Harrow Borough Coaching Plan
Our coaching plan will be a written outline of the coaching programme for the season. It provides a broad overview of the season and may incorporate pre-season, during the season and end of season activities. It must take into account the facilities and equipment available for practice sessions and the ability and competitive level of the teams within our borough structure.
Our coaching plan will contain the following: A calendar of practice sessions and matches. A set of core skills that cover the essential identified match and team needs, together with a list of appropriate drills to develop these. These skills need to be prioritised, then divided and spread throughout the coaching plan. These core skills and drills can then be used as the basis of our practice sessions. Implementing such a programme within our borough structure ensures that the fundamental batting, bowling, fielding, wicketkeeping and tactical skills crucial for success in cricket are targeted and developed in all players, thus giving them a sound foundation on which to build their skills.
To be effective practice sessions need to be well planned and well run. Each session must have objectives and a structure, to be varied and challenging, create match-like situations and encourage decision making, allowing all players to get something out of improving their game. In this way players will develop, enjoy practice and look forward to the next session.
A practice plan for each session detailing the type of practice, objectives, facility and equipment requirements, introduction and warm up,skill development in terms of which skills will be focused on and the drills to be used, cool down and conclusion including match arrangements. To be most effective practice sessions must try and replicate a real game as much as possible. In these ways players technical execution and decision making are fully challenged as they are in a match. Sessions will be designed to include as many variables that simulate match conditions as we can in order to fully extend and develop our player's physical, technical, mental and tactical skills.
In addition to such organisational details as the date, time, venue, practice plans should have clear objectives. These are the aims, reasons for or focus of our practice sessions. They are what we want to accomplish during the practice sessions. We need to identify the team or individual player deficiencies or areas in need of improvement we want to work on. The rest will be derived from the needs of the next match or matches in terms of competition format.
In addition to evaluating the effectiveness of a practice in terms of game like qualities, it is also important to assess each player's performance at practice. Key Performance Indicators are simple measures that can be used by coaches to provide players with specific feedback on the quality of their batting or bowling performances. This evidence can be used on a comparative basis by players to evaluate their own performance, to motivate themselves to achieve greater consistency and improve their results and to make decisions about possible strategies they might employ in a game.
It's important for players to learn to plan and prepare themselves as individuals and as a team for a match and to develop an awareness of the game and its tactics. As players progress up the player development pathway the importance of these aspects of their game increase dramatically.
Our coaching plan will be based around a set of core skills that are essential to individual and team needs as players move up the development pathway. We will focus on fitness, fielding awareness, batting and bowling plans along with tactical and game management. Teamwork and leadership will also play a major role within our plan.
We will provide an understanding of batting and to build an approach to batting at practice, before going out to bat, in building an innings and working to create partnerships.
To provide an understanding to the approach to bowling. To consider how to bowl at practice, plan an over, bowl in partnerships, develop situational awareness and be able to use variations.
To provide players with the chance to learn the roles of different fielding positions and explore what skills are required in these positions.
Captaincy, Leadership and Teamwork
To provide all players with the opportunity to learn key leadership skills as part of understanding the role and responsibilities of captaincy. To develop the leadership competencies of listening, communicating, cooperating, problem-solving and decision-making of all players by encouraging them to work together and use these skills to build a successful team.
Practice Plan Outline.pdf