Cricket is the most prestigious GPS Summer Sport dating back to 1906 played over Term 4 and Term 1. Sydney Boys High is unique as it is not only an academic selective school it is also the only public school among the nine members of the Athletics Association of Great Public Schools (AAGPS) - which means we are part of an exclusive group that competes at all levels in a variety of sports and activities and is arguably one of the highest standard school boys sport competitions in the world. High has won the GPS cricket premiership on seven occasions: 1933, 1934, 1938, 1968, 1979, 1982 and 1994. In 1994, Sydney High went on to represent NSW in the national championships. And in 1980 we won the prestigious CHS Knockout Tournament, The Alan Davidson Shield, captained by one of our current staff members and cricket coaches, Mr David Smith. In 2014-15 season we won the South-East Regional Final.
High Cricket Program
Cricket is a particularly demanding sport that requires great technical skill, strength of character, concentration, commitment and physical endurance. We aim to produce well rounded young men and realise maximum enjoyment for all involved and showing respect for each other, promoting the values of team work, co-operation and leadership. In addition cricket helps young men learn to accept both success and failure graciously; they become aware of the need to co-operate with others, using the best qualities of each individual to contribute to the greater advantage of the whole group; the importance of time management; personal effort; commitment; goal setting; self-discipline and cooperation. Sydney Boys High values Cricket because of the life lessons learnt as we are concerned with the development of the whole person, turning our young boys into young men. These attributes transfer off the pitch and into the classroom, with studies showing boys who commit to extra-curricular activities such as cricket are better prepared and disciplined for school work and the HSC.
Cricket at SBHS is moving into an exciting era where focus within the coaching structure for each age group for all players will have access to highly qualified specialist coaches and top of the line training facilities. A sequential plan has been developed with a long term development of the player being the number one priority. We are committed in providing a “cricket education” to all players through their years in representing the college no matter what age group or ability level. This involves equipment for each team accompanied by an accredited cricket coach implementing a positive and enjoyable cricket environment. A coach imparts knowledge of the game, match strategy and the all-important technical skills needed to perform well. Well-equipped cricket kits are essential to effective training and match play. We all know that if our boys play well and are competitive, they also enjoy their sport more.
In recognition of the importance of access to good coaching and equipment it
is expected from them, in the training and the cricket program, to help create a
successful culture. All teams are involved in 2-4 compulsory training sessions
involving fielding, fitness, centre wicket practice, Pilates and net sessions
including their Saturday fixture that is mixed between one-day matches and
two-day matches. Preparation for the Cricket program, our trial matches
and the GPS Cricket competition is a major commitment for the student that
extends from July through to March. The focus of the cricket program was working
on their fitness, technical skills as well as team work. Additional
sessions, focusing on speed, agility and strength, are undertaken by individuals
at times outside normal team training sessions.
November and December features the annual exchange visit for the East Coast Cup against Brisbane State High School for our Year 7 and Year 8 representative team and the annual Summer Exchange playing for the Barberis Cup against Melbourne High School and Brisbane State High School for Year 9 (Under 16) representative players. Additionally our 1st XI participate in the annual 5 Highs National Carnival. State selective high schools from around the country, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, take turns to host this prestigious national cricket event. This year’s carnival will be hosted by Melbourne High with SBHS players regularly selected in the Australian 5 Highs team.
Currently at High, we have over 180 cricketers in 16 teams. Each team will be
provided with a coach that will have accreditation in cricket coaching, umpiring
and scoring. Additionally we will be providing our cricketers with specialist
coaching in Wicket keeping, fielding, batting, bowling, centre wicket practice,
strength and conditioning and Pilates for our 1st and 2nd XI players. We have
also recruited a sports physiotherapist on Monday mornings to assess 1st and 2nd
XI students on their injuries for the week.
Part of strengthening the development of our cricket program is we have introduced “SBHS Cricket Academy”. This Academy identifies 35 of our strongest players across all age groups and have them train together once a week. This allows the senior students top help educate the junior players to best prepare them for 1st and 2nd XI Cricket in the coming seasons. They also play trial matches together during the term 3 holidays. We have also introduced a “SBHS Development Squad”. These are students who are new to the game and would like to learn more about what they call “The Gentleman’s Game”. They still train as per normal, but learning the basic skills of the game. On Saturdays they will be playing fun modified games and cricket drills. Once we feel they have developed enough we will provide them with a proper fixture against other schools. Another program we do to is “Try Cricket Day” for the new Year 7s and Year 9 students a few days before the academic year starts. This gives us an opportunity to meet the families and students, see the skill level and provide information about the coming season.
An important part of continuing to strengthen and develop our cricket program is we encourage many of our players to be involved in a cricket club. This also allows them to play club cricket during the holidays to gain exposure against adults who are stronger, faster and more knowledgeable gaining invaluable experience among their peers. Many try out for the highly regarded Green Shield U16’s competition. This is recognised as one of the toughest U16’s competition in the world. The school regularly has up to three players a season representing at this level. In the U18’s, High regularly have players selected for the combined GPS cricket team and the NSW Cricket Academy with many going on to play club cricket at a high level.
It is our primary concern that this culture is sustained and that the cricketers continue to excel and enjoy this noble sport whilst building lifelong friendships. This has been a result from preparing our boys with good coaching, and a support structure from our parents and staff. We encourage our boys to develop their leadership skills and appreciation of the game off the field, by attending events such as the LBW trust dinner, volunteer for the City2Surf, and help raise funds for the cricket program.
High Cricket Family
High Cricket Website
For information regarding fixtures, training, team lists, venues and results, please visit and favourite/bookmark the Sydney High Cricket Website - http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/cricket/