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Junior Cricket Coaching Tips

Written by Ben. Posted in:Basics

Transforming a junior cricket team from under achievers to champions won’t happen overnight. However, with a positive attitude and willingness to teach the game, the possibility of winning is certainly more likely. Guides and recommendations have been flaunted around the cricketing world on how to coach a winning junior side, but the simple explanation is a that team that enjoys their cricket and has a determination and spirit to succeed are much more likely to deliver better results on the field of play.

A motivated and more positive coach are steps to success, and feeding this through to your players can bring healthy rewards. Here are a few tips for coaching junior players which can guide you to success.

Keep Things Simple

It’s important as a coach not to over-complicate things when it comes to younger players. Learning the wide range of skills can be confusing for some players, so if taught simply and correctly, these basics can develop a lot quicker.

  • Use a slower and more softer tone when explaining skills and drills which players can absorb easily. Actively demonstrate examples before every drill so players know what to achieve.
  • Try to be as positive as you can, showing patience with your players and giving praise when needed. Practice means perfect and as players regularly work on skills, they will rapidly develop.
  • Don’t be too hard on your players that they lose confidence and enjoyment, but be firm enough so you can take control when needed.

Add Variety

Repeating the same skills and drills every practice session can become a chore for players. Add some variety into your coaching without steering away from the basics you need to teach the game.

  • Plan your skills and drills before every practice session, adding different games and activities for players to learn.
  • Don’t just stand in one spot instructing players what to do. Get amongst it and have some fun at the time.
  • Let your chosen captain take control of a practice once or twice per season, teaching them valuable leadership skills towards managing a team.
  • Every so often review a domestic or international match on television. Take notes on important players and how they play. This will be helpful and inspirational to young players.

Goal Setting

Setting goals is a great way to develop as a team. Set different targets throughout the season and reward your players for achieving them, making the task and challenge much more enjoyable.

  • Set realistic goals at the start of the season, targeting different skills you want your team to learn and develop.
  • Review these goals at practice sessions, stating the progress and what areas need work. Praise players for individual efforts and the team as whole when achieving goals.
  • Work with individuals and listen to your players. Make yourself approachable if they have any questions regarding certain aspects of their game and how to improve. Set goals to achieve improvement.

Motivation

Motivation and enthusiasm are keys to success and without these it is hard to build a winning cricket team. Be determined to teach players the basics to perform better on the field.

  • Attempt to promote your love for the game to your players by getting involved actively in practice sessions and participating in numerous activities and drills.
  • Boost players confidence by praising their efforts as much as possible.
  • Keep players focused and enjoying the game, adding plenty of variety with skills and drills.
  • Give players their own roles in the team and let them know what is expected of them. This will make them feel important and give them motivation to succeed.

Team Work

As the old saying goes, there is no ā€œIā€ in team and this is nothing more evident than in cricket. Players must learn to effectively communicate in various aspects of the game whether it be running between the wickets or even throwing the ball to each other in the field.

  • Work as a team collectively to achieve high standards, not only in matches, but also in practice sessions.
  • Create a healthy team spirit with positive communication and realistic goal setting. Make sure players are all on the right wavelength to success.
  • Conduct team building activities at practice to develop communication between players.

Promote Enjoyment

Enjoyment is one of the reasons for coaching players and watching them loving their cricket is a reward in itself. Make the game fun by mixing it up in practice with different drills and playing new games. Act positively as a coach, limiting criticism of players. It’s all about giving players a stepping stone to the future and without this depth within, world cricket will find itself in danger. Teach players to enjoy their cricket and have to some fun doing so.

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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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