Gerrards Cross CC - Coaching Policy
Player Development Guidelines
U5s - U8s
l Fun and participation
l Overall athletic development
l Development of Agility, Balance, Coordination & speed
l Introduction of basic skills of throwing, catching &striking
l Introduction to modified and simple games not formal matches
l Participation in as many other sports & activities as possible.
l Introduction of simple rules & ethics
l Well-structured and monitored programme
U9s & U10s
l Introduction to general physical conditioning for Cricket to include endurance,
strength, flexibility & speed
l Introduction of Cricket specific skills Batting, bowling, fielding and wicketkeeping.
l Modified games to teach game awareness and decision making
l Emphasis on increased understanding rather than performance outcome.
l Development of a positive attitude to self and others
l Positive behaviour on and off the field and respecting the game.
U11s - U14s
l Physical conditioning including endurance, flexibility, strength and speed
l Utilise the growth spurt to improve speed and strength
l Increased technical work on front and back foot offensive and defensive techniques.
l Increased emphasis on the technical requirements of fielding catching and wicket
l Introduce match situations to training to hone tactical awareness.
l Introduce individualised training programmes dependent on specific needs and
stage of growth and development
l Introduce tactics and competitive situations, make key decisions, learn from
mistakes, recognise key match moments.
l Fitness tests to establish benchmarks
l Performance lifestyle skills to include health and nutrition
l Reinforce positive attitudes and behaviours on and off the pitch.
U15s - U17s
l Create the environment for independence and individual responsibility.
l Making key decisions under pressure in match situations.
l Mentoring and guidance from elite players
l Individualised training programmes for specific roles in the team
l Remedial programme to help skill deficiencies