What coaching is, and what is is not. Thoughts on the ECB’s “Unleashing Potential”, and why we need to be careful what we wish for.

We all know we are “coaches”, but what are we actually doing when we coach? Is what we do working? What is “good” coaching? Questions we all might have asked ourselves, at some point during our coaching careers. Idealistically, I’d look to help a player be the best version of him- or herself rather than …

Whole-Part-Whole — time for another look?

Back in 2014 I posted a simple page describing the “Whole-Part-Whole” session plan — play a game (“Whole”), coach a specific skill component relevant to that game (“Part”), then play the game, or a conditioned version of the game, again (“Whole”, again). Just a description, filed under “coaching resources” alongside some more traditional session plans …

Hit the reset button! Introducing learning opportunities (for batters) in games-based practice.

I have been catching up with the winter programme of iCoachCricket Live, the webinar series for ECB Coaches Association members. Not all of the presentations resonate with me, but there are some nuggets amongst the chat. In the course of a discussion about the ECB CA’s new “Unleashing Potential” framework, there was some mention of …