I watched two coaching demonstrations at the ECB Coaches Association Conference – a batting session with Graham Thorpe and a spin bowling one with Chris Brown.
Both deployed a range of drills to challenge and develop specific skills, but, if I am honest, I wasn’t really that interested in the cones, hurdles and baseball mitts.
I was much more interested in hearing what the experienced coaches were saying to the player. Continue reading “Simplicity and focus in 1-to-1s – ECB Coaches Association Conference review, part 1”
Back in the days when I played regularly on a Saturday afternoon, there was a standing joke among my team mates – that I was more interested in bowling the perfect outswinger than in taking a wicket.
And when I coach seam bowlers, once I am happy that their action is reasonably sound and repeatable, I will move on quickly to what might be considered by some to be post-graduate deliveries – variations in swing and pace – rather than drilling line and length.
I strongly believe that the role of the coach is to encourage excellence and the ambition to aspire to the extraordinary.
Always – what does “better” look like, and how can I be better?
Continue reading “On excellence – the quest for the perfect outswinger.”