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 …

Q: What is “better coaching? A: It has to be more than new drills & games, more than techniques & affordances.

There have been some interesting conversations recently around the perceived weakness of the current player development pathway in England & Wales, whether looking at the excessive cost (to parents) of inclusion on a County pathway or the impact of the relative age effect on access to and inclusion in the pathway. The highly selective structure …

Coach as “learning consultant” — can we help players to learn how to learn?

Barney Ronay posted this, typically insightful, article on the recriminations after England’s latest Ashes drubbing — Not all failings of England’s Test team can be blamed on County cricket. One line stands out, for me. “Root’s complaints about not replicating exactly the conditions of Test cricket in advance are the words of a sports person …