WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD
LEVEL 1 COACHING MAN UAL
WICB LEVEL I COACHING COURSE
INTRODUCTION AND RAT IONALE
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
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
(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.
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.
ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION
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
• 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.
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.
GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICAL COACHING ASSESSMENT
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.
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
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
20. The Grip