The Southern Ontario Cricket Association (SOCA) is a cricket league in southern Ontario, Canada. It is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and develop the sport of cricket in the region. SOCA was established in the early 1900s and since then it has been providing a platform for cricket players to showcase their talents and compete against other teams in the league. SOCA league is open to teams of all levels, from recreational to competitive, and it also organizes and conducts various cricket tournaments and events throughout the year. SOCA is committed to promoting the sport of cricket and providing a positive and inclusive environment for all its members.
Mr. Parveen Sharma
Founder & CEO (Southern Ontario Cricket Association)
As the Founder & CEO of SOCA, Mr. Praveen Sharma embodies the spirit of leadership and determination. With a passion for cricket and a commitment to helping youth and the community, he has devoted his life to creating a better future for those around him. He has a strong vision and a relentless drive to make a lasting impact, both on and off the cricket field.
Since 1989, Mr. Sharma has dedicated himself to promoting the sport and helping young people find their passion for cricket. He has worked tirelessly to create opportunities for youth to develop their skills and reach their full potential. His unwavering commitment to excellence and his desire to help young people find their path in life has earned him the respect and admiration of all those who know him.
With SOCA, Mr. Sharma has created an organization that is dedicated to building a better future for the youth and community of Southern Ontario. He has brought together like-minded individuals who share his passion for cricket and his commitment to making a positive impact. With his leadership, SOCA has become a leading force for change, helping to build a better future for those in need.
In short, Mr. Praveen Sharma is a visionary leader who embodies the spirit of determination and resilience. Through his passion, drive and unwavering commitment to excellence, he has inspired countless young people and helped to create a better world for all.
CEO (Southern Ontario Cricket Association)
He always believes
"We aim to advance the game of cricket in the Waterloo area through sportsmanship, leadership, discipline and hard work.
Our goal is to provide the opportunity, environment and facilities to people of all ages and abilities to play cricket.
We are particularly focused on promoting youth cricket and encouraging young players to take up the game at an early age.
Not withstanding is the need for all members to increase pride, mutual respect and positivity in all things associated with the Club and its future direction."
Mr. Giridhar Bannaravuri
President (Southern Ontario Cricket Association)
He always believes
"Our mission as a cricket club is to foster a love for the sport and promote teamwork and sportsmanship among our members. We aim to provide a positive and inclusive environment for all players, regardless of skill level, to develop their abilities and reach their full potential. We strive to compete at the highest level while also being committed to fair play and respect for our opponents. Our goal is to build a strong and dedicated community that will represent our club with pride and integrity.
Furthermore, we will prioritize accessibility and inclusivity in all aspects of our club. We will work to remove any barriers that may prevent individuals from participating in our club and will actively seek out diverse perspectives and voices within our community. We will strive to create a welcoming and safe environment for all members, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or any other identifying factor. We believe that by fostering a culture of respect and acceptance, we will be able to build a stronger and more united club, one that reflects the diversity of the community it serves."
Vice President (Southern Ontario Cricket Association)
He always believes
"As the vice president of the cricket club, my mission is to support the president and the executive board in their efforts to build and maintain a successful, inclusive, and sustainable cricket club. I will work closely with the president and other members of the executive board to set and achieve the club's goals, while also ensuring that the needs and concerns of the members are being addressed.
I will be a key player in the development and implementation of the club's programs and initiatives, including working with the coaching staff to design and deliver training programs for players of all skill levels, as well as creating opportunities for players to compete at the local, regional, and national level. I will also work to establish and maintain positive relationships with other cricket clubs and organizations, both in the local community and beyond. My ultimate goal is to help create a positive and inclusive environment for all players, regardless of skill level, to develop their abilities and reach their full potential, while promoting fair play and respect for our opponents. All of this will be done to build a strong and dedicated community that will represent our club with pride and integrity."
Mr. Pramod Shetty
Director of Operations (Southern Ontario Cricket Association)
He always believes
"As the Director of Operations of the cricket club, my mission is to ensure that the club runs efficiently and effectively on a day-to-day basis. This includes overseeing the management of the club's resources and facilities, as well as ensuring that the club's programs and initiatives are implemented in a timely and effective manner. I will work closely with the President, Vice President and other members of the executive board to establish and implement policies and procedures that will support the club's overall mission and goals.
I will also be responsible for managing the club's finances and budget, including developing and implementing financial policies and procedures, preparing financial reports and ensuring that the club remains financially stable. I will work to identify and manage any risks to the club and proactively implement strategies to mitigate those risks. I will also be responsible for ensuring that the club's facilities and equipment are maintained and upgraded as necessary, and that the club's website and other communication channels are updated and maintained effectively. My goal is to ensure that the club is able to run smoothly and effectively, so that the players and members can focus on what they do best, which is playing and enjoying cricket."
Mr. Pawan Soobhri
Head of Digital Operations (Southern Ontario Cricket Association)
Pawan Soobhri stands at the helm of SOCA's IT department, where his expertise and dedication transform the digital landscape. With a wealth of experience, Pawan is not just a tech virtuoso but a guardian of web aesthetics, shaping the captivating online presence you're currently immersed in.
Beyond his IT prowess, Pawan dons another hat, that of a cybersecurity engineer. His endeavors see him partnering with industry giants, delivering quality work that safeguards digital realms. Security isn't merely a profession for Pawan; it's a mission.
However, Pawan's influence extends well beyond the confines of the digital world. He's a passionate sportsman, rallying students and enthusiasts to join the exhilarating game of cricket. In doing so, he fosters not only physical activity but a culture of discipline and teamwork.
But what sets Pawan apart is his embodiment of the sport. A professional cricketer himself, he's an eternal learner, ceaselessly honing his skills. His dedication and proficiency have made him a sought-after asset, his name synonymous with excellence in both season ball and tennis ball tournaments.
Pawan Soobhri is more than a professional; he's an architect of digital landscapes, a sentinel of security, a sports enthusiast, and a cricket virtuoso. With every endeavor, he elevates standards, leaving an indelible mark on every domain he graces.
He always believes
"As the Manager of the Umpire and Disciplinary Committee of the cricket club, my mission is to ensure that all cricket matches and events held under the club's jurisdiction are conducted in a fair and safe manner. This includes overseeing the recruitment, training, and management of umpires and scorers for all club-affiliated matches, as well as ensuring that all players, coaches and officials abide by the club's code of conduct and rules of the game.
I will also be responsible for managing the disciplinary process for the club, which includes investigating and resolving any reported violations of the club's code of conduct and rules of the game. I will work closely with the executive board to ensure that all disciplinary actions are handled fairly and consistently, and that any necessary appeals are handled in a timely and impartial manner. I will also be responsible for maintaining accurate records of all disciplinary actions, and for providing regular reports to the executive board. My goal is to ensure that the club's matches and events are conducted in a fair, safe and enjoyable environment for all participants, while maintaining the integrity of the game."
Mr. Ravi Reddy
In the dynamic realm of technology, Ravi Reddy stands as an unparalleled force—a seasoned DevOps engineer, an ardent cricketer, and a masterful team builder. With a career steeped in the intricacies of DevOps, Ravi has not only demonstrated technical prowess but has also proven to be a catalyst for innovation and efficiency. His commitment to excellence extends beyond the professional sphere, as he brings the same fervor to the cricket field, where he thrives as both a player and a team builder.
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SOCA has access to multiple cricket grounds across southern Ontario, ensuring that teams have a suitable location to play their matches.
SOCA provides teams with access to practice facilities, such as nets, to help them improve their skills and prepare for upcoming matches.
SOCA ensures that teams have access to necessary equipment such as cricket balls, stumps, and other necessary gear.
Conducts & manages various cricketing events throughout the year, providing a platform for players to showcase their talents & for community to enjoy sport.
UMPIRING & SCORING
SOCA provides qualified umpires and scorers for all matches to ensure fair play and accurate record keeping.
SOCA provide online platform for teams to register, schedule matches, view scores and standings and communicate with other teams and players.
Join the SOCA family and elevate your cricket game
The Kitchener-Waterloo region of southern Ontario has a long-standing history of cricket dating back to 1895, when the first club was established in Waterloo. The Southern Ontario Cricket Association (SOCA) league began around the time of World War I, and initially, the clubs were primarily formed by immigrants from the Caribbean. As time progressed, more immigrants from South Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka began settling in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, and they joined the existing clubs, which were run according to the cricketing traditions of the Caribbean.