Scientific Coaching Workshops
Batting Coaching Workshop
Following a Powerpoint lecture on the biomechanics of batting, the coaching session will cover a diverse range of batting techniques, both defensive and attacking, with a particular focus on playing fast bowling on hard, fast and bouncy wickets, an invaluable skill for batsmen intending to succeed at the international level. Some emphasis will also be placed on effective methods of playing spin bowling. Designed for all elite coaches and players, including development-squad, first-class and test cricket representatives, the session will include batting against a bowling machine and bowlers, both fast and spin during the coaching session.
Batsmen that participate in this coaching unit will be taught techniques to:
- Optimising backlift and footwork against fast bowling
- End-effector mechanics to simplify vertical bat strokes
- System compensation techniques for playing spin and swing bowling
- Impulse-moment theorem to optimize ball impact velocity
- Weight-biasing techniques to improve footwork against spin bowling
The WCSM is held only once every four years, coinciding with the World Cricket Cup, making it essential to utilise this resource as best as possible to disseminate the most recent findings in cricket science to the widest possible audience. In particular, attracting members from the non-Test playing cricket countries is important, since the implementation of national scientific-based coaching programs will produce better cricket players and coaches in those countries, assisting their bid to become Test-playing nations in the future. Hence, in conjunction with the scientific program, four advanced cricket coaching workshops will be run by elite coaches. They will consist of a lecture component, covering the scientific principles of technique, followed by a coaching session, inviting players and coaches to actively participate.
A unique opportunity awaits coaches and cricket players. The next World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket will include, for the first time in its history, a series of advanced coaching workshops, applying the science of cricket technique to improve performance outcomes in batting, bowling and fielding. The workshops will demonstrate in both theory and practice that science, correctly applied, can bring out the hidden artistic elements of the game, promoting technical diversity and improving performance in ways that would otherwise be left to chance. Catering to the needs of wider sample of the cricket population, those attending these workshops will not only leave with an increased technical knowledge of the game, but learn new methods in the coaching of cricket technique; and, if they are players, to develop their own games in new ways that were previously unknown. The workshops, however, are also open to all cricket aficionados – indeed, anyone wishing to attain a deeper appreciation of the technical aspects of game. But for cricket professionals – all those engaged in coaching, playing and administrators, especially at the elite level – these WCSMC 2015 cricket coaching workshops are an essential item on the cricket calendar.
Cricket coaching workshops will be held on batting, bowling and fielding. The bowling workshop will cover both fast and spin bowling. The general format is a 1-hour lecture presentation covering the scientific principles of cricket technique, particular to the workshop, followed by a 3-hour coaching session run by an elite professional coach. Although seemingly advanced in content, the material is presented in simple terms, so that attendees with little or no scientific background can benefit – the emphasis is on practical application. Furthermore, a practical demonstration in the nets will follow each lecture to ensure that both coaches and players understand the technical content of the presentation. The coaching sessions will be held in either outdoor or indoor cricket nets furnished with the necessary items, including a bowling machine for the batting sessions, and quality cricket balls provided for all practical sessions. Elite coaches and players are encouraged to actively participate in demonstrations and learning drills so as to gain first-hand experience in applying biomechanics to enhance technical skill in cricket. In addition, there will be specific one-on-one sessions with elite players, providing an opportunity for both coaches and players to further apply their new knowledge. Participants who are current players are requested to bring their cricket equipment, such as cricket bats and protective gear, as well as suitable cricket attire, bringing cricket whites/track suit, spikes and running shoes (for indoor training). Elite cricketers from national, state and development squads of all countries are welcome, including cricketers from ICC-affiliated nations.
At this stage four such cricket workshops are planned: