We all love playing games. Or we wouldn’t spend our summer weekends on the cricket field, and our winter evenings in the nets.
So why, when we practice, do we revert to formal instruction? Left elbow high, alignment, 5 minutes with the bowling machine delivering leg stump half volleys to really groove that on drive. Why don’t we play, more?
If I am honest, one of my motivations for becoming a cricket coach was that I enjoy playing (cricket and most games). “Giving something back to the game” and earning a living are important drivers, but passing on the enjoyment of playing (and being able to play more games myself) is an important part of my self-motivation.
Since qualifying, I have perhaps been inhibited by the need to demonstrate the value of structured coaching, to players, parents, even to myself. Which is why I am keen to follow the lead of the ECB Coach Education and introduce more cricket games-based learning (CGBL) to my sessions, with players young and old. Continue reading We all like to play games…so why must practice be so dull?