Simplicity and focus in 1-to-1s – ECB Coaches Association Conference review, part 1

I watched two coaching demonstrations at the ECB Coaches Association Conference – a batting session with Graham Thorpe and a spin bowling one with Chris Brown.

Both deployed a range of drills to challenge and develop specific skills, but, if I am honest, I wasn’t really that interested in the cones, hurdles and baseball mitts.

I was much more interested in hearing what the experienced coaches were saying to the player. Continue reading Simplicity and focus in 1-to-1s – ECB Coaches Association Conference review, part 1

Question time – ECB Coaches Association Conference, day 2

After the buzz of day 1, my day 2 at the ECB Coaches Association had a much more philosophical twist to it.

Probably for the best, after participating in Ian Renshaw’s “Club Constraints” session on Saturday, then waking early on Sunday morning to listen to the end of the Women’s Ashes ODI.

So I was ready to sit, listen and think by the time we got going on the morning of day 2. Continue reading Question time – ECB Coaches Association Conference, day 2

Changing the game – day 1 at the ECB Coaches Association conference

First impressions from day 1 of the ECB Coaches Association Conference.

The official theme for the Conference is “Change the Game”, but underlying this might be the need to change the coach’s behaviours – not because they are bad, but because they could be even better. Continue reading Changing the game – day 1 at the ECB Coaches Association conference