In Hertfordshire no County level Cricket is plyed until they reach age 12/13. First year of County Cricket is at under 13. Until that they do Charley Cricket which is paid and any junior player can join in regardless of the ability. Most juniors are only playing Club Cricket until they reach under 13. My son played Club Cricket last season & they are the Herts County Champions but no Charley Cricket is played.
The Charley cricket looks interesting, I can see some positives and negatives in that.
We played Herts U11s a year or so ago so I'm not sure where you are getting that from? Though it was a B team we put out and still won. On the Herts website it says...
The Hertfordshire U11 and U12 County Squads will be made up of players selected from the Charley Cricket Programme and will also have a summer programme of 11-a-side cricket against other Counties as well as the opportunity to attend the U11 or U12 Summer Tours.