The health of a club extends well beyond its win/loss column. Many important aspects of player management are overlooked by local sporting teams and can quickly disrupt a stable team environment. Assess whether your side is on the right path through these four key indicators. Continue reading “Four Key Factors To A Healthy Club”
Above strength or speed, talent or technique; self-belief separates the best from the rest in the sporting world. Continue reading “Finding Your Self-Belief”
Are bowlers only invited to cricket training so they can give practise to batsmen?
It appears to be the case. There is an almost unspoken understanding that bowlers are to be seen and not heard.
“Look mate, just rock up on time, run in for 2 hours, and don’t send one down the leg-side because the top order needs to find some form.”
Bowling is arguably more technical than batting, but rarely do you see a coach take someone from the nets to work on their run up, gather, release or follow-through. Continue reading “Everything Wrong With Cricket Training – Bowling”
After being dismissed for another dismal score, the captain sits the team down to deliver an all too familiar rant.
“Look boys, it’s just not good enough! We had three guys get starts, and then just throw their wickets away with careless shots”.
Well, Skipper… what do you expect? Has anyone stopped to consider that this is exactly what batsmen in cricket train to do?
The way batsmen train is like preparing to run a marathon by taking the dog for a 10-minute walk – little intensity, different conditions, and a lack of insults about your rig from nearby strangers.
The words ‘cricket is a funny game’ will be uttered with hilarity and despair across summer parks and fields every Saturday. At the elite level, the game can take five days without deciding a winner. Yet, it’s at the local level that you find its most comical moments. Whether it be a partner giving you a call of ‘Yes, No… Sorry’, toiling away all afternoon for the reward of dropped catches, overthrows and dodgy decisions or the opposition’s volunteer burning the sausage rolls at afternoon tea… cricket makes us laugh and cry. Continue reading “Everything Wrong With Cricket Training”
Boasting a 77% winning record, the two most recent World Cups, and a record 18 consecutive victories – New Zealand’s national rugby side, known as the ‘All Blacks’, is the most dominant side in world sport.
Their phenomenal record is unmatched by any team, across any code. Their success has largely been credited to the rituals and culture built by Graham Henry and continued by current coach Steve Hanson. By adopting the key principles applied by the world’s most successful team, you too can build sustained success and a lasting legacy within your club.
This cricket coaching session plan has been designed as a template for coaches to follow with their teams during training. The activities and drills can be tailored to all ages and abilities. Continue reading “Cricket Coaching – Session Plan #3”