The physical wellbeing of the individual player is a critical component of the game of cricket, even more so when it comes to the development of young players.
Therefore, safety is of paramount importance in coaching, and the coach must take the time to clearly explain the general safety precautions for all training sessions.
This should be done at the beginning of all sessions and the monitoring of these requirements should be maintained throughout.
Coaches should assess all risks involved in coaching sessions and should develop the habit of inspecting grounds for all potential dangers before the players are engaged.
Coaches should develop the habit of maximizing the use of space available; position self where the players may be fully observed and monitored.
While, as in all athletic endeavors, some injury is inevitable, the following general practices mitigate its occurrence. Below are some rudimentary safety guidelines:
WARM UP BEFORE GAMES AND PRACTICES
- Make sure there is time set aside before every practice and game for children to warm up properly.
REMEMBER TO HYDRATE
- Learn the signs and symptoms of dehydration (HINT: if players is thirsty, they are already dehydrated)
- Have children bring a water bottle to practice and games.
- Encourage children to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after play.
- Ensure that your cricketers to drinks fluids (water is the best option) 30 minutes before the activity begins and every 15-20 minutes during activity.
WEAR APPROPRIATE SPORTS GEAR
- Make sure children wear sports appropriate gear during practice and games. Wearing the right shoes and clothing can help avoid both minor and serious injuries.
MAKE REST A PRIORITY
- To help avoid injury caused by overwork, rest all players during practices and games. Encourage players to communicate any pain, injury, or illness they may have during or after any practices or games.
- Make sure they know it’s smart to tell coaches, parents, or another adult if they’re hurt or not feeling well.
BE A PREPARED COACH
- As a coach, establish safety guidelines that athletes and parents can follow during every practice and game. These will include creating hydration breaks, encouraging players to sit out if injured, resting if not feeling well and facilitating a proper warm-up.
- It’s also a good idea for coaches to get certified in first aid and CPR and have a stocked first aid kit at all practices and games.
- Coaches should take every opportunity to exploit free sports safety training.
- Coaches should develop the habit of maximizing the use of available space; position self where the players may be fully observed and monitored.
- Coaches should demonstrate the correct procedure for retrieving the ball from the net using the feet or bat, and the importance of players never turning their backs on the batter when exiting the net after retrieving the ball.
- Ensure that each player in the net is given a goal so that they are practicing for a specific purpose.
- For reasons of manageability and safety, allow no more than five players to a net.
- Ensure a bat is in hand or always close by for quick demonstrations.
- Select varied activities that are challenging for the players outside the net and
keep them active.
At the start of the session, the coach must: