Compton Cricket Club - Wickety Wack
Author: Darryn King
Friday, 19 October 2007
Just how severe is the homeless issue and gang culture in Compton-
Ted Hayes: It is horrid, despicable, disgusting - totally unjustified in the United States of America.
Without going into great details at this time, I will say that all trends lead to a worsening situation in Compton and the whole Los Angeles region.
So when did you figure that cricket could be a solution to those problems-
Ted Hayes: After my first game of playing cricket as the 11th man for the Beverly Hills Cricket Club as a stand-in, I became enamoured with the idea of cricket being utilised as a civilising tool to the homeless.
In the spring of 1996 my partner Katy Haber and I, with the direct involvement of my eldest son Thee and some ex-patriot volunteers, began to create and develop a team of homeless men of the Dome Village to take an exhibition tour of England… which occurred in September.
During that tour we, decided to take the Chess of Sports to the youths of Compton.
Why cricket- Why not basketball or baseball-
Ted Hayes: While these other sports have rules and game regulations they, unlike cricket, don’t have the etiquette, which is what draws me to the game more than mere athleticism and jockism.
How does the team recruitment process work - do people sign up or do you go to them-
Ted Hayez: At the present, we haven’t been able to do major or aggressive recruit, because the CCC doesn’t have the funds to accrue the resources to develop individuals into the sport. The team remains made up of pretty much made the same core individuals that we began with in 1996, when they ranged from the ages of 11 years through mid-teens in high school to my sons in their then twenties and myself at 43 years young.
Remember, the team is what we call a cross-generational village-like team in which fathers, sons, and brothers played together as a side. We like to think that we play original village cricket as was played in land of its nativity, Great Britain.
It is our hope that this unprecedented and historical journey to Australia as the first American born cricket team to play there will help generate the financial and in-kind resources to greatly expand this sport in the United States.
So are the umpire’s decisions always accepted as final-
Ted Hayes: Isn’t that the idea of cricket- Being in a heated/sweated condition and learning to bow to authority in the proper spirit even when one may ferociously disagree with it. Herein, I have learned is the great secret power of cricket, while in play within the pitch and oval, a cricketer faces not the opponent nor the umpire, but rather the honesty of himself.
From the hard lessons of the match, the cricketer takes his soul beyond the oval to his family, friends, school, work and play places, and even in concourse with unsavoury or uncivilised individuals in life… such as negatively active gang members.
You’re coming to Australia in 2008. What will you be getting up to-
Ted Hayes: Playing some exhibition matches within our playing range, some visiting and sightseeing. Hopefully, being that this event is a first, we will make a great impression.
You have a couple of Cricket Raps on your website - is this something you guys will be doing more of-
Isaac Hayes: Cricket is all about making split-second decisions - just like the ones you make in life. Through our rap we try to communicate the importance of having the ability to make these split-second decisions that affect the final outcome.
Theo Hayes: We use the cricket rap as a tool of translation to communicate with inner city youth in regards to etiquette and conduct that will be instrumental in living longer in life.
Shots is a commemorative song celebrating the beauty of cricket while Bullets is more about the parallels that exists between cricket and broader life circumstances.
Anything else you’d like to add-
Theo Hayes: We can go on for hours but the fact of the matter is, all the answers are in the music. Go out and get the music -everything you need to know about the effect of cricket in Compton LA is there!
Ted Hayes: The purpose of this venture is to recruit business and corporate interest in our sporting enterprise to help humanity’s epic struggle to civilise the society.
Compton Cricket Club are looking for sponsors for their Australian tour. Check out their website to read more.
WHO: Compton Cricket Club
WHAT: Touring Australia
WHEN: February 2008