I had an interesting chat yesterday about how you plan and implement a junior training programme. As we discussed it, I found myself saying one thing above all others:
"We need to know why."
That's my shorthand way of asking about a whole bunch of factors that go into a plan beyond the practicalities of coaching cricketers. Asking "why?" is a simple question but the answer gives you the culture, the aims and goals, and the indicators of success.
Unless everyone knows and agrees why, how can you be sure you did well?
Unless everyone knows and agrees why, what will stop you pulling in different directions?
When it comes to kids training, understanding why works in two directions:
- Coaches can coach based on clear aims and be measured on how they did. Results are better.
- Players can be coached with a clear mind on why they turn up every session. Performance and behaviour is better.
With a clear purpose being driven home relentlessly by everyone (including the players), you become more successful.
So, before you get into the nitty-gritty of actual coaching, make sure you know why. It will help you in the long run.