Performance goals – what do you want?

An interesting initiative at our Club this year, in the form of a self-assessment form for all players – strengths, weaknesses, objectives and training needs.

I don’t know yet how many senior players have actually completed their forms, yet (two weeks into our 18 match League programmes) and I do wonder if there will be a need for the Captains to provide a little direction, but I can see a lot of (potential) positives.

In the absence of a Coach working with the senior Club, players will need to rely on self analysis and feedback from team mates.  But I suspect that the main benefit of the exercise will be a better understanding of strengths and weaknesses.

It does not need to run to complex statistical analysis or psychological profiling; just a look at the stats on the Club website will show if you are bowled more often than caught, or if you really are LBW more often than anyone else in the Club.  And from that can come at very least a resolution not to keep hitting the ball in the air.

This is definitely a project I would hope to be able to implement for the older Colts, maybe not now the season is under-way, but perhaps when we start winter nets, in October.  A little self-awareness is probably a good thing for a young player, if it is supported by a well thought out training and development plan.  More work for the coaches, to design group sessions that support multiple development needs (we won’t have the luxury of individual coaching), but a rewarding challenge, I hope, for coach and players.

Having praised the idea of self-assessment, what will theTeesra be working on for 2013?

Performance goals, 2013

My batting goals

My innings tend to progress in fits and starts – boundaries, then not a lot, then (if I haven’t got out) more shots.

So, the objective for 2013 has to be to show more patience at the crease, and not try to play too many shots too early, but at the same time to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Better shot selection, both aggressive and to keep the singles coming.

Bowling

After nearly 40 seasons, I still bowl too many “4 balls”; some of these can be put down to trying too hard to take wickets, so (as with batting), the mantra has to be “be patient”.

And a final, more general “objective” for the year – to make it to the end of the season in one piece – so that means arriving early enough before the game to have time to warm-up (and remembering that after 40 seasons I can probably allow one of the younger lads to chase the ball to the boundary…)

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Andrew Beaven

Cricket coach, fascinated by the possibilities offered by the game. More formally - ECB CA cricket coach working at the MCC Academy, the Essex Indoor Cricket Centre, and with the junior sections at Oakfield Parkonians CC & Regent's Park CC; All Stars Cricket Activator; ECB ACO umpire.

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