Jail-break cricket – another variant for CGBL

Here is a game variant that can be used to encourage players to apply a specified batting technique in a practice session. We call it “jail-break cricket” – players are challenged to hit a ball to a specified target area to release team mates who have been “sent to jail”. The game encourages the batter to …

2014 – nearly over (2): CPD – coaching “children” and “young people & adults”

Over the last few months, I have been working my way through the new ECB CPD courses for level 2 coaches. The new courses are presented in two distinct streams – Coaching children and Coaching Young People & Adults (YPA). Interesting, though, in the light of my experiences this year coaching players aged 3 and 63, …

We all like to play games…so why must practice be so dull?

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. …