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Coaching Deaf Cricket

"I wanted to get involved as it was something new and this was a fantastic opportunity to work with a non mainstream group of people with a chance to give back to cricket"

Coaching and Talent Specialist Job van Bunge share his experiences when Assistant Coach of the National Deaf Squad at our training camp in April and will be assistant coach again for the Deaf Cricket World Cup from 16th to 30th November in New Delhi.

"I wanted to get involved as it was something new and this was a fantastic opportunity to work with a non mainstream group of cricketers with a chance to give back to cricket" Job said. 

Job had minimal to no dealings with deaf or hard of hearing people before coaching the side and learnt how valuable the skill of communication is. "I usually like to walk around and move my hands when presenting to a group of people, within 5 minutes of presenting I was told to stand up the front and stay in the same spot which allowed the team to read my lips". This was the only major modification Job had to make as human connection is no different regardless of the disability.

Job went on say "If coaches want to invest in their own coaching, they should take up any form of coaching whether it be coaching girls, cricketers with an intellectual disability, deaf or indigenous players to build your toolbox as a coach and experience working with a vast range of different people and to grow the game as well". 

Coaching deaf cricketers is a great development opportunity for coaches looking to develop their communication skills and learn different methods of effective communication. As we know, cricketers have different learning styles and if coaches can learn to communicate to players in more ways, they will be better equipped to unlock the potential of more of their players. If you’re interested in coaching deaf cricketers, please get in contact with your state or territory cricket association to find out how you can get involved. 

This years squad will travel to Delhi, India on 16th November where they will play three practice matches, six pool matches with their eyes firmly set on reaching the Semi Finals and  Final to be held on 29th & 30th November respectively.