karrah Ellis, Jason, Kerry and
Maureen. MYCA was ably supported by Vikram and Bhavith. We went through
a 30 minute video to provide some background on the cricket history and
its popularity in USA. Once done, we headed to the field to play the
game. As Jamie said "fun starts when you actually play the game." This
is so true, all of them started loving the game the moment they started
playing the game. We split the team into 4 each and played a 10 over
game taking time to explain the game. All of them got the hang of the
game and stared getting involved."
"End of the game, all they said "Such a
awesome game. A perfect team game and the kids would love it". Once the
game was over, I also took time to explain some of the benefits - batsman trusting each other, leader of the team putting the right person
at the right place, strategy behind the game. They all truly
appreciated the benefits.
As Jason, one of the PE staff quoted as we were leaving the school "I
never played this game before. All I can say it's physical but has lot
of mental aspect to it. It is a thinking game and can't wait to
introduce it as part of PE Curriculum."
Karrah Ellis, Director of Athletics, said that the next steps will be
to present to the superintendent and get the approval from board which
she see as no problem. Once done, which she anticipates within a month,
game will be introduced in spring 2011 or earlier as part of the indoor
Pretty encouraging and now we will be moving on to Shrewsbury!!"
Great job, Vasu! Keep up the momentum in Massachusetts!