Welcome to the BOCC
The British Officers Cricket Club appears in cricket history back in the 'Golden Age' of cricket in Philadelphia
in the late 1800's.
However, as an affiliate of The British Officers Club of Philadelphia founded in 1925, regular games were
played until WWII.
The BOCC was re-born in 1986-thanks to co-founders, the late Peter Stone, Alan Stuart and Alfred Reeves.
Since that time the club has been a major force in rekindling the game in Philadelphia,
and now enjoys a playing membership of over 80 cricketers including a thriving youth section.
The BOCC plays cricket for fun, for love of the game, yet competitively, with a will to win.
The BOCC places high importance upon social interaction and a membership willing to contribute effort
on and off the field.
The BOCC places no restriction upon membership, save that of gentlemanly conduct.
Club management is democratic and bound by its Constitution.
The BOCC strives to uphold the notion of Cricket first, team second and the individual last.
The BOCC is a co-founder and a proud supporter and
participant in the Philadelphia International Cricket Festival.
The BOCC plays in the Greater Philadelphia Cricket League on Saturdays
and Sundays and have qualified for the playoffs in the last two years. We also go on tour to Toronto over the July 4
weekend and with friendly games all season long, plays an aggregate of over 60 matches a season.
BOCC has also toured the UK in both 2002 and 2004 and most recently Sarasota Florida in February, 2019.
Touring is part of the club both travelling and hosting visiting sides; more tours are expected in upcoming years.
Additionally, the club has a traditional pre-season curry party, Annual Awards Dinner and other fun/family friendly
social events. There are organized net practices at our home ground which has a unique two side by side fields, a club house
Evansburg State Park
in Collegeville from April thru September.
|Curry Party Update||Ian Turner||February 17
| ||BOCC Members
Thank you to all the members who have either responded to evite or updated the survey. However, there are still a few members who have yet to say whether they are coming or not. Please update your attendance status as soon as possible, so I can make the necessary food arrangements. Speaking of food, I have a decent core of people who have said they are bringing food. Remember, if you make a dish this absolves you from the $25 fee, but please let me know what you are bringing. If you bring food without telling me, I will gladly accept your food and Chris will also gladly accept your $25. Speaking of Chris, please Venmo/paypal Chris your entrance fee in advance so that he doesn’t have to worry about collecting. Finally speaking of collecting, we will be collecting cash for the raffle on the night, but we need more raffle prizes. Please find something of value you can donate and email me the details. Otherwise me and Kenny will be shopping on Saturday morning, which takes away from the money we are trying to raise.
See in two weeks
|BOCC Curry Party 2020||Ian Turner||January 26
| ||BOCC Members
The 2020 season is almost upon us, so you know what that means. Time to get ourselves to Kenny’s house for our annual curry party, which will be held on Saturday February 29th starting at 7pm. After last year’s success, we are again going to have a pot luck style party. Those who bring a dish of food will not be asked to pay the entrance fee, which is a minimal $25. Also Kenny has complained that we don’t bring enough guests, (not sure why he wants more people at his house, but so be it) so please bring a girlfriend, wife, boyfriend, neighbor, colleague, or random person off the street, for only $15 per extra guest. We are doing our usual raffle/auction, so again I am asking you all to find something of reasonable value that you would like to donate. Please contact me directly if you are bringing a dish and/or bringing something for the raffle/auction. I will no doubt have to send a reminder, but please be proactive in responding. Also can everybody respond quickly to survey and/or upcoming evite so I can get a good handle on numbers.
Kennys House, 34 Linwood Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003
|New Youth Program and Website||Ian Turner||January 17
| ||BOCC Members
I’m sure you are all aware of our youth program that Sunil has been developing over the last five or so years. We are excited to inform you that the youth program is taking another step forward. This year we are providing a series of new programs and opportunities for young children in the area. We have also launched a new PYCA website, that will serve as the central hub for the PYCA. I have attached the link below, but we also have a link on the Junior page. We would like all members to check out the new website and see the opportunities that are now available. However, we also need more from the BOCC membership. There are three specific things BOCC members can do to help the program.
Firstly, please put your children, if you have any, into the program. As BOCC members your children are automatically in the PYCA for free. If your child has never really played cricket not a problem, we have a new program which will run on Saturday mornings, which will be perfect for beginners and/or young children. To register your child for free, simply go the PYCA website, click on Register, click on Membership link, add your details and when it’s time to pay, add the voucher/coupon code BOCC MEMBER. This will get you registered for free. The second thing we need is for you to promote the program and website among your neighbors, work colleagues, friends, etc. Finally, if we are going to provide these programs to high standard we need more volunteer help with coaching. We are not asking you to commit to full programs, but rather volunteer for the odd day or two to assist with the delivery of these programs. I will provide a spreadsheet soon where you can add your name to a session, but we will specifically be looking for assistance with the Saturday morning program and the Summer Camp. For these programs you will not have to create any sessions. There will be a set curriculum and you will just need to execute the session as given. Anyway, please email me directly if you interested in helping out or if you have any specific questions.
This Week's Games
|There are no games scheduled this week.
For general questions and/or Inquiries, please contact Sunil Gaikwad or 201-658-7161
To Schedule games with the BOCC or
for general questions and/or Inquiries, please send E-mail to the Fixtures Secretary
(When requesting a game, please specify the dates
you are interested in and where you would like to play.)
How to become a Member
New players are welcome to apply to join the BOCC. Come to nets at Haverford College - Cope Field from May thru September after 5:00 pm.
After two nets you may apply to join the club using this Membership
CC Morris Cricket Library
The C. Christopher Morris Cricket Library and Collection
is the largest collection of cricket literature and memorabilia in the Western Hemisphere.
The library includes over a thousand volumes and a very large collection of related
printed and photographic materials and related items of Cricket history.
Laws of Cricket
The basic Laws of Cricket have stood remarkably well the
test of well over 250 years of playing the game. It is thought the real reason for
this is that cricketers have traditionally been prepared to play in the Spirit of
the Game as well as in accordance with the Laws.
Philadelphia Cricket Festival
The Philadelphia International Cricket Festival is an
annual event held in the Philadelphia area during the first weekend in May to promote
cricket, friendship and community service through sporting contact.
American Cricket Federation
ACF has been established to improve governance of cricket
in the United States. Their mission is as follows: "Our mission is to inspire Americans to
play and to excel at cricket and to make cricket the preeminent bat-and-ball sport
in the United States. ACF will uphold and promote cricketï¿½s values of transparency,
inclusiveness and fairness."
The United States Youth Cricket Association, a non-profit
organization incorporated in the state of Maryland, is dedicated to introducing
our great sport to American children.
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