“Cricket 2022” – the “master plan” (first draft)

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)”

Gentlemen & Players, 2016

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…not something I ever expected to blog about…

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?”