Newlands

Cricket High School

Cricketing Programme

The Cricketing programme for all boys at the NEWLANDS CRICKET ACADEMY SCHOOL, from 2015 onward.

1. Training to train stage

• Emphasis on general physical conditioning including, endurance, flexibility, strength and speed.
• Increased technical work on front foot and back foot defensive and attacking techniques;
• pace and spin bowling techniques;
• keeping and fielding skills;
• effective practice techniques;
• raising awareness and increasing responsibility.
• Introduce Training Programmes dependent on specific needs associated with roles within the game and stage of growth and development.
• Split players into groups dependent on needs and level of proficiency for physical conditioning and training work.
• Fitness test protocols established to benchmark and monitor development of physical capacities.
• Record keeping of performances in games and practices to be able to monitor growth and development.
• Mental skills and mental toughness training.
• Help with technical skills or other areas of skill deficiency
• Monitoring of growth and development including regular height checks to identify key periods for appropriate training.
• Reinforce positive attitudes and behaviours on and off the pitch.
• Teaching of Performance Lifestyle Skills including the important ancillary areas such as health and nutrition, communication skills, media, balancing study and play, time management etc.
• Continued participation in complementary sports although toward end of phase moving towards specialisation.

2. Training to compete stage

• Creating the optimum environment for learning to take place including the development of autonomy, independence and individual responsibility.
• Cricket specific technical and tactical work in competitive situations replicating the opportunity to make key decisions; decide on methods; make judgements; assess risks; learn from mistakes; create pressure; recognising key match moments etc.
• Coaches manage and engineer environment rather than managing every action. • Mentoring and guidance from elite players.
• More specific Performance Lifestyle advice and support including future training and skill needs; managing touring; financial advice, drug education, career advice, education guidance and support.
• Continue Individualised Training Programmes dependent on specific needs associated with roles within the game.
• Fitness test programme to benchmark and monitor development of physical capacities.
• Integrated sport science support to ensure appropriate and individualised programmes.
• Maintenance flexibility programme.
• Remedial programme support i.e. help with technical skills or other areas of skill deficiency.
• Specialisation in cricket during this phase with other sport activity to provide training variety and interest.
• Potential for double periodised year through overseas tour i.e. 2 competition phases during the year which will influence timing, intensity and volume of training.

3. Training to win stage

Maintaining the optimum environment for learning to take place including the development of autonomy, independence and individual responsibility.
• Cricket specific technical and tactical work in competitive situations replicating the opportunity to make key decisions; decide on methods; make judgements; assess risks; learn from mistakes; create pressure; recognising key match moments; dominating situations etc.
• Coaches manage and engineer environment rather than managing every action.
• Continue Individualised Training Programmes dependent on specific needs associated with roles within the game.
• Integrated sport science support to ensure appropriate and individualised programmes.
• Maintenance flexibility programme.
• Focus on team dynamics.
• Maintenance of physical capacities.
• Importance of planned rest breaks to avoid injury and burn out
• Remedial programme support i.e. fine tuning technical work
• Potential for double periodised year through overseas tour i.e. 2 competition phases during the year which will influence timing, intensity and volume of training.
• Extension of Performance Lifestyle programme but with a focus on career development and education guidance.

Source: ‘Planning for Long Term Success’ ‘The Long Term Athlete Development Model for Cricket’ Used with thanks, by permission from the E.C.B Community Coach Education England and Wales Cricket Board, County Cricket Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7QX