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ECB -CA National conference report:


Please see the report below.


Ben Skipworth & Tom Snape


ECB -CA National conference 31st Jan/1st Feb


Brochure & aplication form is attached below.



Dorset Cricket Board Coaches Conference - 23rd November 2014

The Dorset Cricket Board have set up a Coaches Conference at Lytchett Manor Sports Centre on Sunday the 23rd of November 2014 from 10am to 3.30pm. The agenda for the day is as follows:
  • Playing against spin - Alan Willows assisted by Chris Park
  • Wicketkeeper training for optimum performance - Chris Park assisted by Sean Fitzgerald and Alan Willows
  • Preparing fast bowlers for the season / EPP strength and conditioning - Matt Keech assisted by Rob Newton
  • Performing under pressure / Incorporating pressure into training - Darren Britton
Lunch is also included in the price for the day.
This is a great opportunity for like minded coaches to get together to discuss and share ideas based around coaching and cricket!


ECB CA National coaching weekend on 31st Jan to 1st Feb 2014.


Based on Warwick University campus at an etimated cost of £190 (tbc)



Gary Worgan seminar on the new coach education courses - Nov 2013 


Coach Education development and mentoring

17 coaches gathered for a three hour seminar on the new ECB CA coach education courses. Regional Training Manager Gary Worgan came back from Cornwall to deliver the session. (Gary has been instrumental in establishing the strong tutor teams in the SW).

The seminar had been organised by Rob and Greg as a means to ensure that Dorset coaches involved in mentoring new coaches were aware of the changes and the rationale for them so they could provide better support to new coaches.


Player Development

Coach technique

Measure Success


Gary posed three questions (in sequence) to the coaches organised in groups. The buzz of discussion demonstrated a real involvement as coaches exchanged experiences, practices and ideas. Some of the comments were:

  • Having a single youth club night on a field is awe-inspiring with the number of youngsters in one place with organised coaches.
  • Success is relative but do the young players want to come back?
  • Trophies are great but have all the individuals enjoyed their season.


There was more on this theme which underscored the need to meet individual needs, ensure enjoyment, provide appropriate challenge for all and varying coaches techniques according to whom you where coaching. It was clearly recognised that different youngsters developed at different rates and required managing differently.


The discussions were so extensive that we were late starting the next session in the hall.


Fielding drill


Gary got 16 coaches to pair up and warm-up and by throwing a ball to each other across the hall and then by throwing against the wall and rotating whilst he and Rob observed the process. (It was a tight squeeze).

After a suitable time, Gary organised a fielding drill (with volunteers – well done Ray). An individual laid out four cones on one side of the hall – North, South, East and West, representing the distance they were prepared to defend.  Another player (striker) hit a ball from the far side of the ball towards the coned area (intention to stretch the player). The player had to stop the ball and throw to the wicket keeper who relayed to the striker. Each player had 6 balls to field then rotated.

The next individual could adjust the size of the coned area.

All the while Gary and Rob observed and the coaches had fun (competitively) as players.


After a suitable time Gary brought the players together and asked how they could make the game more varied and match specific. A number of answers were provided.

Gary then posed the challenge to stop the ball in your zone and get it back to the keeper as fast as possible. All groups had a go in a competitive environment.


All the groups were then brought back together and Rob drew out from Gary his thinking on organising the drill and setting the challenge. This to highlight the reflective thinking involved in coaching. Gary did not know the group so had to get an early idea of physical and technical capability before organising the drill. He judged us all mature people who where agile with some technical skills (competent to Enhanced). There was little safety risk in spite of the number of players.

Coaching sessions should involve all, be player centered and be fun.


Coaching process


Gary then reviewed the coaching process by asking the group a number of questions to highlight the planning and delivery process:



Who are my players?


Age/biological age/mental age


Stage of development




Individual needs



What are they learning about set the outcomes.






What are the core principles



How are they going to practise?


How I am I going to deliver?


Gary then introduced the Fixed/Variable/Game base continuum to illustrate how coaching behaviour changes and how session can be tailored to individual development needs. For example, fixed session would be to condition performance when first introducing a skill. Variable would introduce some decision variables and game-based would be used where the skill level was competent and needed to be stressed to the full.


Fixed                                         Variable                                     Game-based


Instruct                                                                                      Explain

Observe                                                                                     Observe

Praise/encourage                                                                         Silence         

Demonstrate                                                                               Analyse

Feedback                                                                                   Question


History of Coach Development


1980/1990s coaching education was firmly based upon technical skill refinement – not on how to coach. Coaches attending the courses enhanced their technical skills to a high level.


In 2005 the How to coach and What to coach notions were introduced. The focus was more on the coaching process and not on the technical performance.


Now, in 2013, the focus is on player outcome and practise. This is the result of a lot of research into why people coach and thirty-three different groups of player needs (the complete age range including disabled and girls needs). It is also underpinned by the knowledge that different body types move differently to achieve the same outcome.

Hence Howzat was produced to change the focus onto SIMPLE/BASIC/ENHANCHED status for different age-groups. In addition there is a lot of on-line learning.

The rationale is to equip coaches with some knowledge and encourage them to continue to develop themselves. 


Coaches Pathway


The Young Children L2 course is focused on managing lots of young people with the appropriate guidance.

 Young People & Adults course is focused on the performance analysis of players in a game and coaching teams with appropriate intervention techniques.

The Coach Support Workers have six hours to develop competencies to support L2 coaches. This is aimed at the 16 plus and costs £50 in Dorset.


There is an intention to develop a L3 on children’s cricket. (U13)


As coaches we should be enthusiastic on how the ECB CA have developed a world-class coach education structure with world-class materials (Howzat and on-line material).


The current content is too much that can be covered during the course but coaches are provided with the skills and background material to develop further:



Player Centred Coaching


Howzat & Player development model


Coaching Philosophy


Safeguarding children is now on-line for one hour.

Followed by a one week break in Dorset

Day 2


Batting/Bowling/Fielding/Wk/ - using fixed and variable coaching activities. It is easier to observe in a fixed practice but there is a danger that the candidates will focus on this.

Followed by a two week break in Dorset.

Coaches learn when they are coaching so there are lots of opportunity to practise.

Day 3


Whole player development


Tech/Tac/Phys/Mental using variable and game-based practice.

Day 4


Integrated practice using Howzat


Applied Coaching practice.


There is lots of opportunity for feedback to the candidates.



The seminar finished just after 3pm but Dorset coaches where still discussing stuff way past 3:45 pm.

A very successful and enjoyable afternoon.




This is well worth reviewing.


Chris Read Wicket Keeper master class


See the link for the eletter from Devon. A lot of information is provided about how to coach Keepers
Dear All

The link below will take you to the DCB Coaches' Homepage and the Autumn ENewsletter
link with the Chris Read Wicket Keeping Workshop Notes.

Please pass on this email to anyone who you think may be interested.

Jonathan Mears


Chris Read Master Class in Devon on 28th October from 9 to 1pm.


To register email Jonathan Mears -


See the attached flier.


Dorset 1/2 day Conference now planned for 17th November 2012 at Lytchett Manor.


The theme is on District training at U11, U13 and U15.

Some of these ideas can be used in clubs.


More information will be provided shortly.


Please mark this day in your diary.


Tom Snape

Dear Dorset ECBCA Member,


The South West’s ECB CAs are jointly considering organising a regional conference in early 2014.
We are currently in the early stages oflooking at venues, themes, content, format etc.
As a CA member living in the SW region this will be your event, so we want, need and would welcome your thoughts, ideas and input!
With this in mind, attached to the bottom is a one page newsletter (SW Forum survey) giving you brief details and an interactive link to a simple and very brief [2-3minutes] mini-survey.
Please follow the link on the attachment and help us design the conference to suit you!
Best wishes Tom Snape
Chairman ECBCA South West
June 2012



Past Events:


On a splendid, hot, late summers day, the DCA held their end-of-season bash as 4 teams competed at Shillingstone CC. A time to enjoy some cricket of their own after a busy coaching season with innovative shots being applauded and serious cricket receiving boos. The target zones provided inspiration with the West team recording the highest score of 79 off 5 overs against the combined South/East team. The games were hotly contested and hugely enjoyed. Finally, the day came to an end and the hospitality of Margaret and Hugh of Shillingstone CC was applauded