Attrition in junior membership numbers — can we encourage “drop-ins”?

Really interesting from Professor Catherine Woods of University of Limerick in her presentation “Youth Sport Dropout: Prevention is Better than Cure” at the iCoachKids (virtual) Conference on 2nd December 2020. Professor Woods’ main focus was on ways of keeping junior players engaged with sport as they get a little older (see below for a link …

WBBL thoughts (2) — is the 23m fielding ring too small?

I watched quite a bit of this year’s WBBL, and a question kept coming up. The off-side field is packed, but the ball keeps getting hit through to the cover boundary. Why aren’t the fielders stopping the ball? Are the batters really striking the ball so well, or are the fielders too close to the …

WBBL thoughts (1) — what a final; what a wonderful advert for the game!

I have enjoyed watching the WBBL, on BT Sport, over the autumn. Mostly the highlights packages, but I did catch the 2nd semi-final live, and the final on Saturday. What a fantastic game of cricket. No, I don’t think the Stars batted especially badly, or that the pitch, or the ball, misbehaved. Yes, the new …