On excellence – the quest for the perfect outswinger.

Back in the days when I played regularly on a Saturday afternoon, there was a standing joke among my team mates – that I was more interested in bowling the perfect outswinger than in taking a wicket.

And when I coach seam bowlers, once I am happy that their action is reasonably sound and repeatable, I will move on quickly to what might be considered by some to be post-graduate deliveries – variations in swing and pace – rather than drilling line and length.

I strongly believe that the role of the coach is to encourage excellence and the ambition to aspire to the extraordinary.

Always – what does “better” look like, and how can I be better?

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Coaching philosophy in just 6 words – with @SiNainby

Interesting challenge from Simon Nainby via twitter – can you encapsulate your coaching philosophy in just six words?

My best attempt:

How can we play better tomorrow?

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CPD review – 18 months on

Back in the autumn of 2014 I attended a series of CPD workshops, delivered by Dan Feist (Essex CB) and Richard Hall (then with Surrey CB) – ECB Coaching Children, for level 2 coaches.

Still waiting for the “Diploma” schedule – the opportunity to convert the workshops into a recognised coaching qualification – but the workshops were certainly interesting & thought-provoking.

As with any CPD, however, attending the course is one thing, but what really matters is post-training “D” – was there actually any Development in coaching practice?  How much of the workshop content have I actually managed to put into practice?

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