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 The Level I Course is designed to cater for the coaches operating
 essentially at the junior level in schools, communities and clubs. This is
 the most crucial period for the learning of skills and in developing cultures
 of fitness, behaviour and discipline.

 It is very important that Level I coaching is considered as a process of
 teaching the skills of the game to all players, not merely practising
 the skills in which individuals may be currently proficient.

 For example, studies that tell us that early developers who are taller than
 their peers, often turn out to be the shortest in adulthood; so the opening
 bowler in the under twelves may be best suited to wicketkeeping by the
 time they are eighteen. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the junior
 coach to teach the young tearaway the skills of wicketkeeping as well as
 fast bowling.


 At this critical juncture in West Indies Cricket, there is a major emphasis
 in this course on coaching methodology, that is, how we create the most
 effective learning environment for the players. It is the endeavour of this
 course to create coaches with a good technical knowledge of the game
 that can communicate this to their players, and produce activities that
 will ensure learning and enjoyment for the players.

 Level I attempts to emphasise essential biomechanical principles as these
 apply to various cricket disciplines and as well introduces “game sense”
 training and segments on presentation skills, coach-player relations, first
 aid, and healthy lifestyle through cricket.

 Whilst the guidelines in the coaching manual are quite specific, you will be
 in the best situation to assess the candidates and thus control the
 direction, speed and format of the presentation.

 It is important to remember that Level I is an important step for most
 candidates and it is essential they understand that the course is designed
 to help them become effective cricket coaches. As such, it is very
 practical and candidates must be encouraged to participate in all sessions
 with enthusiasm and confidence.

 Essentially, the course should be an interesting and motivating
 experience which should adequately prepare candidates to coach cricket
 effectively at the level of their competence.


 1. Course contact time is a minimum of 20 HOURS.

   This may be broken up over:

   (i)     A weekend (Saturday/Sunday)

   (ii)    4-5 evenings

   (iii)   Two weekends (Sunday/Sunday)

   Alternatively, 5-6 continual days may be used.

 2. The course is best conducted in a well-lit room, capable of seating 20
    people comfortably with close access to playing fields and cricket nets.

 3. Refreshment facilities

 4. Equipment

   (i)     Video/TV facility (optional)

   (ii)    Overhead projector (optional)

   (iii)   Whiteboard/blackboard (optional)

   (iv)    Outdoor area or lights (gym)

   (v)     Modified cricket equipment (Kiddy)

   (vi)    Cricket balls and bats

   (vii) Junior players for final practical assessment (if available).

 5. It may be worth supplying your own coaching resource file of articles
    on cricket, other sports, sports science, etc, that may be used as a
    stimulus for group discussion.

 6. Modules 10, 11, 12, 13 may be done by external personnel qualified in
    the field. Optimal use must be made of ex first and test cricketers who
    may be available.

 7. Suggested time frame for a level one course.

   The Level I course has been divided into fourteen different modules.
   Obviously the content of topics will vary, with some areas needing
   more in-depth analysis than others. The table below outlines the
   recommended time frames to be spent on each topic. This can be
   varied according to Territorial and/or group needs and interests.

                                                        Contact Hours

   1. The Coach                                                1

   2. Introduction to Bio-Mechanics                            1

   3. Batting                                                  2

   4. Bowling                                                  2

   5. Fielding                                                 2

   6. Wicket-Keeping                                           1

   7. Game Sense Training                                      2

   8. Detection and Correction of Errors                       1

   9. Group and Net Coaching                                   1

   10.    Presentation Skills                                  1

   11.    Coach - Player Relations                             1

   12.    Health Lifestyle                                     1

   13.    Basic First Aid                                      1

   14.    Assessment:                                          3

      •   Demonstrate all skills (40%)

      •   1 hour examination: 25%

      •   15 minute Presentation of 1 skill (35%)


 Methodology includes lectures, discussion, practical skills demonstration
 using group and one-on-one coaching, video and multimedia
 presentations, role-play etcetera.


 One of the most important things to remember when assessing Level I
 candidates is that Level I is only the beginning, so we are not expecting
 super coaches at this level. Participants should be encouraged and given
 every help in order to gain accreditation.

 We are here to help coaches gain accreditation, not see them fail.

 Assessment is divided up into two sections.

 1. Post Course Work

 Candidates most complete the Coach’s Kit within six (6) months. In
 terms of player profile and player assessment, this should be completed
 at least for each of batter, bowler and wicketkeeper.

 2. In Course Assessment

 In course assessment includes your progressive opinion of the following

    •   Candidate’s keenness

    •   Enthusiasm

    •   Willingness to improve

    •   Involvement in discussion and activities

    •   Basic cricket knowledge

 While these aspects cannot be quantitatively measured, it is often a fair
 guide to a candidate’s potential as a cricket coach and should be
 considered if there is any doubt during their practical session. A 1-hour
 open-book examination would, however, test the understanding of key
 topics and well as the ability of the candidate to enquire and find

 A number of cricket topics have been compiled for the 15-minute practical
 session. You should allocate three topics to each candidate at the
 beginning of the course to provide adequate time for preparation.

 You should plan to break the candidates into a minimum of two groups for
 the practical assessment, otherwise it will become a very long and drawn
 out affair. It may be necessary for yo u to enlist at lest one other assessor
 as well as yourself, to complete it in the two hour time frame.

 Candidates who show an exceptional aptitude to coaching and indicate an
 ongoing commitment to remain involved should be recommended to the

 WICB Development Unit to progress to the next step on the career path,
 the Level Two Coaching Course.

 Candidates who do not satisfy the pass criteria should complete the
 Coach’s Kit and be asked to redo specific units.

 WICB Accreditation

 Candidates will need to be observed at least twice doing practical
 coaching. A copy of the completed kit along with an assessment of the
 candidate, including the results of in-course assessment, will be forwarded
 to the WICB Development Unit with a recommendation for accreditation.


 Candidates will be required to present at least one of the following aspects
 of cricket to their group in a 15-minute session. The WICB Level I Cricket
 Coaching Manual is to be used as a reference.

 Topic Suggestions:

 1.   Batting Set-Up

 2.   Out -Swing Bowling

 3.   Straight Drive

 4.   Running Between Wickets

 5.   Forward Defence

 6.   In-Swing Bowling

 7.   Cover Drive

 8.   Backward Defence

 9.   Leg-Spin Bowling

 10. On-Drive

 11. Wicketkeeping

 12. Hit to leg

 13. Off-Spin Bowling

14. Slip Fielding

15. Square Cut

16. Attacking Fielding

17. The Crow-Hop

18. Developing a basic bowling action

19. Biomechanics

20. The Grip