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OSCA awards up for nominations

— 21 June 2014

Nominations are invited for the 2014 Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) by which Yorkshire cricket recognises and rewards those individuals who work tirelessly within recreational cricket across the county. T

he Awards Evening is held is being held at Headingley on 7th August 2014, after the days play in Yorkshire’s 50-over game against Worcestershire. The winners and runners-up in each category are invited, with partners, to this game. Nominations for the awards need to be submitted by Friday 27 June with the 2014 award categories being:

Young Volunteer (Under 25 on 7th August 2014)

Behind the Scenes (The clubman of the year – someone invisible who your club could not do without)

Building Partnerships (A volunteer, club or cricket organisation who has created a sustainable partnership with schools, voluntary organisations, other sports and/or the local community)

Nat West Cricket Force (A volunteer or group of volunteers who made an outstanding contribution to this year’s NatWest CricketForce event in Yorkshire)

Leagues and Boards (An individual with dedication who has achieved sustainable results for a League, Cricket Board, Area Cricket Council or Cricket Development Group)

Lifetime Achiever (An individual who has made an outstanding difference to cricket over a sustained period)

Officiating – Umpires and Scorers (An individual who has raised the profile of good officiating within Yorkshire and recruiting/training /mentoring new Officials)

These seven are ECB category awards and the Yorkshire winners of these will be automatically put forward for consideration for an ECB national award. Nominees should consider innovation and creativity; energy and commitment to development; the creation of good practice worth replication; inspiration and motivation; leadership in creating and developing projects.

The other Yorkshire categories are:

Coach Education (Winners to be nominated for the Sky Sports 2014-15 Awards)

Outstanding Contribution and Services to Cricket Coaching ( A coach who has contributed to cricket coaching and created a legacy through development of coaching , and innovation that has increased coaching activity and player participation)

Coach of the Year (A coach who has made a significant difference in shaping the lives of cricketers in both club and representative cricket)

Young Coach of the Year (A young coach who has showed a commitment to developing the game at grass roots and community level and has had a clear impact with school, club or community. Nominees should be under the age of 25.)

YCB Services to Sport Awards (in recognition of long-term service)

Clifford Smith Award -Youth Representative Cricket (an individual who given a life-long commitment to youth representative cricket in coaching or administrative capacity and “made a difference”)

Maurice Young Award – Coaching Young People (a coach who has inspired young people and made a difference over many years)

Disability Cricket (an individual who may be able-bodied or from a disability group who has “ made a difference” in the availability of cricket for those with a disability)

Umpiring (A umpire who has given long-term service to umpiring and “made a difference” by their loyalty and personal standards and/or by tutoring fellow umpires)

Scoring (A scorer who has given long-term service to scoring and “made a difference” to scoring by their dedication, loyalty and personal standards)

Groundsmanship (a groundsman who has given long-term service to the cause of and development of groundsmanship in the county and or at their club and has thus “made a difference”)

Barbara Hare Award – Womens Cricket (an individual who has given long and valuable service and who has “made a difference” in the availability of women and girls cricket which may be at club, district or county level)

Black Minority Ethnic Cricket (an individual who has given long and valuable service and who has “made a difference” in the availability of cricket for young people from the Black Minority Ethnic communities)

Disability achiever of the year (an individual from a disability group who has achieved high playing recognition and results in 2011-12 and/or who has by way of example or direct help raised the aspirations of those playing disability cricket)

Young Disability Performer of the Year (A young person under 18 years from a disability group who has performed well and achieved great playing improvement )

Ralph Pritchard Award – Volunteer of the Year (An individual whose volunteering efforts across a range of cricket activities in 2013-14 has truly “made a difference” to the cricket opportunities of those around them)

Francesca Anoble Memorial Young Leaders Award (the YCB Young leader of the Year from the Yorkshire Cricket Young Elite Leaders Academy and schemes)

George Reah Special Award – No nominations can be made for this award which only be made if the Awards Panel feel there is someone special in an above category or comes very close in several categories that they deserve an award

Brian Stone Award – Club Family of the Year (A family who together have given exceptional service to their club in 2013-14).

Nominations forms are available from Lawrence Walker at the YCB Offices or from the YCB website with completed forms to be submitted by Friday 27 June. Anyone within cricket can nominate and previous runners up can be re-nominated for awards.