Back in the summer, one of the teams I coached was having problems picking up singles and twos – their innings progressed by a succession of big hits and run outs – so we developed a game to practice shot placement and decision making.
I called it “run 1, run 2”, because that is what I kept calling out to the batsmen, but you might come up with a better name!
Try it, though – we found that the results were encouraging, and, as with many games, the tactical challenges were as interesting as the technical.
Continue reading “Running two” – a modified fielding practice that also develops batting stroke placement and decision making.
When I started out at my local Club as a volunteer, level 1 Coaching Assistant, sessions were taken by an exuberant 1st XI player – lots of enthusiasm, diving catches and (attempted) big hitting, and always a fiercely contested session of one hand – one bounce, usually with said 1st XI player dominating the game.
The players seemed to love this activity, but to me, as a newly qualified “proper” coach, it looked as if one hand-one bounce existed only so the star player could show off. Not coaching, at all.
It’s fair to say that I never liked one hand – one bounce, but I have recently started to include it my own sessions with our Club U9s. And I think it has a place in the games-based learning panoply.
Continue reading One hand, one bounce – what’s that got to do with coaching?
I have been coaching with the current ECB Coaches’ toolkit for nearly three years, now, since I was introduced to the components on the Coaching Children CPD workshops back in 2014.
I had a relatively quiet August – just 5 days’ active coaching over the last month – so I have had quite a bit of time to think about how I coach. It was interesting to see how many of the tools were in regular use, and how my own kit has changed over time.
Continue reading More thoughts on the coaches’ toolkit – what’s in yours?