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21 girls were asked the question ' Are you a proactive cricketer?'

This could have been a news item however as John Heaton is counting hits on blogs I will write this as a blog instead!

The first session of skills sets was last night and I hope the girls gained as much from the session as I did as a coach. I didn’t work with a specific group of players this year I went round each group and listened into the players/coaches discussions. This was a good insight into the player’s thoughts and their understanding.

We had 6 different groups working with their coaches on varying aspects of their game. The batters were treated to the time delay TV screen set up by Chris Benbow which allowed them to see their previous shot. They were also challenged to hit as many balls as they could from 50 deliveries. The coaches utilised a stats app. on their smart phone to keep scores of back foot/front foot, offside/onside shots and the success of them. Hopefully the girls will find this feedback useful for progressing their game.

Video footage was the order of the day for the bowlers both seam and spin. The seam bowlers working with Tony Potter looked at their footage and started the process of thinking about pre-delivery routines. Do they have one? What is it? Should it be the same every time? What are my thoughts? What are my actions? Positive or Negative? All these were questions the girls had to ask themselves. Those seamers working with Shaun Anders looked at the 6 key areas of the bowling action and began work on straight lines from run up. Shaun took video footage from all angles of the bowlers which will be analysed and fed back at the next session.

The spinners working with Q Ali started their session looking at the profile models from the ECB Talent Pathways DVD. They then moved on to video footage and looking at themselves and their point of delivery. Intervention poles were brought in to keep the girls going towards the target with their movements.

The Wicket-keepers worked with Chris Chambers and Dan Atkinson on challenge drills, working on the basic outcome of catching the ball. The girls had to move closer to the fielding machine and take the ball after it had hit the Katchet ramp. This was a tough challenge however the girls soon got the hang of it however i must say I’m glad I’m not a keeper!!

The girls have been given 'homework' from the session from me, their own coach and Chris Benbow. Chris has given them work following his stats and performance analysis workshop which followed the active session. I hope this extra work is seen as an opportunity for the girls to explore their game and their understanding and not seen as a chore!

The main message that came out of the whole session was 'Can you be a proactive player?'

I hope this has given you an insight into my Sunday evening spent with the skills programme. There will be 2 more workshops for the girls to attend, Fitness - its role in cricket and basic movement patterns with Jen Cross and also an information workshop delivered by myself giving players and parents an insight into the LCB and ECB pathway and where they as players fit.

A fairly busy month ahead with fitness testing for the Dubai Squad, schools coaching, finalising details of kit for Dubai and attending the coaching workshops organised by LCB Coaches Association.


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