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, one exceptionally talented); 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.
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”
Back in the autumn of 2014 I attended a series of CPD workshops, delivered by Dan Feist (Essex CB) and Richard Hall (then with Surrey CB) – ECB Coaching Children, for level 2 coaches.
Still waiting for the “Diploma” schedule – the opportunity to convert the workshops into a recognised coaching qualification – but the workshops were certainly interesting & thought-provoking.
As with any CPD, however, attending the course is one thing, but what really matters is post-training “D” – was there actually any Development in coaching practice? How much of the workshop content have I actually managed to put into practice?
Continue reading CPD review – 18 months on