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TEACHING BATTING TECHNIQUE
“Only through discipline may the master reveal himself” -
“The more techniques you have, the less you have to worry about it .The more techniques there is, the less there is.” -
“The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.” -
THE ROLE OF THE COACH
As coaches we need to have a thorough understanding of all the components of technique within any given shot.
Without this basic knowledge of Technique you can’t coach a player effectively. Know what perfection looks like.
With this technical knowledge you can step in and make a positive difference when a player needs help.
COMMUNICATING YOUR KNOWLEDGE
To be able to get your coaching points across to a player effectively you need to be a good communicator.
To be a good communicator you need to build good working relationship with players you work with, where player and coach can work in harmony.
To build a good player coach working relationship the coach need to fully understand his/her self and be able to quickly understand there players they are working with.
FAST DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR PLAYERS
The following areas can speed up the building of player coach relationship and ultimately effective communication.
Knowing you and your player MBTI type. (Character type)
Having a good understanding of the various questioning styles.
Knowing your player learning styles
Knowing your player learning preferences.
Exercising humor where possible.(Ice breaker and enjoyment)
IS NO GOOD BEING A KNOWLEDGEABLE CRICKET COACH IF YOU CAN’T COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY
As a coach always reflect on your sessions so you can constantly strive to improve
It’s not what you say it’s the way that you say it.
It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it.
THAT’S WHAT GETS RESULTS
TO CORRECT A STUDENT’S TECHNIQUE THE COACH MUST;
Have a specific reason for changing it.
Know precisely what needs to be changed.
Identify the source of the technical fault
Adjust technique in order of priority
Demonstrate and explain correct technical change
Explain the benefit of technical correction (i.e how the fault is limiting the development of the player’s potential)
Patiently correct the technique and let the player feel and see the improvement in his/her shots
IDENTIFYING A FAULT IN TECHNIQUE
To fix a technical fault you need to find its source.
The fault needs to be identified to the player, otherwise it is impossible for the problem to be corrected
Fully taking in this negative information (the fault) is the premise to the player grasping and implementing the change of technique.
The fault serves as a reference point, so you and the player know what to address, at what point in the sequence, how to correct it and why.
If players understand these things, they are provided with the awareness and reference points to sort things out in the future should the same fault arise
KEY STAGES TO ANALYZE TECHNIQUE
In all the above phases of the stroke components of technique should lead to perfect BALANCE AND ALIGNMENT coupled with a full COMPLETION OF SHOT.
This is the ABC of correct batting technique
A, B, C OF BATTING
Completion of shot – Broad focus
When accessing a batters technique you need to monitor the following areas.
Within these areas you adjust the various components of technique to achieve the ABC’S of batting narrow focus
Alignment of the various body parts allows the bat to swing in a straight line from top of the back swing to a target area.
Completion of shot=Consistency & Good Contact makes shot more consistent and also lengthens the hitting zone allowing you good contact with the ball.
ALWAYS COACH FRONT FOOT ATTACKING DRIVES FIRST
WHY? This procedure encourages:
Full completion of shot with high hands/elbow
Good momentum in to the shot
Good technique (you can play a defensive with a flawed technique but to play an attacking drive, those flaws can be exposed and corrected).
FIRST MASTER PLAYING STRAIGHT IN THE V
The best shot to teach first is: Front foot on drive
Because it encourages good Balance & Alignment.
The head stays wicket to wicket and the feet are encouraged to be well aligned rather than blocked off.
The head is encouraged to the ball rather than shoulder.(This minimizes tipping to the off side)
CONSTRUCTING THE FOUNDATIONS OF BATTING TECHNIQUE
The key shots to construct first when building a player batting technique are:
Front foot drives (off straight &on)
Back foot drives (off straight & on)
Back foot defence
REPETITION OF PERFECTION IS THE KEY!
Repetition of perfect technique over prolonged periods of time against all angles of feed or delivery results in fast development of skill levels.
Repetition develops the following key areas of batting:
Muscles memory – Know what perfection feels like with ability to reproduce it.
Prolong periods of focus
Mentally tough training environment
Attention to detail and understanding of your own abilities.
When coaching technique it is important to:
Use target areas that supplement the technical input you are giving to a layer.(Target areas can help to identify positive improvement or flaws in technique)
Show player the correct shapes (Demonstrate)
Give the layer verbal explanation & stress the benefits of the correction
Get the player to shadow shots so they feel the correct technique.
PROGRAMING A PLAYER WITH AUDIO RUNNING COMMENTARY
Coach constantly reminds player when they make a mistake.
Player begins to spot mistake themselves.
Coach give expert advice on the correction.
Player understands and learns how to self-
Players learn what perfection looks like and knows how to reproduce it.
Coaches asses all his/her knowledge and experiences on the player very quickly so players become self-
Coaches’ high standards are quickly passed on to player.
PERFECTION WHEN GROOVING
It is important to strive for perfection when grooving.
Never let a player play technically flawed shot without giving the correction.
After the correction work with that player to get back to perfection.
The more detailed you are as a coach correcting technique the higher the players technical standards become and the more they learn about their own technique.
Repetition is important to develop a shot only when each repetition is perfectly correct.
Grooving flawed technique is counterproductive.
CHALLENGING THE NEW TECHNIQUE
Once technique has been constructed it must then be challenged and put under pressure.
If you have a good technique it is easier to survive challenging spells of bowling and also to deliver a wider variety of game plans successfully.
ONCE PLAYERS HAVE THE TOOLS OF GOOD TECHNIQUE THEY CAN BEGIN TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES WITHIN THEIR GAME PLAN
The coaches’ job is to lead the process of constructing a player’s technique.
The players’ job is to lead the development of their game plans with input from the coach.
Through experiences of success and failure in pressurized match situations the player will work out what game plans he or she is most comfortable with.
THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO PLAY A TECHNICALLY PERFECT SHOT
This means there are no mixed messages and coaches and players all have the same information to work with.
Simplicity is the goal.
Let’s make Robots of correct technique so batting looks and becomes more natural and efficient.
Robots give the correct information perform efficiently and this equates to good performances.
TECHNIQUE IS THE KEY TO DELIVERING A WIDE VARIETY OF GAME PLANS SUCCESSFULLY
Technique gives you a wide variety of game pal options
Technique is the key to surviving challenging spells of bowling.
Technique helps you play the swinging and turning delivery effectively.
Technique is the key to consistency
Technique is the key to match – winning innings
Technique gives you confidence and self-
CONSISTANT AND POSITIVE PERFOMANCES DEMAND MASTERY OF THE CORRECT TECHNIQUE TO PRODUCE THE BASIC SHOTS
Once technical mastery is achieved it must be regularly serviced and maintained.
Only when this is done does the mental side of batting become of paramount importance.
The mentally strong players who can handle pressure will become the best players.
“In extreme situations, the entire universe becomes our foe; at such critical times, unity of mind and technique is essential – do not let your heart waver!’
ROBOTIC TECHNIQUE VERSUS CREATIVITY
These are COMPLEMENTARY
To be creative and innovative in delivering your game plans successfully, the player MUST have the systems of a mechanically sound basic batting technique.
Players need to be precise and detailed when constructing these basics
They need to be striving for perfection, hardwiring these basic into becoming natural flow.
Once this has been achieved players can be creative and innovative within their individual flare.
Coaching cricket is the art of channeling passion for the game into technical mastery, so that in key moments players become better than their technique.
And there is a time where you can be beyond yourself.
You can be better than you technique.
You can be better than most of your usual ideas.
And this is a whole other category that you can get into
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