My brother Joe is an excellent and well-respected cricket coach who is qualified to a high level. He is known for helping the less experienced players up their game and dramatically improve and has built a hugely strong and thiving club by building up from junior level and bringing young players through.
I had a chat with him over the weekend and this was his recommendation for a good coaching session in any sport…
- Have a session scheduled around a key skill. Plan, plan and plan again.
- Introduce yourself and warm up.
- Constantly check for understanding with open questions. “Where are you going to hit the ball?”
- Don’t get stressed if the session you planned doesn’t work. Just say: “This is not working, we’ll change this.”
- Demonstrate a skill and get them to try it.
- Call them back in and check for understanding. “So tell me something about going in for rebound off the keeper’s feet?”
- Demo again and call back in again for understanding
- Small unit game play – set with conditions to use the skill they just drilled. eg. Two points for a goal, one point for following up a rebound off the keeper’s feet.
- Don’t be afraid to tell off children who are really misbehaving. Joe takes them back to their parents who are watching, if they are really disruptive.
- At the very end of the session revisit the key skill again with some more open questions.
- Make the kids tidy up at the end of the session.
- It’s all about learning through play…