WARRNAMBOOL and District Cricket Association officials hope their junior development program will help reap strong results at representative competitions.
Thirty-six juniors, at under 13 and under 15 level, have received specialist coaching during the past month.
The sessions have given the emerging cricketers a head start on their preparation for season 2013-14, which gets under way next week.
They will continue to hone their skills under the coaches on a fortnightly basis.
WDCA director of junior cricket Gordon McLeod said the program had been beneficial since its creation last season.
“These boys have been invited because of their performances last year and the fact they’ve got into the Western Waves program,” McLeod said.
“When the season starts, we’re going to invite other boys who do well in the home-and-away games to join the group.
“If the boys stand out with club coaching, we think they’ll become better players with specialist coaching and it’ll be better for our representative sides.”
McLeod said the sessions would be staggered.
“We’ve broken it up into two groups: wicketkeepers and spinners one week and fast bowlers and batters the other week,” he said.
“We’ve got senior players who are qualified coaches to come in and give instruction to the kids.”
The WDCA will contest three junior country week competitions in January.
The under 13s are off to Portland, the under 15s bound for Horsham and the under 17s play in Warrnambool.
Ashley Jennings (Merrivale) and Jayaweera Bandara (Russells Creek) will coach the two 13s teams.
Brian Dennis (Wesley-CBC) and Andrew Thomson (Russells Creek) are at the helm of the 15s.
Officials are still finalising coaches for the 17s.
At domestic level, the WDCA under 13 competition starts on Saturday.
The under 15s gets under way tomorrow, while the under 17s begins on Tuesday