Darren Talbot posted an impassioned blog last week: View from the Coach: Where’s the plan for cricket in England & Wales?
I am more positive about All Stars Cricket than Darren, but I do agree with his prognosis – introducing a new entry-level offering for 5-8 year olds can only be the start of a five (or 10) year plan to bring players back to the game, and as yet there is little discernible evidence of that master plan from the ECB.
So – what should the game look like in five years? Continue reading “Cricket 2022” – the “master plan” (first draft)
As someone who earns his living from coaching the game of cricket, before 1963 I would have been a “Player“, who used a separate changing room, probably ate lunch apart from the Gentlemen, and would have been listed on scorecards as Beaven A. R. (or, indeed, as “Teesra T[he]”), not A.R. Beaven.
Archaic, in the 21st Century, surely?
Perhaps – but does the distinction between “Gentlemen” and “Players” still persist in 2016?
Continue reading Gentlemen & Players, 2016
Socio-cultural constraints – how a player’s social and cultural background influences learning behaviour…not something I ever expected to blog about.
However, translating frantically, if we were to say that the coach really should try to understand where the players come from, then this becomes a little easier to put into practice.
Two recent examples:
- with a 10 year old girl, county age group, lots of advice from different directions, all well intentioned but sometimes contradictory – “smile sweetly, say ‘thank you’, take on board everything you have been told…and find out what works for you“
- with an 11 year old boy…challenge their logic, challenge their pride – “what happened then? did it work? can you do it again? snd what can you do next time to get an even better outcome?”