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BATE JUNIOR ACADEMY

An initiative that was piloted in the 2016/2017 season was the Canterbury Cricket Club Bate Junior Academy (The Academy) named after John Bate - the founder of our Junior club. Due to its success this will continue to be a feature at our club.

Objectives

Player Development

The objective of the proposed CCC Bate Junior Academy is to provide an advanced level of training and coaching to junior cricketers that have demonstrated :

  • High level of respect for and love of the game of cricket
  • Medium-High skill development within their age group
  • High levels of motivation to improve their cricket
  • High levels of commitment to training and skills development

    The Academy will provide training and coaching based around :

  • Individual skills development
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Game awareness and game analysis

    Transition to Senior Cricket

    It is proposed that The Academy will train on a Tuesday evening with the senior CCC players. This will give The Academy members exposure to the requirements of senior cricket and the opportunity to train alongside senior cricketers.

    An objective of the The Academy is to ensure that the transition from junior to senior cricket is more formally structured and thus reducing the ‘drop off’ between U16 and senior cricket.

    The transition to senior cricket presents additional challenges around the number of positions for transitional players in existing teams. A discussion is required in relation to the formation of an additional transition team outside of the current Fourth XI structure.

  • 30-60sec video on why the applicant wants to participate

    Individual and Self Assessment

  • Skills analysis
  • Physical screening

    Individual Goals and Skills Development Program

    Individual Strength and Conditioning Program

     

    Sample Weekly Session

    5 groups of 4 players Grouping - this will be a critical component of success of the sessions.

  • mixture of skills, mixture of age
  • groups will be set and unlikely to change unless there is a specific case/requirement Group warm up and stretching - 10mins

Engagement and Development of Coaches

In order for the program to be run there is a requirement for a minimum of 4 coaches in addition to the Head of Coaching to run the weekly sessions. The Club aims to have 4 senior players who can be developed as coaches to assist with The Academy and to then further have an involvement in coaching at junior levels. An objective of The Academy is to assist in the development of coaches within the club.

Squad Structure

The Academy will likely comprise a mixture of Under 16 and Under 14 players.  Total number of squad members is unlikely to be greater than 15 selected players.  The selection of squad members is likely to favour more experienced players with consideration being given to the safety of squad members.

Commitment

Members of The Academy must commit to :

  • Formal training session once (1) per week at senior training
  • Completion of two (2) individual strength and conditioning sessions per week.

    If a player cannot commit to the above then they will not be eligible for selection in the squad.

    If a member of the squad fails to adhere to the required time commitment then their position within the squad will be subject to review and possible loss of their position.

    Selection Process

    The criteria for selection is:

  • High level of respect for and love of the game of cricket
  • Medium-High skill development within their age group
  • High levels of motivation to improve their cricket
  • High levels of commitment to training and skills development

Nominations

  • Age level coaches will be asked to submit names of those players they feel would meet the criteria above. This list will be kept confidential and will assist to reviewing applications.
  • Applicants will be requested to submit a 30-60sec video stating why they believe they would be a suitable candidate for selection. As a guide they will be asked to answer the following questions:
    • What is your favourite part of playing cricket?
    • What would you like to improve in your cricket?
    • What are your goals for the coming season?
    • What do you do in your spare time to improve your cricket?

      Program

      Assessment of Applications

Rotations :

  1. Strength and conditioning - 15mins
  2. Fielding and Game Awareness - 15mins
  3. Nets - 15mins
  4. Batting Drills - 15mins
  5. Bowling Drills - 15mins