For our Franchise to develop into a truly world class outfit on the playing field it is of high importance that we create a similar coaching, playing and thought environment throughout our ranks. A unified and standardized process in preparing our players and adopting a style of play will go a long way in making the transition process from junior to amateur cricket and from amateur to professional cricket a lot smoother and easier for players to cope with.
We will endeavor to share some of our thoughts on how we should encourage players to play throughout the East Cape Cricket system and in this way strive to develop a common goal of producing well coached, thinking and winning cricketers in our region from under 13 level right through to the Warriors Franchise.
We will place special emphasis on 8 elements that we need uniformity on throughout our system.
This is not a Bible on coaching or policies and procedures. It is aimed at getting some sort of culture and continuity within our playing ranks and is an essential tool in developing into a world class cricket system. We have so many talented players, coaches and administrators. If we can channel all our energies in one direction, we will be the best.
A young players most important years of technical development takes place during his formative years. Cricket is a highly technical game and without the basic fundamentals of his particular skill, the player will always struggle to be a consistent performer at Franchise level. As coaches we need to ensure that we are teaching the player the best possible technique which will provide him with long term success and not leave a poor technique to fester because he is doing well at school or club level. It is often a tricky situation to deal with at school level due to winter sports and limited time between matches in season but time needs to be found and the off season is generally the best time to make major technical changes to a player. Our thoughts on how we should be encouraging players to go about their particular skill is not the only way or the prescribed cricket manual way, but it will be of huge assistance to the player as every coach he then comes into contact with within our structures will be guiding him along the same path and continuity in the development of his skill becomes consistent.
There are not too many players in world cricket who have unorthodox grips and play with a great deal of success for a sustained period of time. Too often we are finding top schoolboy players with highly unorthodox grips which limit their stroke play at the higher level. We are all for the orthodox grip, hands close together near the middle of the handle with the v’s formed between the splice and outside edge of the bat. Keep it simple and orthodox and correct all unorthodox grips at a young age as it only hampers the player’s progress in the long run.
Encourage players to feel comfortable in their stance. We are totally against the upright, bat in the air, coached stance. It prohibits a back swing and sets the player up to be very mechanical and susceptible to pushing at the ball. Encourage a nice comfortable, crouched stance with the bat on or fractionally off the ground when addressing the ball. The head position is crucial in the stance. We encourage players to physically push their heads down the pitch in the stance as this encourages the head to move forward and not across the crease when addressing the ball.
Most players develop some sort of trigger movement just prior to facing a delivery. We have no problem with trigger movements as it is done by the vast majority of players on the international batting circuit. However there are a few guidelines and checkpoints to ensure that players are not getting themselves into bad positions at the point of release.
We have used the term backswing deliberately to emphasize the point that it is a backswing, not a backlift. Players need to be encouraged to swing the bat back towards 1st and 2nd slip with a cocked wrist position in order to generate power and bat speed.
Without any doubt the key aspect to successful batsmanship. Balance is determined by the head position and if the head is able to get into a good position, towards the line of the ball, half the battle is won. A good head position also allows the batsman to get into powerful positions on the front and back foot and these positions are crucial in the correct execution of every shot in the cricketers repertoire. Upright positions on the front foot are deemed as weak positions.
By getting the head in a good position the batsman is able to get into a low, powerful position when playing forward and this is a sign of excellent weight distribution. If the head is in a good position, this also enables the batter to push back into the crease when also encourages a strong position off the back foot.
Cricketers in the Eastern Cape region have a reputation for being nice guys who wilt under pressure when the situation is calling out for someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck. It seems to be a general mindset in our playing ranks where we wait for the opposition to make a play and we react to their action.
We should be encouraging our players to make the play. We need to take the first bold step in order to transfer pressure onto the opposition. In the batting context, we need to encourage our batsman at all levels to play without the fear of failure. This however does not mean that we give players an easy way out when they play out of their game plan, but we have to instill a sense of self belief, a sense of invincibility, a dominant presence when our players are at the crease.
We know this is easier said than done but it is an aspect that all players can train and master. The way they train, the way the talk and the way they present themselves at the crease should be one of inner self belief and confidence in their ability to dominate against any opposition. Whilst at the crease the players need to change the current survival mindset into a mindset where we are looking to score and in this way take the bowler out of his comfort zone. Transfer pressure onto the bowler and away from oneself when situations call for it.
It is a mindset that we need to encourage from a young age group in order to build a culture of confidence and dominant cricketers.
“I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life, I had to be aggressive. I had to get out
there and go for it…I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but its an illusion to me”
There is no doubt that the main ingredient of any winning cricket side is a well balanced bowling attack. It is essential to develop bowlers who show signs of any of the following:
It is of great importance to allow bowlers to execute their skill as naturally as possible. The main changes that need to be looked at from a coaching point of view are the following:
Due to the fact that we play 50% of our matches at the coast, our spinners become a vital ingredient in our bowling
attacks. Most importantly it is crucial to make all spin bowlers in the province understand that they are attacking
bowlers and with the right coaching and captaincy approaches they can help Warriors cricket to be the top Franchise
in the country.
Spin bowling is an art that can only be nurtured through a lot of opportunity and belief. It is strange that in South Africa it is acceptable for a fast bowler to travel at 5 runs an over, but a spinner who should also be seen as an attacking option will be taken out of the attack when going at 5 runs an over.
It is in Warriors cricket, coaches and spin bowlers interest to make use of as much outside expertise as possible as it is very much an art that gets coached from experience.
The following aspects are important to assist in the mental strength of our bowlers:
During play our bowler’s mental approach must be supported by the following:
As coaches it is our responsibility to ensure that we give the captain a well prepared and motivated team to do battle on match day. Our roles in preparation are as follows.
Our roles are to select, prepare and advise the team. Once we have done that the captain is in charge of leading the team onto the field of play. He needs to have the courage and confidence to make decisions on the field of play in the best interests of the team knowing that the coach will support and encourage him to make those decisions.
There will be times that the captain makes a decision on the field of play that we as coaches disagree with. How we deal with those differences of opinion is vitality important to the harmony of the team and the growth of the captain. We should highlight the errors we might see in his decision making but also highlight the good decisions that he has made so as to encourage him to make important decisions at all times and not be dependant on merely the coach when it comes to tactical on field decisions.
Captaincy is an art and the more we as coaches try and wrestle the thought making power from the captains, the more we are harming his decision making ability and lowering the team’s confidence in their leader.×
The modern day cricketer is stronger, fitter and more agile than ever before. Power and speed has become the name of the game in all aspects of the contest with special attention being paid to ball striking ability and speed in the field. It is a given for the professional cricketer to be at a certain level of fitness in order to succeed at Franchise level. These required levels need to standardize throughout our playing ranks so that we are able to monitor the fitness route a player has followed throughout his career. This will also assist in a smoother adjustment in intensity levels from schoolboy to amateur and amateur to professional level. There is no place for hiding players in professional cricket and speed and strength in the field can often be the difference between success and failure.
The following is a set of norms that franchise players are expected to achieve in their physical conditioning
assessments and a blueprint that all levels can aspire to in order to be considered to play Franchise cricket in
the Eastern Cape.
Standard Fitness Assessment as conducted by Drikus Saaiman, Fitness Trainer for the Warriors.
standard fitness assessment
|fitness component||body fat %||strengths||core stability||aerobic capacity||anaerobic capacity|
|Test||sum of 7 skin folds||bench press test||static hold||bleep test||sprint repeat|
|norm||< 64mm||15 repetitions||3min||116 bleeps
|minimum standards||individual target||15 repetitions||3min||104 bleeps
“Pre-season, I would be at it six days a week, running somewhere between four to six kilometers a day, and then, probably every second week, a 10 to 12 kilometer run. Some thought I was mad because at the end of practice I would run hard until it was dark and then do a series of other exercises”
“As for my forearms, nature gave me part of them, but the other part I found in the gym one day, right next to the weight machine. It’s amazing what you might find if you work out a little”
“Staying fit requires time, dedication and focus. Because it is such a challenge, fitness makes demands on our minds as well as our bodies. This in turn strengths us mentally.”
Our simple definition of mental toughness is the ability of a player to focus on nothing else but the task at hand. Players who are not mentally tough get affected by factors such as:
If we can create an environment where players are well prepared, process orientated and accountable, we will develop individuals with mental strength able to cope with distracting and negative influences. All players and coaches will have insecurities and negative thought processes. By identifying these patterns and dealing with them when they surface, we will be able to cope with these anxieties and continue to focus on the task at hand.
Mental preparation should be an integral part of training. Unfortunately, the imbalance between time spent on physical and mental training is a point of concern. In preparation for a cricket match, the player should be encouraged to focus on the physical, technical and mental aspect of his game. Too often players focus on the physical and technical aspect and spend very little time on the mental aspect, yet if we were to ask young players how they rate the 3 elements in terms of importance to perform, the mental aspect often is deemed as the most important aspect of the required disciplines.
Visualization of ones performance or skill has become an effective way of training one mind to perform when on the field of play. Using your senses of smell, hearing and sight one can visualize exactly how you want to play and what you are expecting the opposition to do. It has become an integral part of preparation for successful teams and a process we are very eager to embrace on a regular basis.
The following 12 points are all tools and mechanisms to ensure players remain mentally in tune and focused on the task at hand.
“How can you acquire this self-confidence? There is only one way, and that is by practicing until you have mastered the failing of allowing your thoughts to wander away and concentrating on what you wish to do”
“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is my weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”
Without doubt the most difficult aspect to teach a player when he gets to a senior level. The only advice that we can possibly offer coaches is to try and encourage players to think for themselves as young players. Maybe we have created lazy, non thinking cricketers at youth level because of our desire to win games at all costs and in this way making decisions for players which helps the team at the younger level but then does not allow the player to think for himself when he is needed to do so in pressure situations.
Ideally we would want all players to be captains. Their personalities do not allow everyone to be able to captains of a team but we must encourage all players to think as captains. Most dismissals even at senior level is due to the fact that players are not able to read situations and therefore assess how they are expected to play. Players tend to wait for the coach to tell them how to play and we need to move away from this scenario.
At all levels, try and sit down with players after a dismissal and try and understand what his thought processes were at that stage of the game. Why did they take on the big fast bowler in his last over when he has bowled a good spell, why did he try and attack the last ball of an over when we had already got 10 runs in the over, why did we not look to rotate strike when it was obvious that we were batting ourselves into a hole..
These are just a few scenarios that could unfold in match situations and the sooner the player can realize that he has misread the game situation and learn from his mistake, the sooner we will be developing his game to progress to the next level. Clear, rational minds are needed to assess situations and players need to take more accountability for there performances.
It is a crucial aspect of any player’s development and if we can develop thinking cricketers who can make decisions for themselves in pressure situations, we will be making huge strides in developing cricketers for our Franchise as well as for our national side.×
Match day warm ups and preparation is important as it often sets the tone for the days play. When players are lethargic, error ridden and tense in their warm up drills, it often leads to mediocre and flat performances in the field. As a coach, my pet hate is having to wait for a player in order to get the warm up routine going. Punctuality is non negotiable in all spheres of the cricketing code of conduct but especially on match day where tensions might be running high and calmness and order is vital in ensuring success. Having to rush through drills and failing to cover all aspects of the game is not good preparation. I will run through a general match warm up that we use and would encourage us to all try and employ for uniformity.
4 day and one day game
These are just guidelines in terms of time spent at each exercise but players need to be on the field at least an hour
and fifteen minutes before the start of the game to start there warm up procedure. Warm ups need to be as innovative and
enjoyable as possible but we need to cover our bases and ensure that we hone our skills accordingly in preparation for
the days cricket. The intensity levels need to be high as warm up set the tone for the days cricket.
Recovery after the days play is equally as important. Modern day science shows that ice baths are the best forms of recovery after a long day in the field and assists greatly in the prevention of injuries. If and when available, ice baths must be used as they are now part and parcel of professional cricket and the sooner we can get players understanding the importance of looking after their bodies, the longer their careers will be.
We have also made it mandatory for players to stay in the change room for at least 30 minutes after each days play as it is in this informal environment that so much can be learned from teammates and opposition.
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.
The players, umpires and scorers in a game of cricket may be of either gender and the Laws apply equally to both. The use, throughout the text, of pronouns indicating the male gender is purely for brevity. Except where specifically stated otherwise, every provision of the Laws is to be read as applying to women and girls equally as to men and boys.
The Toss is the toss for choice of innings.
Before the toss is at any time before the toss on the day the match is expected to start or, in the case of a one day match, on the day that match is due to take place.
Before the match is at any time before the toss, not restricted to the day on which the toss is to take place.
During the match is at any time after the toss until the conclusion of the match, whether play is in progress or not.
Implements of the game are the bat, the ball, the stumps and bails.
The field of play is the area contained within the boundary edge.
The square is a specially prepared area of the field of play within which the match pitch is situated.
Inside edge is the edge on the same side as the nearer wicket.
Behind in relation to stumps and creases, is on the side further from the stumps and creases at the other end of the pitch. Conversely, in front of is on the side nearer to the stumps and creases at the other end of the pitch.
A batsman's ground - at each end of the pitch, the whole area of the field of play behind the popping crease is the ground at that end for a batsman.
In front of the line of the striker's wicket is in the area of the field of play in front of the imaginary line joining the fronts of the stumps at one end; this line to be considered extended in both directions to the boundary.
Behind the wicket is in the area of the field of play behind the imaginary line joining the backs of the stumps at one end; this line to be considered extended in both directions to the boundary.
Behind the wicket-keeper is behind the wicket at the striker's end, as defined above, but in line with both sets of stumps, and further from the stumps than the wicket-keeper.
Off side/on side - see diagram below.
Umpire - where the word 'umpire' is used on its own, it always means 'the umpire at the bowler's end', though this full description is sometimes used for emphasis or clarity. Otherwise, the phrases the umpire concerned, the umpire at the striker's end, either umpire indicate which umpire is intended.
Umpires together agree applies to decisions which the umpires are to make jointly, independently of the players.
Fielder is any one of those 11 or fewer players currently on the field of play who together compose the
fielding side. This definition includes not only both the bowler and the wicket-keeper but also any
legitimate substitute fielding instead of a nominated player. It excludes any nominated player absent
from the field of play, or who has been absent from the field of play and who has not obtained the
umpire's permission to return.
A player going briefly outside the boundary in the course of discharging his duties as a fielder is not absent from the field of play nor, for the purposes of Law 2.5 (Fielder absent or leaving the field), is he to be regarded as having left the field of play.
Delivery swing is the motion of the bowler's arm during which normally he releases the ball for a delivery.
Delivery stride is the stride during which the delivery swing is made, whether the ball is released or not. It starts when the bowler's back foot lands for that stride and ends when the front foot lands in the same stride.
The ball is struck/strikes the ball unless specifically defined otherwise, mean 'the ball is struck by the bat'/'strikes the ball with the bat'.
Rebounds directly/strikes directly and similar phrases mean without contact with any fielder but do not exclude contact with the ground.
External protective equipment is any visible item of apparel worn for protection against external blows. For a batsman, items permitted are a helmet, external leg guards (batting pads), batting gloves and, if visible, fore-arm guards. For a fielder, only a helmet is permitted, except in the case of a wicket-keeper, for whom wicket-keeping pads and gloves are also permitted.
Clothing - anything that a player is wearing that is not classed as external protective equipment, including such items as spectacles or jewellery, is classed as clothing, even though he may be wearing some items of apparel, which are not visible, for protection. A bat being carried by a batsman does not come within this definition of clothing.
The bat - the following are to be considered as part of the bat
- the whole of the bat itself.
- the whole of a glove (or gloves) worn on a hand (or hands) holding the bat.
- the hand (or hands) holding the bat, if the batsman is not wearing a glove on that hand or on those hands.
Equipment - a batsman's equipment is his bat, as defined above, together with any external protective equipment
that he is wearing.
A fielder's equipment is any external protective equipment that he is wearing.
Person - a player's person is his physical person (flesh and blood) together with any clothing or legitimate
external protective equipment that he is wearing except, in the case of a batsman, his bat.
A hand, whether gloved or not, that is not holding the bat is part of the batsman's person.
No item of clothing or equipment is part of the player's person unless it is attached to him.
For a batsman, a glove being held but not worn is part of his person.
For a fielder, an item of clothing or equipment he is holding in his hand or hands is not part of his person.
The SWD Coaching Department will be running a Level I Coaching Course for all coaches who wish to further their coaching development at the ETA Training Facility
Aspirant coaches must meet the following requirements as stipulated by Cricket South Africa:
Please complete the application form (form can be downloaded by clicking the link below) and hand in at the Registration Evening and confirm your attendance via sms or email including your name, age, cell number and email address to the details below before close of business on Monday 12 May.
Queries to be directed to Garry Hampson (SWD Coaching Manager)
083Â 265 3645(cell)
|Sunfoil Provincial 3 Day Competition|
|9-11 October 2014||vs||Northerns (Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn)|
|23 â€“ 25 October 2014||vs||Western Province (Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn)|
|13 â€“ 15 November 2014||vs||KZN Inland (Pietermaritzburg)|
|20 â€“ 22 November 2014||vs||Namibia (Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn)|
|27 â€“ 29 November 2014||vs||Easterns (Benoni)|
|22 â€“ 24 January 2015||vs||North West (Potchefstroom)|
|5 â€“ 7 February 2015||vs||KZN Coastals (Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn)|
|19 â€“ 21 February 2015||vs||Griquas (Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn)|
|5 â€“ 7 March 2015||vs||Border (East London)|
|19 â€“ 21 March 2015||vs||Boland (Paarl)|
|27 â€“ 29 March 2015||3 Day Final|
|CSA Provincial 50 Over Competition|
|25 January 2015||vs||North West (Potchefstroom)|
|8 February 2015||vs||KZN Coastals (Recreation Ground,Oudtshoorn)|
|22 February 2015||vs||Griquas (Recreation Ground ,Oudtshoorn)|
|8 March 2015||vs||Border (East London)|
|22 March 2015||vs||Boland (Paarl)|
|11 April 2015||1 Day Final|
|CSA Provincial T20 Competition|
|12 October 2014||vs||Northerns (Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn)|
|26 October 2014||vs||Western Province (Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn)|
|16 November 2014||vs||KZN Inland (Pietermaritzburg)|
|23 November 2014||vs||Namibia (Recreation Ground, Oudtshoorn)|
|30 November 2014||vs||Easterns (Benoni)|
|CSA Women's Provincial Competition|
|29 November 2014||vs||Kei (Mthatha) – 50 over|
|30 November 2014||vs||Kei (Mthatha) – Twenty20|
|17 January 2015||vs||Free State or Griquas (Recreation Ground,Oudtshoorn) – 50 over|
|18 January 2015||vs||Free State or Griquas (Recreation Ground,Oudtshoorn) – 20 over|
|14 February 2015||vs||Eastern Province (Recreation Ground,Oudtshoorn) - 50 over|
|15 February 2015||vs||Eastern Province (Recreation Ground,Oudtshoorn) - Twenty20|
|28 February 2015||vs||Border (East London) – 50 over|
|Other notable dates|
|15 – 18 September 2014||CSA Academies Tournament (Oudtshoorn)|
|1 – 5 December 2014||USSA A Week (Pretoria)|
|13 – 17 December 2014||CSA National U/15 tournament (Oudtshoorn)|
|16 – 18 January 2015||CEC Emerging Tournament (Port Elizabeth)|
|22 – 28 April 2015 March||Momentum National Club Champs (Pretoria)|
|South Western Districts||9||3||6||0||0||1||0||13||-0.57|
|1||Union Stars C||10||5||0||4||0||1||33|
|2||Union Stars B||10||4||0||5||0||1||30|
|3||Mossel Bay B||10||3||0||5||0||2||25|
|7||Pirates United B||12||0||0||7||1||4||14|