Priya Singh is a Founder, President of Missouri Youth Cricket Association and also a Board Member of United States Youth Cricket Association and American Cricket Federation. That's not over, she is also an executive committee member of National Youth Cricket League (NYCL). NYCL was started in 2013 with an objective of nurturing local Cricket talents in United States and giving them platform to showcase their talents. NYCL then had just 8 Clubs and is now a home to more than 20 Youth Clubs in United States. Priya Singh and other members at NYCL are working with motivated individuals, all with an intention of developing Youth Cricket. Global Cricket Community would like to Congratulate you on your success and wish you all the best for future endeavours.
1. Tell us about you?
My Name is Priya Singh. I am a US Citizen. I am Founder / President of Missouri Youth Cricket Association (www.mocricket.org/) based in St. Charles, MO, USA. I am also a board member of USYCA & ACF and one of the executive committee members of National Youth Cricket League (NYCL- http://nycl.mocricket.org/).
I live in St. Charles, Missouri and we are proud to Host the NYCL – 2015 for U10 and U14 Levels from July 2nd – 5th 2015. The U12 and U16 is been hosted by TCL in North Carolina. NYCL – 2015 with 32 Teams Registered is the biggest youth event in United States, and it is my honour to be part of this initiative.
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner?A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
As a profession, I work at AT&T as a Software Engineer. Apart from my work and family, my most of time goes behind cricket (NYCL Event Coordinator and MYCA President). I am Level 1 certified Coach but I do more of Cricket Administrator and Coaching, than playing. However I love to go out and play a few games recreationally with local adult leagues or with our youth or women’s team whenever I can.
We also started a Women’s Cricket Program last year in Missouri (http://womens.mocricket.org/).
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
I am not a professional cricket player. I play at recreational Level and last year I played couple of competitive Level matches within USA. I played in Atlanta Women’s 20/20 – 2015 hosted by GWCA.
4. Where are you working currently? (Mention about your journey with NYCL)?
NYCL started in September 2013 with group of Individuals (Gopal Samant, Rajesh Uppalapati, Venu Palaparthi & myself) looking for youth cricket development and trying to create a platform in United States for local talent to develop and shine. We started this Forum with about 8 youth clubs/leagues across united and soon it grew to more than 20. The NYCL 2014 Event was hosted in Dallas and we had 18 Teams. It was very successful and a very positive start. This year we already have 32 teams registered and the locations has been set up as Missouri (U10 & U14) and North Carolina (U12 & U16).
NYCL is youth focused organization with no political intentions. It’s been managed by a group of motivated individuals who are willing to give their best to see the youth cricket grow and develop to a high competitive level.
A National T20 Championship at Under 10 Level is a bold move by NYCL, with a clear intent to strengthen the foundation of cricket in USA at Grass Root Level.
Under 12 Category has been the most popular category in both 2014 and 2015 edition of NYCL, giving a clear message that grass root cricket in America needs attention, and if we nurture it today the future of American Cricket tomorrow will be bright.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to take NYCL to a next level.
My vision for NYCL in 5 Years i.e. Year 2020 will have more than 100 Youth Teams within United States. There will be many more regional/local events leading to NYCL Youth Championship at National Level. NYCL will bring into highlight some of most hidden young cricket talents in USA. NYCL will not limit to National Event but will work at international level to give more opportunities to this youth players to play with international players.
6. Do your club/association/league have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
NYCL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalYouthCricketLeague
NYCL Website: http://nycl.mocricket.org/
MYCA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissouriYouthCricket
MYCA Website: http://www.mocricket.org/
Missouri Women’s Cricket Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissouriWomensCricket
Missouri Women’s Cricket Website: http://womens.mocricket.org/
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
1. MYCA U12 Team standing 3rd in NYCL 2014 hosted in Dallas in July 2014.
2. Hosted Bilateral Women’s between Missouri and Atlanta in October 2014.
3. We hosted couple of other Bilateral Series for U12, U14 & U16 in 2014 with neighbouring States too.
8. Would you like your team to visit to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
At some point in very near future, I would like our Youth Teams to compete at International Level. However right now there is lot of work to be done at National Level. We are taking small and calculated steps with NYCL, and we are not afraid to take a leap when we think we are ready.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in USA cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
There are many challenges. Political battle for National Governing Body Status in United States is one of major that has stalked the focus away from youth and women as the focus of ICC is towards Men’s hard ball League. Financial constraints, lack of visibility, insufficient facilities for Youth Development and no proper vision or structure to grow or get scholarship that’s why cricket in America is still considered as a sport of Immigrants.
Our focus is to start at grass root level and go up. Beside all these hurdles, we are very hopeful that things will change over time as we have so many hard working, committed and dedicated individuals working towards youth development day and night with only one expectation to see these younger cricket players grow in this sport and shine.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in USA cricket and in NYCL?
Funding/Sponsorship. We need some major brands to stand behind our initiative. We need people holding high post in Cricket world to see what we have accomplished, the potential that NYCL holds and give us a word of encouragement/guidance to take it further.
"When you are in a position to bring a positive change, you should do everything in your power to do it. What a waste of power, if you do not use it to bring the positive change that you are capable of while you can."
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Missouri Youth Cricket Association: www.mocricket.org
Stl Cricket League:www.stlcricketleague.com
12. Would you like to nominate any club / league from USA for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
East Bay Cricket Association – Gopal Samant
Gopal has demonstrated his passion for youth development without any expectations and that is really commendable.