- Welcome 3
- Contacts 4
- Mission and Vision 5
- The Stingray Way 6
- The Job of Coaching 7–10
- Setting the Tone & Fundamentals 11–18
- Training Plans & Drills 19-36
- Rotations & Game Planning 37–48
- Match Analysis & Player Awards 49–52
You will be assisted in your role by a Academy Office , who will take on many of the administrative tasks that need to be completed for an Academy to operate professionally.
This handbook contains items that are designed to help you establish effective relationships with your players and their parents, as well as tools and techniques that you can use at training and on Match Day. If you ever need help or advice about your Academy Coach role, please feel free to make contact with the office – their contact details can be found on the next page. They will be only too happy to help!
The Committee would like to thank you for being willing to devote the time, effort and energy that are involved in coaching junior sport. Competitive sport, played in the right spirit, is a wonderful teacher, and you will be imparting many valuable lessons to the youngsters in your Academy that will stand them in good stead for the future.
11 Holt Road, Parkmore
Call: 0609000 625
OUR MISSION & OUR VISION
- OUR MISSION
We work with Junior and Senior Cricketers, their families and the wider community to foster a positive, supportive and engaging sporting environment.
Every person involved with our Academy will feel included and valued.
Each individual, whether player, parent or coach, will be encouraged to develop their potential, with the emphasis always placed on fun and skill.
- OUR VISION
Our Academy is built upon a culture of inclusion and a strong commitment to the continuous holistic development of our Players and Members.
Our reputation as the Academy of Choice in South Africa will be based upon our active promotion of the Spirit of Cricket and a belief that every individual has a valuable contribution to make to the team.
Listening to and supporting the Academy Coach, Playing because you love the game
Putting the team before the individual
Abiding by the Code of Behaviour Supporting at games
Supporting the Umpires/ coach
Displaying control, respect and professionalism Communicating clearly to Players and Parents
- OFFICE BEARERS
Giving all young players a fair go Communicating clearly to Academies
Leading by example.
ACADEMY COACH JOB DESCRIPTION
- Our Coaches will:
- focus on skill development and individual improvement, rather than winning as the outcome;
- remember that all children deserve time and attention, not just the most talented;
- promote cooperation, teamwork and fair play during activities;
- reinforce the contribution all children make to the group;
- provide a supportive environment and show sensitivity to individual differences;.
- Our Coaches will;
- introduce one thing at a time, keep instructions or questions short and simple;
- be aware that growth periods will alter the child’s coordination and skills;
- ensure children wear Academy official adequate clothing, use protective equipment and drink enough fluids;
- maintain interest with varied activities, maximum participation and limited talk;
- be positive, compliment effort and the skills that were performed correctly;
- always promote the Spirit of Cricket and enforce the relevant Codes of Behaviour.
- communicate with all relevant stakeholders in a timely and effective manner;
- be prepared to commit the necessary time to training and matches;
- allow time for children to absorb information and practise skills;
- use role models to demonstrate good performance;
- listen to what the children say;
- cater for varying ability levels.
- Team Kit Bag
- Practice Balls
- First Aid Kit
- Boundary Markers
- Boundary Measuring Rope/Tape
- Shade Tent / Gazebo
- Scorebook / Scoring App
- Emergency contact numbers
- Match Ball
- Umpire’s Counter
- Batting and Bowling Rotation/Order
- Toilet Key (Home Games)
- Mobile Phone
- Ground and Weather Conditions
Ground and weather conditions can have a significant impact on the safety and enjoyment of cricket at both junior and senior levels. Sometimes, as is the case with weather, these conditions are somewhat unpredictable and uncontrollable and appropriate care should be taken to avoid weather-related injuries. Umpires, coaches and team managers should exercise a conservative approach to continuing play in the rain, where lightning is present or where the field conditions have reached a point where they pose danger to participants.
All boundaries must be designated by a series of cones. Where appropriate the cones should be a required minimum distance of 3 yards (2.74 metres) inside the perimeter fencing or advertising signs.
Sometimes, you might arrive at a ground and find that there is an issue with the facilities that is beyond your control to address. An example might be a large amount of broken glass, a vandalised pitch or a toilet block that won’t open. If safety is a concern and the issue needs immediate attention, start only when everything is fixed with an option of reducing over instead.
Players will not be allowed to bat, field within 10m of the bat or wicket-keep up to the stumps, during a match or at a practice where a hardball is being used, without wearing a cricket helmet with a faceguard. Any individual taking responsibility for players should take all reasonable steps to ensure that the above recommendation is followed. Players are recommended to wear a specifically designed proper-fitting cricket helmet with a faceguard. It is also in the players’ best interests for the helmet to comply with relevant CSA / ICC standard.
- First Aid
Within each Team Kit place a First Aid Kit. Or odder one from the Academy office this has been designed to carry essential items that are most used by cricketers. If you run out of any items, please get in touch with our Academy office who will organise replacement items for you at minimum cost. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrangements will be made to deliver items to you at an appropriate time.
Players’ health must always be considered in the scheduling of matches. Climatic conditions vary throughout South Africa and individuals’ tolerance of heat and humidity varies significantly. We recommend that our Academies, clubs, schools and associations apply common-sense guidelines to climatic conditions that exist within their respective provinces. Action should be taken promptly by Coaches \ umpires to cease play under any conditions that may be dangerous to the players and officials.
- Due to the vast range of body composition, fitness, and states of acclimatisation represented in childhood and adolescence, no single recommendation on the volume of fluid to be consumed is appropriate. More fluid appears to be consumed by young people when the drinks offered are perceived as palatable to them. Regular and effective drinking practices should become habitual to young athletes before, during, and after activity.
Guidelines for fluid replacement are:
- Drinks breaks occur every 60 minutes (every 30 minutes in conditions of
- Water is the most appropriate drink for re-hydration. However, diluted cordial or sports drinks may be supplied;
- Drinks should be available for individual players between drinks breaks. Umpires should be advised that additional drinks are sought and players should make every effort to ensure no time is wasted;
- Players should be encouraged to have their own drink bottles. This ensures that each player has access to an adequate level of fluid replacement and reduces the risk of contamination.
TEAM GOALS & TEAM RULES
- There will be equal time for all players. Get in and have a go.
2.Fun and Skill
- Give your best at training. Have fun and learn new skills.
- Learn more about the game. Stay alert and listen to the advice of the Coach.
- Remember to always respect yourself, your teammates and opponents. Parents, coaches and umpires must be also be respected.
- No silly stuff. Give your best effort at all times. Demonstrate a disciplined approach.
- Follow the Player’s Code of Behaviour at all times.
- There is never a place for negative comments. Be constructive.
- Demonstrate mateship and look for leadership opportunities.
- 20 Runs per Wicket
- During our innings, we should see scores like 1/20, 2/40, 3/60, 4/80 or 5/100.
HOW TO REACH OUR TARGET
- Defend good balls
- Hit bad balls hard
- Look for gaps
- Call early and call clearly – ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘wait’
- Run hard between wickets
- Back up at the bowler’s end
- Less than 25% No-Balls and Wides
- During a two over spell, aim to bowl less than 2-3 No-Balls and Wides.
HOW TO REACH OUR TARGET
- Mark your run up
- Build up speed towards the crease
- Focus on the spot on pitch where you want to bowl the ball
- Reach up high with your front arm
- Brush your ear with your delivery arm
- Follow through towards the batsman’s stumps
WATCHING THE BALL
- Focus on seam of the ball in bowlers hand
- Eyes level – ensures 20/20 vision at ball release
- Balanced and relaxed stance – knees bent, tapping bat
- Gather information as early as possible so you can move accordingly
PRESENTING THE FULL FACE OF THE BAT
- V’s aligned down outer splice of bat
- Hands in close to the body – enables straight lines
- Top hand dominant in pick up – only thumb and forefinger in use on bottom hand
- Free swing finishing with high hands through the line of the ball
FOOTWORK AND WEIGHT TRANSFER
- Decisive, comfortable stride towards the line of the ball
- Push off insteps to transfer weight into the shot – stable base and knee bend
- Point of contact under the nose for optimal power and control
- Rotate the strike
- 2 Lengths (4m, Yorker) – own these areas!
- Set the scene for your spell – how are you going to do this?
- Start and finish well – 1st ball and 6th ball
- How is your field set and why? Bowl to your field!
- Bowl in partnerships – build pressure!
- Off strike ball for the set batsman – when and how?
- Under pressure
- What are you bowling each ball? You will be asked!
- Death bowling focus – every session
- Change up ball focus – every session
- % Maidens > 25%
- Back-to-back Maidens (brings wickets)
- Boundaries ↓
Page 17: Slides info
Page 18: PLAYER AWARDS
- PLAYER OF THE MATCH AWARD
At the end of each match, the Team Coach/Manager will present a Player of the Match Award in recognition of an excellent effort.
These awards are usually in the form of vouchers and will be given to you before the start of the season. This can be used to recognise effort, improvement, demonstrating the Spirit of Cricket, or it could be given for an outstanding performance.
- MATCH INCENTIVE AWARDS
Light Blue Club Caps are given to players who achieve; Under 13s = 3 wickets or 30 runs in one innings.
Under 14s = 3 wickets or 35 runs in one innings. Under 15s = 4 wickets or 40 runs in one innings. Under 17s = 5 wickets or 50 runs in one innings.
A member of the Committee will come to your next training or game to drop off the award.
- SEASON PARTICIPATION AWARDS
Every playing member of the Academy should receive a Participation Award at the End of Season in recognition of their efforts throughout the cricket season. This award is typically a medallion or a small trophy and is given to remind players that cricket is a team game and everyone’s efforts count!
Page 19: PLAYER AWARDS
- SEASON PEFORMANCE BASED AWARDS
In each age group from Under 13’s and above, the following
trophies will be presented;
Batting Award = The player with the highest aggregate runs. Bowling Award = The player with the highest aggregate wickets. Coaches Award = As determined by the Team Coach.
- Academy 50 and 100 GAME MILESTONE MEDALS
Playing 50 or 100 games for the a Junior Club is a very significant achievement in any sport. At the Academy we recognise these important milestones with specially engraved medallions which are presented to the player on the day of their milestone match. You can odder medals or small trophies at minimum cost from the Academy office and will be delivered to you.
- Academy fellowship AWARDS
Each season we make sure that we recognise such players.