I like a bit of chaos…

33 Five- and six-year old children (and 6 or 7 adults – coaches, teachers & teaching assistants), 16 balls, lots of throwing & catching, all in the space of two badminton courts.

I knew one of the other coaches saw danger in the chaos.

‘Could we get them to line up & take it in turns?’

’How about splitting them into two groups, and having only half of the working at the same time?’

But I saw lots of kids taking lots of catches (and dropping some), being aware of what was going on around them, having fun.

I like a (little) bit of chaos in practice. It encourages focus, on the task in front of the players.

Now, I hope it goes without saying that I am not advocating allowing an apparently chaotic situation to degenerate into a dangerous one. But in this case, with a responsible adult for every five children, I really didn’t want to have the kids lining up and taking turns — I wanted to get the whole group active and engaged. I wanted them to think that cricket was FUN!

And at the same time learning how to ‘play nicely’ with others around them.

Sometimes, a little chaos is a good thing!

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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; Chance to Shine; ECB ACO umpire.

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