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					Como Jannali Junior Cricket Club

         Coaches Manual


Club Coach – Bill Johnson (BJ) Level 3
       Contact: 0418 266.336 or
These notes are intended as an aid to new coaches and managers and as a reminder to
others. As a coach it is your primary objective to maximise the enjoyment that all children
under your control derive from playing cricket.

In order to achieve this please keep in mind the following:

          Ensure that all children participate fully
          Try to develop the abilities of all players, particularly those not as talented as
          Try and develop a sense of team responsibility

Club Policy on Equal Opportunity

The saying, "if you can't play sport, be a sport" underpins our primary policy on playing. Win
or lose - be a sport! The club expects parents to support this policy. The coach represents
the club management and will exercise the policy that all team members get even handed
treatment. No player is expected to stand down more than once in any season regardless of
ability. However, attitude and behaviour at training are criteria a coach is entitled to use in
determining team composition.

Upon a team qualifying to play in a final, the club policy is specific. The strongest available
team must be nominated.

Coach’s Code of Behaviour

1      Within the context of the activity, treat everyone equally regardless of sex,
       disability, ethnic origin or religion
        Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being

2      All athletes are deserving of equal attention and opportunities
       Ensure the athlete's time spent with you is a positive experience
       • Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each athlete
       • Help each athlete reach their full potential

3      Treat each athlete as an individual
       • Be consistent and open with each athlete to avoid the negative effects of rumour
          and second-hand information

4      Be fair, considerate and honest with athletes
       • Display high standards in your language, manner, punctuality, preparation and
       • The Club will not tolerate any swearing, obscene or abusive language under
          any circumstances and the Club will take the appropriate action against any
          coach, player or parent which may include suspension from attending games
     • Display control, respect, dignity and professionalism to all involved with the sport -
       this includes opponents, coaches, captains, umpires, administrators, the media,
       parents and spectators
     • Encourage your athletes to demonstrate the same qualities

5    Be professional and accept responsibility for your actions
     • Maintain or improve your current Cricket Australia NCAS accreditation
     • Seek continual improvement through performance appraisal and ongoing coach
     • Provide a training program which is planned and sequential
     • Maintain appropriate records
     • Register with Cricket Coaches Australia

6    Make a commitment to providing a quality service to your athletes
     • This includes verbal, physical and emotional abuse
     • Be alert to any forms of abuse directed toward your athletes from other sources
       while they are in your care

7    Coaches should familiarise themselves with the Laws of Cricket (2000 Code
     Second Edition – 2003), the Spirit of Cricket, local Playing Conditions and the
     Cricket Australia Junior Cricket Policy (November 2003). They should also be
     aware of other Cricket Australia and State/Territory Cricket Association policies
     and procedures in relation to Racial & Religious Vilification, Anti-Doping,
     Pregnancy, Anti-Harassment, Privacy, etc
     • Coaches should educate their players in these areas
     • Operate within the rules and spirit of your sport

8    Cricket Australia supports all junior coaches being police and reference
     checked (currently required by law in NSW and Queensland)
     • Any physical contact with athletes should be:
     • •appropriate to the situation
     • •necessary for the athlete’s skill development*

9    Refrain from any form of personal abuse towards your athletes*
     • This includes sexual and racial harassment, racial vilification and harassment on
        the grounds of disability
     • You should not only refrain from initiating a relationship with an athlete, but should
        also discourage any attempt by an athlete to initiate a sexual relationship with you,
        explaining the ethical basis of your refusal

10   Refrain from any form of harassment towards your athletes*
     • Ensure equipment and facilities meet safety standards
     • Ensure equipment, rules, training and the environment are appropriate for the age
        and ability of the athletes
11    Provide a safe environment for training and competition
      • Provide a modified training program where appropriate
      • Allow further participation in training and competition only when appropriate
      • Encourage athletes to seek medical advice when required
      • Maintain the same interest and support toward sick and injured athletes

12    Show concern and caution toward sick and injured athletes
      • Coaches need to be aware that they play a most significant role in the lives of their
        athletes, particularly junior athletes

13    Be a positive role model for your sport and athletes*
      • Coaches need to be aware that they play a most significant role in the lives of their
      athletes, particularly junior athletes

      *Please refer to the Harassment-free Sport guidelines available from the Australian
      Sports Commission for more information on harassment issues; refer to the Cricket
      Australia website for information on Cricket Australia policies ( )

Coaches should…
• be treated with respect and openness
• have access to self-improvement opportunities
• be matched with a level of coaching appropriate to their level of competence

Practice Sessions

All training days and venues are nominated by the coach and any change must be advised to
the Club Secretary. The Club Secretary holds a training schedule for all teams.

         Arrange a session at the same time each week and ensure that you are always
          there on time
         Ensure that the training area to be used is fit and safe
         Plan the activities of your sessions in advance
         Try to vary the activities as much as possible. Use fielding drills, games to develop
          various batting and bowling techniques etc. - not just net practice
         For younger players incorporate running between the wickets practice. Beginners
          may find it difficult to judge a run. Develop the yes/no technique of calling
         Ensure that no child leaves the training venue during practice without prior
          approval of the coach
         Ensure that all children have been picked up at the conclusion of training. Under
          no circumstances leave a child unattended.
         In the interests of child safety it is essential that a responsible person be in
          attendance at all times
Training Ovals for Season 2011/12

         Oyster Bay Oval, Oyster Bay
         Scylla Bay Oval, Como
         Lakewood Oval, Bonnet Bay

Pre-Season Check List

         Diarise to attend the SSJCA compulsory coaches and manager's meeting for your
          type of cricket - Club Secretary will advise of dates
         Appoint scorer(s)
         Ensure that the club kit is in order, particularly as regards boundary markers,
          stumps and bails. Check that protective equipment is adequate. Make sure if you
          have left handed batsman, you have enough gloves etc. An itemised list is issued
          for each kit and please ensure that it is correct

Take to the Game Check List

         Cricket kit
         New balls (handed out at monthly club meetings)
         Chalk
         Broom (a spade/shovel can also be a useful item to have)
         Umpire's counter
         Tape measure
         First aid equipment
         Watch
         Score book, pencils and rubber
         SSJCA Playing Rules and Regulations
         Result Sheet
         Copy of the Draw
Match Check List

         Arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time
         Check conditions of the pitch to ensure that the entire playing area is fit and safe,
          mark creases if necessary, sweep pitch if necessary.
         Place markers on boundaries in conjunction with the other coach/manager
         Place stumps in position
         Exchange team lists and toss no later than 15 minutes before the schedules start
          of play
         Agree on which umpire's watch is to be used as the official time piece
         Ensure drink breaks are kept to time
         At the end of play ensure both score books are correct and both sides to sign
          appropriate pages

Completion of Match

         Complete match result sheet and have opposition sign it as correct
         Record results on Cricket Online
CJJCC - Basic Hints for Coaches

Preparing before the first game

A little preparation allows game day to go much more smoothly. BEFORE Saturday:

          Go to the SSJCA on-line site and print your team list and season draw. Paste a
           copy in the front of the scorebook, hold one for your own use & give copies to all
           team members.
          Get parent support for scoring; stumps & boundary markers; batters padded up
           and warmed up; & rotating fielders
          Use training time to have players rehearse some game day warm-up routines
          Run your eye over the rules & regulations
          Fill in your team declaration sheet located in the back of the scorebook.
           [Remember you declare 12 players in A grade; all other grades 13; BUT max 11
           bat/bowl in match]
          Place into your mobile phone: your club secretary (Tony Hess 0439260453) &
           president (Andrew Woodward 0411 075 107) mobile numbers; an experienced
           coach from your club (Bill Johnson 0418266336); plus Tom Croucher, Comp Mgr
           (0402 412 061) & Brett Bryant, Sec SSJCA (0438 788 048) phone numbers. Tom
           is the main contact.

Take with you on game day:

As well as your cricket kit, scorebook & new balls, the following will help:

          SSJCA rules & regulations
          A broom
          Chalk
          Cricket counter
          Small pad & pen
          G1 key for toilets
          Band aids/first aid type stuff

When you arrive at the ground:
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to start of play - but in week one, allow at least 45 minutes!
Unlike many other sports, WE pitch in & help each other:

          Each team sets up the stumps/bails at one end of the pitch.
          Both teams sweep the pitch, mark the creases & clear ground of rubbish
          Each team sets out boundary markers for ½ the field. Many fields have natural
           boundaries that are easy to duplicate in week two. For large fields, we usually
           pace out the number of steps from the centre wicket or better still, use tape
           measure. [Max boundaries for 8s -30m; 10s- 40m; 12s- 45m; 14s-55m; 16s-
          Use the G1 key to open toilets
          Players warm up & routines
          Introduce yourself to the other coach
          Have people organised to score for the team (sitting with the other scorer in
           neutral territory);

At the toss:
(max 30 min 15 minutes before start of play)

          Swap team declaration sheets
          Check your watch agrees with the other umpire & agree on the time of the drinks
          Agree on the signal given from square leg if a no-ball is bowled.

Taking the field:

          When fielding, the umpires should walk on together, a few minutes before start of
          Etiquette is the batters follow, then fielders.
          You should have: chalk; counter; small pad/pen; new ball if you're bowling.

During Play

          Be aware of the bowling restrictions for your age group: max overs in an innings,
           in a day & in a spell.
          At the start of each over, (for your team & the opposition) update your pad with the
           name of the bowler & the over number. You keep track; the scorers are back-up.
          Restricted bowlers - signal to scorers
          Advise the scorers of each bowling change
          Make sure the scorers acknowledge your signals
          Teach the players to pass the ball to the umpires at any fall of a wicket.
          Teach the players to signal the umpires when leaving or coming back onto the
          Usual practice is for umpires to signal each other when 2 balls remain to be
          60 over games - 10 min break at 10.15am; 50 over game 5 min break at 9.30am; if
           hot conditions, breaks can occur hourly (max) BUT on the field

End of the week/game

          At the end of each week, if you have any team discussion/awards, KEEP IT ALL
          Both umpires sign the scorebooks.
          Shake the opposition coaches hand & have your players shake hands with the
           other team at game end

Official Umpires

          If a black & white arrives, we only need to do the square leg umpiring.
Reminders to some Frequently Asked Questions

        Any ball off the pitch/on the edge, is a no-ball, not a wide. You can get stumped on
         a wide, not a no-ball.
        We try to make use of playing time, so:
                 If 'all out' - play must continue if at least 15 minutes batting time remains
                   (i.e. when you add 10 minute change of innings, 25 minutes of time, in
                   total, is available for play.)
                 If time remains, go into 2nd innings even if both teams think no outright
                   result is possible.
        Max of 5 fielders allowed on the on-side; max 2 on-side behind popping crease
        Boundary is an imaginary STRAIGHT line between markers - it doesn't curve
        No player fields inside 10 m of striker end batter without protection. (This doesn't
         apply to point, gully or slips.)
        Call is "no ball" if:
                 It bounces over head height of batter standing upright at the crease
                 It's a full toss by a medium pace or fast bowler that goes above the
                   batter's waist height standing upright at the crease
                 A slow delivery that passes on the full above shoulder height with batter
                   standing upright at the crease While it's the umpire at the non-strikers
                   end who must signal, the square should be able to advise him/her - agree
                   this at the time of the toss.
        Mankads (as they were previously referred to) don't exist and a batter cannot be
         given out in this manner. BUT don't teach your batters to leave the crease too
        All teams need to learn to finish play at the completion of the over at the scheduled
         time, to respect the playing time of teams that follow you. Teams with a 1.10 finish
         time need to be aware of Men's cricket starting at 1.15pm from late in November.
        Be VERY VERY cautious about giving LBW's. It needs to be:
                 Pitched in a straight line from wicket to wicket; and
                 The ball hits the batsman without hitting his bat; and
                 You have no doubt it would hit the stumps
        If the ball pitches outside of leg stump, the batter can NEVER be out LBW. If the
         batter moves forward out of his crease or it hits the top of his pads, an LBW is
         much less likely. IF IN ANY DOUBT, DON'T GIVE LBW.
        Hint: start by standing with your hands clasped behind your back. This makes it
         less likely that you'll instinctively raise a finger when there is an appeal.
CJJCC - Basic Training Hints and Drills for Coaches

There are far too many drills, games etc to outline in written form here, but attached are
some that may be useful.

These and many others will be demonstrated at the practical coaching day provided for you
by the club on Sunday 28/ 8/ 2011 at 3.00pm

Also attending the Cricket Australia Level 1 coaching courses that are run locally by the
SSJCA will provide you with many great coaching tips and ideas.

Generally speaking a good programme for training would consist of the following points

      Start with a warm up and finish with a warm down, i.e. a slow jog which gets the blood
       flowing and enables stretching to be more effective. When you go for the run have the
       players take something to throw around like a tennis ball, a Frisbee, a vortex, anything
       to add some interest to just running, plus a bit of competition, (the whole group do 2
       pushups when anything is dropped) and developing of hand eye co ordination
      After the run do a series of stretches to prepare the players for the activity ahead
       (these will also be shown at the coaching day and level 1 course)

Always base everything you do on Hand / Eye co ordination, as these basic skills cover
everything that is required to play cricket.

Batting and Bowling in the nets is only one very small way to improve skills, and in fact you
should teach the skills using drills outside the nets and only use a net session to enhance
those skills already learnt in drills.

To do this you will need to use all the equipment that is available to you in your kit, and also it
is a good idea for a coach to develop his own coaching kit. Equipment like batting teas,
paddle bats, tennis rackets, coloured bibs for games and team drills, as many different balls
as you can get your hands on tennis balls, golf balls, small rubber balls, big rubber balls,
softballs and baseballs, in as many colours as possible, in fact when developing catching
skills in the very young ages you should always use a softer ball, rather than a hard cricket
ball to enable the player to build up confidence, without the fear of injury.

      After your warm up, start with some ground fielding drills, catching drills, some batting
       work on teas or using dropped or thrown balls to hit, then some bowling work, like
       bowling to a target on the pitch etc. perhaps some running between the wickets, with
       emphasis on correct calling, being yes, no or wait.
      Finish with some fun games again with the emphasis on hand eye co ordination as
       well as setting up a healthy competition between the group.
      Finally a warm down which is the same as the start, a slow jog followed by some
In any drills you do keep the words “Maximum Involvement” and “Game Specific” upper most
in your mind, i.e. rather than for catching practice the coach lining the whole group up and
hitting a catch to everyone, (a player gets one catch every 2 minutes or so, hardly getting
much practice and fun out of that), try having the players hit or throw to each other in pairs or
groups of three so everybody gets much more work and involvement, or have your manager
help and have two groups, perhaps in a line facing you and running in to take the catch or
field, then running to the back of the line, so there is always movement, not just standing still
and waiting for a catch.

Finally, please feel free to call on me to help, with any questions you may have, or if you
would like me to attend one of your training sessions, or you are always more than welcome
to attend any of my training sessions with the 16A’s any Wednesday from 6 till 7.30pm at
Oyster Bay Oval, to watch and participate if you would like to, you would be most welcome.

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