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This week, PE teachers in Baltimore and Wicomico (Maryland) counties attended cricket training sessions in preparation for the start of the new school year. During the sessions they learned the history and rules of the game, and then got a chance to play an informal game against each other. At the conclusion of the session, teachers were given USYCA cricket sets and printed material supplied by the International Cricket Council.
"As the new supervisor for physical education and originating from Newcastle, England, I wanted to bring a new, engaging activity from my homeland to my teachers that they could easily integrate into their strike and field unit for the upcoming school year," said Michael Charlton of Wicomico County Public Schools.
"The session was highly interactive, energetic and the feedback I received from my teachers was extremely positive. I would like to personally thank the (United States) Youth Cricket Association for a fantastic in-service that delivered relevant and rigorous instructional techniques that can be utilised throughout the elementary and middle level, " Charlton said.
The Baltimore and Wicomico school systems join Howard, Carroll, Prince George's, Queen Anne's and Kent counties, along with some schools in Baltimore City, in offering cricket to Maryland physical education students.
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