I have been lucky enough to coach a lot of players over the last 12 months.
Groups of children, from 3 years old and up; a University Club – up to 30 young men (and a few young women); several individuals, both adult Club players and aspiring County age-group “performance squad” members, girls and boys.
But I honestly could not claim to be a specialist in coaching children, or “young people & adults”.
So – I don’t coach women or girls; men or boys; adults or children.
I coach cricketers, and people who want to play the game.
Anyone, in fact, who wants to get just a little better at playing the game.
Continue reading “I don’t coach women or girls, men or boys…I coach cricketers.”
On Saturday I attended an ECB CPD workshop, Training & Interventions for Young People & Adults (YPA).
As part of the workshop, we each had to devise a training intervention. I came up with this – derived from the jail-break cricket game.
For a group of U17s, moving from 20 over to 40 over (or longer) format; challenged by the need to bat for longer periods of time without sacrificing scoring opportunities.
Batting in pairs, batters have a limited number of “lives”; lose them all, and the innings is over; gain more lives by hitting the ball to a designated target zone (analogous to the JBZ). Continue reading “Adapting jail-break cricket for YPA”
Fascinating little video clip from @CoachLisle, which beautifully illustrates the perils of (mis)communication for coaches.
Top listening skills from the player, great learning opportunity for the coach!
There is a lot to be said for all coaches spending time young players and beginners – to refine their communication skills, and the identify the core, non-negotiable elements of technical skills.
If you were teaching a three year old to hit a ball, where would you start? Grip, stance, back-swing?
Or “look at the ball, swing the bat back and whack”? Continue reading “It ain’t what you say, it’s what gets understood. Or “coaching lessons from three year olds””