This is the practical, no-nonsense guide to coaching youth cricket. It brings together tried and tested games, drills and coaching tips from those involved in youth cricket. This guide will help you build on your knowledge by understanding what works. You can avoid the coaching traps many fall into by learning through the experiences of other cricket coaches, cricketing authorities, club and teams. Whether you're looking to improve your communication, learn how to make sessions fun or for help in developing sessions, this book has been written with you in mind. Remember a good coach is always learning!
Ian Pont played first class cricket for Nottinghamshire and Essex between 1981 and 1988. He has been the specialist bowling coach for many professional cricket teams including Kent, Northamptonshire, Essex, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. He has also been a coach involved at international level with England (2003) and Netherlands (2005-2007). Ian is also Head Coach to the International Cricket Camp, Potchefstroom, South Africa, which features world-class coaches such as Gary Kirsten, Graeme Pollock and Jimmy Cook. This camp is now regarded as the very best of it's kind for developing technical and mental skills for fast bowling and batting.
Chapter 1. You, a Youth Cricket Coach?; Chapter 2. Being a Good Cricket Coach; Chapter 3. Communicating As a Coach; Chapter 4. Understanding Rules and Risks; Chapter 6. Making Practices Fun and Practical; Chapter 7. Teaching and Shaping Skills.; Chapter 11. Coaching on Match Day; Chapter 12. Developing Season and Practice Plans.