TGfU CLA CGBL NLP…omg…can we not just play a game?

A key theme that emerged from the 2017 ECB Coaches Association Conference was the rise of games as a key coaching methodology. Drills are out (or, at the very least, “gamified” by introducing game-like challenges); players should spend as much practice time as possible developing transferable skills (skills that have direct and obvious application in …

The challenge of games – ECB Coaches Association Conference review, part 2

I have written previously about my conversion to games-based practice, but also about the challenges I have encountered when trying to design appropriate games. So when I saw that Ian Renshaw, co-author of “the best book on non-linear pedagogy I have ever read”, and father (and coach) of Aussie opener Matt, was speaking at the …

It’s too easy..

Interesting conversation with a parent after one of my sessions last week. We had been working on hitting front foot drives, and had finished with a game, with bobble feeds from the coach – making it “too easy” for the players to hit the ball. As I explained to the parent, just about the only …