For first time coaches and those without formal qualifications, CricketNSW now offers an online introductory course which can be completed in 2 hours or less, logging in at your leisure. It is very highly recommended and is the pathway to the level 1 course. KPCC urges ALL its prospective and returning coaches to complete this online course and then look to complete the level 1 course later in the season.
The CricketNSW Introduction to Cricket Coaching course can be found at: www.cricketnsw.com.au/coaching (then click on ‘Accreditation courses’ and ‘introduction to cricket coaching’. The rest is self explanatory).
When coaching at a game, don’t yell out during overs. For non-comp games you can stay on the field and quietly talk to the players at appropriate times. Be constructive, be friendly, be encouraging. Never show exasperation with a child even if you feel it (and you will!), never abuse your opponent, and respect the spirit of cricket and encourage it from your team at all times. This can be as simple as applauding an opponent’s bowling or batting performance and applauding the oppositions’ captain when he/she first comes out to bat. It is referred to in the Associations rules download in more detail.
Keep a record of who has bowled how many overs (there are restrictions which must be observed) and who has batted/kept wicket for how long. Particularly in competition cricket, it is important to achieve a balance between being competitive and making sure all players are involved and encouraged