Really interesting video from the iCoachKids project, on “making the sport fit the child, not the child fit the sport”
Some of the concepts discussed might appear obvious, but I thought it was very helpful to see how the video (and the associated activities on the MOOC) provides a framework to think about why and how to adapt and differentiate activities in children’s sport.
First session of winter practice with the u9s on Sunday; slightly disappointing turn-out (just 5), but possibly compounded by the soft-ball u9s being billed as “the level before you get to play proper cricket”! I can’t imagine this helped the numbers!
I went with a new session plan, making the most of the chance to play games — essentially, we mixed free-play with “directed” review (I asked leading questions) to allow the players to have a bat and a bowl, and to think about the tactics needed to be successful.
I deliberately avoided giving much technical input, but I do now have a couple of ideas for more formal “practice” later in the winter.