Cricket Australia Coaching
Premier Cricket Update from Coaching Development Managers
ACT - Ben Ryan
The Cricket ACT Coach Development Program for our Premier and Community coaches presented another session in November on Effective Coaching & Session Planning and the Coach’s Toolkit.
ACT Premier Cricket commences the Konica Minolta T20 Cup on with twilight rounds on the 13th and 20th of December. Round 3 and 4 on 20 December will be the feature rounds promoted by the CA Digital team. The matches will be played at the new home of Cricket ACT, Phillip Oval.
Former ACT Meteor Rebecca Maher last week successfully coached the ACT U15 Emerging Meteors to Cricket ACT’s their first ever junior girls’ title in the NSW Districts Competition. The follows on from her successfully coaching the ACT Southern Districts U15 team to the Women’s Country Championships title.
Ginninderra Head Coach Michael Delaney has successfully coached the ACT Aces into the finals of the Plan B Regional Bash and ACT/NSW Country Comet Blake Macdonald (currently injured) has coached the ACT Southern Districts team into the final of the NSW Country Championships.
NSW - Josh Lalor
The season is in full swing as we begin the run in to Christmas with the playing field slowly taking shape. As we know, teams that capitalise on opportunities either side of Christmas often catapult themselves in to the second half of the season. Sydney University have started brilliantly with a 120 point lead over second place in the Club Championship with all 5 grades already in the top three. Special mention should go to Cam Borgas and the team at Sydney University with challenge now to keep getting better.
Over the last six weeks Cricket NSW High Performance staff met with each Premier Club with the focus of enhancing relationships and continuing to open greater lines for communication. David Moore, David Freedman and the Coach and Talent Specialists thank the clubs for providing valuable insight to the strengths and challenges of Premier Cricket. The information attained in these meetings will shape the actions of your Coaching and Talent Specialist and ensure that the relationship is effective for both Cricket NSW and each club.
On Monday November 5th Cricket NSW, in conjunction with the Sydney Thunder, hosted a coach education evening at Bankstown Oval. Over 50 of Sydney’s most willing and eager coaches, many of whom lead our Premier Clubs, were in attendance as Thunder BBL and WBBL Head Coaches shared their coaching philosophies. Shane Bond and Jo Broadbent were incredibly open on the night which highlighted that all coaches are individuals with their own strengths, weaknesses and beliefs.
Finally, the early rounds of the Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup have been run with many of last season’s finalists have starting strongly. With two spots up for grabs to compete in the National Premier Cricket T20 Championships on March 5-6 clubs will have an even greater incentive to push for finals. Sydney University, Campbelltown, Sydney and Bankstown are all undefeated through their first two rounds.
QLD - Jeff Thomas
Since the last newsletter, Premier coaches were invited to attend a practical fielding session with highly regarded Elite Youth Baseball Coach – Shayne Watson. Shane focused on warm up and throwing activities, ground fielding body height and footwork best practices. Several GPS and Taverner coaches attended which added to the environment and sharing of information. For more information on fielding please search the Representative tab at https://community.cricket.com.au/coach/the-kit-bag/resources
Heading into the Premier T20 competition phase, Adam Hollioake the Bulls Assistant coach – Pathways discussed his thoughts on T20 cricket and its evolution. Topics covered on the night included team roles and selections, training modifications and match day opposition. Adam being a former ENG assistant T20 coach and Young Lions head coach was very insightful and engaging for all who attended. The session was captured so I will update once footage becomes available.
SA - Tom Rutherford
SACA has conducted Club visits and collated player feedback regarding the new fixture format for 2018/19. The overall response to the current program has been well received, with many players singling out the reduction in Sunday fixtures a positive, and the challenges of the white-ball-red-ball transitions being met with some stand-out performances and adaptability.
A significant initiative has been Men’s and Women’s Premier 1sts Umpires wearing the camera glasses and the ability for this footage to be expanded and used for coaching purposes. This technology has been adapted into SACA Pathway programs at trial matches, and the feedback and review has been overwhelmingly positive and constructive. Using this footage and technology across the sport presents exciting opportunities in the seasons to come.
Coaching in the Under 12 statewide carnival will be interesting to observe and review, with two divisions, one playing under revised Junior Format playing conditions, and the other playing traditional format. SACA will collate data on all games and then compare and review the results.
The packed schedule continues through December with the Under 19s starting on December 3 hosted across Adelaide, presenting opportunities to observe and network with coaches from across the country. Full fixture can be found here.
TAS - John Hayes
We have had a wet start to the season with a number of games washed out throughout the grades. This however has not held back Lindisfarne CC men’s as they continue their strong start to the season wining five out of six games in 1st grade while University remain undefeated in the women’s competition.
Former North Hobart women’s coach Belinda Page and Clarence’s Katie Cole make history;
Australian Captain, and University of Tasmania CC Director of Coaching Tim Paine plays 150th
Female Pathway Coach ‘Pykie’ impresses in Sheffield Shield debut
High Performance Meeting – 26th November
Cricket Tasmania High Performance team hosted Presidents and Directors of Coaching from each of the Premier clubs.
Program managers, State women’s coach, Salliann Briggs, State men’s coach, Adam Griffith, State u19 coach, Ali de Winter, and Coach Development & Pathway Manager, John Hayes all provided updates from their relevant programs.
Key discussion points included;
- Transparency - information
- Communication – consistent messaging to the relevant stakeholders relating to state and representative players
- Player training and playing loads – monitoring
- Player progress reports – timing and notifications
- Talent ID – Selling the dream
- PCDP Consultation - Have commenced. Relevant coaching staff have been including in dialogue and completion of ‘health checks’.
This was a very positive meeting with CTPL Club Presidents and CT Staff committed to developing further opportunities for Clubs and CT High Performance to connect on a regular basis.
Community Course – Wednesday 5th December, Blundstone Arena
VIC - Dean Russ
The Premier Cricket season has started off very positively. We have seen some excellent performances already and the standard of cricket has been of the highest caliber.
Premier coaches were given access to David Hemp (WBBL Stars and Victorian Women’s Head Coach, Lachlan Stevens (Victorian Men’s assistant coach and Renegades assistant coach), and Jade Roberts (CV Academy and IPL Hyderabad Suns Strength and Conditioning coach) in an T20 Q and A. We had close to 30 coaching staff across premier cricket in attendance. This was very informative and engaging.
The Vic SUPER SLAM T20 Championship has been created as a combination of the T20 format never really finding its place within the Premier Cricket Competition for premiership points.
In collaboration with the clubs, discussions led to the suggestion of creating a T20 Championship outside & completely separate to Premier Cricket.
Essentially Vic SUPER SLAM now creates an opportunity for aspirational & talented players to carve a pathway towards higher honours in the T20 landscape.
More importantly is brings another dimension into a Coach's role or for Premier clubs to offer the added opportunity of a “specialist coach” to those that have strong T20 backgrounds/knowledge & skill sets.
Our talent pathway has under gone a re-branding. Formerly the State Championships it is now known as the Youth Premier League. We are keen to highlight the link between our pathways and Premier Cricket. The overarching theme is a simplification of the pathway – play in the YPL then the next step is Premier Cricket and creating more match opportunities for our players.
WA - Chris Brabazon
Every Premier Club has played host to an “Above the Shoulders” Coaches Workshop which have been facilitated by the WACA Coach & Talent Specialists. The sessions utilise the new video series that has been created by CA to stimulate discussion amongst the various club coaches and learn more about the key mental skills that some of Australia’s best players apply to maximise their potential and how these can be discussed and implemented by junior & senior Premier cricketers. Over 90 coaches have taken up the opportunity to join the discussion over the past couple of months and each workshop has been well received by the clubs.
Link to Above the Shoulders Resource | Also available on the CA Coach App.
Eleven Premier clubs have also delivered free Coaching Workshops for their local community club coaches with another six workshops in the pipeline. The workshops have covered a range of topics from Effective Training Sessions to Power Hitting and provide a great opportunity for clubs to raise their profile within their community whilst offering the local community players and coaches a great to up skill experience whilst increasing the local coaching depth. Each participating coach is invited to bring 2-3 players to work through the various activities with over 120 coaches and 150 players taking up the opportunity so far.