The CJCC encourages parents to become actively involved in a coaching capacity, whether it be as a Coach, Assistant Coach or Skills Coach/Helper. All coaches and Team Managers at the Canterbury Junior Cricket Club are required to have a current Working With Children Check. This must be obtained prior to the start of the season and a copy lodged with the club’s Registrar.
Coaches are also expected to complete a Community Coaching Course (formal known as level 1) run by an accredited body. Cricket Victoria coordinates these programs. Costs of this course are reimbursed by the club. In addition the Canterbury Junior Cricket Club provides in-season support by way of a dedicated Head of Coaching. The Club also regularly appoints qualified cricket coaches to provide specialist coaching to the players as well as seeking support from the Senior Players to provide additional training sessions.
It is Club policy that the general tenure of a parent coaching a Team is two consecutive years. The role is then opened up to other interested candidates so that as many individuals as possible have the opportunity to Coach. Coaches who have coached for two consecutive years are still welcome to apply for the position again, dependent on other interested and qualified candidates, they may continue to Coach after two years.
The Club has the right to discontinue a Coaches appointment if it believes that a Coach:
The Junior Coordinator, with assistance from each Age Coordinator, will seek nominations from current coaches and those who wish to be first time coaches prior to and during the registration period. At this point the coaches will be accepted as part of the Selection Panel for their child’s nominated age group and be asked to complete or book in for the Level 1 Community Coaching Program, at the club’s expense, and gain or provide evidence of a Working with Children Certificate.
As most parents will wish to coach their own child final allocation of coaches to teams cannot be completed until the selection of teams is finalised. If the children of nominated coaches finish up in the same team then the Junior Coordinator will have discussions with each coach to determine the preferred coaching structure. If this cannot be agreed then a formal selection process will be carried out involving the Head of Coaching and the Junior Coordinator.