Good session…so what was going on?

I had a couple of 1-to-1 sessions yesterday.  Nothing unusual in that – I do four or five regular 1-to-1s almost every week – but I came away last night feeling that these particular sessions had gone especially well.

Good engagement, high energy, good questions (all of the above two-way); positive outcomes, clear summary of “learning points” (not too many) and players left with a challenge – “now, go out and try it!”

The players left hopefully having learnt a little, tried something new, and with a clear idea of something they could try in their next game.  They both told me they had enjoyed the hour; as importantly (more importantly – they might have been very polite), I think I saw a few “light bulb moments”, when they understood what I was trying to tell them and realised that it could work for them.

So what was going on?  And, more to the point, what might have been missing from other sessions that were “OK”, but not perhaps as good as last night’s? Continue reading Good session…so what was going on?

What does a “better cricket” coaching session look like?

It’s all very well to say “everything we do is designed to make a better cricketer”, but in practice, what does that mean?

What might the ideal “better cricket” coaching session look like? Continue reading What does a “better cricket” coaching session look like?

It’s cold outside…or what to do when you can’t get into the outdoor nets

The senior Club finished indoor nets before Easter, and the 1st XI has been champing at the bit to get into the outdoor nets.  So the news that the planned (and very necessary) refurbishment could not be completed until early May sparked a round of emails and conversations – what can we do for pre-season?

We know that the pros will barely use net practice (going into the nets, with all and sundry queuing up to bowl) at any stage in the season.  If they do bat in the nets, it will be against bowling machine or sidearm/throwdowns, to groove a shot or to plan how best to handle a particular bowler (faster/slower/taller/skiddier than normal).

So not having the nets might be seen as the opportunity to adopt a more constructive pre-season plan, rather than a hindrance.

Continue reading It’s cold outside…or what to do when you can’t get into the outdoor nets