Everything Wrong With Cricket Training – Bowling

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”

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Everything Wrong With Cricket Training – Batting

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.

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Everything Wrong With Cricket Training

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”

Cricket Coaching – Session Plan #3

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”

Cricket Coaching – Session Plan #2

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 #2”

Cricket Coaching – Session Plan #1

This cricket coaching session plan has been designed as a template for coaches to follow with their teams during net training. The activities and drills can be tailored to all ages and abilities.  Continue reading “Cricket Coaching – Session Plan #1”

Damian Bonner – 2015/16 Junior Coach of the Year

Cricket is a game of resilience and when it comes to coaching, few are better equipped than Damian Bonner to teach players how to overcome the challenges that sport and life can throw your way.

Damian was recently awarded the 2015/16 Cricket Coaches Australia – ‘Junior Coach of  the Year’ for Victoria. Recognition for his incredible impact on a group of players from the Gisborne & District Cricket Association (GDCA). Continue reading “Damian Bonner – 2015/16 Junior Coach of the Year”