Change the game…or change the coach? ECB Coaches Association Conference, part 3

The theme for the 2017 ECB Coaches Conference was “change the game”.

Over the weekend, we were challenged to think about how we coach, what we coach, about the type of coach we were or aspired to be, even about the environment in which we coach.

So perhaps, rather than changing the game, we were really being challenged to change the coach! Continue reading Change the game…or change the coach? ECB Coaches Association Conference, part 3

The challenge of games – ECB Coaches Association Conference review, part 2

I have written previously about my conversion to games-based practice, but also about the challenges I have encountered when trying to design appropriate games.

So when I saw that Ian Renshaw, co-author of “the best book on non-linear pedagogy I have ever read”, and father (and coach) of Aussie opener Matt, was speaking at the ECB Coaches Conference, I knew I had to book in for his sessions straight away.

And with Professor Chris Cushion, speaking on the Challenge of Games, providing the (very necessary) counter-view to the “game as teacher” mantra, I had a lot of games-based learning to look forward to.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

Continue reading The challenge of games – ECB Coaches Association Conference review, part 2

Simplicity and focus in 1-to-1s – ECB Coaches Association Conference review, part 1

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