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Useful Cricket Coaching Equipment

Written by Ben. Posted in:Basics

With the rapid move in technology, cricket coaching equipment has become more advanced over the years, making training sessions more valuable than ever before. Depending on the level and age group of players, it’s important the correct equipment is used in preparation for game day. Equipment must be updated and maintained regularly so players can train to reach their peak potential. Here is a list of equipment which is necessary and useful for both drills and fitness during practice sessions.

Batting Equipment

The correct batting equipment and protective equipment must be used in net sessions to prevent injury and to teach players the correct stroke play techniques. Players must gear up as they would on match day with the following equipment:

  • Bats
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Arm Guard
  • Thigh Guards
  • Box Guard
  • Leg Pads

Some coaches also use cones or tees which can be placed for batsman to aim at and can be used for shot direction and stance at the crease. Cricket shoes with spikes should also be used, which carry sufficient toe protection and gives necessary grip on the playing pitch.

Bowling Equipment

New bowling equipment is released regularly on today’s market and continues to push the boundaries with advancement in technology. There are various types of bowling machines available, some more suited for throwing specific deliveries and catering to different levels of batsman.

Mechanical Bowling Machines – These are a classic style of bowling machine which are built strongly for batting practice. These offer use with standard cricket and tennis balls, made for swing, seam and pace bowling. The motors are generally powered by a car battery, with the ability to alter speed for various types of batsman from the less experienced to the seasoned player. A reliable machine for club use.

Pneumatic Bowling Machines – These operate differently to other common bowling machines, with balls slotting into spots on the rotor. The ball comes through a trap door mechanism and is pumped out and released by a build up of air pressure, coming out at the height of a bowler’s arm.

Programmed Bowling Machines – These machines are still being developed industrially with the aim to provide various options in bowling. A relatively simple machine to operate, newer versions of the programmable mechanism are being sold to various clubs around the world, using virtual players projected into a screen with the bowlers hand reaching a hole and releasing the ball to the batsman.

Earlier styles of the machine have been known for their reliability but could only operate with single configurations, limiting options to players. Another model improved usefulness by being able to bowl different deliveries through computer control. Machines are being developed through world cricket today and it will interesting to see what comes out next.

Fielding Equipment

The art of fielding requires heavy practice on basic skills and drills, as saving runs and catching the ball is an extremely important part of the game. There are various lines of fielding equipment on offer today, all providing the necessary elements in catching and throwing.

Bats, Balls – These are basic tools which can be used simply to hit the ball in the open field to players. This can get players moving around and work on the correct techniques of catching and stopping the ball.

Baseball Glove – Many coaches use a baseball glove to retrieve balls quicker from fields man, whether it be over the stumps or just in general practice. As the glove is protected, this speeds up action in skills and drills with coaches being able to retrieve and throw the ball a lot quicker to players around the field.
Rebound Net – Rebound nets are a great tool for testing players reactions and gives good catching practice. These test players hand and eye co-ordination and can be used in team situation or by players on their own.

Fitness Equipment

As with all sports, fitness is of the high priority to coaches and players. There are many types of fitness equipment which can help players prepare thorough ally for match day.

Speed Ladders – Speed ladders are ideal for both indoor and outdoor practice sessions, teaching players correct foot placement and enhancing speed and agility. These are a great fitness tool and helps players build stamina for an overall valuable work out.

Cones – Cones are essential for practice sessions and are ideal for most skills and drills. Produced in a wide range of colours, these can be used in most training situations.

Whistles – Whistles can be a coaches best friend at times, and are generally used to catch players attention during skills and drills. You can use your whistle during sessions for different things such as time combinations, stoppages etc.

Technology

As the game has progressed, the need for technology in cricket has never been more evident. Technology such as video cameras can be used during practice sessions, providing a valuable tool for players looking to work on their individual game. Coaches can also video players individual techniques and work with the player to either change it or stride to improve it. The use of televisions in the game can also be a handy tool if looking to teach different styles of play. By assessing matches on the domestic or international scene and looking at certain players and how they play can help players with their own technique. With a wealth of equipment on offer today, this article only touches base with what’s currently available around the world. As time progresses, more innovations will bombard the market and will provide coaches with numerous options to choose from. It’s important players and coaches respect and maintain equipment as this money is invested in players futures and ongoing success.

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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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