I don’t coach women or girls, men or boys…I coach cricketers.

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.”

Adapting jail-break cricket for YPA

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”

It ain’t what you say, it’s what gets understood.  Or “coaching lessons from three year olds”

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””