Coaching Youth Cricket

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Human Kinetics, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 185 pages
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Coaching Youth Cricketgives you the tools you need to become a successful coach, even in your first season. Written by the Australian Cricket Board—the country's leading cricket authority—this complete guide combines the basics of coaching and cricket in one concise resource. It is essential reading for beginning coaches of 6- to 14-year-old athletes.

Beginning with the basics, the book addresses the primary responsibilities and essential qualities of a good coach. You will learn fundamental coaching skills, including how to

- communicate with players, parents, fans, umpires, and other coaches;
- teach sport skills sequentially;
- plan, organize, and conduct effective practices; and
- prevent injuries and provide emergency care.

The remainder of the book focuses specifically on how to teach cricket to children. A thorough overview of the sport answers any questions you might have about rules, equipment, game procedures, positions, and scorekeeping. You'll also find indispensable advice on teaching basic cricket skills—from throwing to wicketkeeping—along with more than 50 drills to improve your players' skills. Last but not least, the book presents team tactics and practice games that promote leadership and team spirit.

Filled with 162 helpful illustrations, Coaching Youth Cricketwill help you meet the challenges and experience the rewards of coaching young players.

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The Australian Cricket Board (ACB)is the national governing body for cricket in Australia. It is one of nine full members of the International Cricket Council, the governing body of international cricket. Regarded as a world leader in cricket administration, the ACB comprises six member associations, called state associations, which include Cricket New South Wales, Queensland Cricket, South Australian Cricket Association, Tasmanian Cricket Association, Victorian Cricket Association, and Western Australian Cricket Association. The ACB is also closely aligned with the Northern Territory Cricket Association and the Australian Capital Territory Cricket Association.

The ACB's mission statement emphasizes three key elements: the spirit of cricket, on-field success, and an aggressive approach to commercial issues. Developed as a starting point for moving cricket into the new century, the mission statement reads: “To defend and promote the values of the great game of cricket, ensure that Australian teams excel on the field, and be a formidable and successful competitor in the sport and entertainment industries.”

Responsibilities of the ACB include international and interstate cricket, national development, coaching, and umpiring programs. The state and territory cricket associations are responsible for cricket within their respective domain and for the delivery of national programs designed and funded by the ACB.

Together, the ACB and state and territory cricket associations operate several development programs for primary and secondary schools. Aimed at encouraging young people to become involved in the game, these programs have enjoyed enormous success over the years, and even better results are expected in the future.

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