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Cricket Coaching For Kids

Written by Ben. Posted in:Basics

Bringing kids into the world of cricket can not only be a whole of fun, but a rewarding and satisfying experience, knowing you have given youngsters a solid platform they can only build on throughout their cricketing future. What may seem a difficult and tedious operation to begin with, the key to being a successful coach begins with patience and slowly developing players skills. As the old saying goes, practice means perfect and this goes along way to better performances on the playing field.

There are many facets to coaching kids cricket and everyone of them needs careful consideration. As a coach, make sure you enjoy the game just as much as you want your team to, this will surely reflect in their performance. Here are some things you must consider when bringing younger players into one of the world’s greatest games.

Preparation

Being prepared and organised is an essential element of cricket coaching.
If you are readily prepared for practices ahead, you will find your time better spent developing players skills.

  • Make sure you are prepared well in advance for practices and game days etc. Write down skills you want to work on, drills, games and exercises etc.
  • Prepare all the necessary gear available such bats, balls, practice stumps and protective equipment relevant to your age group of players.

Safety

Providing a safe environment for players is paramount in their beginning years, providing all the necessities if anything goes wrong or injury occurs.

  • Make sure you have a working mobile phone with contact numbers of parents, caregivers etc. Give parents/caregivers your contact number if there is any problems they would like to advise of. At the start of any season, give out a notice with numbers of officials within the club or school to contact.
  • Check your playing and practicing area for any potential hazards and do your best to fix them or let the necessary party know.
  • Make sure adequate equipment is used in the nets and practicing area. For junior players, make sure helmets and protective equipment is used at all times for up-most safety.
  • Tell players to let you know if any injury occurs so you can take the next step in advising parents, caregivers etc.
  • Take a basic first aid course which can help you and players in any difficult situations.

The Basics

Teaching kids the basics of cricket many seem a chore to begin with, but showing patience and giving plenty of encouragement goes along way to developing potential in players.

  • For beginners, give them a basic outline on how to hit the ball and use simple shots etc. Don’t waste ample amounts of time on technique as this comes later on in coaching. Develop players hand and eye coordination to hit the ball and teach them to use their feet to get to the pitch of the ball.
  • With bowling, practice basic deliveries, working on rolling the arm over the shoulder. As players practice more regularly, they will develop speed and better accuracy in time. Simply work on bowling the ball to the wickets and go from there.
  • With fielding and catching, focus on keeping eyes on the ball and getting hands ready to catch. Use simple drills such as batsmen hitting the ball to fielders, using different distances.

Rules and Sportsmanship

As a coach, it’s your duty to install proper principles of fairness and good sportsmanship into your players. Not only must players respect one another, but the opposite team and umpires too.

  • Lead by example by shaking the opposite coaches hand. It’s amazing what young players take notice of and repeat.
  • Teach your players to shake hands and acknowledge your opposition after a match. This is an important part of world sport today and promotes good sportsmanship.
  • Make your players aware that the umpires decision is final. Too many arguments go on in world cricket today regarding decisions, but at the end of the day the umpires word is final and must be respected.

Encouragement

It’s funny how far a little bit of praise goes and how much it can turn an average player into a good one. Install a healthy environment within your team, praising players involvement and advancement in the game. Let your team know how well they are playing and reward achievements. Players will enjoy the game a lot more with a little praise and will benefit immensely in the long run. Not enough praise and using negativity not only puts fear into players, but can remove them from the game altogether which isn’t good for cricket in general.

Enjoyment

Enjoyment is the key to successful coaching and passing this enjoyment onto younger players gives them motivation to succeed. By providing a safe, cheerful and thriving environment, this will not only make kids enjoy the game, but keep them playing which is a positive for cricket overall.

  • Boost enjoyment by introducing new games, drills at practice etc.
  • Provide small rewards for player and team achievements, giving youngsters motivation to succeed.
  • Give every player a certain role, letting them know their importance within the team.

Coaching kids can be one of the most rewarding experiences in cricket, introducing players to a possible future in the sport. It’s important to nurture younger players, showing patience and steadily teach them skills to develop their play. But overall, it’s more important to teach them to enjoy their cricket and express themselves individually and within a team environment on the field of play.

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Ben

Freelance Journalist from Invercargill, New Zealand. Specialise in writing sports articles for websites and publications. E:mail: b.pearce@journalist.com for more info.

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