Adapting jail-break cricket for YPA

On Saturday I attended an ECB CPD workshop, Training & Interventions for Young People & Adults (YPA).

As part of the workshop, we each had to devise a training intervention.  I came up with this – derived from the jail-break cricket game.

For a group of U17s, moving from 20 over to 40 over (or longer) format; challenged by the need to bat for longer periods of time without sacrificing scoring opportunities.

Batting in pairs, batters have a limited number of “lives”; lose them all, and the innings is over; gain more lives by hitting the ball to a designated target zone (analogous to the JBZ).

Players

U17s, moving from 20 over to 40 over (or longer) format; challenged by the need to bat for longer periods of time without sacrificing scoring opportunities

Outcome

Shot selection and placement appropriate to maintaining wickets whilst still scoring runs.

Practice

Modified game

  • field or indoor
  • players bat in pairs; each pair to receive 3-4 overs; score runs all round the wicket; start with 2 “lives”; lose a life (and runs?) for each wicket lost; hit JBZ to earn new lives
  • encourage bowlers to provide appropriate feed by setting skewed field – e.g. if JBZ is to mid-on, insist on 3-6 field, no player in front of (or within 5m) of JBZ.
  • tie-break – number of lives in hand at end of innings
  • optional: batters can carry on after losing last life, but cannot add more runs to total

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theteesra

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. ECB ACO umpire.

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