INDIANAPOLIS, SEPT 19 ; Despite known as a Land of Opportunities, cricket facilities are woefully lacking in USA. However, cricket coaching education in USA will has raised some hope for bright a future of cricket, feels Jatin Patel , USYCA’s 2nd Vice President.
Boys and girls across the America’s region will benefit from the coach education programs initiative taken by Cricket Australia, said Matthew Betsey, Cricket Australia, Manager – Education and Training and Global Programs.
Recently, Cricket Australia conducted first-ever ICC Level 2 and Level 3 (second consecutive year) accreditation in Fort Lauderdale, USA, by Cricket Coaches Australia. Over all 19 Level 2 and 17 level 3 candidates from North American region benefited from this historical event in USA. The latest programs signal a new direction for USACA as this new initiative was in partnership with USACA. USA’s coach education was previously aligned with West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) coaching programs and levels. Wendell Coppin conducted WICB Level 2 coaching certification in California in October 2011. He was also involved with WICB & ICC Level 1 clinics that were conducted in 2009 (New Jersey), 2011 (Maryland) and 2012 (Texas).
It’s 12 months assessment type program where coaching candidates will be tracked with their coaching activities other progress they make in field of cricket with the cricket Australia’s coaching theme of stressing “how” and not necessarily “what” you coach.
“Cricket Australia is excited about the opportunity to partner with the ICC America’s and USACA to deliver coach development opportunities for coaches in the America’s region. Boys and girls across the America’s region will benefit from these coach education programs as each coach develops their skills and knowledge to create fun and safe learning environments,” said Matthew Betsey, Cricket Australia, Manager – Education and training and Global Programs .
He added “ We are committed to educating coaches to help provide a high quality cricket experience based on a game sense approach that assesses the ‘how’ to coach rather than the ‘what’ to coach. The program contains modules on the principles of teaching, learning, management, skill acquisition and biomechanics as well as the identifying the best ways to coach the ‘basics’ of cricket that underpin our great game.”
Jatin Patel, USYCA’s 2nd Vice President, (founder USA Center for Excellence in Cricket and President, Indiana Cricket Association) comments,” about high performance coaching is all about what you are capable to make difference in local community for the game of cricket. They bring top notch team of coaching experts to train you is more valuable than you learn about cricket coaching itself. They bring as many as eight experts/pros to cover the coaching skill sessions and few legendry coaches on site was awesome experience”.
Many coaches attended from North Americas including Canada’s young opening bat and off spinner Monali Patel, who become the first ever women coach at this level with ambition to help women and youth cricket in North America. Being with the great coaches to gain more knowledge and learn something new in cricket coaching is the best you can from such camps, which will help your dream to become good coach, says Monali Patel.
Michael Young (cricket coaching legend) aka Mike Young, who has served as fielding coach or consultant for three National cricket teams Australia, India and South Africa as well as Indian Premier League. He is the only American in international cricket coaching, born and raised in Chicago, USA and University of Wisconsin of River falls – graduate. Started his career in sports as a baseball player and become one of the best coaches in international cricket and recently he is appointed as Ambassador for USA cricket by USACA.
Vern Gambetta is considered to be the Founding Father of Functional Sports Training, known for many sports – worldwide for his Functional Path training is getting back to the basics of movement. It is learning to tune into the body and it’s inherent wisdom to produce rhythmic flowing movement.
Legendry fitness coach Vern Gambetta provided cricket fitness plans with demonstration.
Darren Holder is Cricket Australia Coaching Consultant for skills acquisition and help coaches to learn technical aspect of the game with bio-mechanics for cricket needs.
(Photos and inputs by Jatin Patel)