NatWest OSCAs Criteria 2018


Please note there a few changes to the categories and criteria for the 2018 NatWest OSCAs so please ensure that you read through this document thoroughly before submitting your nominations.

The 2018 NatWest OSCAs will be held at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Tuesday 9th October.  All nominations will be due by 1st August and invites will go on 3rd September once the panel has met.  Invites will all be sent electronically this year, so please ensure there is an e-mail address on the nomination form.  If your event is after September 1st and would therefore like your invites going later please advise [email protected] ASAP.

The NatWest OSCAs aim to reward the contribution that volunteers make to the game.  We welcome nominations for volunteers from the traditional cricketing environments (Clubs, Leagues, and Boards) but in addition to this, we would like to recognise volunteers from emerging environments such as Higher and Further Education, Community Programmes, Workplaces and Recreational Park Leagues.

The six NatWest OSCAs nomination categories for 2018 will be: 

  • Heartbeat of the Club
  • Leagues 
  • Lifetime Achiever 
  • NatWest CricketForce 
  • Officiating – Umpires and Scorers
  • Young Volunteer 

Following on from this page is the judging criteria for all of the above categories; the characteristics and achievements that distinguish some nominees from others. You will note that there are some slight changes to the criteria to reflect the importance of retaining and increasing participation levels in cricket, and also the points system to make sure the ‘wow factor’ is given a strong weighting.  The criteria differ within each category but a minimum standard that all of the nominations must show is outlined below: 

  • Evidence in the nomination form of the criteria having been achieved
  • Evidence that the person has had a positive and sustainable impact on their club/organisation/association
  • A demonstration of the volunteer going ‘beyond the call of duty’ and exceeding expectations for the good of the club/organisation/game of cricket
  • Evidence that the actions of the volunteer have aided the recruitment/retention of players within the game
  • An on-going commitment to the club/organisation/association and its members


There is a scoring system for all of the categories. In each of the first five criteria for each category there is a score of up to 10 to be given which is to the discretion of the judging panel. The last criterion in each category is a ‘WOW’ factor; this refers to something which is extraordinary and catches the eye and up to 50 marks are available to be awarded. Nominees with the highest score (out of 100) at the end would be the winner but further discussion may be necessary for close point allocations.

Heartbeat of the Club – The special volunteer that your club simply couldn’t do without, often the roles they carry out are behind the scenes. They often undertake a number of different roles, and are always there to lend a hand.

Heartbeat of the Club Criteria  Score  
 The nominee must show evidence of:   
 The undertaking of a number of roles and tasks within the club when they are not fulfilled by others    /10
 An impact of their actions on the development of the club in a positive and lasting way   /10
 A significant dedication of time and commitment to a cricket club   /10
 An outstanding willingness to go beyond the call of duty for the sake of the club and its members   /10
 An overriding desire to recruit or retain players within the club     /10
 WOW factor   /50


The nomination for can be download here.


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