Following a review of junior cricket across Australia, in 2016, Cricket Australia introduced revised playing conditions for junior cricket play, particularly in Community Cricket.
These new Junior Formats are designed to improve participation, player retention, enjoyment and skill development through the younger age groups, and have been progressively rolled out across Australia and Western Australia over the last two years.
For season 2020/21, the traditional Under 14s - 17s and Girls U18s competitions will use the Junior Formats Stage 3 conditions, completing the rollout of the new formats to Junior Community Cricket. A breakdown of which age groups use which Junior Formats is as follows:
For further information on Junior Formats, anyhow they assist in the development of young cricketers, please see the Cricket Australia Junior Playing Formats page.