The MAACA is borne out of a desire to provide the opportunity for people of all backgrounds with an intellectual disability to be involved in the wonderful game of cricket.
Over the past few years a number of clubs have been holding a semi-formal competition for players that may suffer from an intellectual disability. The games have been played with modified rules to enable as many as possible to participate, who otherwise may not have got the opportunity to participate in the regular cricket season.
With the help of Cricket Victoria, a proper association has been established to oversee the development of this aspect of the game.
There are three grades established, Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3. Divisions 1 and 2 play under the same rules and teams can be promoted and relegated just as in mainstream cricket. Division 3 has its own rules and playing conditions to suit the ability of the players. Competition fixtures and ladders are posted on the My Cricket website that all teams and players can access. The competitions have all games fixtured for Sundays to ensure that they don’t clash with Club’s regular competitions. Like the regular competition, players have the opportunity to progress. They could be part of the Victorian all Abilities squad and ultimately play for Australia as part of the Harmony in Cricket Program. The Association is dedicated to providing the catalyst for these players to achieve their hidden potential.