It’s pouring outside and every cricket field on island is covered in water; a time when many of us are putting our coaching on hold until conditions improve. It’s good to take some time to rest and recover, however you don’t need to wait until the lighter days to get back into coaching.
It’s a great time to be planning for the season ahead, up-skilling as a coach and delivering different types of sessions to keep cricketers engaged. The Coach Education team has shared a few ideas to help you get motivated again after your well-earned rest.
Reading up and watching footage of cricket
Some of us will have received gifts of cricket DVDs or books this Christmas, which are a great way to learn more about the sport. Knowledge is most valuable when it has direct application. For example, when watching a cricket
DVD you could:
- Watch how cricketers perform specific techniques and tactics.
- Look for crux moments in matches, thinking about why cricketers have been successful or not.
Using your new knowledge, you could plan for a number of sessions to help cricketers develop the skills or specific components of fitness you have just observed. This may help to engage the imagination of young players by relating coaching activities to scenarios performed by their heroes.
If you’re a Level 2 coach, you could prescribe specific training sessions that relates directly to the scenarios you have observed.
Doing this type of planning in hurricane season will save time when you’re busy delivering sessions later in the year and make your coaching relate more closely to the sport.
Indoor coaching sessions
Being a successful cricketer is not just about being able to bat, bowl and field. It’s also important for cricketers to develop skills such as caring their bat, being able to feed themselves or developing a better understanding of the sport.
You could facilitate indoor sessions, helping players to learn these off-the-field skills. Involve other club members in this process or bring an expert in if you don’t have the skills or qualifications to deliver the session yourself.