I have been coaching on several holiday courses over the summer and, in line with the dictum to “let the game teach the game”, I have tried to dedicate as much time as possible to actually playing games.
One new feature this year has been that almost every umpire’s decision has been greeted with a call from the players to “review”.
At first, I found this slightly irritating (how many 7- and 8-year olds really know why they were reviewing), but then I realised that this was an ideal opportunity to introduce the Laws of the Game.
So – starting with the courses this week, I shall be encouraging players to review decisions if they can identify the correct Law in question (this might be good for rule for some Test match players, as well…).
Of course, I would not be too surprised if every review comes back as “umpire’s call”…