2Is cricket coaching heading in the right direction? I personally believe it has lost it’s way! Greg ChappellCricket needs a serious debate to determine whetherthese new methods are in fact more efficient and betterthan the methods of the past.
3Society has changedBut the critical factors of human developmenthave not.
4The emotional requirements for success also have not! Progression is closely tied to enjoyment and fun
5The neurologist Donald Calne puts it brilliantly: Stimulation to create an emotional response must be thenumber ONE priority. The biomechanical expression willreflect the emotional developmentThe neurologist Donald Calne puts it brilliantly:"The essential difference between emotion andreason is that emotion leads to action whilereason leads to conclusions." More emotionequals more action. That's what the "motion"part of emotion is all about.
6This pretty much sums up the ‘Chappellway' philosophy to learning. If we can create the ideal environment to stimulatethe emotions we will create action.If the action needs modifying then change the environment toalter the action until the correct response is stimulated.This makes for a fun environment for the coach as well asthe student. Unfortunately the opposite is what I am seeing.Environments are being created that stimulate reasonand the conclusions often interfere with efficient movementpatterns.Greg on The Chappell Way website
7The proponents of the new biomechanical methods have distorted the meaning of biomechanics.Their meaning focusses on the mechanics whilstignoring the critical aspect of bio meaning a livingsystem that takes into account such criticalcomponents as:EmotionsPersonal circumstancesSituational TimingDevelopment Phase
8For more than a century the unstructured creative play environment was the centre piece of cricketdevelopment around the world.Plato“You can discover more about a person in an hour of playthan a year of conversation.”
9This system worked because it included the critical mix of physical and mental development under simulated match conditions in real-time environments.This organised chaos which describes the creative play environment of this system efficiently created the foundation for young cricketers to learn to make decisions instinctively at the same time as developing their physical talent.It was an extremely competitive, user-friendly environment that naturally developed their coping mechanisms without destroying their confidence or curbing their flair. By the time these young cricketers reached the stage of playing more organised competitions their physical, mental and emotional development was well advanced allowing them to cope better with the stresses of success and failure in the more cut-throat environment.
10Research by motor learning experts such as Professor Abernethy at Queensland University in Australia has found that in all sportsthe first 100 hours of contact is most critical in the developmentprocess. If the emotional development is not addressed at this stagethen the cost to the individual is that they may never fully expresstheir potential.
11The opportunity cost is that cricket will have a smaller talent pool with which to work and, more importantly, a talent pool that is lesswell prepared to cope with the competitive pressures that they willencounter as they move through Cricket’s pathway.The elite programs will be more efficient if the junior cricketersare better developed but will also be more productive if the creativeenvironment is continued.Cricket training should never be boring for the student or thecoach.
12What is the coaches role? The coaches responsibility is to create a learning environment.The Latin word for educate is “Educare” meaning todraw out
13When we feel emotionally connected we say, And the feedback is:When we feel emotionally connected we say,“That Makes Sense”!
14“I am only very very curious” Einstein, one of the greatest minds of the last century, describedhimself as, “neither especially clever or especially gifted”Then he added,“I am only very very curious”So how do we ensure CURIOSITY?Free individuals from structured emotional constraints