It’s all very well to say “everything we do is designed to make a better cricketer”, but in practice, what does that mean?
What might the ideal “better cricket” coaching session look like?
First thing to say is that there is no ideal session. What is great today might be completely wrong tomorrow; what works with the juniors might bore the seniors to tears.
But I think there are components that will appear in most successful sessions. Something like this, perhaps, following the whole-part-whole model.
- Dynamic; Visual; Mental – don’t just get the heart pumping.
- A game that demands a particular skill or tactic for success – where possible, allow the players to identify the relevant technique(s), rather than the coach telling them. “I need to keep the ball on the ground, so I don’t get caught” is preferable to “No, no, no – keep your head down and hit the ball under your nose”.
- Technical/tactical intervention
- The traditional coaching part – but only delivered after the player has identified what needs to be worked on.
- Re-challenge – another game or scenario-based challenge
- To put the technical/tactical intervention into the context of the game.
I think this can work in group sessions with 5-year olds, in nets with the senior 1st XI, or with an experienced player in a one-to-one.