Every child can learn, just not in the same way or the same day. – (GEORGE EVANS)”
I never teach my students. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. – (ALBERT EINSTEIN)
Learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught. – UNKNOWN
The Learning Of Cricket Skills Relative To Age Development
EARLY PRIMARY SCHOOL (5-7 YEARS OF AGE)
It is important in this age group to look at a general approach to cricket, with games geared toward improving coordination.
Points to bear in mind:
- These children have a love of movement
- Their concentration span is very short
- They are limited in their ability to learn cricket skills at this age
- They have poor memory retention
As such, you should:
- Make the skill games as much fun and as enjoyable as possible
- Set up learning in small groups or individually
PRIMARY-SECONDARY SCHOOL BRIDGE (8-13 YEARS OF AGE)
This period is the most important in the learning of cricket skills; it is considered by many authorities as the child’s best age for learning. New skills are frequently mastered at the first attempt following suitable demonstrations, proper explanation, one or two trials, and accurate corrections. Mobility, however, will decline shortly after this period begins; and efforts must be made to improve upon, or even maintain, the levels already acquired. Children at this age have a longing for achievement and for challenge.
MID-SECONDARY OF EARLY LEAVING (11-16 YEARS OF AGE)
From this stage, development of skill should mean the increasing sophistication of cricket technique; this ,though, is dependent on the correct skills having been acquired in the 8-13 year period. If these skills haven’t been acquired, then the coach wastes valuable time trying to backtrack and re-educate the young cricketer as to the correct technique.
If the correct technique was learned in this period, then the young cricketer learns how to reproduce critical cricketing skills despite wind, rain, temperature, pitch, opposition tactics, etc. Problems can arise in this period with the difference in growth lengths of arms and legs. Additionally, growth can be incredibly rapid in this age group which affects the learning of new skills as coordination is affected.
It is recommended that no new skills are introduced during this period, but work can be done on known skills. New skills can be reintroduced when the player demonstrates readiness.